The Music City Bowl debuted in 1998 and the matchup currently features schools from the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) and the Southeastern Conference (SEC). The game takes place at Nissan Stadium from Nashville, Tennessee. This game was previously sponsored by Gaylord Hotels and HomePoint.com before Franklin American Mortgage Company assumed sponsorship rights in 2010.
Favorites have won eight of the past 10 matchups but the 2019 installment watched Louisville captured a 38-28 victory over Mississippi State as a short underdog. The 'over' cashed with a late push and is on a 3-1 run in this bowl matchup.
Kentucky has made the most appearances in this bowl with five, followed by Minnesota with three visits to Nashville since 2002.
In 2020, the COVID-19 global pandemic wiped out the game. The bowl returned on Dec. 30, 2021, and it was worth the two-year wait. Tennessee and Purdue played at Nissan Stadium in front of a sold out crowd. Purdue outlasted Tennessee 48-45 in overtime in a wild game with many twists and turns.