5 things to watch for the Louisville Cardinals in the Music City Bowl on Wednesday night against Texas A&M

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Here are five things to watch as the Louisville football team heads into Wednesday nights Music City Bowl game against Texas A&M in Nissan Stadium. The Cardinals are 7-5 on the season.

It's almost game day for the Music City Bowl.

Louisville and Texas A&M will square off on Wednesday night at Nissan Stadium in Nashville, Tenn., with the kickoff slated for 7 o'clock easter time in the home of the Tennessee Titans.

The Cardinals are 7-5 and have won seven of the past nine games, while Texas A&M is 8-4 on the season.

Here are five things to watch in the game:

  1. Louisville's defensive pressure: Perhaps the biggest key for Louisville is making sure third-string QB Jake Hubenak doesn't get comfortable. Expect Todd Grantham to send all kinds of pressure and try and confuse Hubenak in his first start. The junior-college transfer is a good passer but he's never been in the situation. I'd say we see a lot of Trevon Young and DeVante Fields coming after him.

  2. Louisville's running game: And I don't mean Lamar Jackson. We heard Garrick McGee say today if they need Jackson to run the ball 30 times hten he will, but it will be a much easier game for the U of L offense if one of the tailbacks gets hot. Texas A&M ranks #104 against the run and I would think we'll see the Cardinals try and challenge that early. Expect a big game from Brandon Radcliff.

  3. Turnovers will be a factor: Both teams have turned it over a lot this season. Louisville had the most in the ACC with 27 and Texas A&M finished with 22. Both teams need to hold onto the ball and for Louisville they need to try and force Hubenak into a few early mistakes. I think in the end the game could come down to which team makes the most mistakes - and they're both used to doing it.

  4. Special teams? There hasn't been a ton of talk about special teams this season but outside the first few weeks John Wallace has been great for the Cardinals and really Josh Appleby has been sensational all season. Texas A&M has perhaps the best punter in the country - Drew Kaser - and he can be a difference-maker in field position. Cards must tackle on kickoffs and try and win the special teams battle.

  5. Get off to a fast start? Coming from behind hasn't been a problem for this Louisville team but with an inexperienced quarterback for the Aggies starting the game, a fast start would be nice to U of L. You don't want to get behind and have the team and all the momentum get behind Hubenak, who appears to be a fan and teammate favorite. Get going early on.


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