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    Music City Photoblog: Thursday

    By: Sean Cartell
    SEC Digital Network

    NASHVILLE – The Southeastern Conference bowl season gets underway on Friday when Mississippi State takes on Wake Forest in the Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl in Nashville. Kickoff is slated for 6:40 p.m. CT from LP Field and will be carried live on ESPN.

    The Bulldogs arrived in the Music City on Monday for practice along with a number of bowl activities. Among the list of activities on Thursday was a press conference with the head coaches of both schools. Here’s a behind-the-scenes look in this photoblog. Special thanks to Kyle Niblett for some of these photos.

    What They're Playing For

    The 2011 Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl trophy that Mississippi State and Wake Forest will be vying for on Friday.

    At Home In The Music City

    LP Field is the site of the Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl.

    Lights, Camera, Action

    The two head coaches met with the media on Thursday afternoon, fielding questions about a variety of subjects relating to tomorrow’s game.

    Mullen And The Media

    Coach Dan Mullen spoke about his team to the media, emphasizing the importance of both the game and the bowl experience.

    Grand 'Ole Opry(land)

    The spacious Gaylord Opryland Hotel is the team hotel for the Mississippi State football team at the Music City Bowl. The hotel features nearly 3,000 guest rooms and more than nine acres of indoor gardens.

    A River Runs Through It

    The river inside the Opryland Hotel is one of many cool features about the Bulldogs’ team hotel.

    Everywhere You Turn

    It’s hard to go anywhere inside the hotel without being reminded of the upcoming bowl game. Fans of both teams staying at the Opryland.