Purdue (8-4, Big Ten) vs. Tennessee (7-5, SEC), Dec. 30, 3 p.m. ET
LOCATION: Nashville, Tennessee.
Purdue: Quarterback Aiden O’Connell had 3,178 yards and 23 touchdowns. David Bell was named the Big Ten’s top receiver with 1,286 yards and six touchdowns.
Tennessee: Quarterback Hendon Hooker took over early in the season and placed seventh among the SEC passers with 2,567 yards and 26 touchdowns and just three interceptions. He also ran for 561 yards and five touchdowns. Running back Jabari Small had 612 yards and eight touchdowns on 114 carries.
Purdue: The Boilermakers season featured victories over the No. 2 Iowa and then-No. 3 Michigan State while finishing fourth in the Big Ten West with a 6-3 league mark.
Tennessee: The Volunteers have won three of their last four contests to finish third in the SEC East under freshman coach Josh Heupel. The highlight was a 45-42 shootout victory over No. 18 Kentucky.
Purdue 27, Tennessee 22 (December 31, 1979, Bluebonnet Bowl).
Purdue: Second Music City Bowl appearance, the first since losing 63-18 to Auburn in 2018. The Boilermakers are 10-9 lifetime in the bowls.
Tennessee: Third Music City Bowl appearance, the first since dominating Nebraska in 2016. The Vols have 29-24 lifetime in the bowls and beat Indiana in the 2020 Gator Bowl.
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