Tennessee to face Nebraska in Music City Bowl

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – The Tennessee Volunteers are headed back to Nashville to face the Nebraska Cornhuskers in the Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl.

Kickoff will be Friday, Dec. 30 at 2:30 p.m. CST at Nissan Stadium. The game will be televised live on ESPN.

“We couldn’t be more excited to welcome Nebraska and Tennessee to Nashville for the Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl,” said Dan Crockett, President/CEO of Franklin American Mortgage Company. “This is our seventh year as the Bowl’s title sponsor, and we’ve always been impressed with the national recognition the game has brought to our company and the city of Nashville.”

Nebraska is making its first ever trip to Nashville and comes into the game 9-3 overall and 5-3 in the Big Ten.

Coach Mike Riley has led the Cornhuskers to back-to-back bowl appearances in his first two years as the head coach. This will be Nebraska’s 53rd bowl appearance, which is the third most appearances in the NCAA.

Tennessee finished the regular season 8-4, 4-4 in the SEC. This will mark Tennessee’s second appearance in the Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl with their only previous appearance coming in 2010.

Tennessee has not lost a bowl game under Coach Butch Jones. They beat Northwestern and Iowa from the Big 10 over the last two years. This will be Tennessee’s 52nd bowl appearance.

Tennessee head coach Butch Jones said, “This will be a great opportunity for our players to play in a NFL stadium against a very challenging opponent in Nebraska. We have a special group of seniors that have given their all for this program, and I know they are excited about a final opportunity to play together.”

Nebraksa head coach Mike Riley says his team is excited about the opportunity.

“This is a great opportunity to finish our year in an outstanding bowl game and compete for a 10th win against an excellent Tennessee team. As a staff, we are looking forward to spending the additional practice time with this team and preparing for a strong performance.”

The 2016 game marks the third year of new six-year conference agreements in which the SEC will take on either the ACC or Big Ten in Nashville each year. Last year, Louisville defeated Texas A&M 27-21 in front of a crowd of 50,478.

Tennessee and Nebraska have met on the gridiron only twice in their history. Nebraska holds a 2-0 advantage in the series.