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NCAA Bowl Previews 2015: Music City Bowl

Game three of the day and game two between the SEC and the ACC features the Texas A&M Aggies and the Louisville Card



  Game three of the day and game two between the SEC and the ACC features the Texas A&M Aggies and the Louisville Cardinals. For the second consecutive year, the Aggies have had reason to optimistic about their QB’s, and for the second consecutive year, they season has ended with QB’s transferring. This time, it is two of the highest ranked high school prospects of the last two years – Kyle Allen and Kyler Murray – leaving the keys of the offense to 3rd sting QB Jake Hubenak. A win would give the Aggies their fifth straight Bowl win. Overall, the Aggies rank fairly well on both offense and defense. Offensively, they rank 48th in total yards per game (423 YPG), 40th in passing yards per game (251.3 PYG), 66th in rushing yards per game (171.7 RYG) and 68th in points per game (33.7 PPG). Defensively, the Aggies had their best year since 2012, ranking 42nd in total yards (367 YPG), 4th in passing (161.3 PYG), 104th in rushing (205.9 RYG) and 29th in scoring (21.6 PPG). For the last 3 seasons the Aggies have had an offensive lineman drafted in the first round, and that trend could continue with Germain Ifedi this year. Ifedi is a redshirt junior but has already expressed his desire to enter the draft. He is 6’5”, 320 and has played both right and left tackle and guard in his 3 years and has been very good at all three. He has long arms, a good base and quick feet. He is the least hyped of the 3 guys before him (Luke Joeckel, Jake Matthews and Cedric Ogbuehi) and is far more likely to be a right tackle or guard than a left tackle, but he is yet another high round OL prospect out of A&M. P Drew Kaser, C Mike Matthews, RB Tra Carson, OG Joseph Cheek, RB/CB Brandon Williams, DE Julien Obioha and CB De’Vante Harris join Ifedi in looking to make one last impact for the Aggies. The Cardinals got out to a very slow start and must have been worried about missing out on a Bowl game for the first time since 2010, but they came back and won 7 of their last 9 to secure a Bowl game. They’ll be looking to get back in the win column having lost to the Georgia Bulldogs in last year’s Belk Bowl. Offensively, the Cardinals are fairly average, they rank 58th in total yards (406 YPG), 43rd in passing (246.6 PYG), 82nd in rushing (159.7 RYG) and 65th in scoring (28.8 PPG). Defensively, though, this team excels. They rank 13th in total yards (323 YPG), 40th in passing (204.7 PYG), 15th in rushing (118.8 RYG) and 48th in scoring (24.3 PPG). The Aggies have a very good offensive line, and 2 of their top prospects are interior linemen, so it works out that we’ll get to see the Cardinals’ top prospect take on the strength of the Aggies. DT Sheldon Rankins is the heart of this defense. He is a force in the A-gap as he has the power to take up multiple blockers but he can also create havoc in the passing game as he has the lateral quickness to run stunts. He is also gives 110% on every play and hustles to chase down the play. His pass rush moves and his hand placement needs work, but he is very talented. DE Devonte Fields, LB James Burgess, junior SS Josh Harvey-Clemons, K John Wallace, OT Kelby Jonson and OT Aaron Epps are the Cardinals players to watch. If you want to watch this game, or any of the other Bowl games, the complete Bowl schedule can be found here, where you’ll be able to see how and when you can watch every game.  

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Remy Cabache

Lifetime sports fan. I have written with RealSport since the NFL section started and I have also written for my own blog, EbonyBird.com and I have had several articles published in local newspapers covering my local (American) football team.

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