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Music City Bowl

Music City Bowl
Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl
Stadium LP Field
Location Nashville, Tennessee
Previous stadiums Vanderbilt Stadium (1998)
Operated 1998–present
Conference tie-ins ACC, SEC
Previous conference tie-ins Big East (1998–2001)
Big Ten (2002–2005)
Payout US$3,500,000 (2009 – )[1]
American General Life & Accident (1998) (1999)
Gaylord Entertainment (2002-2003)
Gaylord Entertainment, Bridgestone (2004–2009)
Franklin American Mortgage (2010–present)
Former names
Music City Bowl (1998) Music City Bowl (1999)
Music City Bowl (2000-2001)
Gaylord Hotels Music City Bowl (2002-2003)
Gaylord Hotels Music City Bowl Presented by Bridgestone (2004–2009)
2013 matchup
Ole Miss 25–17)
2014 matchup
Notre Dame vs. Louisiana State (December 30, 2014)

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 1
    • Site 1.1
    • NON-Bowl Championship Series (BCS) Bowl 1.2
    • Sponsors 1.3
    • Conferences 1.4
    • Frequent upsets 1.5
  • Game records 2
  • Game results 3
  • Most Valuable Players 4
  • Appearances by Team 5
  • Wins by conference 6
  • See also 7
  • References 8
  • External links 9



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

See Bowl Championship Series


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 "" 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.


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. Beginning in 2014, the Music City Bowl shares its tie in with the TaxSlayer Bowl; the Music City Bowl receives second choice of either an ACC or Big Ten team.

Frequent upsets

The Music City Bowl has a history of upsets. The biggest underdog win was when Kentucky (+10) defeated 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

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

The 2009 Music City Bowl
Date Played Winning Team Losing Team Notes
December 29, 1998[3] Virginia Tech 38 Alabama 7 notes
December 29, 1999 Syracuse 20 Kentucky 13 notes
December 28, 2000 West Virginia 49 Ole Miss 38 notes
December 28, 2001 Boston College 20 Georgia 16 notes
December 30, 2002 Minnesota 29 Arkansas 14 notes
December 31, 2003 Auburn 28 Wisconsin 14 notes
December 31, 2004 Minnesota 20 Alabama 16 notes
December 30, 2005[4] Virginia 34 Minnesota 31 notes
December 29, 2006 Kentucky 28 Clemson 20 notes
December 31, 2007 Kentucky 35 Florida State 28 notes
December 31, 2008 Vanderbilt 16 Boston College 14 notes
December 27, 2009 Clemson 21 Kentucky 13 notes
December 30, 2010 †† North Carolina 30 Tennessee 27 notes
December 30, 2011 Mississippi State 23 Wake Forest 17 notes
December 31, 2012 Vanderbilt 38 NC State 24 notes
December 30, 2013 Ole Miss 25 Georgia Tech 17 notes

† Denotes overtime(s)

Most Valuable Players

Date played MVP Team Position
December 29, 1998 Corey Moore Virginia Tech DE
December 29, 1999 James Mungro Syracuse RB
December 29, 2000 Brad Lewis West Virginia QB
December 28, 2001 William Green Boston College RB
December 30, 2002 Dan Nystrom Minnesota K
December 31, 2003 Jason Campbell Auburn QB
December 31, 2004 Marion Barber Minnesota RB
December 30, 2005 Marques Hagans Virginia QB
December 29, 2006 André Woodson Kentucky QB
December 31, 2007 André Woodson Kentucky QB
December 31, 2008 Brett Upson Vanderbilt P
December 27, 2009 C.J. Spiller Clemson RB
December 30, 2010 Shaun Draughn North Carolina RB
December 30, 2011 Vick Ballard Mississippi State RB
December 31, 2012 Zac Stacy Vanderbilt RB
December 30, 2013 Bo Wallace Ole Miss QB

Appearances by Team

Rank Team Appearances Record
1 Kentucky 4 2–2
2 Minnesota 3 2–1
T3 Vanderbilt 2 2–0
T3 Boston College 2 1–1
T3 Clemson 2 1–1
T3 Ole Miss 2 1–1
T3 Alabama 2 0–2
T7 Auburn 1 1–0
T7 Mississippi State 1 1–0
T7 North Carolina 1 1–0
T7 Syracuse 1 1–0
T7 Virginia 1 1–0
T7 Virginia Tech 1 1–0
T7 West Virginia 1 1–0
T7 Arkansas 1 0–1
T7 Florida State 1 0–1
T7 Georgia 1 0–1
T7 Georgia Tech 1 0–1
T7 NC State 1 0–1
T7 Tennessee 1 0–1
T7 Wake Forest 1 0–1
T7 Wisconsin 1 0–1

Wins by conference

Conference Wins Losses
Big East 4 0
Big Ten 2 2
Southeastern 7 8
Atlantic Coast 3 4

See also


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  2. ^
  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.

External links

  • Official website
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