Miss. State to Music City Bowl

By Brad Locke/NEMS Daily Journal

Mississippi State will play Wake Forest in the Music City Bowl in Nashville on Dec. 30. The matchup was announced Sunday evening.

Both teams are 6-6 on the season. This will be the first meeting between the schools in football.

The Music City Bowl will kick off at 5:40 p.m. Central time at LP Field, home of the Tennessee Titans, and will be shown on ESPN. The on-air talent for the game will be Mark Jones play-by-play, Ed Cunningham analyst, and Jeannine Edwards sideline.

This is MSU’s second consecutive bowl appearance; it beat Michigan in last season’s Gator Bowl, 52-14. It’s the Bulldogs’ first consecutive bowl game bids since 1999-2000. They are 8-6 all-time in bowl games and have won their last four.

“Making a bowl game has really kind of made it a great season,” MSU coach Dan Mullen said. “Obviously winning a bowl game will push it over the top and give us great momentum going into the offseason.”

MSU begins bowl practices on Friday, and the first week of them will be open to the public. As for tickets, MSU has already sold out its allotment of 12,000, so fans wishing to attend the game must visit ticketmaster.com/MusicCityBowl or call 1-800-745-3000.

Wake Forest finished tied for second in the Atlantic Coast Conference’s Atlantic Division. The Demon Deacons defeated Florida State and nearly upset eventual ACC champion Clemson, which needed a 43-yard field goal as time expired to win.

“We couldn’t be more excited to be playing in the Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl,” Wake Forest coach Jim Grobe said in a statement. “Our players, coaches and fans are looking forward to this wonderful opportunity in Nashville. Traveling to Nashville during the Christmas holiday will be a great experience for our families and the players.”

Click here for more on Wake Forest and the bowl at Brad Locke’s Inside Mississippi State Sports blog.

More in Monday’s NEMS Daily Journal newspaper.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.