Music City Bowl

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. Since 2020, it has been sponsored by TransPerfect and is officially known as the TransPerfect Music City Bowl. Previous title sponsors include Franklin American Mortgage Company (2010–2019) American General Life & Accident (1998), HomePoint.com (1999), Gaylord Entertainment (2002–2003), and both Gaylord Entertainment and Bridgestone (2004–2009). From 2014 through 2019, the bowl had tie-ins with the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC), Big Ten Conference, and Southeastern Conference (SEC); for 2020 through 2025, the bowl has tie-ins with the Big Ten and SEC.

Music City Bowl
TransPerfect Music City Bowl
TransPerfect Music City Bowl.jpg
StadiumNissan Stadium
LocationNashville, Tennessee
Previous stadiumsVanderbilt Stadium (1998)
Operated1998–present
Conference tie-insBig Ten, SEC
Previous conference tie-insACC (2006–2019)
Big East (1998–2001)
Big Ten (2002–2005)
PayoutUS$5.7 million (2019)[1]
Sponsors
American General Life & Accident (1998)
HomePoint.com (1999)
Gaylord Entertainment (2002–2009)
Bridgestone (2003–2007)
Franklin American Mortgage Company (2010–2019)
TransPerfect (2020–)
Former names
Music City Bowl (1998, 2000–2001)
HomePoint.com Music City Bowl (1999)
Gaylord Hotels Music City Bowl (2002–2009)
  presented by Bridgestone (2003–2007)
Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl (2010–2019)
2018 matchup
Purdue vs. Auburn (Auburn 63–14)
2019 matchup
Mississippi State vs. Louisville (Louisville 38–28)

HistoryEdit

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 Nissan Stadium. American General Life & Accident (now a subsidiary of AIG) sponsored the inaugural 1998 game, and the now-defunct "homepoint.com" sponsored the 1999 game. There was no sponsor in 2000 or 2001. In 2002, with title sponsorship from Nashville-based Gaylord Hotels, 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. Bridgestone dropped its presenting sponsorship following the 2007 game. Beginning with the 2010 game, Franklin American Mortgage served as title sponsor, with Gaylord continuing as a major sponsor of the event.[2] In December 2019, it was announced that TransPerfect, a New York City-based translation services company, would take over title sponsorship of the bowl for the 2020 through 2025 playings.[3]

Conference tie-insEdit

The game initially featured a matchup between representatives of the Southeastern Conference (SEC) 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 was replaced by the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC). The ACC also took part in the 2005 game, when Virginia appeared because the SEC did not have enough bowl-eligible teams. For six seasons begging in 2014, the Music City Bowl shared its tie in with the Gator Bowl (also known as the TaxSlayer Bowl for several playings), to match an SEC team with either an ACC or Big Ten team.[4] In June 2019, the Music City Bowl announced an extension to their agreement with the SEC, and an agreement for the Big Ten to provide teams for the 2020 through 2025 seasons.[5]

Game resultsEdit

 
The 2009 Music City Bowl

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 four-point underdog when they defeated Georgia 20–16 in 2001, West Virginia was a three-point underdog when they beat Ole Miss in 2000, Syracuse was a three-point underdog when they defeated Kentucky in 1999, and Minnesota was a one-point underdog when they beat Alabama in 2004. In 2008, four-point underdog Vanderbilt, making their first bowl appearance since 1982, upset Boston College, 24th in the BCS rankings, 16–14.

All rankings are taken from the AP Poll prior to the game being played.

Date Played Winning Team Losing Team Attnd.[6] Notes
December 29, 1998 Virginia Tech 38 Alabama 7 41,248 notes
December 29, 1999 Syracuse 20 Kentucky 13 59,221 notes
December 28, 2000 West Virginia 49 Ole Miss 38 47,119 notes
December 28, 2001 Boston College 20 #16 Georgia 16 46,125 notes
December 30, 2002 Minnesota 29 #25 Arkansas 14 39,183 notes
December 31, 2003 Auburn 28 Wisconsin 14 55,109 notes
December 31, 2004 Minnesota 20 Alabama 16 66,089 notes
December 30, 2005 Virginia 34 Minnesota 31 40,519 notes
December 29, 2006 Kentucky 28 Clemson 20 68,024 notes
December 31, 2007 Kentucky 35 Florida State 28 68,661 notes
December 31, 2008 Vanderbilt 16 Boston College 14 54,250 notes
December 27, 2009 Clemson 21 Kentucky 13 57,280 notes
December 30, 2010 North Carolina 30 Tennessee 27 (2OT) 69,143 notes
December 30, 2011 Mississippi State 23 Wake Forest 17 55,208 notes
December 31, 2012 Vanderbilt 38 NC State 24 55,801 notes
December 30, 2013 Ole Miss 25 Georgia Tech 17 52,125 notes
December 30, 2014 Notre Dame 31 #22 LSU 28 60,419 notes
December 30, 2015 Louisville 27 Texas A&M 21 50,478 notes
December 30, 2016 Tennessee 38 #24 Nebraska 24 68,496 notes
December 29, 2017 #20 Northwestern 24 Kentucky 23 48,675 notes
December 28, 2018 Auburn 63 Purdue 14 59,024 notes
December 30, 2019 Louisville 38 Mississippi State 28 46,850 notes

Note that the 1998 game was played at Vanderbilt Stadium, while Nissan Stadium (then Adelphia Coliseum) was under construction.

Most Valuable PlayersEdit

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 Andre' Woodson Kentucky QB
December 31, 2007 Andre' 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
December 30, 2014 Malik Zaire Notre Dame QB
December 30, 2015 Lamar Jackson Louisville QB
December 30, 2016 Joshua Dobbs Tennessee QB
December 29, 2017 Justin Jackson Northwestern RB
December 28, 2018 Jarrett Stidham Auburn QB
December 30, 2019 Micale Cunningham Louisville QB

Most appearancesEdit

Updated through the December 2019 edition (22 games, 44 total appearances).

Teams with multiple appearances
Rank Team Appearances Record
1 Kentucky 5 2–3
2 Minnesota 3 2–1
T3 Auburn 2 2–0
T3 Louisville 2 2–0
T3 Vanderbilt 2 2–0
T3 Boston College 2 1–1
T3 Clemson 2 1–1
T3 Mississippi State 2 1–1
T3 Ole Miss 2 1–1
T3 Tennessee 2 1–1
T3 Alabama 2 0–2
Teams with a single appearance

Won: North Carolina, Northwestern, Notre Dame, Syracuse, Virginia, Virginia Tech, West Virginia
Lost: Arkansas, Florida State, Georgia, Georgia Tech, LSU, NC State, Nebraska, Purdue, Texas A&M, Wake Forest, Wisconsin

Appearances by conferenceEdit

Updated through the December 2019 edition (22 games, 44 total appearances).

Conference Record Appearances by season
Games W L Win pct. Won Lost
SEC 21 9 12 .429 2003, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2016, 2018 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2004, 2009, 2010, 2014, 2015, 2017, 2019
ACC 11 5 6 .455 2005, 2009, 2010, 2015, 2019 2006, 2007, 2008, 2011, 2012, 2013
Big Ten 7 3 4 .429 2002, 2004, 2017 2003, 2005, 2016, 2018
Big East 4 4 0 1.000 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001  
Independents 1 1 0 1.000 2014  

Game recordsEdit

The most lopsided game was Auburn's 63–14 win over Purdue in the 2018 edition. Auburn's 63 points (56 in the first half alone, a record for a half in any bowl game) is the bowl's high score, while Alabama's 7 points in 1998 is the low score. 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 87 point total in the 2000 edition, when West Virginia defeated Ole Miss, 49–38, is a high for the bowl. The attendance record was set at the 2010 game, when North Carolina defeated Tennessee.

Team Record, Team vs. Opponent Year
Most points scored (one team) 63, Auburn vs. Purdue 2018
Most points scored (losing team) 38, Ole Miss vs. West Virginia 2000
Most points scored (both teams) 87, West Virginia (49) vs. Ole Miss (38) 2000
Fewest points allowed 7, Virginia Tech vs. Alabama 1998
Largest margin of victory 49, Auburn (63) vs. Purdue (14) 2018
Total yards
Rushing yards
Passing yards
First downs
Fewest yards allowed
Fewest rushing yards allowed
Fewest passing yards allowed
Individual Record, Player, Team vs. Opponent Year
All-purpose yards
Touchdowns (overall)
Rushing yards
Rushing touchdowns
Passing yards
Passing touchdowns
Receiving yards
Receiving touchdowns
Tackles
Sacks
Interceptions
Long Plays Record, Team vs. Opponent Year
Touchdown run
Touchdown pass
Kickoff return
Punt return
Interception return
Fumble return
Punt
Field goal
Miscellaneous Record, Team vs. Opponent Year
Bowl Attendance 69,143, North Carolina vs. Tennessee 2010

Media coverageEdit

The bowl has been televised by ESPN since its inception.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "2019 Bowl Schedule". collegefootballpoll.com. Retrieved December 13, 2019.
  2. ^ "Franklin American Mortgage To Title Music City Bowl In 2010".
  3. ^ Organ, Mike (December 18, 2019). "TransPerfect becomes title sponsor of the Music City Bowl". tennessean.com. Retrieved December 19, 2019.
  4. ^ "Selection Process". musiccitybowl.com. Retrieved December 30, 2019.
  5. ^ "Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl Announces New 2020-2025 Conference Agreements". musiccitybowl.com (Press release). June 4, 2019. Retrieved December 30, 2019.
  6. ^ "Bowl Recaps". musiccitybowl.com. 2017. Retrieved December 29, 2017.

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