The Music City Bowl will take place on Thursday, December 30th, from the Nissan Stadium in Nashville, Tennessee with the kickoff scheduled to take place at 3:00 PM ET. BookMaker has set the point spread for this game at Tennessee -5 and the total for the over/under plays at 64 points.

Bowl History and Conference Tie-Ins

This year, the Music City Bowl will be played for the 23rd year. The Music City Bowl features teams with tie-ins to the Big Ten and SEC. This year the Tennessee Volunteers will represent the SEC and the Purdue Boilermakers will be the representative from the Big Ten.

Previous Matchups

This will be the 2nd time in the history of the two programs that they have played each other. Purdue won the only other matchup in 1973 by a score of 27-22.

Purdue Boilermakers Preview

The Purdue Boilermakers enter this game with a record of 8-4 which led to a 2nd place finish in the West Division of the Big Ten Conference. Purdue played in seven games against bowl-eligible teams and went 3-4 in those contests with wins coming against Oregon State, Iowa, and Michigan State while losing to Notre Dame, Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Ohio State. They finished the regular season going 7-5 ATS which includes going 3-3 ATS as an underdog.

Offensively, Purdue enters this game averaging 25.38 points per game which is below the national average of 27.57 points for the rest of college football. The Boilermakers are a pass-heavy team that is averaging 29.92 rushing attempts to 40.62 passing attempts per game. As a result, they rank 9th in passing yards per game with 314.23 passing yards. King Doerue leads the team in rushing with 488 yards and 2 touchdowns while Aidan O’Connell leads the team in passing with 3,177 yards for 23 touchdowns and 8 interceptions.

Defensively, Purdue is allowing the 18th fewest points per game with an average of 18.92 points.

Tennessee Volunteers Preview

The Tennessee Volunteers enter this game with a record of 7-5 and a 3rd place finish in the East Division of the SEC. Tennessee played in eight games against bowl-eligible teams going 3-5 in those contests with wins coming against Missouri, South Carolina, and Kentucky while losing to Pittsburgh, Florida, Ole Miss, Alabama, and Georgia. They finished the regular season going 5-7 ATS which includes going 4-2 ATS as a favorite.

Offensively, the Volunteers are averaging the 9th most points per game in college football with an average of 35.85 points. Tennessee favors the run to the pass as they are averaging 42.75 rushing attempts to 25.69 passing attempts per game. They are an above-average team in terms of rushing and passing yards per game this season as they are averaging 211.5 rushing and 228.08 passing yards. Jabari Small leads the team in rushing with 612 yards and 8 touchdowns while Hendon Hooker leads the team in passing with 2,567 yards for 26 touchdowns and 3 interceptions while adding another 561 rushing yards and 5 rushing touchdowns.

Defensively, Tennessee is a slightly above-average defense that is allowing 25.38 points per game which is below the national average of 25.64 for the rest of college football.

Handicapping Preview

In this game, we like Purdue plus the points. Our system is actually calling for the Boilermakers to pull the upset here so having those points is simply a bonus for us. Take Purdue Boilermakers +5

Music City Bowl Official Play: Purdue Boilermakers +5

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