Behind the scenes in Chicagoland
9:30 AM: Good morning. It's hot and humid in Nashville with temperatures set to hit 90 degrees Friday as Vanderbilt begins to load the buses to the airport, less than 34 hours before the Northwestern game. Every traveler receives a lanyard with the team schedule for Friday and Saturday. Tip of the day: do everything 30 minutes in advance of the itinerary, because you don't want to be the one that gets left behind (cue the Kriss Kross song "I missed the bus").
Bennett and the Bears open their season Sunday at home against Indianapolis.
After dinner, the Commodores get treatment from athletic trainers, and have free time before their 10:30 curfew.
The team will resume meetings in the morning before departing for Ryan Field at 4 p.m. Kickoff is 7 p.m. in Evanston.