How to watch Music City Bowl online, TV schedule, radio and more

Frederick Breedon

The Vanderbilt Commodores try to finish off a historically good season on New Years' Eve against the North Carolina State Wolf Pack, trying to seize the home field advantage and win their second Music City Bowl in five years.

The Vanderbilt Commodores don't have to travel far for their bowl game, as they play just a few miles from campus in the Music City Bowl, trying to seal the most successful season in recent school history against North Carolina State.

The 'Dores have gotten used to bowling recently, as this marks their third appearance in the last five seasons after winning the Music City Bowl in 2008. But it's been a long time since the team has had the success they've seen under James Franklin: this is the first eight-win season Vandy has had since 1982, and will be only their second winning season since then after entering their last two bowl games at 6-6. If they get the win over the Wolf Pack, it will be their first nine-win season since 1915. Jordan Rodgers -- the younger brother of Aaron -- and Jordan Matthews are a potent quarterback-wide receiver combo, with Zac Stacy cracking 1,000 yards on 5.7 yards per carry, but the team's strength is its defense, which allowed only 18.3 points per game.

North Carolina State has fewer storylines going for it, but the Wolf Pack has seven wins under their belt as well. To be fair, six of the teams they beat were certifiably awful, but the seventh was a Florida State squad that was ranked No. 3 in the country at the time they played. Mike Glennon has been the rock of the offense in a strong senior campaign, with 3,648 yards passing.

Vandy blog Anchor of Gold took a statistical look at the matchup between the squads, while NC State blog Backing the Pack wrote that defense would be the key to victory.

Here's the info on how to catch New Years' Eve's first game:

Game date and time

Noon ET Dec. 31

Location

LP Field, Nashville, Tenn.

Spread

Vanderbilt opened as 5 1/2-point favorites

TV schedule

ESPN

Watch online

Watch ESPN

Radio schedule

ESPN Radio

Last year’s game

Mississippi State, 23, Wake Forest, 17

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