The Commodores are ranked to end the year for the second straight season.
Jan. 7, 2014
For the second straight season Vanderbilt ends the season ranked in the Top 25, marking the first time in the program's 124-year history the Commodores end the year in the Top 25 in consecutive years.
The Associated Press poll has the Commodores No. 24 and the USA Today Coaches' poll placed VU at No. 23. Vanderbilt finished the 2012 season as the No. 23 team in the nation in the AP poll and No. 20 in the Coaches' poll. Vanderbilt's historic finish in 2012 placed the team in the final AP poll for the first time since 1948 when Red Sanders' Commodores won their final eight games to finish 8-2-1 and ranked No. 12 in the nation.
Vanderbilt's 41-24 win over Houston in the BBVA Compass Bowl gave the Dores back-to-back nine-win seasons for the first time in program history. Until 2012, Vandy had not won nine games in a season since 1915 and had only two nine-win seasons in school history.
The Commodores' 24-15 record under Head Coach James Franklin matches the legendary Dan McGugin for the most wins in school history by a coach in his first three seasons. Vanderbilt's 16-4 record over the team's last 20 games is something only Alabama can better among Southeastern Conference teams. The 20-game stretch includes winning streaks of seven games to end 2012 and five games to end the 2013 season. Prior to Franklin's arrival in 2011, the Commodores had not won consecutive games since a five-game winning streak to open the 2008 season.
The SEC leads all conferences with seven teams inside the Top 25 of both polls with Auburn, South Carolina, Missouri, Alabama, LSU and Texas A&M joining the Commodores.