FSU to take on Kentucky in Music City Bowl

By Matt Hickman FSView & Florida Flambeau

December 6, 2007

Tallahassee, FL (CSTV U-WIRE) -- Representatives of the Gaylord Hotels Music City Bowl announced Sunday that Florida State University will represent the Atlantic Coast Conference and face off against the University of Kentucky in the Music City Bowl.

The Music City Bowl enters its tenth year and matches teams from the SEC and the ACC. The 2006 Bowl between Clemson and Kentucky (7-5) had the seventh highest attendance out of all 32 bowl games, with only one non-Bowl Championship Series game having more fans in attendance. The 2006 Bowl marked the first sellout in the Bowl's history at LP Field and averaged more than 2.6 million total viewers on ESPN.

The bowl will be the end of a tumultuous rebuilding season for the 'Noles (7-5) that had its ups and downs under a new coaching staff. The one mainstay for the Seminoles has been legendary coach Bobby Bowden, a 2006 College Football Hall of Fame inductee and the winningest coach in the history of college football with 373 wins. This will mark Bowden's 26th consecutive season that FSU made it to a bowl game under his direction.

Florida State will have to rebound from a disastrous 45-12 loss to rival Florida in the last game of the season. Leading the Seminoles on the field will be quarterback Drew Weatherford, who has been born again since being benched earlier in the season.

In ten games this season, Weatherford is 159-of-270 for 1,773 yards passing. He has thrown for eight touchdowns compared to just one interception.

His adversary in the upcoming bowl game will be Kentucky Wildcats quarterback Andre Woodson. Woodson is bringing Kentucky back to Nashville for the second season in a row after a stellar season that saw him top the SEC with a 279-yard passing average per game and 36 touchdowns.

"They look too much like Florida," FSU head coach Bobby Bowden said. "They've got a tremendous quarterback. They score a lot of points. They look capable of beating anybody."

The Wildcats are making their third bowl appearance in Nashville. They also played in the 1999 Bowl vs. Syracuse along with the 2006 game vs. Clemson.

"I know that our coaches, team and fan base are excited to play against Kentucky in a great destination city like Nashville," Dave Hart, FSU director of athletics said. "Being selected to play in the Gaylord Hotels Music City Bowl affords us the opportunity to play in a new bowl against a quality opponent."

Tickets for the game still remain, but only less than 500 tickets are left available. Ticket prices for the Bowl begin at $15.

Kick-off will be Monday, Dec. 31 at 4 p.m. at LP Field in Nashville. The game will be televised live on ESPN.

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