Music City Bowl

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Music City Bowl
Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl
FAMC Music City Bowl logo.gif
Stadium Nissan Stadium
Location Nashville, Tennessee
Previous stadiums Vanderbilt Stadium (1998)
Operated 1998–present
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)[1]
Sponsors
American General Life & Accident (1998)
HomePoint.com (1999)
Gaylord Entertainment (2002–2003)
Gaylord Entertainment, Bridgestone (2004–2009)
Franklin American Mortgage Company (2010–present)
Former names
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)
2017 matchup
Kentucky vs. Northwestern (Northwestern 24–23)
2018 matchup
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.

History[edit]

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.[2]

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.

Game records[edit]

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.

Game results[edit]

The 2009 Music City Bowl

All rankings are taken from the AP Poll prior to the game being played.

Date Played Winning Team Losing Team Attnd.[3] 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[4] notes
  1. ^ The 1998 game was played at Vanderbilt Stadium, while Nissan Stadium (then Adelphia Coliseum) was under construction.
  2. ^ In 2005, Virginia was invited from the ACC, as the SEC did not have enough bowl-eligible teams to fill all the bowl slots designated for the conference.

Most Valuable Players[edit]

Date played MVP Team Position
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[5] Northwestern RB

Most appearances[edit]

Teams with multiple appearances
Rank Team Appearances Record
1 Kentucky 5 2–3
2 Minnesota 3 2–1
T3 Vanderbilt 2 2–0
T3 Boston College 2 1–1
T3 Clemson 2 1–1
T3 Ole Miss 2 1–1
T3 Tennessee 2 1–1
T3 Alabama 2 0–2
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[edit]

Through the December 2017 playing, there have been 20 games (40 total appearances).

Rank Conference Appearances Wins Losses Pct.
1 SEC 19 8 11 .421
2 ACC 10 4 6 .400
3 Big Ten 6 3 3 .500
4 Big East 4 4 0 1.000
5 Independents[n 1] 1 1 0 1.000
  1. ^ Notre Dame (2014)

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