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College Football Betting Online: The Music City Bowl will celebrate its 20th anniversary to the day when the 2017 edition kicks off on December 29. During its history, the game has become known for its upset wins with 10 underdogs pulling out straight up victories in the 19 previous matchups. The Southeastern Conference has been represented in all but one game during the bowl’s history and the super power league has posted just an 8-10 record. The SEC will have a chance to collect more victories with an agreement with the bowl that runs for three more years.
The 2017 Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl will take place on Friday, December 29 with kickoff schedule for 4:30 p.m. ET. The game will be televised live on ESPN from Nissan Stadium in Nashville, Tenn.
Music City Bowl Odds at BookMaker.eu
Kentucky Wildcats +7
Northwestern Wildcats -7
In the battle of the Wildcats down in Nashville, the team from Northwestern have the upper hand by a touchdown according to the odds as Kentucky tries to show its might off the hardwood and on the gridiron.
Kentucky had a very strong start to the season, going 6-2 before a 1-3 finish that included a beat down at the hands of Louisville.
While one Wildcats team enters this bowl game amid a slide, the other carries a seven-game winning streak into the action. Northwestern has a shot at a 10-win season if they can capture the “W” in the Friday evening contest. Northwestern also comes in having fared well in postseason play, winning two of their last three bowl games.
The Wildcats from Northwestern had a strong offensive year ranking in the top-5 in the Big Ten in scoring, passing yards and total yards. To top it off, Justin Jackson dominated in the backfield, again, with his fourth straight 1,000-yard season thanks to 96.2 yards per game.
In the air, Clayton Thorson had some strong targets and completed 21.5 passes per game, ranking him amongst the top-20 in all of college football.
Defensively, Northwestern was ranked 10th against the run, but struggled against the better passing attacks.
By the numbers, Kentucky certainly doesn’t qualify as one of the better passing teams. As a squad, they’ve averaged just 181.1 passing yards per game. The rushing game was better, but doesn’t match up well against Northwestern’s strong defensive front.
Likewise, the Kentucky defense looks lacking and likely over matched by Clayton Thorson in the air.
Music City Bowl Format
The game originally featured a matchup between schools from the SEC and the Big East Conference. However, in 2002 the Big East was replaced by the Big Ten Conference. 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 was invited because the SEC did not have enough bowl-eligible teams. The Cavaliers made the most of their only visit to the Music City Bowl by defeating Minnesota 34-31.
Starting in 2014 the bowl reached an extended partnership between the ACC and the SEC with the re-introduction of the Big Ten as a secondary bowl partner. It was announced in July of 2014 that the Music City Bowl and TaxSlayer Bowl have agreed to share selections with the Big Ten Conference and ACC to provide an opponent for the SEC team through 2019.
Music Bowl Game Results
|Season ||Winners ||Losers|
|2013||Ole Miss||Georgia Tech|
|2012||Vanderbilt||North Carolina State|
|2011||Mississippi State||Wake Forest|
|2010||North Carolina||Tennessee (OT)|
|2000||West Virginia||Ole Miss|
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. Tennessee was a 3-point favorite in last year’s game and defeated Nebraska 38-24, giving the favored team wins in five of the last six meetings. The win also broke a two-game losing streak for the SEC in the bowl and brought its record to 8-10 all-time.
Most All-Time Wins at Music City Bowl
|Wins ||Team ||Years Won|
Vanderbilt isn’t considered a powerhouse program even though they play in a Power 5 conference. But the Commodores are the only team to appear in more than one Music City Bowl without a loss. 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 their four appearances overall are the most of any school.
The SEC has supplied a participant in 18 of the 19 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 remains the most lopsided game in history.
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