Nashville, Tenn. - On the day before the Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl, Head Coach Mike Riley and the Nebraska football team participated in several events in Nashville. The game, set for Friday at 2:30 p.m. (CT) on ESPN, pits the Huskers against Tennessee at Nissan Stadium.
Thursday's festivities began with a luncheon at the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center, and continued when Riley and Volunteer Head Coach Butch Jones met the media for the pre-bowl press conference.
"We're looking forward to playing a great opponent," Riley said. "This is a good team that is well-coached. It's a great program historically, so it's a great matchup. We're proud to be in it."
Offensive Coordinator Danny Langsdorf and Defensive Coordinator Mark Banker also spoke with the media at the presser. Langsdorf mentioned how impressed he has been with the preparation of senior quarterback Ryker Fyfe.
"(Ryker has) had an excellent month of practice, gotten a ton of reps," Langsdorf said. "He's been preparing to start this game for a while. We weren't quite sure (of Tommy Armstrong Jr.'s) status. But he has been preparing to play the game, finish off his career. I think he's been excited about it. But he's been dialed in. He's really worked hard, the preparation part of it, studying, getting him in a position to play his best football."
The Huskers held their final walk-through at Vanderbilt University after three consecutive days of practices at the home of the Commodores. Nebraska enters Friday's matchup with a 9-3 record, and with a win over Tennessee, would achieve the Huskers' best season record since 2003.