Monday, January 5, 2009

Vanderbilt: Dominator of bowl champions

So the Commodores are Music City Bowl champions. That alone makes their season a success, but their domination of other bowl champions this year makes their season even a bigger success.

This season, Vanderbilt defeated the eventual champions of the Texas Bowl, the Liberty Bowl and the Cotton Bowl.

This season the Commodores defeated:

• Rice, who defeated Western Michigan 38-14 in the Texas Bowl.
• Ole Miss, who defeated Texas Tech 47-34 in the Cotton Bowl.
• Kentucky, who defeated East Carolina 25-19 in the Liberty Bowl.

Two teams that beat the Commodores also won their bowls (and it'll be three if Florida beats Oklahoma on Thursday:

• Georgia beat Michigan State 24-12 in the Capital One Bowl.
• Wake Forest defeated Navy 29-19 in the Eagle Bank Bowl.

The only Vanderbilt opponent to lose a bowl so far has been South Carolina, which lost to Iowa 31-10 in the Outback Bowl.

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