Dec. 8, 2013
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NASHVILLE - Vanderbilt has officially accepted an invitation to face Houston of the American Athletic Conference in the 8th annual BBVA Compass Bowl on Saturday, January 4 in Birmingham, Ala.
For the 8-4 Commodores, it marks a program-record three consecutive postseason bowl games under Head Coach James Franklin, following appearances in the 2012 Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl and 2011 AutoZone Liberty Bowl. Prior to Franklin's arrival on campus, Vanderbilt had witnessed just four bowl appearances in 120 years of gridiron history.
"Vanderbilt is very excited to accept an invitation to play in the upcoming BBVA Compass Bowl in Birmingham on Jan. 4," Vanderbilt Athletics Director David Williams II said. "Vanderbilt University is proud that the Commodore football program will be making its third consecutive postseason appearance in Birmingham. We will work extremely hard to make the bowl a success in very big way. We are looking forward to playing a tremendous opponent in the University of Houston."
The BBVA Compass Bowl will be held in Birmingham's famed Legion Field, the site of Vanderbilt's 1982 Hall of Fame Bowl appearance against Air Force.
The Commodores are 3-2-1 all-time in bowl appearances.The wins have come against N.C. State in the 2012 Music City Bowl, Boston College in the 2008 Gaylord Hotels Music City Bowl, and Auburn in the 1955 Gator Bowl in Jacksonville, Fla.
Kickoff for the matchup between the Commodores and the Cougars is scheduled for 12 noon CT. Tickets can be purchased by visiting Bowl Central.
Franklin,VanderbiltDirector of Athletics David Williams and Commodore team leaders accepted the BBVA Compass Bowl invitation before an enthusiastic crowd at the team's bowl celebration held Sunday night at the Student Life Center on campus.
The Commodores are currently enjoying their best success in the modern era. Franklin has guided Vanderbilt to consecutive eight-eight regular seasons for the first time since 1927-28. The Commodores are 15-4 in the last 19 games, the second best record among Southeastern Conference teams over that span.
The Commodores also can add to their historical accomplishments at the bowl. A victory in the BBVA Compass Bowl would give Vanderbilt back-to-back 9-win seasons for the first time in program history.
Houston is 8-4 on the season, and 5-3 in the American Athletic Conference. The Cougars offer a high-scoring offense guided by Head Coach Tony Levine.
This will be the first meeting between Vanderbilt and Houston.