Music City Bowl Preview History
2012 Music City Bowl Game Preview:
The Music City Bowl is featuring a team that is riding a six-game winning streak while playing in the SEC… would anyone have guessed it was the Vanderbilt Commodores before the season? James Franklin has led Vandy to an 8-4 record and a berth in the bowl against the NC State Wolfpack. Jordan Rodgers, younger brother of pro-bowl QB Aaron Rodgers, is going to be looking for leading receiver Jordan Matthews early and often as the two have found a good rapport over the course of the season. NC State will be looking to end the season strong after a tough loss to Clemson to close ACC play. It’ll be Mike Glennon’s final game in the NC State white and red, so emotions will be high on the offensive side of the ball.
Go to Nashville for the Music City Bowl and stay for the music and good times that await you at historical venues like the Grand Ole Opry and the Ryman – New Year’s Eve is always a blast in Music City!
2011 Music City Bowl Game Preview:
It will be a battle of up-and-coming teams in Nashville’s LP Field on December 30th when the 6-6 Mississippi Bulldogs and 6-6 Wake Forest Demon Deacons battle for a bowl win and fodder for their young teams to take into 2012. For Mississippi State head coach Dan Mullen, the fact that this is the second-straight year he’s taken the Bulldogs to a bowl game should get him an extended contract, considering it’s the first time the school has done so since the late-90s. Wake Forest is looking to prove to the nation that it was worthy to win the ACC-Atlantic division after coming close to play for it, only losing to eventual champion Clemson by a last-second field goal. Make sure you don’t miss this battle of ascendant teams who will surely be making the highlight rounds many times in 2012!
2010 Music City Bowl Game Preview:
The ACC's North Carolina Tarheels might feel the Music City Bowl in Nashville isn't a neutral field when it goes up against the SEC's University of Tennessee Volunteers. A team on a four-game winning streak and a sea of orange will meet the team in Carolina Blue, who have rolled into the post-season with on a roll of its own, winning 7 out of its last 10.
Both teams' strengths are their passing attacks. The Tar Heels are led by senior quarterback T.J. Yates, who threw for 3,184 yards and 18 touchdowns while trying to incorporate a decent run game, led by Johnny White, who scored seven times while rushing for 720 yards. Tennessee's passing game was helped by the mid-season switch to freshman Tyler Bray, who threw 12 TDs in the four games he started. However, the star of the team has to be receiver Denarius Moore, who had the highest national average yard per catch at 21.2 and caught nine scores—and had to endure a mid-season switch to a freshman quarterback.
An interesting side note is that before the season, Tennessee pulled out of a two-year series with North Carolina because the Vol's Athletic Director didn't want to "load up the schedule" on new coach Derek Dooley. Well, they got their game in the end, and it will be interesting how the young Vols team matches up with the more established Tar Heel offense.
2009 Music City Bowl Game Preview:
The 2009 Music City Bowl will matchup ACC runner up Clemson Tigers against the SEC's Kentucky Wildcats. Clemson will be led by star running back CJ Spiller who wants to put up a big game to cap his phenomenal season. Kentucky will make the short trip to the Music Bowl where they won in 2006 and 2007. This 2009 Music City Bowl is a rematch of the 2006 bowl game when the Wildcats beat Clemson 28-20.
2008 Music City Bowl Game Preview:
The 2008 Music City Bowl will be an interesting game to watch, especially since this bowl game is notorious as an “upset” bowl. Six out of the nine Music City bowls, underdogs have clenched the bowl win. In 2008, the bowl will host the Vanderbilt Commodores and the Boston College Eagles. Nashville, Tennessee will be flooded with college football fans and avid music-goers alike for the Music City Bowl game, so make sure to get your tickets early to this fantastic year-ending bowl game!