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With college football's regular season now in the past, Nashville is gearing up to host Auburn and Purdue at the 21st annual Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl.

The Big Ten—Southeastern Conference (SEC) match up, set for a 12:30 p.m. kickoff on Dec. 28 at Nissan Stadium, will be the first-ever meeting between the two teams.

The game marks the first appearance for the Purdue University Boilermakers (6-6), while the Auburn Tigers (7-5) defeated Wisconsin 28-14 in the 2003 Music City Bowl.

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“The Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl is one of our city’s best annual events, always bringing a high level of excitement and great fans to Nashville during the holiday season,” said Mayor David Briley. “I’m positive that Auburn and Purdue will make for another amazing chapter in the history of the game, and I welcome both teams and their fan bases to our city.”

Since its inception in 1998, the Music City Bowl has produced more than $310 million in direct economic impact, according to a release announcing the game. Northwestern and Kentucky played the bowl game last year with nearly 50,000 in attendance.

Tickets are available via Ticketmaster at MusicCityBowl.com. You can also catch the game live on ESPN.

Dylan Skye Aycock is a Nashville-based journalist and photographer. As a reporter for Rover, Aycock follows transportation, housing and retail trends, as well as other hyperlocal and city-wide issues that affect residents in Green Hills and Belle Meade.

She previously contributed written and visual content to The Murfreesboro Pulse, American Songwriter Magazine and The Tennessean. Aycock earned a journalism degree from Middle Tennessee State University, where she honed her craft as editor-in-chief of Sidelines, the university's student-run publication. When she's not out on assignment or live-tweeting city council meetings, you can find her discovering new local spots or catching a show at one of Nashville's many music venues.

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