An SEC team will be selected for the Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl. It’s just a matter of which conference that team will go up against.
For the last 10 years the SEC has played an ACC opponent, but that is likely to change in 2016. According to The Tennessean’s Mike Organ, the Nashville bowl game will likely feature a Big Ten opponent this season.
According to the the Music City Bowl’s official website, the bowl game “reached a six-year agreement with the SEC to take on either the ACC or Big Ten (through a unique partnership with the TaxSlayer Bowl) each year.”
The agreement was that the bowl would select three ACC and three Big Ten teams over that six-year period. With Notre Dame (2014) and Louisville (2015) representing the ACC the past two seasons, the Music City Bowl must choose three Big Ten teams over the course of the next four years.
“It is very likely, and most probable, that we’ll go Big Ten so that we can maintain the flexibility over the next three years of not having to go either conference,” Music City Bowl president and CEO Scott Ramsey told Organ. “It would limit the flexibility we created with the agreement if we went back to the ACC this year.”
Ramsey told the Tennessean that he believes Iowa and Nebraska could be good options for the bowl game, as well as Georgia, Auburn, Arkansas and Tennessee.
Louisville topped Texas A&M, 27-21, in last year’s rendition.
The Music City Bowl will be played on Dec. 30 at Nissan Stadium at 3:30 p.m. ET.