NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Clemson and Kentucky will meet in the ninth annual Music City Bowl on Dec. 29, bowl officials announced Sunday.
The game, sponsored by Gaylord Hotels and Bridgestone, will be televised live at 1 pm on ESPN from LP Field.
It's the first Music City Bowl appearance for Clemson (8-4) and the second for Kentucky.
The Tigers finished tied for second in the Atlantic Coast Conference's Atlantic Division and lost to the only Southeastern Conference team they faced this year - a 31-28 loss to in-state rival South Carolina on Nov. 25.
Clemson features one of the nation's most prolific running back duos in James Davis and C.J. Spiller.
"We are excited to be selected for the Gaylord Hotels Music City Bowl Presented By Bridgestone," said Terry Don Phillips, Clemson University director of athletics. "This will be our first appearance in the bowl and it will be Clemson's first appearance in the city of Nashville for a college football game since 1960.
"Nashville is a great city and has a lot to offer in terms of entertainment for our fans," Phillips said. "It is also a game that will take place in a state of the art NFL facility against Kentucky, an outstanding team from the SEC."
Kentucky finished third in the SEC's East Division and did not face an ACC opponent this season.
The Wildcats' Andre Woodson is the SEC's leading passer, averaging 268 yards per game.
"I'm so happy that all of the hard work and effort put forth by our football team is being rewarded appropriately," said Mitch Barnhart, Kentucky athletics director. "It is going to be a great matchup, and I'm sure the big blue nation will descend upon Nashville in force to support the Wildcats."
Many UK fans are already thinking about how to grab a seat at the game. For information about tickets you can go to http://www.ukathletics.com. There is an application available on the website to download and fax to the UK ticket office to put your name on the list for tickets. That fax number is 859-323-1269
Prices for tickets right now are not known. Tickets will be sold on a first come first serve basis.
You can also call Total Sports Travel, a company based in Alabama for travel packages. That number is 888-367-8781
Or you can call the UK ticket office Monday morning at 859-257-1818.