Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl - Louisville Cardinals vs. Texas A&M Aggies - 12/30/15 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Texas A&M Aggies (8-4) at Louisville Cardinals (6-5)
College Football: Wednesday, December 30, 2015 at 7:00 pm (Nissan Stadium)
The Line: Louisville Cardinals +2.5 -- Over/Under: 48 See the Latest Odds
The Texas A&M Aggies will play the Louisville Cardinals in the Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl.
The Louisville Cardinals were 7-5 this season and finished 3rd in the ACC Atlantic Division standings. The Louisville offense is averaging 30.3 points per game with 246.6 passing yards per game and 159.7 rushing yards per game. Lamar Jackson is the Louisville quarterback who is completing 55.7% of his passes for 1613 yards, 10 touchdowns, and 8 interceptions. Jackson also has 734 rushing yards and 9 touchdowns for Louisville. Kyle Bolin also plays quarterback for Louisville with 1154 yards, 7 touchdowns, and 6 interceptions. Brandon Radcliff has 587 rushing yards and 7 touchdowns for Louisville. Jamari Staples (questionable with injury) has 610 receiving yards and 3 touchdowns, while James Quick has 551 receiving yards and 5 touchdowns for Louisville. The Louisville defense is giving up 24.3 points per game with 204.7 passing yards per game and 118.8 rushing yards per game. Keith Kelsey has 100 tackles, Trevon Young has 8.5 sacks, and Trumaine Washington has 4 interceptions for Louisville. Louisville is -3 in turnover margin this season.
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The Texas A&M Aggies were 8-4 this season and finished 6th in the SEC West Division standings. The Texas A&M offense is averaging 28.3 points per game with 251.3 passing yards per game and 171.7 rushing yards per game. After their top two quarterbacks decided to transfer, Texas A&M is forced to go with Jake Hubenak who has 92 yards, 1 touchdown and 0 interceptions in very limited playing time this season. Tra Carson has 1059 rushing yards and 6 touchdowns for Texas A&M. Christian Kirk has 925 receiving yards and 6 touchdowns, while Josh Reynolds has 730 receiving yards and 5 touchdowns for Texas A&M. The Texas A&M defense is giving up 21.6 points per game with 205.9 rushing yards per game and 161.3 passing yards per game. Armani Watts has 111 tackles, Myles Garrett has 11.5 sacks, and Donovan Wilson has 5 interceptions for Texas A&M. Texas A&M is -4 in turnover margin this season.
This should be a very good game between two even teams. Texas A&M wasn’t as impressive as I hoped they would be this season and had some offensive issues this season. Texas A&M’s defense did play well this season and kept them in games where their offense struggled. Louisville ended the season winning 5 of their last 6 games and really started to find their offense in that stretch. Louisville’s defense played well this season and kept teams under 21 points in 6 of their games. While this is a toss up, I am going to side with Louisville due to the uncertainty of Texas A&M’s quarterback situation.