Tigers Vs. Badgers Bowl Game Set For Dec. 31

Auburn, Ala.--Auburn accepted a bowl bid on Sunday evening to face Wisconsin of the Big 10 in the Music City Bowl on New Year's Eve in Nashville, Tenn.

Kickoff is set for 11 a.m. from The Coliseum in downtown Nashville, home of the NFL's Tennessee Titans. It will be Auburn's first appearance in that stadium and Auburn's first bowl game ever against Wisconsin. The two teams have played one time during the regular season and tied 7-7 in Madison, Wisc., in 1931.

"We are extremely pleased to be playing in the Gaylord Hotels Music City Bowl," said Auburn coach Tommy Tuberville, whose team will be making its fourth consecutive bowl trip. "We are excited to be playing Wisconsin and are looking forward to a great game. We are also looking forward to seeing a lot of orange in The Coliseum on Dec. 31."

Both teams will bring 7-5 records into the contest in a bowl that matches teams from the SEC and Big Ten conferences.

Athletic Director David Housel said, "Nashville is a great city with a lot of good Auburn people in close proximity. We're looking forward to going to the Gaylord Hotels Music City Bowl Presented by Bridgestone and having a great time for our coaches, players and fans."

Auburn players will return to the practice field on Dec. 18th and work out for three days on campus before breaking for Christmas. The team will reassemble on Dec. 26th in Nashville and resume practices on the campus of Vanderbilt University.

On Nov. 26th Wisconsin accepted a bid to play in the game as the representative of the Big 10 Conference. The game will be played in downtown Nashville at the 68,798-seat coliseum.

The Music City Bowl is one of the youngest of the postseason games. This season's contest will be just the sixth Music City game. The bowl 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.

Fullback Brandon Johnson catches a pass out of the backfield against Mississippi State earlier this season. The bowl game will be the final Auburn contest for the fullback as well as a dozen other Tiger seniors.

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.

Ticket orders will be taken on-line at www.auburntigers.com beginning at 6 a.m. Monday. Ticket orders can also be placed over the phone by dialing 1-800-AUB-1957, ext. 1 beginning at 8 a.m. Monday. Tickets are $45 for the lower level and $65 for the club level.

Auburn faculty, staff and students may also purchase tickets at the Ticket Office located in Beard-Eaves-Memorial Coliseum. Auburn students and faculty purchasing tickets in person at the ticket office will receive seats in a priority block reserved for each group.

Commenting on the bowl invitation, Tuberville said, "Obviously, to have another football game to end the season is always fun during the holidays, but when you beat your in-state rival at the end of the year, which is Alabama for us, you feel like you have had a successful year. This will give us a chance to showcase our program in Nashville with a national television (ESPN) audience against a Big Ten team--a team we haven't played in a long, long time."

Tuberville added that his team will try to forget about the disappointments prior to the Alabama game and make the trip to the Music City Bowl "a one game season."

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