The Music City Bowl, in theory, would have been a possible destination for Maryland, but they had their eyes set elsewhere for some time. Now, it's official. The game will feature a matchup between North Carolina and Tennessee, according to the bowl's web site. The game will take place on December 30 in Nashville at 6:30 p.m.
The Tar Heels entered the year with high expectations, but had them all dashed when several players were ruled ineligible. Some returns, but many were out for the entire season. Nevertheless, North Carolina rallied to post a respectable 6-6 record, including a 4-4 mark in the ACC. The highlight of their season was a 37-35 win at Florida State on November 6.
Tennessee was 2-6 at one point this season, but rallied to win four straight games to become bowl eligible. They defeated Memphis, Mississippi, Vanderbilt and Kentucky to become bowl eligible.