Music City Bowl

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Music City Bowl
Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl
FAMC Music City Bowl logo.gif
StadiumLP Field
LocationNashville, Tennessee
Previous stadiumsVanderbilt Stadium (1998)
Operated1998–present
Conference tie-insACC, SEC
Previous conference tie-insBig East (1998–2001)
Big Ten (2002–2005)
PayoutUS$3,500,000 (2009 – )[1]
Sponsors
American General Life & Accident (1998)
homepoint.com (1999)
Bridgestone (2003–2007)
Gaylord Hotels (2002–2009)
Franklin American Mortgage (2010–present)
Former names
Music City Bowl (1998–2001)
Gaylord Hotels Music City Bowl (2002, 2008–2009)
Gaylord Hotels Music City Bowl presented by Bridgestone (2003–2007)
2012 matchup
Vanderbilt vs. NC State (Vanderbilt 34–28)
2013 matchup
Ole Miss vs. Georgia Tech (Ole Miss 25–17)
 
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Music City Bowl
Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl
FAMC Music City Bowl logo.gif
StadiumLP Field
LocationNashville, Tennessee
Previous stadiumsVanderbilt Stadium (1998)
Operated1998–present
Conference tie-insACC, SEC
Previous conference tie-insBig East (1998–2001)
Big Ten (2002–2005)
PayoutUS$3,500,000 (2009 – )[1]
Sponsors
American General Life & Accident (1998)
homepoint.com (1999)
Bridgestone (2003–2007)
Gaylord Hotels (2002–2009)
Franklin American Mortgage (2010–present)
Former names
Music City Bowl (1998–2001)
Gaylord Hotels Music City Bowl (2002, 2008–2009)
Gaylord Hotels Music City Bowl presented by Bridgestone (2003–2007)
2012 matchup
Vanderbilt vs. NC State (Vanderbilt 34–28)
2013 matchup
Ole Miss vs. Georgia Tech (Ole Miss 25–17)

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.

History[edit]

Site[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 LP Field.

NON-Bowl Championship Series (BCS) Bowl[edit]

See Bowl Championship Series

Sponsors[edit]

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 new name is the Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl.

Conferences[edit]

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.

Frequent upsets[edit]

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, and Vanderbilt (-7.5) over NC State in the 2012 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
Date PlayedWinning TeamLosing TeamNotes
December 29, 1998[3]Virginia Tech38Alabama7notes
December 29, 1999Syracuse20Kentucky13notes
December 28, 2000West Virginia49Ole Miss38notes
December 28, 2001Boston College20Georgia16notes
December 30, 2002Minnesota29Arkansas14notes
December 31, 2003Auburn28Wisconsin14notes
December 31, 2004Minnesota20Alabama16notes
December 30, 2005[4]Virginia34Minnesota31notes
December 29, 2006Kentucky28Clemson20notes
December 31, 2007Kentucky35Florida State28notes
December 31, 2008Vanderbilt16Boston College14notes
December 27, 2009Clemson21Kentucky13notes
December 30, 2010 ††North Carolina30Tennessee27notes
December 30, 2011Mississippi State23Wake Forest17notes
December 31, 2012Vanderbilt38NC State24notes
December 30, 2013Ole Miss25Georgia Tech17notes

† Denotes overtime(s)

Most Valuable Players[edit]

Date playedMVPTeamPosition
December 29, 1998Corey MooreVirginia TechDE
December 29, 1999James MungroSyracuseRB
December 29, 2000Brad LewisWest VirginiaQB
December 28, 2001William GreenBoston CollegeRB
December 30, 2002Dan NystromMinnesotaK
December 31, 2003Jason CampbellAuburnQB
December 31, 2004Marion BarberMinnesotaRB
December 30, 2005Marques HagansVirginiaQB
December 29, 2006André WoodsonKentuckyQB
December 31, 2007André WoodsonKentuckyQB
December 31, 2008Brett UpsonVanderbiltP
December 27, 2009C.J. SpillerClemsonRB
December 30, 2010Shaun DraughnNorth CarolinaRB
December 30, 2011Vick BallardMississippi StateRB
December 31, 2012Zac StacyVanderbiltRB
December 30, 2013Bo WallaceOle MissQB

Appearances by Team[edit]

RankTeamAppearancesRecord
1Kentucky42–2
2Minnesota32–1
T3Vanderbilt22–0
T3Boston College21–1
T3Clemson21–1
T3Ole Miss21–1
T3Alabama20–2
T7Auburn11–0
T7Mississippi State11–0
T7North Carolina11–0
T7Syracuse11–0
T7Virginia11–0
T7Virginia Tech11–0
T7West Virginia11–0
T7Arkansas10–1
T7Florida State10–1
T7Georgia10–1
T7Georgia Tech10–1
T7NC State10–1
T7Tennessee10–1
T7Wake Forest10–1
T7Wisconsin10–1

Wins by conference[edit]

ConferenceWinsLosses
Big East40
Big Ten22
Southeastern78
Atlantic Coast34

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.secrivals.com/general-sec/articles/music-city-bowl-sec-meets-acc.html
  2. ^ http://www.sportsbusinessdaily.com/article/128897
  3. ^ Game played at Vanderbilt Stadium, while LP Field (then-Adelphia Coliseum) was under construction
  4. ^ Virginia from the ACC replaced the SEC team, as that conference did not have enough teams with six wins for qualifying to a bowl game and was unable to fill all the bowl slots designated for the conference.

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