North Carolina's football season will end the same way it began with a game against an SEC opponent.
The Tar Heels accepted a bid to the Music City Bowl on Sunday to face the University of Tennessee at LP Field in Nashville, Tenn. Kickoff is set for 6:30 p.m. on Dec. 30 on ESPN.
UNC opened the season with a 30-24 loss to LSU in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff in Atlanta. Despite an NCAA investigation, which claimed 14 players for at least one game and seven for the entire season, the Tar Heels went 7-5 in coach Butch Davis' fourth season to reach a third straight bowl game.
"I congratulate our student-athletes and coaching staff for their hard work, determination and perseverance this season," UNC athletic director Dick Baddour said in a statement released by the school.
It's the first time since a seven-year bowl run under Mack Brown and Carl Torbush, from 1992 to '98, that UNC has been to three straight bowls.
The Volunteers went 6-6 under first-year coach Derek Dooley and finished the season with four straight wins.
The Vols went 3-5 in the Southeastern Conference record and won only one game against a team with a winning record, Tennessee-Martin (6-5), a Football Championship Subdivision team.