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Rutgers football: Getting to know the Music City Bowl

The Knights' big win could send them to Nashville against an SEC opponent.

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With Rutgers' big win over the Terps in College Park comes the possibility of better bowl matchups this postseason. Instead of the Quick Lane Bowl in Detroit or the Heart of Dallas Bowl in, well, Dallas, the Knights could get an invite to the Foster Farms Bowl in San Francisco Santa Clara or the Music City Bowl in Nashville. According to Keith Sargeant of NJ Advance Media, the Music City Bowl is Rutgers' first choice for a postseason destination. It makes sense, as it would give the Knights a coveted spot to play a marquee SEC opponent. Nothing is certain at this point, as the schools submit their picks for bowls and the conference will do its best to match what the bowl committees want as well.

The Music City Bowl is known for its frequent upsets. Only five favored teams in the history of the bowl have won in the 16-year history of the game.


Official name: Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl

Location: LP Field - Nashville, TN

Date & Time: Tuesday, December 30 - 3:00 PM

What's in the swag bag?*: Gift suite, Fossil watch

Conference tie-ins: Big Ten (6th/7th/8th) OR ACC (4th-9th) vs. SEC (4th-9th)

*based on 2013 gifts

Possible Matchups

Because of the vast range in seeding matches for bowl lineups, there are lots of possibilities that can happen with this game. First of all, the Music City Bowl has an agreement with the Taxslayer Bowl to alternate between ACC and B1G teams for the next six years. Rutgers win over Maryland improved the Knights' chances at something better than Detroit or Dallas, but it's still murky since so many teams are bunched up at 7-5 or 6-6. However, I do see Penn State as a lock for the Pinstripe Bowl against either Boston College or Pittsburgh, so a trip to Nashville comes down to three possible teams.

B1G: Iowa, Rutgers, Maryland

SEC: Auburn, LSU, Texas A&M, South Carolina, Tennessee

Note: The Capital One (first choice) and Outback (second) Bowls can select any eligible team except a team that has two fewer wins or two more losses, in all games, than another eligible team. If a second conference team is selected for a BCS bowl, the two-win/loss requirement is not applicable for the Outback Bowl. The remaining picks are made in order without restrictions.