2016 ScheduleAll times ET

2016 Schedule
6-6, 5th in SEC - East
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Would have been great One-on-One Bowl

San Diego State RB Donnel Pumphrey is 108 rushing yards short of NCAA history. Vanderbilt's Zach Cunningham would have been Pumphrey's primary impediment. Dream bowls

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Who wins the Emoji Awards? (5:16)
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Who will have the best bowl game stats? (5:12)
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SEC not likely to repeat bowl dominance

No conference has more teams playing in bowl games than the SEC, but seven of the 12 teams are underdogs in their bowl. Last year, the SEC went 9-2 in bowls (an FBS record for wins by a conference).

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Cunningham nominated for top defender

Vanderbilt LB Zach Cunningham is a big reason why the Commodores are back in a bowl game. He accounted for 19 tackles in a win at Georgia and totaled nine solo tackes to help defeat Tennessee. Vote now!

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Vandy 'may be in a great spot' (1:15)
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Defenses the story in Independence Bowl

N.C. State and Vanderbilt have top defenses, and Adam Rittenberg predicts a low scoring game with a late touchdown being the difference. Bowl Predictions

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Who will win in the SEC East? (4:31)
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Vandy needs to win bowl game, keep momentum going (3:29)
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Best of SEC Nation: 2016 (3:58)
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Best of the Best 2016 (2:03)
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Best plays of the year (4:38)

Adam Rittenberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Vanderbilt and coach Derek Mason have started discussions about a revised contract that would include a raise and more years, ESPN has learned. The Commodores won four of their final six games, closing with wins over Ole Miss and Tennessee, to finish 6-6 and ensure their first bowl game under Mason, who has improved his record in each of the past two seasons.

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SEC Film Festival: Scene stealer (1:37)
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Mason: Our program is back (3:02)
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Spears: 'These guys really turned it on this year' (3:46)

Team Stats

Passing Yards194.098th
Rushing Yards165.279th
Points For23.5Tied-109th
Points Against22.6Tied-27th