If the season ended today, Vanderbilt would be destined for the Music City Bowl.
The SEC has just eight teams bowl eligible with the possibility of two more. Ole Miss needs to upset Mississippi State and Missouri has to knock off Texas A&M.
The Music City Bowl has the sixth SEC selection. But this year, two SEC schools are expected to get bids to BCS bowls.
Therefore, the Commodores, especially if they end the season at 8-4 and on a six-game winning streak, will most likely be back in the Music City Bowl at LP Field for the second time in five years.
Who they would play is a mystery. The bowl gets the fifth ACC pick after the BCS selection. Currently, only five ACC teams are bowl eligible. Like the SEC, there is a chance the ACC could get two BCS bids this year.
Wake Forest and Virginia Tech could both become bowl eligible with a win this weekend. If not, bowl president Scott Ramsey might have to look elsewhere, such as the Sun Belt Conference.
Bowl selections will be announced on Sunday, Dec. 2.
“Job One is let’s make sure there is enough,” Ramsey said. “It is that way every year in November. It’s a very uneasy feeling until there is definitely enough. Then you can roll your sleeves up and think about, ‘All right, let’s try to forecast.’ ”