Music City Bowl Spread Check: All over the place
Good Bull Hunting has all the info you need on Jake Hubenak, the man who will apparently be quarterbacking Texas A&M on Dec. 30.
Even with everything going on, Aggie players still seem to be pretty upbeat.
An update on Music City Bowl ticket sales...
Almost 50,000 tickets have been sold for the Dec. 30 Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl at Nissan Stadium, which will feature Texas A&M against Louisville.
The pace has not been far off from last year when the bowl pitted traditional powers Notre Dame and LSU. At the same point last year about 55,000 tickets had been sold.
Attendance for last year's game was 60,419. Average attendance over the first 17 years for the game is 55,031.
""We're just a shade under 50,000 tickets right now," Music City Bowl President and CEO Scott Ramsey said. We're on track to have a great crowd. Hopefully the weather will hold. Especially the Louisville folks will be able to make some last-minute decisions to come down for a couple of days and be a part of the game."
Louisville officials already have sold its allotment of 7,000 tickets and requested an additional 2,500.
Texas A&M has not sold all of its 7,500-ticket allotment.
"We're hopeful Texas A&M will bring their full allotment," Ramsey said. "If they do then we're going to have a great environment and we're going to have a great impact. Because from what we're seeing right now (Texas A&M) fans are going to be staying for several days and a lot of the Louisville fans are as well. On top of that there are day-trippers and locals, so we've got a good blend so far. If we get north of 50,000 we'll be really pleased."
Sheldon Rankins is the 20th overall selection in the latest NFL mock draft from ESPN's Todd McShay.
After making an official visit to U of L last weekend, apparently Tylin Oden will be back in town (or at least back in the state) this weekend.
Pat Forde likes Louisville in his bowl preview spectacular for Yahoo.
Dash Pick: Louisville 26, Texas A&M 24. The Cardinals have started three different QBs and have a team pass efficiency rating that ranks 64th nationally. The Aggies have started two QBs and played a third and have a team pass efficiency rating that ranks 76th. Neither unit has been dazzling, but advantage to the guy who has too many QBs (Petrino) over the guy who may have too few (Sumlin). Louisville true freshman dual-threat quarterback Lamar Jackson has been dangerous but needs to avoid turnovers and sacks.
The Louisville women's basketball team begins a two-game road swing tonight when it plays at Tennessee Tech in the Eblen Center at 6:30 p.m. Here's your preview.
If it's anything like last year, then this Hilltopper was talking about putting up a fight literally.
Nigel Snipes on facing U of L: "Gotta put up a fight, man. Just gotta go. They’re a good team and I feel like we’re gonna play our best."— Chad Bishop (@MrChadBishop) December 17, 2015
Sports Illustrated put Michigan State on the cover of its magazine this week and didn't get the name of the team's head coach right. They apologized.
Some thoughts on Bo Ryan's retirement from Luke Winn.
And some more from Louis Bien.
Kentucky offensive coordinator Shannon Dawson won't be back next year.
You best get your shit straight before game week gets here, WLKY.
Hell nah @WLKY @CardChronicle pic.twitter.com/Kr9U0KKzXj— Taylor Reilly (@TReilly45) December 17, 2015
If you didn't catch it, the C-J has the full transcript of Rick Pitino's post-Kennesaw State comments.
Louisville remains at No. 17 in the latest installment of Luke Winn's power rankings for Sports Illustrated.
My favorite Star Wars moment is when the CCBM is like, "it's a trap" and then it is, in fact, a trap.
The Force Awakens! GO CARDS! @CardChronicle pic.twitter.com/6kEtLAC7Sq— Raymond Hunt (@raymondhunt) December 17, 2015
The story of how two Euroleague teams ended a game intentionally trying not to score might be my favorite thing from Thursday.
For a limited time, you can get 25 percent off all orders with our friends over at Beaux Tied by using the promo code "SAVE25" at checkout.
The Kyler Murray saga at Texas A&M was weird and drama-filled way before this week. Here's a complete timeline.
Notre Dame coach Mike Brey turned a whole bunch of heads on Thursday by saying that the Fighting Irish are the most consistent program in the state of Indiana, "and it isn't close." Fans of the Hoosiers vehemently disagree. The two teams square off in the Crossroads Classic Saturday afternoon at 2.
Congratulations to Louisville volleyball seniors Katie George and Erin Fairs, who have been named AVCA Honorable Mention All-Americans by American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) on the 35th annual AVCA Division I All-America Teams.
More congratulations are in store for George, who this week accepted a gig to join the team over at WDRB.
Both Pryor and the shirt.
Louisville still stands at No. 12 in the Top 25 (and one) from CBS.
I know people tend to have strong opinions about BussFeed, but this 28 Pictures That Prove 2015 Wasn't A Completely Terrible Year post should have at least one or two things that will make you smile.
Not sure when bowl organizers are going to realize that 95% of all pregame bowl conflicts happen during dance-offs.
Video: Utah DL Viliseni Fauonuku had a message for BYU at tonight's dance-off #BYU #Utes #LasVegasBowl pic.twitter.com/A39yaLqR6L— Jeremiah Jensen (@JJSportsBeat) December 17, 2015
So, Utah-BYU is probably going to be appointment television on Saturday.
Louisville is reportedly setting its sights on landing an MLS franchise, which would be cool.
Nine hundred tickets have already been sold to the Music City Bowl pre-party in Nashville where we're going to be doing our show from the day of the game. General admission tickets are 15 bucks, and part of the proceeds from the event will go to the Petrino Family Foundation. Also, don't confuse this with the Alumni Association party which will also be taking place at the Wildhorse Saloon on the Tuesday night before the game.
For more information or to purchase tickets, go here.
Patches are on. Repeat: patches. are. on.
.@MusicCityBowl patches are all sewn on! #14Days #BeatTAMU pic.twitter.com/N4Uk0qhrEz— Louisville Equipment (@UofLEquipment) December 16, 2015
Louisville recruit Eric Mitchell has officially decommitted from Florida.
I've fielded a number of questions in recent weeks about Christmas specials (yes, both Donner and Santa from Rudolph are gigantic assholes), so here are my definitive top five ... specials, not movies:
1. A Garfield Christmas
2. A Claymation Christmas
3. A Charlie Brown Christmas
4. Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
5. Frosty the Snowman
The distance between No. 4 and No. 5 is substantial. Frosty allowing Karen to travel in a freezing box car with him to the North Pole sans any sort of adult supervision always horrified me.
You don't even want to know how long I could write about this.
Jon Rothstein gives Louisville a shout in his most recent college hoops roundup for CBS.
Louisville's fifth-year transfers are carrying the Cards
This is why the spring recruiting period has become so pivotal in college basketball.
Rick Pitino was set up to have a massive rebuilding season, but by landing two immediately eligible transfers in Damion Lee (Drexel) and Trey Lewis (Cleveland State) Louisville (8-1) will now have a real pulse heading into the ACC.
The duo of Lee and Lewis is currently averaging 32.3 points, 8.8 rebounds, and 4.7 assists while shooting a combined 50.8 percent, 89.0 percent from the foul line, and 40.1 percent from 3-point range.
Without these two guys, the Cardinals would finish in the bottom third of the ACC.
With them Louisville has a chance to crack the league's top-five along with North Carolina, Virginia, Duke, and Miami.
I will never get tired of "surprising walk-on with scholarship" stories/videos.
Quick reminder that Louisville will be accepting toy donations at the Yum Center before tomorrow's game.
Little man wanted a mini RRTG for his polar express box car at school! @CardChronicle @CardSportsZone @howielindsey pic.twitter.com/wrcCcDxu3B— Red Rage Tailgate (@TheRed_Rage) December 18, 2015
Louisville sits at No. 10 in the latest Ken Pom rankings.
And finally, today's R&R will be coming to you live from Royal Jewelers in St. Matthews. The store is going to have a 20 percent off storewide sale and 40 percent off all Citizen watches only while we're there from three to six. Drop by, say hi, talk about Western Kentucky for a little bit. Or just listen online.