SEC: Gaylord Hotels Music City Bowl first take
Dec. 27, 8:30 p.m., (ESPN)
This is a rematch of the 2006 game in Nashville, which Kentucky won 28-20 for its first bowl victory in 13 years. That was the start of something for the Wildcats, who will be looking for their fourth straight bowl victory.
Rich Brooks did one of his finest coaching jobs this season and deserves consideration for Coach of the Year honors in the SEC. The Wildcats had key personnel losses to injury and suspension and ended up with true freshman Morgan Newton starting at quarterback at the end of the season. Nonetheless, they were an overtime loss to Tennessee away from winning eight games in the regular season for the first time since 1984.
Sophomore Randall Cobb did a little bit of everything for Kentucky. He threw it, ran it, caught it and returned it and was second in the SEC to Mark Ingram with 18 touchdowns. Running back Derrick Locke was a nice complement to Cobb. Locke was No. 2 and Cobb No. 3 in the SEC in all-purpose yards per game.
The Wildcats’ passing game was limited after Newton took over when starter Mike Hartline went down with a knee injury. But Brooks said there’s a chance Hartline could return in time for the bowl game.
Posted by ESPN.com's Chris Low
Vanderbilt took all the suspense out of everything back on Nov. 15 when the Commodores (6-6) won their sixth game to become bowl eligible.
With the SEC not being able to fill all of its bowl arrangements this season, Vanderbilt was a lock to make its first bowl trip in 26 years.
But here's the catch: The Commodores won't be making a trip. They will be staying in Nashville to play in the Gaylord Hotels Music City Bowl on Dec. 31 against Boston College, which lost to Virginia Tech in the ACC Championship Game.
Vanderbilt was not the same team down the stretch in losing six of its last seven games. This is a chance for Bobby Johnson's club to prove that the first month of the season wasn't a fluke when the Commodores started 5-0. Most of their problems have come on offense, where Chris Nickson and Mackenzi Adams split the quarterbacks duties the last few games.
Boston College (9-4) is also a defensive-oriented team. This has a chance to be a very low-scoring game.
12:00 PM ET Florida Tennessee 12:00 PM ET 6 Texas A&M 12 Mississippi State 3:30 PM ET 3 Alabama 11 Ole Miss 4:00 PM ET Vanderbilt 13 Georgia 7:00 PM ET 15 LSU 5 Auburn 7:30 PM ET South Carolina Kentucky