NASHVILLE, TN (WAVE) - Louisville gets another shot at a Southeastern Conference power when the Cards take on Texas A&M on Wednesday in the Music City Bowl.
The Cards have won 6 of their last 8 against SEC schools, including the 2013 Sugar Bowl win over Florida.
"The one thing you know when you're playing an SEC team, every game they played throughout the year really meant something, because it's so competitive," UofL head coach Bobby Petrino said. "All their players are talented and fast and well coached, so it's a great challenge for us."
Petrino was 3-0 against Texas A&M as the head coach at Arkansas.
Aggies head coach Kevin Sumlin was quick to point out that it hasn't been too long since UofL knocked off an SEC school. "As you sit and watch the video, Louisville, you see a well coached team, fast. Defense has played fabulous. Shoot the last team they played they beat an SEC team," he said. The Cards beat Kentucky 38-24 on November 29 in their final regular season game.
Freshman Lamar Jackson is expected to get the start at quarterback for UofL. Jackson has already established a new school record with 734 rushing yards this season, the most in one season by a Cards quarterback. He is just 23 yards away from the career record of 756, set by Stefan LeFors from 2002-04.
Texas A&M has a more unsettled quarterback situation. Junior Jake Hubenak will get his first college start. Of the Aggies 23 touchdown passes this season, Hubenak threw one. He takes over for Kyle Allen and Kyler Murray, who both left the program in the last month.
"Let's face it, the guys been around a little bit, he's been at another university, he's been at a junior college. He's an older guy that traveled around a little bit, so he's used to adversity," Sumlin said. Hubenak has completed 12 of 27 passes this season, with one touchdown pass against Auburn. He redshirted as a walk-on at Oklahoma State in 2013, and spent the 2014 season at Blinn Junior College. He threw for more than 4,000 yards at Blinn.
Hubenak's lack of experience at this level could mean a steady dose of Tra Carson. The senior running back has carried the ball 222 times for 1,059 yards and 6 touchdowns this season.
On defense, the Aggies are led by sophomore Myles Garrett. He leads the SEC with 11.5 sacks and has forced five fumbles.
Louisville's defense has proven to be adept at applying pressure, especially when handed an early lead this season. The Cards have 33 sacks.
Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. at Nissan Stadium in Nashville.