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Music City Bowl: North Carolina vs Tennessee

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Wednesday, December 30th
Nashville, Tennessee

The Tennessee Volunteers will be playing close to home when they play the North Carolina Tar Heels in the Music City Bowl. The latest college football odds for this bowl game as posted by Diamond Sports International (DSI) have the Tar Heels listed as slim two point favorites with the total set at 50.

The Tar Heels started the year off with huge expectations but those were quickly dashed when several of the top tier players on this team were suspended. The Tar Heels were discovered to have violated several NCAA rules and lost up to 14 key players for most of their season. As they trickled back into the lineup, the Tar Heels were able to salvage the season and finished with a 7-5 record making them eligible for the college football post season. They were not the only team to finish the year on a strong note.

The Volunteers started off the year with a dismal 2-6 record in one of the toughest conferences in college football. New head coach Derek Dooley revitalized the program and turned the season around finishing very strong to become bowl eligible. They finished on a four game winning streak (and 4-0 against the spread) to play in the Music City Bowl for the first time ever. One of the main reasons for the turnaround is a change at the quarterback position.

Freshman Tyler Bray replaced Matt Simms at quarterback after the 2-6 start and promptly threw for 12 touchdowns during the win streak, and now has the confidence of the team behind him for this game. The passing game opened up the running game for the Vols and Tauren Poole ran for an average of 91.5 yards over the last four games finding the end zone five times.

The Tar Heels are 1-5 ATS in their last six games overall and will be ready to end this nightmare season.

The Volunteers are 6-0-1 ATS in their last seven games as an underdog of 0.5-3.0 and 5-0 ATS in their last five games overall. The Vols are playing a home game and playing the better football heading into this matchup. Dooley will want to win to carry momentum into next season and the Vols pull off the mild upset in Nashville.

Play on Volunteers +2


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Past results and History of the Music City Bowl

Music City Bowl Results
Date
Won
Pts.
Lost
Pts.
12/29/98
Virginia Tech
38
Alabama
7
12/29/99
Syracuse
20
Kentucky
13
12/28/00
West Virginia
49
Mississippi
38
12/28/01
Boston College
20
Georgia
16
12/30/02
Minnesota
29
Arkansas
14
12/31/03
Auburn
28
Wisconsin
14
12/31/04
Minnesota
20
Alabama
16
12/30/05
Virginia
34
Minnesota
31
12/29/06
Kentucky
28
Clemson
20
12/31/07
Kentucky
35
Florida State
28
12/31/08
Vanderbilt
16
Boston College
14
12/27/09
Clemson
21
Kentucky
13

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