Oct. 18, 2012
Vanderbilt will open the 2013 football season at home against perennial Southeastern Conference rival Ole Miss, the first of seven encounters scheduled on campus.
The Vanderbilt-Ole Miss game, scheduled for Aug. 31, also serves as the first matchup of the season pairing teams from the Southeastern Conference.
Later in the 2013 season, the Commodores will entertain three SEC Eastern Division opponents in Vanderbilt Stadium: Missouri on Oct. 5, Georgia on Oct. 19 and Kentucky on Nov. 16.
Vanderbilt will play three non-conference games on campus: Austin Peay on Sept. 7, Alabama-Birmingham on Sept. 28 and Wake Forest in the regular season finale on Nov. 30.
"Opening next year with an SEC team like Ole Miss will be a tremendous challenge for our players and coaches right out of the gate," Head Coach James Franklin said. "I like the way our home schedule lines up for our team and fans, including our first home game against Missouri since 1957. The road schedule also presents plenty of opportunities for our squad."
Vanderbilt Vice Chancellor David Williams praised the effort of conference leaders in developing the 2013 slate.
"I'm pleased to participate in the announcement of next year's schedule, and very happy with it," Williams said. "This concludes a complex process that required a great deal of time. I would personally like to thank Mark Womack and Larry Templeton of the Southeastern Conference along with the league's other 13 athletic directors for their dedicated efforts in seeing this process to a successful conclusion.
"The new schedule has meant that we needed to reshape our non-conference schedule since there are now league conflicts with several of our prior 2013 arrangements," Williams added.
The Ole Miss game represents the second straight year that Vanderbilt will host an SEC showcase game on the opening week of college football. This season, the Commodores kicked off ESPN's coverage of college football when South Carolina visited renovated Vanderbilt Stadium Aug. 30 for a nationally televised Thursday night game.
The Commodores will also play Austin Peay, located less than an hour north of Nashville in Clarksville, for the first time in school history. The Governors will join Tennessee State as recent Ohio Valley Conference opponents for the Commodores.
In addition to the seven home games, the Commodores will travel to face five opponents: South Carolina (Sept. 14), Massachusetts (Sept. 21), Texas A&M (Oct. 26), Florida (Nov. 9) and Tennessee (Nov. 23).
The road schedule allows Vanderbilt to make its first appearance at Kyle Field, home of Texas A&M, and will mark the initial meeting between the two schools. The UMass game also will be played in Gillette Stadium, which serves as home of the New England Patriots.
The complete 2013 schedule follows:
|| Ole Miss
|| Austin Peay
|| at South Carolina
|| Columbia, S.C.
|| at UMass
|| Foxborough, Mass.
|| at Texas A&M
|| College Station, Texas
|| at Florida
|| Gainesville, Fla.
|| at Tennessee
|| Knoxville, Tenn.
|| Wake Forest