2018 Music City Bowl: Teams, Facts, and Pick
Bowling in Opryland.
Who will win the 2018 Music City Bowl from fabulous Nashville?
This strikes me as one of those bowl trips you would absolutely have to do if your college football program of choice was in the game. Nashville is an up-and-coming city with a lot to do, so who wouldn’t want to catch a bowl game there?
Purdue and Auburn are the teams that get the chance this year as they meet somewhere in the middle of their two campuses.
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2018 Music City Bowl: This Year’s Bowl Info
|Friday, December 28, 2018, 1:30pm ET (10:30am PT)|
|Nissan Stadium, Nashville, Tennessee|
|Broadcast on ESPN|
|$5,650,000 payout (Link: College Football Poll)|
|Auburn is a 4-point favorite|
2018 Music City Bowl: Purdue Boilermakers
|6-6 (5-4 Big Ten); 3rd in Big Ten West|
|Best Win: Ohio State|
|Offensive Ranks (out of 130): Scoring Offense 43rd, Total Offense 24th, Rushing Offense 103rd, 3rd Downs 70th, Time of Possession 61st, Turnover Margin 88th-, Sacks Allowed 67th, Red Zone 8th|
|Defensive Ranks (out of 130): Scoring Defense 67th, Total Defense 103rd, Rushing Defense 64th, Opponent 3rd Downs 34th, Sacks Per Game 67th, TFL Per Game 117th, Interceptions 50th, Opponent Red Zone 55th|
|Special Teams Ranks (out of 130): Field Goal Kicking 51st, Punts Per Game 64th|
2018 Music City Bowl: Auburn Tigers
|7-5 (3-5 SEC); 5th in SEC West|
|Best Win: Washington|
|Offensive Ranks (out of 130): Scoring Offense 71st, Total Offense 93rd, Rushing Offense 69th, 3rd Downs 103rd, Time of Possession 108th, Turnover Margin 21st, Sacks Allowed 47th, Red Zone 75th|
|Defensive Ranks (out of 130): Scoring Defense 18th, Total Defense 44th, Rushing Defense 40th, Opponent 3rd Downs 27th, Sacks Per Game 16th, TFL Per Game 21st, Interceptions 34th, Opponent Red Zone 57th|
|Special Teams Ranks (out of 130): Field Goal Kicking 123rd, Punts Per Game 64th|
2018 Music City Bowl: Head-to-Head
In their busy college football schedules, Purdue and Auburn have not previously found the time to play one another. This will be meeting number one. (Link: Winsipedia)
2018 Music City Bowl: Pick
Purdue had a very strange season. The Boilermakers beat three teams while they were ranked, including an orbital bombardment of Ohio State, but also lost to Eastern Michigan and got blown out by a very mediocre Minnesota. They hit a stride at one point but did not sustain it for the entire season. Getting invited to the Music City Bowl is a reward for which they should be pleased considering that the whole thing only added up to 6-6.
As for Auburn, anything short of contending for an SEC title is a bust, so you know they don’t feel good about 7-5. They were the number seven team in the country in Week 2 and number eight in Week 6. The collapse began thereafter, and Auburn is unranked to close the season. Auburn would get a feel-good win later in the year against Texas A&M, but bother Georgia and Alabama put the Tigers in their place. They did not have enough offense in SEC play, and they fell flat against many of the better defensive teams they played, such as Mississippi State, Alabama, and Georgia.
The Boilermakers are the kind of team that I would almost expect to raise their game against better competition. They have more offense than Auburn does, but the Tigers are the more skilled defensive team. This is a game where I think Auburn should win but I would not be surprised if Purdue stepped up and bit another reputable squad.