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2019 Music City Bowl - Mississippi State Bulldogs vs Louisville Cardinals

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The Mississippi State Bulldogs, with a little help from their enemy Ole Miss Rebels in the Egg Bowl, have maintained bowl eligibility and will face the Louisville Cardinals in the 2019 Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl. Mississippi State head coach Joe Moorhead was the source of a lot of coaching rumors but has recently stated that he will stay at Starkville until his “Yankee Ass” is run out of town. As for the Louisville Cardinals first year head coach Scott Satterfield restored pride and bowl eligibility after taking over a program decimated by the end of Bobby Petrino.

2019 Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl at a Glance

Date: Monday, December 30, 2019

Time: 4:00 p.m. ET

Venue: Nissan Stadium, Nashville, Tennessee


Matchup: Mississippi State Bulldogs vs. Louisville Cardinals

2019 Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl Game Preview

The Mississippi State Bulldogs are 6-6 straight up, 5-7 against the spread and 6-6 on totals. In their regular season finale “Egg Bowl” against arch rival Ole Miss, Hail State escaped with a 21-20 win as the Rebels blew the extra point following an unsportsmanlike touchdown celebration penalty that moved the PAT back 15 yards further. Mississippi State has national metrics of 75th for scoring offense and 68th for points allowed. Moorhead has been seen as an odd fit at this rural Mississippi campus and the program has not maintained the level of performance it had under predecessor Dan Mullen. But the win over Ole Miss has cooled off Moorhead’s seat, at least for now.

The Louisville Cardinals are 7-5 both straight up and against the spread with 7-5 over the total. Louisville has national metrics of 40th for scoring offense and 111th for points allowed.  When Scott Satterfield arrived, he took over a program that was toxic in attitude after it totally quit on Bobby Petrino, which triggered his in season firing in a dumpster fire of a 2018 season. Louisville did exactly what was needed to reach a bowl in that they beat the teams that they could compete with while losing to superior opponents. Satterfield turned the program around despite a weak defense and depleted roster. The future looks bright for the Cardinals.

Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl Format

Founded in 1998 as the American General Life & Accident Music City Bowl, The Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl game has been held at Nissan Stadium, home of the Tennessee Titans, since 1999. The Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl has a payout of $2.75 million and has conference tie ins with the ACC, Big Ten, and Southeastern Conferences.  Franklin American Mortgage has been a title sponsor since 2010.

Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl Game Results

2018 Auburn Purdue 63-14
2017 Northwestern Kentucky 24-23
2016 Tennessee Nebraska 38-24
2015 Louisville Texas A&M 27-21
2014 Notre Dame LSU 31-28
2013 Mississippi Georgia Tech 25-17
2012 Vanderbilt North Carolina State 38-24
2011 Mississippi State Wake Forest 23-17
2010 North Carolina Tennessee 30-27 (2OT)
2009 Clemson Kentucky 21-13
2008 Vanderbilt Boston College 16-14
2007 Kentucky Florida State 35-28
2006 Kentucky Clemson 28-20
2005 Virginia Minnesota 34-31
2004 Minnesota Alabama 20-16
2003 Auburn Wisconsin 28-14
2002 Minnesota Arkansas 29-14
2001 Boston College Georgia 20-16
2000 West Virginia Mississippi 49-38

The SEC has a pair of schools located in Tennessee so it makes sense that the Nashville-based Music City Bowl has a standing agreement in place to host a SEC team. The game takes place in the backyard of the Vanderbilt Commodores and they have played in the bowl twice winning each time. The University of Tennessee is in Knoxville, which is approximately 180 miles east and most SEC institutions are within spitting distance of Nashville.

The Music City Bowl has a long history of upsets. The biggest occurred in 2006 when the 11-point dog Kentucky Wildcats defeated Clemson 28-20. In 2014, Notre Dame was given 8.5 points and beat LSU outright 31-28. Other big upsets include 7-point dog Minnesota defeating Arkansas 29-14 in 2002 and Virginia at +6 defeating Minnesota 34-31 in 2005.

In an 8-year stretch from 1999 through 2006, the underdog won seven times. That trend has been reversed lately, however. Making its first appearance in the Music City Bowl, Northwestern defeated Kentucky in 2018, and Auburn came away with the blowout win last year, giving the favored team wins in seven of the last eight meetings. The SEC has nine victories at the Music City Bowl in its history.

Most All-Time Wins at Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl

2 Kentucky 2006, 2007
2 Minnesota 2002, 2004
2 Vanderbilt 2008, 2012
2 Auburn 2003, 2018

Vanderbilt isn’t considered a powerhouse program even though they play in a Power 5 conference. But the Commodores have appeared in two Music City Bowl games and have yet to lose. Their two victories, which came in the 2008 and 2012 games, are tied for the most in bowl history. Vandy is often an afterthought in the SEC but it has bragging rights in this bowl.

Kentucky and Minnesota also have a pair of wins. The Wildcats put their victories together in consecutive seasons, the only team to win back-to-back Music City Bowls, and they extended their record of appearances to five with last season’s game. Auburn joined the group with its second win in 2018. Its first victory came back in 2003 with an easy win over Wisconsin.

The SEC has supplied a participants in 20 of the 21 games with the only exception being in 2005 when the league didn’t have enough bowl-eligible teams. That turned into an ACC/Big Ten matchup with Virginia beating Minnesota. The Big East had a brief affiliation with the bowl at the outset and the league won all four matchups before being replaced by the Big Ten. Virginia Tech blasted Alabama 38-7 in the inaugural Music City Bowl, which was the most lopsided game in history until Auburn’s domination of Purdue last year. The Music City Bowl hopes for a more competitive showdown in 2019.

2019-20 College Bowl Games Betting Schedule

College Football Playoff
Dec 28 Peach Bowl Atlanta, GA / 4 PM No. 1 LSU vs. No. 4 Oklahoma
Dec 28 Fiesta Bowl Glendale, AZ / 8 PM No. 2 Ohio State vs. No. 3 Clemson
Jan 13 CFP National Championship New Orleans, LA / 8 PM Semifinal Winners
Selection Committee Bowl Games
Dec 28 Cotton Bowl Arlington, TX / Noon No. 10 Penn State vs. No. 17 Memphis
Dec 30 Orange Bowl Miami Gardens, FL / 8 PM No. 9 Florida vs. No. 24 Virginia
Jan 1 Rose Bowl Pasadena, CA / 5 PM No. 6 Oregon vs. No. 8 Wisconsin
Jan 1 Sugar Bowl New Orleans, LA / 8:45 PM No. 5 Georgia vs. No. 7 Baylor
Other Bowl Games
Dec 20 Bahamas Bowl Nassau, Bahamas / 2 PM Buffalo vs. Charlotte
Dec 20 Frisco Bowl Frisco, TX / 7:30 PM Kent State vs. Utah State
Dec 21 Celebration Bowl Atlanta, GA / 12:00 PM Alcorn State vs. North Carolina A&T
Dec 21 New Mexico Bowl Albuquerque, NM / 2 PM Central Michigan vs. San Diego State
Dec 21 Cure Bowl Orlando, FL / 2:30 PM Liberty vs. Georgia Southern
Dec 21 Boca Raton Bowl Boca Raton, FL / 3:30 PM FAU vs. SMU
Dec 21 Camelia Bowl Montgomery, AL / 5:30 PM Arkansas State vs. Florida International
Dec 21 Las Vegas Bowl Las Vegas, NV / 7:30 PM No. 19 Boise State vs. Washington
Dec 21 New Orleans Bowl New Orleans, LA / 9 PM No. 20 Appalachian State vs. UAB
Dec 23 Gasparilla Bowl Tampa, FL / 2:30 PM Marshall vs. UCF
Dec 24 Hawaii Bowl Honolulu, HI / 8 PM BYU vs. Hawai'i
Dec 26 Independence Bowl Shreveport, LA / 4 PM Louisiana Tech vs. Miami (Fla.)
Dec 26 Quick Lane Bowl Detroit, MI / 8 PM Eastern Michigan vs. Pittsburgh
Dec 27 Military Bowl Annapolis, MD / Noon North Carolina vs. Temple
Dec 27 Pinstripe Bowl The Bronx, NY / 3:20 PM Michigan State vs. Wake Forest
Dec 27 Texas Bowl Houston, TX / 6:45 PM No. 25 Oklahoma State vs. Texas A&M
Dec 27 Holiday Bowl San Diego, CA / TBA No. 16 Iowa vs. No. 22 Southern California
Dec 27 Cheez-It Bowl Phoenix, AZ / 10:15 PM Air Force vs. Washington State
Dec 28 Camping World Bowl Orlando, FL / Noon No. 15 Notre Dame vs. Iowa State
Dec 30 First Responder Bowl University Park, TX / 12:30 PM Western Kentucky vs. Western Michigan
Dec 30 Music City Bowl Nashville, TN / 4 PM Louisville vs. Mississippi State
Dec 30 Redbox Bowl Santa Clara, CA / TBA California vs. Illinois
Dec 31 Belk Bowl Charlotte, NC / Noon Kentucky vs. Virginia Tech
Dec 31 Sun Bowl El Paso, TX / 2 PM Arizona State vs. Florida State
Dec 31 Arizona Bowl Tucson, AZ / 4:30 PM Georgia State vs. Wyoming
Dec 31 Alamo Bowl San Antonio, TX / 7:30 PM No. 11 Utah vs. Texas
Dec 31 Liberty Bowl Mephis, TN / 3:45 PM Kansas State vs. Navy
Jan 1 Outback Bowl Tampa, FL / 1 PM No. 12 Auburn vs. No. 18 Minnesota
Jan 1 Citrus Bowl Orlando, FL / 1 PM No. 13 Alabama vs. No. 14 Michigan
Jan 2 Birmingham Bowl Birmingham, AL / 3 PM No. 21 Cincinnati vs. Boston College
Jan 2 Gator Bowl Jacksonville, FL / 7 PM Indiana vs. Tennessee
Jan 3 Idaho Potato Bowl Boise, ID / 3:30 PM Nevada vs. Ohio
Jan 4 Armed Forces Bowl Fort Worth, TX / 11:30 AM Southern Miss vs. Tulane
Jan 6 LendingTree Bowl Mobile, AL / 7:30 PM Louisiana-Lafayette vs. Miami (Ohio)

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