Huskers to face Tennessee in Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl

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Courtesy: NU Media Relations

The University of Nebraska has been selected to participate in the Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl in Nashville, Tenn.  The Huskers will take on the Tennessee Volunteers of the Southeastern Conference on Friday, Dec. 30 with kickoff at 2:30 p.m. CT.

The Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl will be televised nationally on ESPN and is played at Nissan Stadium, the home of the Tennessee Titans.Head Coach Mike Riley is guiding his 10th team to a bowl game, including two at Nebraska and eight at Oregon State. Riley owns a 7-2 record in bowl games and his 78 percent winning percentage ranks fifth in NCAA history among coaches who have appeared in at least eight bowl games.

“We are excited about the invitation to complete the 2016 season in the Music City Bowl,” Riley said. “This is a great opportunity to finish our year in an outstanding bowl game and compete for a 10th win against an excellent Tennessee team. As a staff, we are looking forward to spending the additional practice time with this team and preparing for a strong performance.

“I know our players, coaches and fans will enjoy the trip to Nashville, and we anticipate a great week of activities and an excellent football game.”

The appearance in the Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl will be the first-ever for the Huskers, and Nebraska’s second bowl game in the state of Tennessee, adding to an appearance in the 1977 Liberty Bowl. The Music City Bowl is Nebraska’s 53rd all-time bowl appearance, tying for the second-most bowl appearances of any school in the country. Nebraska has appeared in a bowl game in 46 of the past 48 seasons, and the Music City Bowl will mark the 16th bowl in which Nebraska has participated.

“The University of Nebraska is extremely honored to accept an invitation to the Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl,” University of Nebraska Director of Athletics Shawn Eichorst said. “The Music City Bowl is an exceptional Big Ten bowl partner, Nashville is a world-class city and this will be a great destination for our student-athletes, staff and the best fans in college football.”

Nebraska enters the game with a 9-3 record, including a 6-3 mark in Big Ten Conference play. The Huskers’ four-game improvement during the regular season marked the Huskers biggest increase in regular-season victories since 1962. Nebraska is ranked 21st in this week’s USA Today Coaches poll and No. 24 in the Associated Press Poll.

Tickets for the Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl go on sale to the public at beginning at 7 p.m. on Sunday evening. Nebraska will receive an allotment of 8,000 tickets to the game. Tickets are $85 each, with club seating available for $120 per ticket. Beginning Monday morning, tickets can also be purchased by calling the Nebraska Athletics Development and Ticketing at 1-800-8-BIG RED or in person at the ticket office in the Stadium Drive Parking Garage. Fans can purchase tickets by using VISA, MasterCard or Discover.

The meeting with Tennessee will mark the third-ever matchup between the Huskers and Vols, all in bowl games. Nebraska defeated Tennessee in the Orange Bowl following the 1997 season, to clinch a national championship. Two seasons later, Nebraska defeated Tennessee in the Fiesta Bowl to close a 12-1 season.

Tennessee will come into the game with an 8-4 record and is making its 52nd all-time bowl appearance which is tied for fourth in the nation. Tennessee spent much of the first half of the season in the top 10 in the national rankings. The Vols feature a high-powered offensive attack, averaging 36.2 points and 437.2 yards per game. The Vols are ranked No. 21 in the College Football Playoff rankings.

Coach Butch Jones is completing his fourth season at Tennessee and his 10th season overall as a college head coach. He has taken eight of his 10 teams to bowl games, and previously served as the head coach at Central Michigan (2007-09) and Cincinnati (2010-12).