This is the time of the season where college football coaches start to feel a bit nervous. Some more so than others, and for Texas A&M’s Kevin Sumlin, the seat is getting a little hot down there in Texas. When your top two quarterbacks depart decide to bail on the team and transfer, there is something going on that we aren’t hearing going on behind the scenes. If Sumlin can’t hold on to players what good is he to the school. I contend that Sumlin is a by-product of Johnny Manziel. Sumlin caught some good fortunes by having Manziel at Texas A&M when he just took over, now he doesn’t have his golden goose. With turmoil surrounding the Aggies’ program, Texas A&M needs to go out and play a football game. The Aggies were invited to the Music City Bowl for their 8-4 season. 8-4 would look like a decent season for some teams, but Texas A&M treaded water, and now with the departures at quarterback, they are sinking just a bit.
It will be interesting to see if A&M will stick with Sumlin or if he’s going to be on the way out. Some of these bowl games can appear pointless, but for coaches it can be different. If a coach is on the fence, and a putrid bowl effort follows, it could be the end of the road for some. Now with Chip Kelly fired by the Eagles, the head coaching scene just got a whole lot more interesting. Texas A&M gets the Louisville Cardinals today, who started the year off with a bang, well almost a bang. The Cards went to the wire with three very good teams through the first three weeks.
Louisville played Auburn hard but lost by a touchdown. They came back and took Houston to the wire, who has turned out to be a very good team, but lost 34-31. The next week they had to play Clemson, losing 20-17. In other words, a 0-3 start could have easily been 3-0 against good schools. The rest of the way the Cardinals played well. Let’s get to the pick for the Music City Bowl in Nashville.
Louisville Cardinals vs. Texas A&M Aggies Music City Bowl Betting Odds:
vs. Texas A&M +4.5(-110)
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Louisville vs. Texas A&M Pick:
The Aggies could put the turmoil of the last few weeks in the past if they win and win convincingly today. Go and blow the Cardinals out if you want people to forget about everything else. Texas A&M will need to rely on a JUCO transfer for this bowl, as all the other quarterbacks don’t want to play for the Aggies anymore. Kyle Allen is leaving and highly regarded freshman Kyler Murray is out as well. Jake Hubenak gets thrown into the fire for this one. Hubenak has passed for 92 yards and 1 touchdown in his only year at Texas A&M. The offense slowed down after it was evident Allen nor Murray had any motivation to compete anymore.
There was no effort or anything put forth by the Aggies in their season finale against LSU. I give the defense credit, they stepped up to slow down the rushing attack of LSU but the offense. My issue with the Aggies in this game is the quarterback situation. Louisville has a strong pass defense, it is the strength of this team. The Cardinals have allowed only 204.7 yards passing per game. I suspect that the defense is going to overwhelm Hubenak in his first start, forcing him into mistakes. This isn’t one of my favorite bowl plays of the season, but Louisville looks like a solid bet in the Music City Bowl.
PICK: LOUISVILLE -4.5 (-110)