Tennessee and Purdue to play in the Music City Bowl

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Tennessee and Purdue will play in the 23rd TransPerfect Music City Bowl on Dec. 30 at Nissan Stadium. Game time is 2 p.m. CT and will be televised by ESPN.

Tennessee (7-5) has played twice in the Music City Bowl. The Vos beat Nebraska 38-24 in the bowl in 2016 and lost to North Carolina 30-27 in double overtime in 2010.

Purdue (8-4) lost to Auburn 63-14 in the 2018 Music City Bowl.

The matchup will feature two high-powered offenses. Tennessee averages 39.0 points per game and Purdue averages 27.5. The Vols average 459.0 yards per game and Purdue averages 423.9.

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"First and foremost it's really going to be an exciting game on the field," Music City Bowl president and CEO Scott Ramsey said Sunday. "It's two really high-powered offenses that score a lot of points and have a lot of plays. Whether you're a fan of Tennessee or Purdue, or just a general college football fan in Nashville, this is going to be an exciting game to watch."

The 2020 Music City Bowl was canceled because of COVID-19. Missouri and Iowa had accepted invitations to play in the game.

Ramsey said the bowl was in need of a game this year that would be a big attraction to help recoup some of the financial losses from last year.

"Off the field it's going to be two fan bases that we really think are going to help us recover from the last year-and-a-half of COVID," Ramsey said. "We'll really have a good chance to fill up the stands, provide a great atmosphere for the players but also make a great economic impact on our city."

Large crowds show up each of the previous two times Tennessee played in the Music City — 69,143 in 2010 and 68,496 in 2016.

The Purdue-Auburn game drew 59,024.

Ramsey said he has to be wary of inviting Tennessee because some fans would rather see the Vols play a bowl game out of the state. But this year several factors played into Tennessee being a good fit in Nashville.

"This is only the third time in 24 years that we've had Tennessee," Ramsey said. "The opportunity to get coach (Josh) Heupel's first bowl game at Tennessee and the chance to have a lot of fans attend the game from Tennessee's perspective is a really exciting thing for us."

Tickets are available at MusicCityBowl.com/ticket-information.

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This article originally appeared on Nashville Tennessean: Tennessee and Purdue to play in the Music City Bowl

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