Music City Bowl
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|Music City Bowl|
|Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl|
|Previous stadiums||Vanderbilt Stadium (1998)|
|Conference tie-ins||ACC/Big Ten, SEC|
|Previous conference tie-ins||
Big East (1998–2001)|
Big Ten (2002–2005)
|Payout||US$2,750,000 (as of 2015)|
Music City Bowl (1998)
HomePoint.com Music City Bowl (1999)
Music City Bowl (2000–2001)
Gaylord Hotels Music City Bowl (2002–2003)
Gaylord Hotels Music City Bowl Presented by Bridgestone (2004–2009)
|Kentucky vs. Northwestern (Northwestern 24–23)|
|Teams TBD (December 28, 2018)|
The Music City Bowl is a post-season American college football bowl game certified by the NCAA that has been played in Nashville, Tennessee, since 1998. Since 2010, it has been sponsored by the Franklin American Mortgage Company and officially known as the Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl. Previous title sponsors include American General Life & Accident (1998), HomePoint.com (1999), Gaylord Entertainment (2002–2003), and both Gaylord Entertainment and Bridgestone (2004–2009).
The game initially featured a matchup between representatives of the Southeastern Conference and the Big East Conference. The Big East was replaced by the Big Ten Conference in 2002. Beginning with the 2006 game the Big Ten Conference was replaced by the Atlantic Coast Conference. The ACC also took part in the 2005 game, when Virginia appeared because the SEC did not have enough bowl-eligible teams. Beginning in 2014, the Music City Bowl shares its tie in with the Gator Bowl; the Music City Bowl receives second choice of either an ACC or Big Ten team.
The first Music City Bowl was played at Vanderbilt Stadium in 1998. Beginning in 1999, the game was moved to the just completed home stadium of the Tennessee Titans, now known as Nissan Stadium. Beginning in 2002, the game became known as the Gaylord Hotels Music City Bowl. In 2003, Bridgestone became the presenting sponsor of the game, and its full title became the Gaylord Hotels Music City Bowl presented by Bridgestone. Both sponsors are based in Nashville. Previous sponsors of the bowl game included American General Life & Accident (now a subsidiary of AIG) in the inaugural 1998 game, and the now-defunct "homepoint.com" in the 1999 game. There was no sponsor in 2000 and 2001. Bridgestone dropped its presenting sponsorship following the 2007 game. Beginning with the 2010 game, Franklin American Mortgage served as title sponsor, though Gaylord still served as a major sponsor of the event.
The Music City Bowl has a history of upsets. The biggest underdog win was when Kentucky (+10) defeated Clemson 28–20 in 2006. Other big upsets include Minnesota (+7) defeating Arkansas 29–14 in 2002 and Virginia (+6) defeating Minnesota 34–31 in 2005. Boston College was a 4-point underdog when they defeated Georgia 20–16 in 2001, West Virginia was a 3-point underdog when they beat Mississippi in 2000, Syracuse was a 3-point underdog when they defeated Kentucky in 1999 and Minnesota was a 1-point underdog when they beat Alabama in 2004. Boston College also fell victim to an upset in the Music City Bowl in 2008, when the Vanderbilt Commodores (+4), making their first bowl appearance since 1982, defeated the 24th-ranked Eagles 16–14. The only favored teams to have won the Music City Bowl are Virginia Tech (−5) over Alabama in the first Music City Bowl in 1998, Auburn (−3) over Wisconsin in 2003, Kentucky (−7) over Florida State in 2007, Mississippi State (-6.5) over Wake Forest in 2011, Vanderbilt (-7.5) over NC State in the 2012 Music City Bowl, and Tennessee (-3) over Nebraska in the 2016 Music City Bowl.
The most lopsided loss was Virginia Tech's 38–7 win over Alabama in 1998. Alabama's 7 points in that game is a low for the Music City Bowl. The closest game was Vanderbilt's 16–14 win over Boston College in 2008. This also marked the lowest point total in the bowl's history. The highest point total was West Virginia's 49 against Ole Miss in 2000; Ole Miss scored 38 in that game and the 87 point total in that game is a high for the Music City Bowl. The attendance record was set at the 2007 Music City Bowl in Kentucky's win over Florida State.
All rankings are taken from the AP Poll prior to the game being played.
|Date Played||Winning Team||Losing Team||Attnd.||Notes|
|December 29, 1998[a 1]||Virginia Tech||38||Alabama||7||41,248||notes|
|December 29, 1999||Syracuse||20||Kentucky||13||59,221||notes|
|December 28, 2000||West Virginia||49||Ole Miss||38||47,119||notes|
|December 28, 2001||Boston College||20||#16 Georgia||16||46,125||notes|
|December 30, 2002||Minnesota||29||#25 Arkansas||14||39,183||notes|
|December 31, 2003||Auburn||28||Wisconsin||14||55,109||notes|
|December 31, 2004||Minnesota||20||Alabama||16||66,089||notes|
|December 30, 2005||Virginia[a 2]||34||Minnesota||31||40,519||notes|
|December 29, 2006||Kentucky||28||Clemson||20||68,024||notes|
|December 31, 2007||Kentucky||35||Florida State||28||68,661||notes|
|December 31, 2008||Vanderbilt||16||Boston College||14||54,250||notes|
|December 27, 2009||Clemson||21||Kentucky||13||57,280||notes|
|December 30, 2010||North Carolina||30||Tennessee||27 (2OT)||69,143||notes|
|December 30, 2011||Mississippi State||23||Wake Forest||17||55,208||notes|
|December 31, 2012||Vanderbilt||38||NC State||24||55,801||notes|
|December 30, 2013||Ole Miss||25||Georgia Tech||17||52,125||notes|
|December 30, 2014||Notre Dame||31||#22 LSU||28||60,419||notes|
|December 30, 2015||Louisville||27||Texas A&M||21||50,478||notes|
|December 30, 2016||Tennessee||38||#24 Nebraska||24||68,496||notes|
|December 29, 2017||#20 Northwestern||24||Kentucky||23||48,675||notes|
Most Valuable Players
|December 29, 1998||Corey Moore||Virginia Tech||DE|
|December 29, 1999||James Mungro||Syracuse||RB|
|December 29, 2000||Brad Lewis||West Virginia||QB|
|December 28, 2001||William Green||Boston College||RB|
|December 30, 2002||Dan Nystrom||Minnesota||K|
|December 31, 2003||Jason Campbell||Auburn||QB|
|December 31, 2004||Marion Barber||Minnesota||RB|
|December 30, 2005||Marques Hagans||Virginia||QB|
|December 29, 2006||Andre' Woodson||Kentucky||QB|
|December 31, 2007||Andre' Woodson||Kentucky||QB|
|December 31, 2008||Brett Upson||Vanderbilt||P|
|December 27, 2009||C. J. Spiller||Clemson||RB|
|December 30, 2010||Shaun Draughn||North Carolina||RB|
|December 30, 2011||Vick Ballard||Mississippi State||RB|
|December 31, 2012||Zac Stacy||Vanderbilt||RB|
|December 30, 2013||Bo Wallace||Ole Miss||QB|
|December 30, 2014||Malik Zaire||Notre Dame||QB|
|December 30, 2015||Lamar Jackson||Louisville||QB|
|December 30, 2016||Joshua Dobbs||Tennessee||QB|
|December 29, 2017||Justin Jackson||Northwestern||RB|
- Teams with multiple appearances
- Teams with a single appearance
Won: Auburn, Louisville, Mississippi State, North Carolina, Northwestern, Notre Dame, Syracuse, Virginia, Virginia Tech, West Virginia
Lost: Arkansas, Florida State, Georgia, Georgia Tech, LSU, NC State, Nebraska, Texas A&M, Wake Forest, Wisconsin
Appearances by conference
Through the December 2017 playing, there have been 20 games (40 total appearances).
- Notre Dame (2014)
- "Franklin American Mortgage To Title Music City Bowl In 2010".
- "Bowl Recaps". musiccitybowl.com. 2017. Retrieved December 29, 2017.