While ghouls and goblins ran from house to house collecting sweets Wednesday night, Vanderbilt's football team was hard at work on the practice field preparing for Saturday's game at Kentucky (11 a.m. CT, ESPNU).
The Commodores are 4-4 overall and 2-3 in the SEC, while Kentucky is 1-8 overall and 0-6 in the league. Despite the difference in records, James Franklin and the Commodores are not taking Kentucky lightly.
"They have nothing to lose, but not only that, those kids have been playing hard," Franklin said. "I think Joker (Phillips) has done a good job. They are playing hard every single week.
"I think they take a lot of pride in playing in front of their fans and it is tough to win on the road in the SEC."
Because of the practice schedule, the coaching staff was not able to spend the evening trick-or-treating with their children, but it didn't prevent them from celebrating the holiday altogether.
On Monday, the staff had their children trick-or-treat at the office. Last year Franklin's two daughters had the family dress up as The Incredibles. This year? Characters from Shrek with Coach Franklin dressed as Shrek, himself.
"There's nothing that makes you feel more masculine than rubber and spandex," joked Franklin.