Texas A&M vs. Louisville 2015 Music City Bowl Lines Preview

Posted by Daniel Strum on December 29, 2015 in

With their quarterbacks leaving the team in droves recently, the Texas A&M Aggies will have their hands in full trying to beat the Louisville Cardinals when the two teams square off in the 2015 Music City Bowl on Wednesday, December 30 at 7:00 PM ET, live from Nissan Stadium in Nashville, Tennessee. Still, with all of their issues, the Aggies are only slight bowl odds underdogs to take down the Cardinals in what looks like one of the most intriguing bowl game matchups on the entire 2015 docket. Now, let’s find out which one of these teams have the best college football odds to win this game!

How To Bet the Aggies vs. Cardinals 2015 Music City Bowl Odds, TV & Game Info

When: Wednesday, December 30, 7:00 PM ET
Where: Nissan Stadium, Nashville, Tennessee
TV Stream: WatchESPN
LINE: Louisville -4.5
O/U: 47.5

The Cardinals are favored to beat underdog Texas A&M by 4.5 points after opening as a 1-point favorite while the game’s Over/Under total sits at 47.5. Louisville is a -200 pick against the Moneyline while Texas A&M is a +170 underdog pick against the Moneyline.

Why Bet the Texas A&M Aggies Odds at +1

Outside of the fact that the Aggies can score the ball with anyone, there’s not much reason to back them in this contest. The Aggies are coming off a dismal 19-7 loss against LSU in their regular season finale, but that’s not the worst part. You see, as the Aggies were making preparations for this bowl game when they got stunned by the recent announcements that sophomore signal-caller Kyle Allen and freshman quarterback Kyler Murray, a pair that combined for 2,896 passing yards, 22 touchdowns and 14 interceptions, were both leaving the school to pursue opportunities at other schools.

Now, the Aggies will be forced to turn to sophomore third-stringer, Jake Hubenak. The Blinn Junior College transfer had 92 passing yards and one touchdown with the Aggies this season after passing for a stellar 4,052 yards with 47 touchdowns and just nine interceptions in eight games for Blinn.

Hubenak will throw the rock early and often to receivers Christian Kirk (70 catches for 925 yards, six TDs), Ricky Seals-Jones (42, 542, three) and Josh Reynolds (40, 730, five). Kirk bagged the SEC Freshman of the Year award after racking up an impressive 1,659 all-purpose yards. Believe it or not, Texas A&M ranks third in the country in tackles for a loss. Future NFL star Myles Garrett recorded an SEC-best 18.5 such tackles and the Aggies held their opponents to just 161.2 passing yards per game.

Texas A&M averages 28.3 points per game (68th) while allowing 21.6 per contest defensively (27th).

Why Bet Louisville Cardinals Odds at -1

Because they closed out the regular season on a nice run and are playing a team with problems! The Cardinals won five of their final six regular season games including their 38-24 win over Kentucky in their finale. Now, the Cardinals will turn to their pair of ‘starting’ quarterbacks to get the ‘W’ against Texas A&M.

Dual-threat freshman signal-caller Lamar Jackson led the Cardinals in rushing yards and touchdowns with 734 yards and nine scores. Sophomore quarterback Kyle Bolin also passed for 1,154 yards with seven touchdowns and six interceptions. Receiver Jamari Staples led the Cardinals aerial attack with 36 catches for 610 yards and three touchdowns while fellow wideout James Quick added 35 catches for 551 yards and five TDs.

The Cardinals average 28.8 points per game (65th) and allow 24.3 points per contest defensively. Louisville also ranked 13th in the nation in total defense (323.4).

My Expert Pick & Final Score Prediction

The Texas A&M Aggies may be down to their third-string quarterback, but apparently, a lot of college football bettors believe they’re going to cover the spread at the very least.

58 percent of the betting public like A%M to get the ATS cover and so do I, mostly because this matchups looks like it will be decided by a field goal at most. Both teams in this contest have compiled identical 5-2 ATS marks in their last seven neutral site games and both have put together some ugly ATS trends as well.

For me, the fact that Louisville has allowed 31 points or more in two of their final three games tells me that Texas A&M will ‘get theirs’ offensively in this contest, to cover the college football betting line with a tad of room to spare!

My final score prediction: Louisville 27 Texas A&M 24