Bowling and polling.
With each successive victory Vanderbilt’s football team gets a little more recognition.
A week after the Commodores guaranteed themselves a third straight bowl appearance they attracted attention from the polls. In the wake of their 14-10 victory at Tennessee on Saturday they were among ‘others receiving votes’ in both the Associated Press and USA Today Coaches polls for the first time since their season-opening defeat against Ole Miss.
Humble though it might be, it puts Vanderbilt in the company of historically prominent programs such as Notre Dame, Texas and Nebraska.
AP others receiving votes: Notre Dame 17, Texas 12, Minnesota 12, East Carolina 11, Georgia 8, Nebraska 7, Louisiana-Lafayette 6, Miami (FL) 6, Vanderbilt 2, Arizona 2 (To see the complete AP rankings, click here)
Coaches poll others receiving votes: Georgia 15, Cincinnati 10, Texas 10, Ole Miss 7, Arizona 6, Nebraska 6, Minnesota 5, East Carolina 1, North Dakota State 1, Vanderbilt 1 (To see the complete USA Today Coaches rankings, click here)
The Commodores, who have won four of their last five, conclude the regular season Saturday at home against Wake Forest.
They finished last season with seven straight victories and finished 20th in the coaches poll, 23rd in the AP poll.