Jan. 8, 2013
In a season filled with historic achievement, you can add another to the 2012 Vanderbilt football campaign. James Franklin's squad will go down as the second Commodore team to finish the year ranked in the Top 25.
The Commodores, coming off their most successful campaign of the modern day era, were ranked No. 20 in the USA Today/Coaches Poll and No. 23 in the Associated Press Poll.
The only other Vanderbilt squad to finish in the final AP Top 25 poll was Red Sanders' 1948 team. That 8-2-1 squad finished ranked No. 12 by the AP.
The Commodores capped off a 9-4 campaign with a convincing 38-24 victory over North Carolina State in the Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl on Dec. 31. The postseason victory helped the 2012 team match the highest single-season win total in program history, dating back to the 1904 and 1915 seasons.
The nine-win total represents a season-season high for the Commodores since they joined the Southeastern Conference as charter members in 1933.
The Commodores also concluded the season riding a seven-game winning streak, the longest since Sanders' 1948 squad posted an eight-game streak. It is the longest active streak in the SEC and is tied for the third longest in the nation.
The 2012 Vanderbilt squad also matched a team record with five victories in Southeastern Conference play. The program's only previous five-win SEC result came in 1935.
The last time Vanderbilt was ranked in the AP poll came in the 2008 season when they were ranked No. 22 on Oct. 18.
Vanderbilt's four losses also came to teams ranked in the final AP Poll: No. 4 Georgia, No. 8 South Carolina, No. 9 Florida and No. 17 Northwestern.