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Welcome to the Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl featuring Texas A&M against Louisville.  This will be an exciting game with Louisville winning 28-17 over Texas A&M.  Play the best fantasy college football contests at Fanpicks.com

 

Texas A&M will have a new quarterback when it faces Louisville in the Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl on Dec. 30 in Nashville, Tenn. Sophomore Kyle Allen and freshman Kyler Murray, who combined for 2,896 yards, 22 touchdowns and 14 interceptions while splitting time this year, announced they were transferring out of Texas A&M as the Aggies began bowl preparations. Sophomore Jake Hubenak (a transfer from Blinn Junior College) is the only other Aggies quarterback to throw a pass this season.

The Cardinals, won five of their last six games to qualify coach Bobby Petrino for a school-record sixth bowl appearance, also used two starting quarterbacks this season. Dual-threat freshman Lamar Jackson led the Cardinals in rushing yards (734) and touchdowns (nine) in 11 appearances and six starts. Sophomore Kyle Bolin is a pocket-passer and threw for 1,154 yards, seven touchdowns and six interceptions.

The pressure will be on the two defenses to slow these offenses full of talented, young skill players. The Aggies rank third nationally in tackles for loss – led by Myles Garrett’s SEC-best 18.5 – and held teams to 161.2 passing yards. Devonte Fields had 19.5 tackles for loss while the Cardinals ranked 13th in total defense (323.4).

 

TEXAS A&M Season Overview (8-4, 4-4 SEC): Allen made nine starts and Murray had three while Hubenak went 12-of-27 for 92 yards and one touchdown in five appearances. Hubenak will have plenty of targets in Christian Kirk (70 catches for 925 yards, six TDs), Ricky Seals-Jones (42, 542, three) and Josh Reynolds (40, 730, five). Kirk, the SEC Freshman of the Year after recording 1,659 all-purpose yards, finished with a 24.4-yard average and two scores on punt returns.

 

LOUISVILLE Season Overview (7-5, 5-3 ACC): Jackson – who threw for 1,613 yards, 10 TDs and eight interceptions – is practicing taking snaps under center after spending most of the year in a pistol or shotgun formation. Jamari Staples (36 catches for 610 yards, three TDs) and James Quick (35 catches for 551 yards, five TDs) led the team in receiving while freshmen Ja ylen Smith (27 catches, 372 yards, one TD) and Traveon Samuel (18 catches, 177 yards, one TD) got valuable experience. Brandon Radcliff added 587 yards and seven scores on the ground.

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Texas A&M Aggies vs. Louisville Cardinals College Football Fantasy Preview 12-30-2015

 

The Music City Bowl will feature the Louisville Cardinals to meet the Texas A&M Aggies. College football daily fantasy league GM’s can tune to ESPN TV on Wednesday December 30th at 7PM Eastern Time to track the results of their DFS roster picks.

 

The once explosive Texas A&M Aggies offense has shown issues getting points on the board. They have been held to 10 points of fewer in three of their past six games with the opponents being LSU, Auburn and Ole Miss. The Aggies have fallen to mid-pack in scoring offense in 2015 as they push across just 28.3 points per game.

 

Louisville finished the regular season at 7-5. They got off to a slow start behind a freshman quarterback but rallied winning five of their past six games. They continue to be a solid defensive team ranking 14th best in college football holding teams to just 323 yards per game.

 

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Running back Brandon Radcliff came on during the latter half of the season. In their final regular season game the junior running back had two touchdowns on the ground against Kentucky. He had 146 yards rushing on November 14th against Virginia with two touchdowns. Radcliff will be running against the 106th rushing defense from college football.

 

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USC Trojans vs. Wisconsin Badgers College Football Real Money Fantasy Preview 12-30-2015

 

The Holiday Bowl features the Wisconsin Badgers to meet the USC Trojans. DFS draft managers can tune to ESPN TV on Wednesday December 30th at 10:30PM Eastern Time to follow the scoring results of their daily fantasy football roster selections.

 

The USC Trojans were an inconsistent team in 2015. They finished at 8-5 after a loss to Stanford in the PAC 12 title game. The team possesses the 30th ranked passing offense from college football behind quarterback Cody Kessler and wide out Juju Smith. They had issues defending the dynamic passing attacks from college football but that is not Wisconsin behind quarterback Joel Stave.

 

Wisconsin was able to avoid the heavyweight teams in the Big Ten conference in 2015 in Michigan St, Ohio St and Michigan who were not on the schedule. Their losses in the Big Ten came against Iowa and Northwestern where they could only score 7 points on the Wildcats and a mere 6 points on the Hawkeyes. The Badgers have put together solid defensive numbers but they have not seen the speed and skill level of this USC Trojans team.

 

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Trojans senior quarterback Cody Kessler will be playing his final game for USC. He is an NFL prospect so expect the Trojans game plan to be passing the football downfield to help his draft status. Kessler completed 67% of his throws in 2015 for 3315 yards with 28 touchdowns and 6 picks. The game is being played in nearby San Diego where the weather figures to be good for the Holiday Bowl. Kessler has thrown for multiple touchdowns in four of his past five games. He passed for 365 yards at Notre Dame and 375 yards at Arizona St both are bowl teams. The Trojans receiving corps are healthy and will have success spreading out the field and finding open targets against a slower secondary that Kessler will have success throwing against.

 

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Leading wide receiver Juju Smith is healthy for the Trojans entering the Holiday Bowl. He has caught 85 balls for 1389 yards with ten touchdowns. Smith has averaged 16.3 yards per reception on the season.

 

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