Vanderbilt football gets national attention for 2012 opener

Thursday, June 7, 2012 at 3:09pm
Staff reports

Vanderbilt will open the 2012 football season in front of a national audience.

The Commodores’ season opener against South Carolina on Thursday, Aug. 30, at Vanderbilt Stadium will kick off at 6 p.m. and be televised on ESPN, the network announced on Thursday.

It is Vanderbilt’s earliest start to a season since 2008 when the Commodores opened at Miami (Ohio) on Aug. 28. The last time they played a home game on Thursday was also in 2008, also against South Carolina. The Commodores won 24-17, their second of five straight victories to start the season.

Vanderbilt has not defeated South Carolina since and is 4-17 against the Gamecocks all-time.
 The Commodores were 6-7 in 2011 and reached the Liberty Bowl. South Carolina finished 11-2 and defeated Nebraska in the Capital One Bowl.

7 Comments on this post:

By: MetalMan on 6/8/12 at 5:38

Well, I guess the Game Crocks will start the season with a resounding victory.

By: Rasputin72 on 6/8/12 at 7:33

MetalMan........You must be a student of history!

By: wiseguy1 on 6/8/12 at 9:22

Not so fast my friend(s). Game Chickens traditionally start slow and there are lots of new faces in the SC offense.

You must be among the crew last year that said VU would never make it to bowl eligibility. Which they did.

Good karma ... positive thoughts. Expect allot from Mr. Franklin and staff and team. If one has low expectations, you are sure to be satisfied. I would much rather be disappointed with a 7-5 finish than pleasantly surprised with a 7-5 finish. Schedule is agreeable this year. No Alabama, LSU, Ark ... Florida, Ole Miss, Auburn, UT, Georgia, Kentucky ... very manageable. Missouri is a flier at this point. Not much known, otehr than they looked good last year.

By: wiseguy1 on 6/8/12 at 10:14

Ammendment 1 to previous post ... RE Mizzou looking good last year ... loked good versus their former Big I can't count conference.

By: puddycat on 6/10/12 at 3:07

ESPN must be coming to check out the Vandy assistant coaches' wives! Good job, Coach! Get 'em here any way you can.

By: 4gold on 6/11/12 at 8:45

EVERYTIME Vandy looks like they are making progress they ALWAYS fall flat on their face. They have dont it to me for 30 years so I am staying guarded. But Nashville refuses to support them and 3/4 of the stadium will be the states schools fans. Just not a fun experience for a VU fan. I will expect nothing and hopefully be plesently surprised. A faceplant against SC on national TV? Not a good start.

By: joe41 on 6/13/12 at 9:58

I will be there cheering on my Dores. Believe we will have a full house and most wearing Black and Gold. They key is getting off to a good start at QB.
Joe