Louisville will have some fun on the bowl trip, but Bobby Petrino said his team is focused on winning the Music City Bowl

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - University of Louisville football coach Bobby Petrino said his team is focused on getting a victory in the Music City Bowl. The Cardinals will take on Texas A&M on Wednesday night at 7 o'clock.

University of Louisville football coach Bobby Petrino said he was going to let his team have some fun this week as the Cardinals' prepare for the Music City Bowl game against Texas A&M on Wednesday night in Nissan Stadium.

The Cardinals are going to a hockey game and will do some other 'fun' things in Nashville.

But Petrino said his team knows the reason they are in town - "to get a victory."

"They know we have to doa a good job in the meeting rooms and with focus and when we get out onto the practice field," Petrino said. "We're working really hard, practicing fast and with great tempo and then we'll enjoy our time down here also.

"I think there's room for a great balance."

Petrino is 4-4 all-time in bowl games, including 2-3 at Louisville. He won the 2004 Liberty Bowl and the '06 Orange Bowl. He also won the Cotton Bowl and Liberty Bowl in two of his three appearances at Arkansas.

The second-year U of L head coach said his team has gotten into a good routine.

"I always feel like bowl games are for the seniors, their last game going out," Petrino said. "They understand when the scouts come in, the head coaches and the GM, the first game they will put on is this A&M game. So they have to be prepared.

"And then I always feel like the bowl game is the first game for next season. We are a young team, so we have a lot of players coming back. It would be great to finish strong and kind of prepare ourselves for next season."

As far as A&M, Petrino called the game a "great challenge" for the Cardinals.

"It sure would be nice to end this season with a win," senior Sheldon Rankins said. "This would be a good one."


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