After finishing the overall season 9-3, the Nebraska Cornhuskers are headed to the Music City Bowl in Nashville on Dec. 30. Their opponent will be the Tennessee Volunteers and game time will be 2:30 CST.
Nebraska finished the season losing three of their last five games, but started the year 7-0 after struggling to a 6-7 record in 2015.
Tennessee finished the season 8-4 overall and were ranked No. 21 in the College Football Playoff. Their best win of the season came against Florida 38-28.
“We are excited about the invitation to complete the 2016 season in the Music City Bowl,” Riley said. “This is a great opportunity to finish our year in an outstanding bowl game and compete for a 10th win against an excellent Tennessee team. As a staff, we are looking forward to spending the additional practice time with this team and preparing for a strong performance.
“I know our players, coaches and fans will enjoy the trip to Nashville, and we anticipate a great week of activities and an excellent football game.”
Nebraska is 2-0 all-time versus Tennessee. It defeated the Vols 42-17 in the Orange Bowl in 1997. It also won 31-21 in the Fiesta Bowl in 1999.
Nebraska has one of the strongest bowl histories in college football. From 1969 to 2003, the Huskers appeared in 35 straight bowl games. Nebraska owns a 26-25 all-time bowl record, after beating UCLA in the Foster Farms Bowl last December. The Vols are tied with Texas for sixth all-time in bowl wins (27).
“The University of Nebraska is extremely honored to accept an invitation to the Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl,” University of Nebraska Director of Athletics Shawn Eichorst said. “The Music City Bowl is an exceptional Big Ten bowl partner, Nashville is a world-class city and this will be a great destination for our student-athletes, staff and the best fans in college football.”*** Inside Tennessee’s Danny Parker contributed to this report ***