Date: Dec. 30, 2015
Game Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: Nissan Stadium, Nashville, Tenn.
Play by Play: Tom Hart
Analyst: Andre Ware
Sideline: Laura Rutledge
A sunny day is expected in the Music City on Wednesday, with a high of 53 degrees and a low of 38 degrees. Temperature at kickoff will be in mid 40s, with a very light wind. In short, it'll feel much cooler once the sun goes down, so bring your warm clothing. Earmuffs suggested.
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About the Cardinals and Aggies
- Louisville enters the contest at 7-5 overall, including a 5-3 mark in the ACC.
- Texas A&M is 8-4 overall, with a 4-4 record in SEC play.
- Texas A&M will be seeking its fifth bowl win in the last five seasons, which ties Michigan State for the longest streak in the nation.
- The two share one common opponent. The Cardinals lost to Auburn in week one, falling 31-24 at the Chick-fil-A Kickoff in Atlanta. The Aggies fell to the Tigers at home 26-10 in week ten.
- Texas A&M will have a third-string quarterback making his FBS debut on Wednesday. Former JUCO standout Jake Hubenak received the opportunity after the program's top two signal-callers chose to transfer following the completion of the regular season. In just eight games at Blinn (Tex.) College, Hubenak threw for 4,052 yards and 47 touchdowns.
- The Cardinals will feature freshman quarterback Lamar Jackson. The rookie led the Cardinals in both passing and rushing yards this in 2015.
- The bowl game will feature a few of the nation's top defensive rush specialists. Louisville's Devonte Fields currently ranks second nationally with 19.5 tackles for a loss and is 35th with eight sacks. Fellow Cardinal Trevon Young is No. 18 in the country with 8.5 sacks. TAMU's Myles Garrett is fifth in the nation with 11.5 sacks and seventh with 17.5 tackles for a loss.
- As a group, the two defenses have posted very similar numbers in 2015. They are tied at No. 21 nationally with an average of 2.75 sacks per game. The Aggies 8.6 tackles for a loss per game average is third nationally, while the Cardinals 7.5 average is No. 14.
- The programs have met three prior times, with Texas A&M winning each. All occurred between 1992-94.
- U of L head coach Bobby Petrino is seeking career win 100 in the bowl game.
- Louisville led the ACC and was No. 14 nationally with 16 total interceptions. Nine different players recorded an interception in 2015, with sophomore Trumaine Washington leading the way with four.
- Louisville is 1-0 at Nashville's Nissan Stadium. The Cardinals defeated host Middle Tennessee State 41-16 there during the 2006 season.
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3 Things for a TAMU Victory
1. Pressure. Louisville's QB is going to get some yardage on the ground, but the Aggies need to contain him as much as possible.
2. Pass. While he has no FBS experience, Hubenak is a talented a thrower. His skill set may change the Aggie offenseive approach considerably.
3. Score First. Louisville plays best when ahead. Forcing the Cardinals to pass takes the rookie Jackson out of his comfort zone.
3 Things for a U of L Victory
1. Success at QB. Lamar Jackson, be it threw the air or on the ground, needs to have an impact on the game.
2. Run 42 times. Louisville is 7-0 this season when totaling 42 rush attempts. The Cardinals have mustered just 30 rush attempts in their five defeats.
3. No Giveaways. Both teams enter the game -3 in turnover margin. Whoever wins the turnover battle on Wednesday will likely get the W.