Tennessee football can expect a clash with a Big Ten opponent in the TransPerfect Music City Bowl, recent projections show.
A win over southern Alabama in Week 12 saw the Tennessee Volunteers go bowling.
The next question: where will they go in December?
Brett McMurphy’s latest bowl projections point to a particular destination.
Tennessee bowl game: volunteers screened in the Music City Bowl
McMurphy brought the volunteers into the TransPerfect Music City Bowl with a matchup against Minnesota.
If that projection turns out to be true, Tennessee will face the Golden Gophers for the second time in their history.
In 1986, Tennessee and Minnesota met at the Liberty Bowl. The Volunteers came away with a 21-14 victory, giving them bragging rights over the past decades.
The Liberty Bowl was being played in Memphis, so Tennessee had the regional advantage then. They would have a similar advantage this year with the Music City Bowl being played in Nashville.
The Volunteers last attended a bowl game in 2019 under the direction of Jeremy Pruitt. They’ve actually won their last four bowl appearances, including a Music City Bowl appearance in 2016 under Butch Jones.
It’s up to Josh Heupel to keep that postseason streak intact with his first appearance in the bowl as head coach of Tennessee. It would help propel the volunteers into Year 2 with a bit of confidence.
Minnesota are unbeaten in two bowl games with PJ Fleck, so the Gophers will certainly be prepared to spoil the party.
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