Vanderbilt isn’t supposed to be this good. Coach James Franklin has taken them to new heights that they haven’t reached in a long time. Beat up for years by superior SEC competition, Vandy went 9-4 in 2012 including a win in the Music City Bowl. Austyn Carta-Samuels is the favorite to replace the graduated Jordan Rodgers at quarterback, and he’s an unknown despite two seasons starting at Wyoming. A three-man committee will take over at running back for all-time leader Zac Stacy. The rushing attack was much more effective than the passing attack last season, but who knows what’ll happen this year. It helps to have Jordan Matthews (94 receptions, 1,323 yards) and Chris Boyd (50 receptions, 774 yards) at wide receiver. But Vanderbilt really did it with the defense last year, and six starters return. A great recruit class, brought in on the momentum of last year’s success, will help maintain that defense. Sure, it’s a tough schedule yet again for the Commodores, but it was tough last year too. The Commodores could keep this magic run alive, and with Franklin, they almost seem limitless.
The Vanderbilt Commodores operate under Coach James Franklin in the SEC East at Vanderbilt Stadium in Nashville. They have won 14 conference titles (although none in the SEC) and made six bowl appearances all-time. Vandy’s biggest rival is Tennessee although they have been demolished all-time. Be sure to join nearly 40,000 cheering fans at Dudley Field this year when Vanderbilt takes their home field. Chicago Bears fans should be especially familiar with the talent that the Commodores put on the field year in and year out in quarterback Jay Cutler, wide receiver Earl Bennett, and offensive lineman Chris Williams. As you plan what sports outings to attend this fall, remember Gold Coast Tickets has the best selection for all your college football needs this season!