The University of Tennessee and Purdue University are set to meet in this year’s TransPerfect Music City Bowl at Nissan Stadium on Dec. 30.
The 7-5 Volunteers and 8-4 Boilermakers will square off for the second time since their first meeting at the 1979 Bluebonnet Bowl. Purdue won that contest by a score of 27-22 in Johnny Majors‘ third season.
“I’d first like to thank Scott Ramsey and the TransPerfect Music City Bowl for their enthusiasm about hosting Vol Nation,” says Tennessee Vice Chancellor/Director of Athletics Danny White. “There is extraordinary love and support for the Vols in and around Nashville, and it will be incredible to see Big Orange fans from all across the country converge in the mid-state to celebrate our football team during bowl week. We’re all incredibly proud of our football student-athletes, coaches and staff for earning this postseason opportunity.”
Tennessee had an exciting season behind head coach Josh Heupel’s first season winning games against Missouri, Kentucky and South Carolina. The Vols became bowl eligible on Nov. 20 after beating South Alabama 60-14.
“We are excited about finishing this first season in our home state in the TransPerfect Music City Bowl,” says Heupel. “It’s a great opportunity for us to put the finishing touches on the positive momentum we have created over our first 11 months. I am especially thrilled for our seniors, who get one more chance to compete. Purdue is an outstanding and well-coached team. I look forward to seeing all of Vol Nation in Nashville, and I know our team has appreciated your support the entire season.”
It will be Tennessee’s 54th bowl appearance, which ranks fifth nationally. It will also be the Vols’ third Music City Bowl appearance since UT topped Nebraska 38-24 in 2016.
Kickoff is set for 2 p.m. CT and will air on ESPN. Tickets for the game are on sale here.