Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl: Auburn vs. Purdue fearless prediction and game preview.
Date: Friday, December 28th
Game Time: 1:30 ET
Venue: Nissan Stadium, Nashville, TN
Auburn (7-5) vs. Purdue (6-6) Game Preview
Three Reasons Why You Should Watch The Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl
– A reasonable case could be made that this has been the most consistently great bowl game for well over a decade. Auburn beat Wisconsin 28-14 in 2003. Since then, 12 of the last 14 have been decided by eight points or fewer, and even the two that weren’t as close turned out to be interesting battles. This game has a way of coming up with terrific matchups, and this should be another one.
– It hasn’t been the best of seasons for Auburn, but it could get a whole lot worse. A win away from going to the College Football Playoff last season, the Tigers have been a massive disappointment ever since, losing to UCF in last year’s Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl, and going a pedestrian 7-5 this season with no running game and no offensive consistency whatsoever. Of course every team wants to win its bowl game, but a loss would put Gus Malzahn at the top of every off-season Hot Seat list.
– Purdue already won. No matter what happens in Nashville, it gets to keep its guy. Head man Jeff Brohm decided not to take the Louisville job, but now he has to do something with the wildly inconsistent team that blew the doors off of Ohio State 49-20, but managed to lose three games in four weeks including a shocking blowout against Minnesota. But the Boilers are bowling again for the second time in two years, they beat rival Indiana, and they overcame an 0-3 start to go 6-3 to get here.