Tigers Make Plans For Bowl Trip

The latest information on Auburn's postseason football plans is featured.

Auburn, Ala.--Auburn is expected to learn on Sunday afternoon or later Sunday evening that the Tigers will be offered a bid to play in the Music City Bowl in Nashville, Tenn., vs. the Wisconsin Badgers.

On Nov. 26th Wisconsin accepted a bid to play in the game as the representative of the Big 10 Conference. The game will kick off at 11 a.m. CST from The Coliseum, the home of the NFL's Tennessee Titans.

Auburn and Wisconsin, which are both 7-5 this season, have never met in a bowl game. There is an outside chance that the Tigers will be bumped into the Peach Bowl in Atlanta to play Clemson, but AU officials put the odds of that happening at less than one in 10. For that to happen, two SEC teams would have to land in the eight-team Bowl Championship Series.

If Auburn goes to Nashville, the Tigers will be based at the Opryland Hotel, the same hotel where Wisconsin will be located. Auburn players are scheduled to practice Dec. 17-20 in Auburn and then have a five-day break before reporting to Nashville on the 26th to begin practice the next day. An advance party of AU athletic department officials was in Nashville on Thursday making arrangements for the likely trip to that city.

Junior tailback Carnell Williams led Auburn to a victory over Alabama to close the regular season.

Auburn is expected to work out at the outdoor practice facilities at Vanderbilt University. The Commodores have an all-weather practice field like the one the Tigers added to their football complex this summer. Prices range from $15 for upper level seats to $65 for club level tickets. The game will be played in downtown Nashville at the 68,798-seat coliseum.

The Auburn Ticket Office is expected to begin taking on-line orders for the game as early as Sunday. AU has been allotted 10,000 tickets.

The Music City Bowl is one of the youngest of the postseason games. This season's contest will be just the sixth. The game was originally set up to match SEC teams vs. Big East teams. However, that changed to an SEC vs. Big 10 matchup in 2000. Last year's game was won by the Big 10 representative as Minnesota overpowered Arkansas 29-14.

Last season Auburn was a 13-9 winner over a Top 10 ranked Penn State team in Orlando, Fla., at the Capital One Bowl, another game that featured an SEC vs. Big 10 matchup. The Tigers are 15-12-2 all-time in bowl games. Five of those wins have come against Big 10 teams and the Tigers have lost the two other meetings vs. teams from that conference.

Wisconsin opened its season with a 24-17 victory at West Virginia and defeated Akron 48-31 before losing to UNLV 23-5 at home in Madison.

Coach Barry Alvarez's team then ran off four straight wins starting with a 38-27 home decision over North Carolina. The Badgers won at Illinois 38-20 and 30-23 at Penn State before knocking off defending national champion Ohio State 17-10 in Madison.

After the victory over the Buckeyes, Wisconsin dropped three straight games losing 26-23 at home vs. Purdue, 16-7 at Northwestern and 37-34 at Minnesota.

Wisconsin then crushed Michigan State 56-21 at home and closed the regular season with a 27-21 homefield loss to Iowa on Nov. 22nd. That same day Auburn closed its regular season with a 28-23 victory over archrival Alabama.

The Tigers and Badgers have played just once in football. They were involved in a 7-7 tie game played in Madison in 1931.

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