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Music City Bowl

Music City Bowl

The Tennessee Volunteers and Nebraska Cornhuskers both look to bounce back from heartbreaking regular season-ending losses when they clash in this year's Music City Bowl. The favored Volunteers saw a three-game win streak stopped with a 45-34 loss at Vanderbilt, while the Cornhuskers were blown out 40-10 in their season finale at Iowa.

Kickoff: Friday, December 30 @ 3:30 p.m. ET
Location: Nissan Stadium, Nashville, Tennessee
Additional Read: Nebraska vs Tennessee Betting

2016 Music City Bowl Odds
TeamOpening Line
Nebraska+3
Tennessee-3
Over/Under60.5

Odds at Bovada

Team Records
TeamConf.SUATSOU
NebraskaBig 109-37-4-13-9
TennesseeSEC8-45-78-4

Music City Bowl Matchup

Tennessee advanced to the postseason for a third straight year with an 8-4 straight-up record. The Volunteers were streaky performers this season, marked by a mid-season three-game SU slide, and were also a shaky bet, going 5-8 ATS and failing to cover in consecutive games.

Scoring points was no problem for Tennessee this season. The Volunteers averaged 55.7 points per game over their final three wins, and saw the point total finish OVER in seven of their final nine. But the squad mustered just 25.75 ppg in their four losses.

Tennessee has emerged victorious in its past two bowl game appearances. The Volunteers dominated in a 45-6 win over Northwestern as 9.5-point chalk in last season's Outback Bowl, after topping the Hawkeyes 45-28 as 3-point favorites in the 2014-15 TaxSlayer Bowl.

Nebraska surged to a 7-0 SU start, before ending the campaign on a 2-3 SU run. The Cornhuskers struggled with consistency at the sportsbooks after going undefeated ATS in their first four contests, going 4-4 ATS down the stretch and failing to cover in their past two as an underdog.

Nebraska also fell flat down the stretch in games away from Memorial Stadium, averaging just 10 ppg in three straight losses. The Cornhuskers notched just 26.8 ppg all season, but surrendered a mere 22.8 ppg, and have seen the point total go UNDER in 11 of their past 15 outings.

This year's contest marks the third time these teams have met in bowl season. Nebraska handed the Volunteers a 42-17 beating as 7.5-point chalk in the 1997-98 Orange Bowl to capture the national championship, followed by a 31-21 win as a 3.5-point favorite in the 1999-2000 Fiesta Bowl.

Music City Bowl Betting Trends
  • The total has gone OVER in Tennessee's last eight games against teams with winning records.
  • Tennessee is 7-2 ATS in its last nine games after losing the previous game in a matchup.
  • Tennessee is 0-6 SU in its last six games in December.
  • The total has gone UNDER in 11 of Nebraska's last 15 games in the postseason.
  • Nebraska is 5-2 ATS in its last seven games in December.
  • Nebraska is 24-7 SU in its last 31 games after a loss.

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Music City Bowl History
YearBowlTeamScoreTeamScoreSpreadATS WinnerSU Winner
1998Music City BowlVirginia Tech38Alabama7+5VTECHVTECH
1999Music City BowlSyracuse20Kentucky13-2.5SYRACUSYRACU
2000Music City BowlMississippi38West Virginia49+4WESTVWESTV
2001Music City BowlBoston College20Georgia16-4BOST.CBOST.C
2002Music City BowlArkansas14Minnesota29-8.5MINNMINN
2003Music City BowlWisconsin14Auburn28-3AUBRNAUBRN
2004Music City BowlMinnesota20Alabama16-3MINNMINN
2005Music City BowlVirginia34Minnesota31-6.5VIRGNAVIRGNA
2006Music City BowlKentucky28Clemson20-11KENTUCKENTUC
2007Music City BowlFlorida State28Kentucky35-7PushKENTUC
2008Music City BowlBoston College14Vanderbilt16+5VANDYVANDY
2009Music City BowlKentucky13Clemson21-6.5CLEMCLEM
2010Music City BowlNorth Carolina30Tennessee27+1UNCUNC
2011Music City BowlWake Forest17Mississippi State23-7WAKEMIS.ST
2012Music City BowlVanderbilt38N.C. State24+6.5VANDYVANDY
2013Music City BowlMississippi25Georgia Tech17+3OLE MISSOLE MISS
2014Music City BowlNotre Dame31LSU28-8.5Notre DameNotre Dame
2015Music City BowlTexas A&M21Louisville27-3LouisvilleLouisville
2016Music City BowlNebraska-Tennessee--3  
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