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Official: Tennessee to take on Indiana in the Gator Bowl

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Not the Music City Bowl after all.

NCAA Football: Tennessee at Kentucky Mark Zerof-USA TODAY Sports

So, uh, change of plans.

After Brett McMurphy reported that Tennessee would play Louisville in the Music City Bowl, things apparently reversed course during the afternoon. Mississippi State has been placed in the Music City Bowl instead, while Tennessee has shifted to the Gator Bowl.

So the Vols will now play in Jacksonville in the Gator Bowl against Indiana.

Here’s the official announcement.

The Gator Bowl will be played on January 2nd at 6 p.m. ET.

A possible explanation was offered by Matt Jones of Kentucky Sports Radio.

Indiana went 8-4 this season, finishing 4th in the Big Ten East. They’ll also go bowling for the first time since the 2016 season. Tennessee has played Indiana just one time back in 1988. That was a 27-22 win for the Volunteers.

Tennessee last appeared in the Gator Bowl following the 2014 season, smashing the Iowa Hawkeyes 45-28.