By Zac Ellis
Johnny Manziel and Teddy Bridgewater were two of the nation's top quarterbacks last year, and the two nearly squared off to start the 2013 season. Louisville coach Charlie Strong told ESPN's Brett McMurphy that the Cardinals and Aggies were close to scheduling a season-opening clash at Houston's Reliant Stadium, but the possibility fell through.
Louisville wanted to boost its soft nonconference slate with a matchup against Texas A&M, and the Cardinals also came close to locking in a meeting with defending national champion Alabama in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game in Atlanta. However, Virginia Tech opted to keep its matchup with the Tide after briefly considering dropping the game if quarterback Logan Thomas declared for the NFL. Thomas opted to return to the Hokies in January. Louisville is entering its final season in the Big East before moving to the ACC in 2014. It's scheduled to face Ohio, Eastern Kentucky, FIU and Kentucky in nonconference games this fall. Meanwhile, Texas A&M is kicking off its second season in the SEC. It has nonconference matchups scheduled against Rice, Sam Houston State, SMU and UTEP.