Music City Bowl 2016, Tennessee vs Nebraska: Date, time, Live stream, location and everything to know
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The bowl schedule really begins its ramp up to New Years on Friday, and the Music City Bowl is right in the middle of a crowded schedule heading into the weekend.
The Music City Bowl, whose full name is the Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl, began in 1998. It features teams from the SEC vs. the ACC or Big Ten, and takes place in Nissan Field, home of the NFL’s Tennessee Titans.
Last year’s game, a 27-21 Louisville win over Texas A&M, featured an outstanding performance from Cardinals quarterback Lamar Jackson, who passed for 227 yards, ran for 226, and scored four total touchdowns to give Louisville the win.
Here is everything you need to know in preparation for this year’s Music City Bowl:
Date and time: Friday, Dec. 30, 3:30 p.m.
TV channel: ESPN
Live stream: Click to watch College Bowl Games 2016
Location: Nashville, Tenn.
Stadium: Nissan Stadium
Last year’s score: Louisville 27, Texas A&M 21
Last year’s attendance: 50,478
Teams with the most all-time appearances: Kentucky, 4
Teams with the most all-time wins: Kentucky, Minnesota, and Vanderbilt (tie), 2
Tennessee (8-4, 4-4 in SEC)
A season that started with such promise went downhill so quickly. This was supposedly Tennessee’s year. The year that Butch Jones had been building to brick by brick. They would take the SEC East and return to glory. Squeaking past Appalachian State was brushed off as opening weekend jitters, and they became a second-half team after coming back against Florida at home. The Hail Mary win over Georgia the next week had many thinking fate was on the side of Big Orange, but an inability to finish the job against Texas A&M was the beginning of the end for the Vols’ lofty goals.
They would be taken apart by Alabama at home the next week and suffer humiliation at the hands of Will Muschamp after that. From there, a week of complete turmoil came over Knoxville as RB Jalen Hurd announced he would transfer, and it seemed like a mutiny was in store.
The indecency of missing out on the SEC East title in a season in which they beat Florida and Georgia was driven home when Jones said that his team had won the “championship of life.” That’s all well and good, but can they rally to win a bowl game with a perceived motivational barrier? The stakes of this game were supposed to be bigger before Tennessee’s season tanked.
Nebraska (9-3, 6-3 in Big Ten)
Nebraska looked like a Big Ten West favorite for a while with the Huskers’ 7-0 start. After a 23-17 loss on the road to Wisconsin, Nebraska was still in good shape, sitting at No. 10 in the nation ahead of a huge game against No. 6 Ohio State.
But the Buckeyes flat out dominated the game, winning by 59 points in a 62-3 rout. Heading into the last week of the regular season, the Huskers were still in the division title hunt, needing a win over Iowa and then a Minnesota loss to Wisconsin to clinch their trip to Indianapolis. They wound up getting neither, and so here they are. Things went downhill.
Nebraska quarterback Tommy Armstrong Jr. had been impressive all season. He was carted off the game against Ohio State after what looked like a scary injury, but he did return to the sideline for the remainder of the game after a brief hospital visit. He played during Nebraska’s next game against Minnesota, but didn’t play in the next one against Maryland. He was able to return for the season finale against Iowa, a 40-10 loss.
Head coach Mike Riley’s second season in Lincoln showed improvement from the 6-7 campaign in 2015, which any second-year coach can take pride in. If Nebraska can continue to compete inside the Big Ten, Riley will likely stay put for some time.