North Carolina vs. Tennessee | 30 Dec 2010 | LP Field
Music City Bowl – Nashville, TN | 5:40 pm CST | ESPN
On Wednesday, Teddy Karwacki suddenly realized that Tennessee was about to face North Carolina in Nashville the following day. That’s how strange bowl games can be to a fan – days on end that turn into weeks of inactivity, and then all of a sudden, shortly after Christmas, it’s game day. He thought he’d perhaps better set his alarm on his wristwatch just in case Thursday afternoon slipped by without a thought of turning on the television.
For many days, it was a foregone conclusion that Tennessee would be headed to Nashville for their first Music City Bowl appearance. But rumors from ‘insiders’ started to sprout on Saturday like flowers in May — the Vols were headed to Jacksonville on New Year’s Day for their reward of a perfect November.
Scott Ramsey, president of the Music City Bowl, thinks Tennessee is “very attractive.” Steve Erhart, executive director of the Liberty Bowl, would “love to have” us. But, Gator Bowl president Rick Catlett did not return phone calls of inquiry from the News Sentinel made on Tuesday.
Well, we can’t have all of the bowls schmoozing us, I suppose. But, it is nice to be loved a little, even if it is from men representing bowl games that we fans would turn down if the clock were turned back a decade or so.
How times have changed.
Off Tackle Empire projects North Carolina to be Tennessee’s opponent in the Music City Bowl. That bowl is publicized as a matchup between the SEC #7 vs the ACC #6 teams. Those position levels are not etched in stone – generally they are good only as a guide for starting cocktail party conversations.