Music City Bowl

Purdue (6-6) vs Auburn (7-5)

Date/Time: Friday, December 28th at 12:30 pm CT

Location: Nissan Stadium in Nashville, TN

Bowl history

Originated: 1998

Conference tie-ins: ACC/Big Ten, SEC

Last year’s result: Northwestern defeated Kentucky 24-23

Purdue bowl history

Purdue is 10-8 all-time in bowl games, including a 38-35 win over Arizona in last season’s Foster Farms Bowl.

Joe Tiller took the Boilermakers to 10 straight bowl games between 1997 and 2007.

This is the first Music City Bowl appearance for Purdue. 

Auburn bowl history

The Tigers are 23-16-2 in bowl games all-time which includes a 34-27 loss to UCF in last year’s Peach Bowl.

After winning eight of nine bowl games, Auburn has lost four of their last five, including the 2013 national title game.

This is the second Music City Bowl for the Tigers. They beat Wisconsin 28-14 in 2003. 

Series history

The Music City Bowl will be the first matchup between Purdue and Auburn. 

Key player to watch for each team

Purdue: Wide Receiver – Rondale Moore 

Auburn: Linebacker – Deshaun Davis

Game Notes:


Undoubtedly, Purdue had a strange season that included everything from beating Ohio State by 29 to losing to Eastern Michigan. They ended up going 6-6 due in large part to inconsistencies on both sides of the ball as well as a lack of quality depth. Freshman phenom Rondale Moore certainly broke out as a star. The Boilermakers ended up 24th in total offense for the season while finishing 103rd in defense. An issue for the team was discipline at times, evidenced by averaging over six penalties a game. 

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The Tigers were bad offensively while at the same time strong on defense at times. Auburn’s offense currently ranks 94th in the country. Certainly, they never found their true replacement for Kerryon Johnson this season in the run game. Additionally, the passing game struggled all season with Jarrett Stidham, although it was not all his fault. Surprisingly, Auburn only finished 45th in total defense. The strength of the defense is the front four getting sacks. The team picked up 35 on the season, which ranks in the top 15 nationally.

Final analysis

This is an interesting matchup considering Auburn has struggled on offense and gets to play one of the nation’s worst defenses. On the flip side, Purdue has an explosive at times offense going against an Auburn defense that is not as strong as usual. Look for Rondale Moore to make plays. Will Purdue be able to find enough overall to overcome Auburn’s physicality? 

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– David Creekmur covers College Football/Basketball, WNBA and College Women’s Sports for Full Press Coverage. Like and follow on Twitter

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