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Published on December 30, 2011 by   ·   3 Comments

music-city-bowl-logoThe Music City Bowl is a college football bowl game that takes place annually in Nashville, Tennessee. This game first started in 1998 and you will usually see a matchup of ACC and SEC teams.

In this year’s matchup, the Wake Forest Demon Deacons (6-6) will take on the Mississippi State Bulldogs (6-6). Both of these teams have had rough times during the 2011 season.

Kickoff for this game is set for Thursday, December 30 at 6:40PM ET. The game will be played at LP Field in Nashville, which makes this a home game of sorts for the Volunteers. You can watch this game on ESPN.

Wake Forest did a nose dive near the end of the season, losing 5 of their last 7 to finish the year. They hung tough in a couple of these games, but the only ones that won were against the 2 worst teams in the ACC. Wake had started the season out very promising going 4-1 with an OT loss and wins over NC State and Florida State.

Mississippi St had to have played the toughest schedule in the country this year. Not only did they have to play LSU, Alabama and Arkansas from their own division; they also had to play Georgia and South Carolina from the SEC East. A loss at Auburn near the beginning of the season makes that a total of 6 for MSU this year. The Bulldogs 6 wins were all against inferior opponents. Only 1 team had a winning record (La Tech from the WAC).

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Points For/GameMississippi St: 25.5; Wake Forest: 26.8
Points Against/GameMississippi St: 19.9; Wake Forest: 27.8
Offensive Yards/GameMississippi St: 355; Wake Forest: 375

Statistics can be deceiving some times. It may seem that the Bulldogs struggle on offense, until you realize that they were shut down by the best defenses in the country. The fact that Wake Forest gives up almost 28 points a game to some average ACC teams is a lot more telling. Vanderbilt (an SEC team) needed a win to be bowl eligible; they went to Wake Forest and beat them 41-7.

Prediction

Despite both teams being 6-6, the Bulldogs are favored by 7 points. Currently almost 75% of people are betting on MSU to beat that. Count me as one of those people. I am predicting that Mississippi State will win this game with the score 37-21.


2010 Music City Bowl

Previous Bowl Results

The current format of ACC vs SEC has been in place for four games with the SEC winning 3 of the 4 matchups. Last year, the ACC ended the three game winning streak by the SEC on the strength of Clemson runningback C.J. Spiller. Kentucky was involved with three of the past four Music City Bowls.

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North Carolina has an impressive bowl record of 12-5, but they lost last year’s Meineke Car Care Bowl to the 9-3 Pittsburgh Panthers by the score of 19-17.

Tennessee has seen a lot of bowl action in the past, accumulating a 25-23 bowl record all-time. They too lost their bowl game last year, a 37-14 blowout to against the much higher ranked Virginia Tech Hokies (9-3) in the Chick-fil-A Bowl.

Music City Bowl Breakdown

RecordsTennessee: 6-6; North Carolina: 7-5
All Time Bowl RecordTennessee: 25-23; North Carolina: 12-5
Key WinsTennessee: Mississippi 52-14, Kentucky 24-14; North Carolina: East Carolina 42-17, Clemson 21-16, Florida State 37-35
Key LossesTennessee: Oregon 48-13, Alabama 41-10, Florida 31-17; North Carolina: LSU 30-24, Miami 33-10, Virginia Tech 26-10

Tennessee started off horribly this year by losing 6 of their first 7 games against division 1a opponents. The only game they won was against a sub par UAB team at home in overtime. They finished by winning their last 4 games but only the last game against Kentucky was against any actual competition.

North Carolina has been struggling of late. They haven’t played well against lower ranked teams and have lost 3 of their last 4 games to the better ACC teams. The one exception is when UNC went into Tallahassee and beat Florida State. But this is one more quality win than Tennessee had all season.

Points For/GameTennessee: 27.0; North Carolina: 24.9
Points Against/GameTennessee: 24.7; North Carolina: 22.9
Offensive Yards/GameTennessee: 366; North Carolina: 390

There isn’t too much to glean from the two teams statistics as they are both pretty much evenly matched up in passing, rushing, points for and points against.

Tennessee should have the home field advantage playing in Nashville and are riding a 4 game winning streak, but they haven’t beaten a team as good as UNC this year.

North Carolina struggled to start off the year and didn’t end the year on a high note either. Both teams have a common opponent, LSU, which they both played very closely and lost by less than a touchdown.

Prediction

This is a very closely matched game. I don’t think that either team should be a screaming favorite in this matchup. The sports books have UNC as a 1 1/2 favorite, but a little more than half of the people are betting on Tennessee to cover the spread.

I’ve had a tough time deciding; but I’m going to go with Tennessee to win since they are playing well and are at home with the final score being 27-24.

Bowl Game Result

What a crazy game! I can’t believe I lost this one. Tennessee scores a late TD with a little more than 5 minutes left only to miss the extra point and keep UNC within 3 points. North Carolina misses on 4th down and 20 and turns the ball over at their own 40 yard line. They get the ball back at the 20 yard line with no timeouts and 30 seconds left. A big completion and personal foul put it all the way down to the 35 of Tennessee. The play was reviewed and upheld.

This is where things got crazy. UNC got another first down and spiked the ball. They ran the ball with 18 seconds left and had to wait to spike the ball. There was confusion as the special teams tried to come on the field while the offense was trying to spike the ball. Time appeared to be over and both teams came out on the field. The officials went to review and determined that the ball was spiked with :01 left. UNC was assessed the 5 yard penalty for too many men on the field and then kicked the field goal for the tie.

Tennessee roughed the kicker on the attempt, which put UNC on the 12 1/2 yard line to start overtime. Both teams traded TDs in the first overtime. Tennessee started the 2nd overtime but the QB (Tyler Grey) that had a career day threw an interception and North Carolina kicked another FG for the win.

2010 Bowl Record – 9-8

Highlights from Previous Music City Bowls

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