When: Friday, December 30, 2017 - 4:30 p.m. ET on ESPN
Where: Nashville, TN - LP Field
Who: Kentucky Wildcats vs Northwestern Wildcats
There are going to be a whole bunch of Wildcats on display at the Music City Bowl this year with Kentucky and Northwestern both coming to Nashville.
It's almost shocking to think of Northwestern as a Top 25 team at the end of the season. The Wildcats started off the year at just 2-3, and they were absolutely manhandled by all three of Duke, Wisconsin and Purdue.
But then the Big Ten West kicked in, and Northwestern never looked back. The team did win three overtimes games in succession against Iowa, Michigan State and Nebraska, so there was a degree of luck for sure involved.
That said, not only did Northwestern finish off the year with seven straight wins, but it covered all seven games as well.
Kentucky started off the year with three straight wins, and a win at South Carolina had the club thinking about the SEC East title. In fact, the Wildcats were in the SEC East race this year all the way until November 18 when they were trashed 42-13 "Between the Hedges" at Georgia, but next year figures to be the season which UK can take that next step.
This is a big moment for Mark Stoops' men. The Wildcats haven't won a bowl game since the 2008 Liberty Bowl, and they haven't beaten a Power Five team in a bowl game since knocking off Florida State in the 2007 Music City Bowl. A victory over Northwestern would be massive.
Northwestern has three straight bowl appearances under its bowl now. A win would give the Wildcats a 10-win season for the second time in three years and tie it for their best record since going to the Rose Bowl in 1995.
Opening Line: Northwestern -7
Preview: How much do you believe in bowl guarantees? Kentucky running back Benny Snell Jr. said to a Kentucky basketball crowd that his team is going to win the Music City Bowl against Northwestern. “We going to Nashville. We’re going to get this W. I promise,” Snell said. Snell is the nephew of Matt Snell who played for the New York Jets in Super Bowl III against the Baltimore Colts, in a game that quarterback Joe Namath guaranteed the Jets would win. The Kentucky Wildcats play the Northwestern Wildcats in the Music City Bowl on Friday, December 29 on ESPN. Continue...
Who will win the Music City Bowl?
The Music City Bowl kicks off on Friday, December 30, 2017 at 4:30 p.m. ET, with a exciting match-up of teams from the SEC and an ACC or Big Ten team play in Nashville, TN. at LP Field.
Betting odds on two of the country's most competitive college football programs look to close out college football season with a coveted postseason victory at LP Field in Nashville.
LP Field is also the home of the Tennessee Titans of the NFL, the Tennessee State Tigers and the CMA Music Festival. LP Field holds a capacity of more than 69,000 sports betting fans.
College Football fans should expect to see some tough defense and excellent athleticism in this year's Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl betting no matter which teams are featured.
These two conferences traditionally hoard the best athletes in College football and the game could boil down to a few outstanding plays made by individual efforts.
But whatever the case may be, the Music City Bowl betting should a very exciting betting affair.
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The first Music City Bowl game was played in Vanderbilt Stadium its first year, then moved into the newly-opened Adelphia Coliseum, which is the home of the NFL's Tennessee Titans. It matches a team from the Southeastern Conference against an at-large team.
In early 1997, the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce and the Nashville Sports Council began discussions with the Southeastern Conference (SEC) about hosting a post-season college Bowl game.
There were several reasons that factored into the discussions: Nashville is known as a destination city, its easily accessible to a majority of universities in a number of conferences, and a brand new stadium was being built for a new NFL franchise, the Tennessee Titans. Furthermore, Nashville is one of the best cities in the country for hospitality and entertainment.
Known as Music City, Nashville has several opportunities to offer the college football fan, university administrator, corporate sponsor, and local resident. After taking these points into consideration, the Chamber of Commerce, the Nashville Convention and Visitors Bureau, and the Nashville Sports Council decided to take on the challenge and the Music City Bowl was born.
Later in 1997, the Bowl aligned itself with several partners to ensure its success. The Bowl signed a four-year agreement starting in 1998 with ESPN to broadcast the game nationally. In 1998, a four-year agreement was signed with the SEC. In 1999, the Big East Conference agreed to a three-year deal to send a team to the Music City to take on the SEC.
In 2000 the Bowl took a new direction signing a four-year deal with the BIG TEN Conference to replace the Big East starting with the 2002 game. The SEC further extended their existing contract through the 2005 game.
Recently the Bowl has had some major accomplishments adding to its success and has solidified its position as one of Nashville's most important events. Gaylord Hotels (a division of Gaylord Entertainment Company and one of Music City's largest companies) agreed to serve as title sponsor of the Bowl for multiple years. Furthermore, Bridgestone, a locally headquartered international company officially became the Presenting Sponsor of the Bowl in 2003. In addition, the Bowl and ESPN inked an agreement for ESPN to broadcast the Bowl through 2008.
|Date||Winning Team||Score||Losing Team||Score|
|30 Dec. 2013||Ole Miss||25||Georgia Tech||17|
|31 Dec. 2012||Vanderbilt||38||NC State||24|
|30 Dec. 2011||Mississippi State||23||Wake Forest||17|
|30 Dec. 2010||North Carolina||30||Tennessee||27|
|27 Dec. 2009||Clemson||21||Kentucky||13|
|31 Dec. 2008||Vanderbilt||16||Boston College||14|
|31 Dec. 2007||Kentucky||35||Florida State||28|
|29 Dec. 2006||Kentucky||28||Clemson||20|
|30 Dec. 2005||Virginia||34||Minnesota||31|
|31 Dec. 2004||Minnesota||20||Alabama||16|
|31 Dec. 2003||Auburn||28||Wisconsin||14|
|30 Dec. 2002||Minnesota||29||Arkansas||14|
|28 Dec. 2001||Boston College||20||Georgia||16|
|28 Dec. 2000||West Virginia||49||Mississippi||38|
|29 Dec. 1999||Syracuse||20||Kentucky||13|
|29 Dec. 1998||Virginia Tech||38||Alabama||7|
|BOWL||DATE||TIME / TV||LOCATION||MATCHUP|
|CELEBRATION BOWL||Dec. 16, 2017||12 p.m. ET on ABC||Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Atlanta, Georgia||North Carolina A&T vs Grambling State|
|NEW ORLEANS BOWL||Dec. 16, 2017||1 p.m. ET on ESPN||Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans, Louisiana||Troy vs North Texas|
|CURE BOWL||Dec. 16, 2017||2:30 p.m. ET on CBS||Camping World Stadium, Orlando, Florida||Georgia State vs Western Kentucky|
|LAS VEGAS BOWL||Dec. 16, 2017||3:30 p.m. ET on ABC||Sam Boyd Stadium, Las Vegas, Nevada||Oregon vs No. 25 Boise State|
|NEW MEXICO BOWL||Dec. 16, 2017||4:30 p.m. ET on ESPN||Dreamstyle Stadium, Albuquerque, NM||Marshall vs Colorado State|
|CAMELLIA BOWL||Dec. 16, 2017||8 p.m. ET on ESPN||Cramton Bowl, Montgomery, Alabama||Middle Tennessee vs Arkansas State|
|BOCA RATON BOWL||Dec. 19, 2017||7 p.m. ET on ESPN||FAU Stadium, Boca Raton, Florida||Akron vs Florida Atlantic|
|FRISCO BOWL||Dec. 20, 2017||8 p.m. ET on ESPN||Toyota Stadium, Frisco, Texas||SMU vs Louisiana Tech|
|GASPARILLA BOWL||Dec. 21, 2017||8 p.m. ET on ESPN||Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg, Florida||Temple vs Florida International|
|BAHAMAS BOWL||Dec. 22, 2017||12:30 p.m. ET on ESPN||Thomas A. Robinson National Stadium, Nassau, Bahamas||UAB vs Ohio|
|FAMOUS IDAHO POTATO BOWL||Dec. 22, 2017||4 p.m. ET on ESPN||Lyle Smith Field at Albertsons Stadium, Boise, Idaho||Wyoming vs Central Michigan|
|BIRMINGHAM BOWL||Dec. 23, 2017||12 p.m. ET on ESPN||Legion Field, Birmingham, Alabama||Texas Tech vs South Florida|
|ARMED FORCES BOWL||Dec. 23, 2017||3:30 p.m. ET on ESPN||Amon G. Carter Stadium, Fort Worth, Texas||Army vs San Diego State|
|DOLLAR GENERAL BOWL||Dec. 23, 2017||7 p.m. ET on ESPN||Ladd-Peebles Stadium, Mobile, Alabama||Appalachian State vs Toledo|
|HAWAI'I BOWL||Dec. 24, 2017||8:30 p.m. ET on ESPN||Aloha Stadium, Honolulu, Hawai'i||Fresno State vs Houston|
|HEART OF DALLAS BOWL||Dec. 26, 2017||1:20 p.m. ET on ESPN||Cotton Bowl, Dallas, Texas||Utah vs West Virginia|
|QUICK LANE BOWL||Dec. 26, 2017||5:15 p.m. ET on ESPN||Ford Field, Detroit, Michigan||Duke vs Northern Illinois|
|CACTUS BOWL||Dec. 26, 2017||10 p.m. ET on ESPN||Chase Field, Phoenix, Arizona||Kansas State vs UCLA|
|INDEPENDENCE BOWL||Dec. 27, 2017||1:30 p.m. ET on ESPN||Independence Stadium, Shreveport, Louisiana||Florida State vs Southern Miss|
|PINSTRIPE BOWL||Dec. 27, 2017||5:15 p.m. ET on ESPN||Yankee Stadium, Bronx, New York||Boston College vs Iowa|
|FOSTER FARMS BOWL||Dec. 27, 2017||8:30 p.m. ET on FOX||Levi's Stadium, Santa Clara, California||Arizona vs Purdue|
|TEXAS BOWL||Dec. 27, 2017||9 p.m. ET on ESPN||NRG Stadium, Houston, Texas||Texas vs Missouri|
|MILITARY BOWL||Dec. 28, 2017||1:30 p.m. ET on ESPN||Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, Annapolis, Maryland||Virginia vs Navy|
|CAMPING WORLD BOWL||Dec. 28, 2017||5:15 p.m. ET on ESPN||Camping World Stadium, Orlando, Florida||Oklahoma State vs Virginia Tech|
|ALAMO BOWL||Dec. 28, 2017||9 p.m. ET on ESPN||Alamodome, San Antonio, Texas||Stanford vs TCU|
|HOLIDAY BOWL||Dec. 28, 2017||9 p.m. ET on FOX||Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego, California||Michigan State vs Washington State|
|BELK BOWL||Dec. 29, 2017||1 p.m. ET on ESPN||Bank of America Stadium, Charlotte, North Carolina||Wake Forest vs Texas A&M|
|SUN BOWL||Dec. 29, 2017||2 p.m. ET on CBS||Sun Bowl, El Paso, Texas||NC State vs Arizona State|
|MUSIC CITY BOWL||Dec. 29, 2017||4:30 p.m. ET on ESPN||Nissan Stadium, Nashville, Tennessee||Kentucky vs Northwestern|
|ARIZONA BOWL||Dec. 29, 2017||5:30 p.m. ET on CBS||Arizona Stadium, Tucson, Arizona||Utah State vs New Mexico State|
|COTTON BOWL CLASSIC||Dec. 29, 2017||8:30 p.m. ET on ESPN||AT&T Stadium, Arlington, Texas||USC vs Ohio State|
|TAXSLAYER BOWL||Dec. 30, 2017||12 p.m. ET||EverBank Field, Jacksonville, Florida||Louisville vs Mississippi State|
|LIBERTY BOWL||Dec. 30, 2017||12:30 p.m. ET on ABC||Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium, Memphis, Tennessee||Iowa State vs Memphis|
|FIESTA BOWL||Dec. 30, 2017||4 p.m. ET on ESPN||University of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale, Arizona||Washington vs Penn State|
|ORANGE BOWL||Dec. 30, 2017||8 p.m. ET on ESPN||Hard Rock Stadium, Miami Gardens, Florida||Wisconsin vs Miami|
|OUTBACK BOWL||Jan. 1, 2018||12 p.m. ET on ESPN2||Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, Florida||Michigan vs South Carolina|
|PEACH BOWL||Jan. 1, 2018||12:30 p.m. ET on ESPN||Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Atlanta, Georgia||Auburn vs UCF|
|CITRUS BOWL||Jan. 1, 2018||1 p.m. ET on ABC||Camping World Stadium, Orlando, Florida||Notre Dame vs LSU|
|ROSE BOWL (CFP SEMIFINAL)||Jan. 1, 2018||5 p.m. ET on ESPN||Rose Bowl, Pasadena, California||No. 2 Oklahoma vs No. 3 Georgia|
|SUGAR BOWL (CFP SEMIFINAL)||Jan. 1, 2018||8:45 p.m. ET on ESPN||Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans, Louisiana||No. 1 Clemson vs No. 4 Alabama|
|NCAA FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP||Jan. 8, 2018||8 p.m. ET on ESPN||Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Atlanta, Georgia||TBD vs TBD|
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