Preview: Texas A&M at Louisville

When: 7:00 PM ET, Wednesday, December 30, 2015
Where: Nissan Stadium, Nashville, Tennessee


1. Texas A&M will have a new quarterback when it faces Louisville in the Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl on Dec. 30 in Nashville, Tenn. Sophomore Kyle Allen and freshman Kyler Murray, who combined for 2,896 yards, 22 touchdowns and 14 interceptions while splitting time this year, announced they were transferring out of Texas A&M as the Aggies began bowl preparations. Sophomore Jake Hubenak (a transfer from Blinn Junior College) is the only other Aggies quarterback to throw a pass this season.

2. The Cardinals, won five of their last six games to qualify coach Bobby Petrino for a school-record sixth bowl appearance, also used two starting quarterbacks this season. Dual-threat freshman Lamar Jackson led the Cardinals in rushing yards (734) and touchdowns (nine) in 11 appearances and six starts. Sophomore Kyle Bolin is a pocket-passer and threw for 1,154 yards, seven touchdowns and six interceptions.

3. The pressure will be on the two defenses to slow these offenses full of talented, young skill players. The Aggies rank third nationally in tackles for loss - led by Myles Garrett's SEC-best 18.5 - and held teams to 161.2 passing yards. Devonte Fields had 19.5 tackles for loss while the Cardinals ranked 13th in total defense (323.4).

TV: 7 p.m. ET, ESPN. LINE: Louisville -1

ABOUT TEXAS A&M (8-4, 4-4 SEC): Allen made nine starts and Murray had three while Hubenak went 12-of-27 for 92 yards and one touchdown in five appearances. Hubenak will have plenty of targets in Christian Kirk (70 catches for 925 yards, six TDs), Ricky Seals-Jones (42, 542, three) and Josh Reynolds (40, 730, five). Kirk, the SEC Freshman of the Year after recording 1,659 all-purpose yards, finished with a 24.4-yard average and two scores on punt returns.

ABOUT LOUISVILLE (7-5, 5-3 ACC): Jackson - who threw for 1,613 yards, 10 TDs and eight interceptions - is practicing taking snaps under center after spending most of the year in a pistol or shotgun formation. Jamari Staples (36 catches for 610 yards, three TDs) and James Quick (35 catches for 551 yards, five TDs) led the team in receiving while freshmen Jaylen Smith (27 catches, 372 yards, one TD) and Traveon Samuel (18 catches, 177 yards, one TD) got valuable experience. Brandon Radcliff added 587 yards and seven scores on the ground.

PREDICTION: Louisville 28, Texas A&M 17

Stats and Records

Team Comparison

  W/L Strk PF PA Home Away Grass Turf Conf
Texas A&M 8-4 L1 28.3 21.6 6-2 2-2 6-3 0-0 4-4
Louisville 7-5 W1 28.8 24.3 4-2 3-3 2-2 0-0 5-3

Last Meeting

Texas A&M Louisville
Date Away Home Tot Rus Pas Tot Rus Pas
11/12/94 TAM 26 LOU 10 0 0 0 0 0 0

Player Stats

Previous Matchup
Passing Player COMP% YDS TD INT
Rushing Player CAR YDS AVG TD
Receiving Player REC YDS AVG TD
TDs Player TD
Passing Player COMP% YDS TD INT
TAM J. Hubenak 44.4 92 1 0
LOU L. Jackson 55.7 1613 10 8
Rushing Player CAR YDS AVG TD
TAM T. Carson 222 1059 4.8 6
LOU L. Jackson 141 734 5.2 9
Receiving Player REC YDS AVG TD
TAM C. Kirk 70 925 13.2 6
LOU J. Staples 36 610 16.9 3
TDs Player TD
TAM C. Kirk 8
LOU L. Jackson 9

Quickchart Matchup

Texas A&M Off vs  Louisville Def
423 yards
323.4 yards
4.4 yards/rush
3.3 yards/rush
6.9 yards/attempt
6.6 yards/attempt
Louisville Off vs  Texas A&M Def
406.2 yards
367.2 yards
4.3 yards/rush
4.9 yards/rush
7.7 yards/attempt
5.8 yards/attempt

Matchup Stats - Full Matchup

Texas A&M Overall Louisville
8-4-0 W/L 7-5-0
5-7-0 ATS 6-6-0
4-8-0 O/U 6-5-1
28.3 Pts For 28.8
21.6 Pts Against 24.3
Texas A&M A/H Louisville
2-2 W/L 4-2
2-2-0 ATS 3-3-0
0-4-0 O/U 3-3-0
15.8 Pts For 31.5
15.8 Pts Against 19.8
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