Posted by ESPN.com's Chris Low
Vanderbilt took all the suspense out of everything back on Nov. 15 when the Commodores (6-6) won their sixth game to become bowl eligible.
With the SEC not being able to fill all of its bowl arrangements this season, Vanderbilt was a lock to make its first bowl trip in 26 years.
But here's the catch: The Commodores won't be making a trip. They will be staying in Nashville to play in the Gaylord Hotels Music City Bowl on Dec. 31 against Boston College, which lost to Virginia Tech in the ACC Championship Game.
Vanderbilt was not the same team down the stretch in losing six of its last seven games. This is a chance for Bobby Johnson's club to prove that the first month of the season wasn't a fluke when the Commodores started 5-0. Most of their problems have come on offense, where Chris Nickson and Mackenzi Adams split the quarterbacks duties the last few games.
Boston College (9-4) is also a defensive-oriented team. This has a chance to be a very low-scoring game.