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Music City Bowl: Nebraska vs. Tennessee Prediction, Preview, Spread, Channel

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Looking for a Nebraska vs. Tennessee preview? Stick around. We’ve got all of the pre-game analysis before the matchup.

Friday, Dec. 30, the Nebraska Cornhuskers take on the Tennessee Volunteers. The game, to be played at Nissan Stadium, is slated for a 3:30 p.m. ET start time. Read on for our Nebraska vs. Tennessee preview.

According to ESPN’s matchup predictor, which is based on its Football Power Index, Tennessee wins the matchup between the two teams 67.2% of the time. The spread also favors the Volunteers.

Spread: Tennessee -3

Game Time: 3:30 p.m. ET

Channel: ESPN

Nebraska vs. Tennessee preview:

After two tough losses to Wisconsin and Ohio State, Nebraska got back on track with wins over Minnesota and Maryland. However, in their final game of the season, the Cornhuskers got blown out by a solid Iowa Hawkeyes team. With a month off before its next game, Nebraska can finally get healthy after a rash of injuries late in the season.

Tennessee opened the season with five straight wins, including two wins over top 25 teams in Florida and Georgia. The winning streak would come to an end, however, as the Volunteers dropped three straight games against Texas A&M, Alabama, and South Carolina. They rebounded with three straight wins before losing their season finale to Vanderbilt.

The Cornhuskers and Volunteers have played two times in history, with Nebraska winning both contests. The last game between these two programs was played in 2000.

Nebraska vs. Tennessee prediction:

Tennessee's pass defense is among the best in the country. However, the Volunteers run defense is what gives them problems. The Vols give up over 180 yards on the ground per game, which doesn't bode well for them in this game against Nebraska.

The Cornhuskers love to run the football, and quarterback Tommy Armstrong Jr. is one of the best dual-threat quarterbacks in college football. That will be the difference in this one.

Nebraska 38, Tennessee 31