Three Things You Should Care About
1. This is arguably the biggest game in Vanderbilt history. The No. 19 Commodores are playing in their first top-25 showdown at home in more than 60 years and have a chance to go 5-0 for the first time since 1943. Plus, ESPN’s GameDay will be on campus. It’s safe to say this game’s creating a football frenzy in Nashville usually reserved for the Titans. “Around the community, everyone is like ‘Go Vandy, go Vandy,'” wide receiver Sean Walker told the Nashville City Paper. “I feel like ‘OK, where were these people before we were 4-0?'”
To get to 5-0 — and hold on to those fans who are probably still just coming for curiosity’s sake — the ‘Dores will have to defeat a team they haven’t beaten since Eisenhower was president (as Vandy’s last victory over Auburn came in the 1955 Gator Bowl). The 13th-ranked Tigers have won 11 straight in the series, including last season’s 35-7 decision at Jordan-Hare Stadium.