Nashville, Tenn. - Vanderbilt has officially accepted an invitation to face North Carolina State of the Atlantic Coast Conference in the Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl on New Year's Eve.
For the Commodores, it marks the first time in team history that Vanderbilt will make back-to-back postseason appearances. The Commodores played in the AutoZone Liberty Bowl last year.
The Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl will be held in Nashville's LP Field, the site of Vanderbilt's 16-14 win over Boston College in the bowl's 2008 edition.
Kickoff for the matchup between the Commodores and Wolfpack is scheduled for 11 a.m. Tickets can be purchased by visiting Bowl Central.
Head Coach James Franklin, Director of Athletics David Williams and Commodore team leaders accepted a commemorative guitar from Music City Bowl Executive Director Scott Ramsey before a capacity crowd at the team's bowl celebration held Sunday night at the Student Life Center on campus.
The Commodores are enjoying their finest season in decades in Franklin's second year at the helm. They enter the Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl 8-4 overall, riding the program's longest win streak in three decades.
The Commodores also can add to their historical accomplishments at the bowl. A victory in the Music City Bowl would equal the team's single-season record of nine victories, set in 1904 and 1915.
North Carolina State is 7-5 on the season, and 4-4 in the Atlantic Coast Conference. The Wolfpack offer a high-scoring offense guided by senior quarterback Mike Glennon. They are coming off a 27-10 victory over Boston College in the regular season finale and feature a 17-16 win over eventual ACC champion Florida State.
Vanderbilt and North Carolina State have meet just once previously, with the Commodores earning a 7-0 home victory over a No. 20-ranked Wolfpack squad on Nov. 9, 1946.