Music City Bowl: 5 Tennessee Vols to Watch for vs Nebraska Cornhuskers

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Nov 5, 2016; Knoxville, TN, USA; Tennessee Volunteers defensive end Derek Barnett (9) during the second quarter against the Tennessee Tech Golden Eagles at Neyland Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Randy Sartin-USA TODAY Sports

Nov 5, 2016; Knoxville, TN, USA; Tennessee Volunteers defensive end Derek Barnett (9) during the second quarter against the Tennessee Tech Golden Eagles at Neyland Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Randy Sartin-USA TODAY Sports

The Music City Bowl features two teams with major injuries to key players. Here are five Tennessee Volunteers to watch for against the Nebraska Cornhuskers.

Just seeing the teams Tennessee and Nebraska play in the Music City Bowl doesn’t look right. After all, these are two of the most elite college football programs of all time.

But the Vols and Huskers gave their fans the greatest tease possible this year.

Tennessee jumped out to a 5-0 start under Butch Jones before finishing 8-4. Nebraska jumped to a 7-0 start before finishing 9-3.

Both teams got hit with a slew of injuries that make this Music City Bowl less intriguing.

As AFT writer Tanner Carson pointed out here in his piece on five Cornhuskers to watch for against Tennessee, Nebraska may be without three of its key players in this game.

Meanwhile, Tennessee has been without its top defensive player, Jalen Reeves-Maybin, since the beginning of the year.

They also have two true defensive tackles right now seeing lots of action, and the line has fought injuries all year.

Oh, and there’s the mid-season departure of Jalen Hurd.

Taking all of this into account, the Music City Bowl seems very anti-climactic with these two legendary programs.

But it’s still a game worth watching, and there are still plenty of Tennessee football players to keep an eye on.

For a few key guys, this is their last game. And they want to make sure they go out with a bang.

Let’s take a look at some of them. These are the five Vols to watch for in the Music City Bowl against Nebraska.

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