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Leeman Bennett is a former head coach of the Atlanta Falcons and Tampa Bay Buccaneers and is the current chairman of the Chick-fil-A Bowl’s Team Selection Committee. He writes a weekly team selection blog to give fans an inside look into the Chick-fil-A Bowl’s team scouting and selection process.
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11/28/12 – Heading into Selection Sunday

Rivalry week certainly did not disappoint as fans from across the country had a host of compelling and exciting games literally all day long. What a great way to end the regular season in the ACC and SEC!

So there you have it. The schedules are complete and all that remains is the ACC and SEC Championship Games on Saturday with a BCS bowl berth on the line for the ACC and a probable national championship game appearance up for grabs in the SEC.

In our Team Selection Committee meeting Monday night, we took a good long look at each of our potential teams’ seasons and their body of work. Our goal, as always, is to find the two teams available to us who are most deserving of a Chick-fil-A Bowl selection. After a lengthy discussion, one thing was clear: we have a lot of great options and are sure to have a great match-up no matter which way we end up going.

Here’s a final look at our short list in each conference with some final thoughts on each team.

In the ACC (in alphabetical order)


Clemson

Despite the slip up against rival South Carolina, the Tigers finished at 10-2 (7-1 ACC) with a #14 national ranking. This marks the 9th time Clemson has recorded a 10+ win season and this year’s squad was certainly fun to watch. Of note this year was the Tigers’ 7-game winning streak, their nationally sixth-ranked scoring offense at 42.3 points per game and the stand-out play of quarterback Tajh Boyd who threw for 3,550 yards and 34 touchdowns. We’re sure the BCS will hold Clemson through Sunday for possible selection by a BCS bowl, but if they are available for us, there is a strong case to be made for Clemson heading back to Atlanta to go bowling.

Florida State

The #13 Seminoles certainly earned their right to face Georgia Tech in the ACC Championship for a shot at the Orange Bowl. This is another elite team that performed on both sides of the ball all year. At 10-2 (7-1 ACC), Florida State was ranked as high as #3 this season with two 5-game winning streaks. Their only two losses were to NC State and the #4 Gators. And not only did FSU put up big numbers offensively at 41.5 per game, but they only gave up 15.1 per game giving them top-10 rankings in BOTH offense and defense. If the ‘Noles don’t play in the Orange Bowl, their body of work will demand that we give them serious consideration this year as well.

NC State

A third team from the Atlantic worth considering is the 7-5 Wolfpack. The marquee win over Florida State showed us what this team is capable of when they are clicking on all cylinders. Mike Glennon is a star with 3,648 passing yards and 30 touchdowns and they have emerging players at wide receiver and tailback that can make this a really exciting team to watch. We’ll keep them on the board this week until we know how the BCS bowls will shake out.

In the SEC (in alphabetical order)


LSU

Another incredible 10-win season turned in by the Tigers (10-2, 6-2 SEC) and a #7 national ranking while competing in the toughest division in football. Les Miles has proven again that he is an elite coach and that LSU is among the top programs in the nation year-in and year-out. Relying on one of the nation’s top defensive units, LSU earned wins against teams ranked #3, #18 and #21 and their only two losses came against the then-#1 Crimson Tide and the now #4 Florida Gators. Finishing the year by winning 5 of their last 6 games, the Tigers have earned a big-time bowl destination and it’s possible that reward will come in the form of the Chick-fil-A Bowl.

Mississippi State

With the Bulldogs, it was a tale of two seasons. Mississippi State started off on an incredible 7-game winning streak and found their way up to #11 in the polls. Then came the gauntlet of playing in the SEC West with three straight games against top-ranked opponents (#1 Alabama, #16 Texas A&M, #7 LSU). That stretch was followed by a big win against Arkansas and a tough loss to a much-improved Ole Miss team on the road. At the end of the day, the Bulldogs turned in a great season in an incredibly tough division in the SEC. At 8-4, this is definitely a team we will consider while making our SEC selection this year.

South Carolina

The Head Ball Coach has done it again and has put his team in position as one of the elite teams in the SEC. At 10-2 (6-2 SEC) and ranked #10, the Gamecocks reached as high as #3 in the polls following a 6-0 start before losses to #9 LSU and #2 Florida. Add in big-time wins against SEC East champion Georgia and their rival, #11 Clemson, on the road and you have a team worthy of just about any bowl that can get their hands on the Gamecocks. This will be a sought-after team and if they are available to us, their body of work will demand we give them a good look to match against a top team from the ACC.

Texas A&M

The #9 Aggies have certainly announced their presence in the SEC in a big way. With a 10-2 (6-2 SEC) mark and an epic win against then-#1 Alabama in Tuscaloosa to their credit, Texas A&M looks right at home among the best of the best. Add to that two 5-game, winning streaks and the fact that their only two losses were against the now #4 and #7 teams and the star power of Heisman hopeful Johnny Manziel and you have a potential selection that has more than earned its spot in the Chick-fil-A Bowl – if they would be available to us.

Vanderbilt

The Commodores finished the year as one of the hottest teams in the SEC winning six straight and 7 of their last 8 games. That streak and their decisive win against Wake Forest on the road will earn them a spot on our short list this week and will put them on our final board on Selection Sunday. Coach Franklin has made his mark on the Vandy program with an 8-4 mark this year and there are certainly good days ahead for this team – including a chance the Vandy Nation may Anchor Down in Atlanta.

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Special Note:The final thing to consider would be our role to protect the runner-up in the SEC Championship Game that could see either Georgia or Alabama in the Chick-fil-A Bowl this year. Again, not very likely, but something to consider.

MEDIA PREDICTIONS

In our final media predictions for this year's game, projections include: 

  • ESPN (Schlabach): Clemson vs. LSU 

  • ESPN (Edwards): Clemson vs. Georgia

  • CBS Sports: Clemson vs. LSU

  • College Football News: Clemson vs. Georgia

  • Sports Illustrated: Clemson vs. LSU

FINAL THOUGHTS

  • Remember to follow us on Twitter (@chickfilabowl) to stay up to date on Bowl activities through the team selection process and Bowl Week. Lots of great photos and tidbits from behind the scenes!

  • Chick-fil-A Bowl tickets are getting scarce! Fewer than 500 tickets remain as of Nov. 28, so if you think your team is headed here, you need to purchase now before we reach our 16th straight sellout. By the time we name the teams, the tickets will be all but gone. To order tickets, call 404-586-8499 or visit our online ticket store: http://www.chick-fil-abowl.com/Tickets/BowlGameTickets.aspx

Thanks to our partner conference and all the ACC and SEC teams for another memorable season. We are in a fortunate position and feel we can’t go wrong with any of these options and are very much looking forward to another great bowl season capped off by the 45th annual Chick-fil-A Bowl on Dec. 31.

We hope to see you here.

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  Comments

Help the ACC regain respect
Created by Anonymous-tiger-fan in 12/2/2012 12:19:20 PM
The ACC has lost an incredible amount of respect in its football program. Playing teams, like UGA, LSU, or USC, and doing well, is the only way to get noticed for the several quality programs that we have. Vandy wouldn't be in this conversation were it not for the reputation of the SEC. Help rebuild the ACC reputation by allowing Clemson to play a respectable SEC team. Thank you.
DOWNGRADING FROM LSU/UGA TO VANDY WOULD BE HORRIBLE!
Created by Anonymous in 12/2/2012 9:39:38 AM
PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE DO NOT PICK VANDY TO PLAY MY TIGERS!!!!!!!!!!!!
Invite Vandy!!!
Created by Anonymous in 12/1/2012 9:55:19 PM
Vandy is the best choice! Anchor Down!!!
Pick Vandy
Created by Anonymous in 12/1/2012 2:24:32 PM
already reserved my tickets through the vandy ticket office for whatever bowl they go to. Would love for it to be in Atlanta. Traveling from the West Coast for the game!
Vandy @ the Dome
Created by Vandyfan1954 in 12/1/2012 12:18:45 PM
Black and Gold will rock the Dome! Go Dores!!!!!!! Anchor Down!!!!
New Comment
Created by John Holland in 11/30/2012 10:10:03 PM
Who is playing their best football of the season? Vandy
Who has the best SEC record? Vandy
Which team has won six games in a row? Vandy
Which team will bring those loud and obnoxious cow bells? Mississippi State

Anchor Down
Created by Anonymous in 11/30/2012 5:25:17 PM
V-A-N-D-Y Vandy!!! Vandy!!! Oh hell yeah.
Ready to Anchor down in Hotlanta!!!!!

Dores to invade Hotlanta!
Created by Ron Higgins in 11/30/2012 5:14:13 PM
My group was in Memphis last year and the Black and Gold OWNED that town. A sea of black and gold painted the landscape AND I SWEAR, I think they sold every scrap of BBQ in that city. Just think what an even more fired up VANDYNATION will spend in the ATL. The Commodores have proven to our fan base that we deserve to invade Central GA and we hope the Chick Fil A folks recognize this fact!

ANCHORDOWN!!!!

New Comment
Created by David H in 11/30/2012 5:07:36 PM
Got to go with the Commodores and their 6-game win streak! I'll be there with all the other Atlanta alumni.
Vandy
Created by Anonymous in 11/30/2012 4:43:19 PM
will sell out the dome and play great
Clemson vs. S. Carolina / Georgia
Created by Tim in 11/30/2012 3:41:22 PM
I would love to see a rematch between Clemson and S. Carolina. That is one of the best rivalry games out there, but it is often overshadowed by Florida vs. FSU, Georgia vs. GT, Auburn vs. Alabama, and others. Both universities are located only a few hours away from Atlanta, and their fan bases travel extremely well. You would also get a chance to see one of the best young coaches, Dabo Swinney, face off against the old ball coach, Steve Spurrier, once again. If this doesn't work out, Clemson vs. Georgia would be good, too. They used to play each other a lot, and they had a great rivalry. They play each other next year, too, so this would be a good preview of that.
Comment from Knoxville
Created by Vol Fan in 11/30/2012 1:39:50 PM
Pick Vandy. They deserve it!
VANDY! VANDY! VANDY!
Created by VandyFan in 11/30/2012 10:48:30 AM
Vandy has a large population of alumni in the area....we have fans who will drive and stay for a few days! We are ready to come eat chicken and beat up some Tigers or Wolfpack! Anchordown!
See you in Atlanta
Created by How bout them doors! in 11/30/2012 10:11:43 AM
Vandy nation is meeting on Sunday to hear the news and come to Atlanta
VANDERBILT FANS ROCK!
Created by tbreddev in 11/30/2012 9:20:27 AM
It seems that every Mississippi State fan has posted here ... all 3 of them. Compared to 89 Vanderbilt fans as of this writing.

Vanderbilt WILL paint Atlanta Black and Gold, just as it did in Memphis last year. 35,000 of the 57,103 fans (according to libertybowl.com) were Commodores fans. That was nearly 6,000 more than the previous year's game which included the Georgia Bulldogs. Last year's Music City Bowl, with an MSU fan base that will supposedly "outsell and outdraw" Vanderbilt, had only 55,208 in attendance (musiccitybowl.com).

MSU has taken so many mediocre teams to bowls that the fans are not excited anymore. VANDERBILT FANS, on the other hand, are hungry for a big-time bowl game and will rock Atlanta!

Vandy!
Created by Robert Commodore! in 11/30/2012 8:36:46 AM
I sure do love dipping my chick-fil-a chicken nuggets in GOLD honey mustard along with eating my favorite GOLDen waffle fries! GOLD AND BLACK of Vandy is ready to take over Atlanta!

Clemson vs Vanderbilt would make for an awesome bowl game! Great storylines and a packed house!

Let's See Some Vandy Love!
Created by Anonymous in 11/30/2012 8:25:34 AM
Vandy has earned this one, folks. Let's take it to Hotlanta!
Pick Vanderbilt
Created by VU Alum in 11/30/2012 8:01:48 AM
The New Vanderbilt...Anchor Down!!
Pick Vanderbilt
Created by VU Alum in 11/30/2012 8:01:09 AM
The New Vanderbilt...Anchor Down!!
Anchor Down!
Created by Anonymous in 11/30/2012 7:47:34 AM
If you want a GA Dome filled with a bunch of HUNGRY, LOUD FANS, the Chick-fil-a Selection Committee should pick Vandy! This is a team on the rise that will make you and your sponsor look good. Look for a sellout early if you pick us.
Clemson vs. South Carolina
Created by Clemson Fan in 11/30/2012 7:11:49 AM
Revenge would be great! Sure to be a sold-out bowl! Then you can use the photo you already have of my brother in gamecock and me in my CLEMSON to announce it! Thanks to Jack, great photo!
Vandy Six Game win streak
Created by VUJOE in 11/30/2012 6:55:49 AM
Looking to have my grandson and family from Carolina join me at the Chik Fil A Bowl.
Vanderbilt should be in the Chick-fil-A Bowl
Created by Versus75 in 11/30/2012 12:52:17 AM
This is the most excited I've seen the Commodore Nation in my 40+ years as a Vanderbilt fan. We will be all over Atlanta if you select the 'Dores for the Chick-fil-A Bowl.
Vandy 100%
Created by Libby in 11/29/2012 7:02:07 PM
Coach Franklin and the team deserve it! Go Dores and ANCHOR DOWN!
Anchor Down @ Chick-Fil-A!
Created by Brand New Vanderbilt in 11/29/2012 6:37:35 PM
Vanderbilt wants to come to Atlanta! Pick VU!
Go with Vanderbilt!
Created by Wendy Windsor in 11/29/2012 6:27:13 PM
Vanderbilt is ready to travel to a bowl game. There's lots of excitement with this great team and great coach! Bring on the Commodores!!
Vandy vs Clemson
Created by Vandy74 in 11/29/2012 4:38:52 PM
The Dores are on a hot streak, Lets make Clemson the seventh in a row! Franklin has 'em rolling!
James Franklin for President
Created by 92 alum in 11/29/2012 3:34:44 PM
If CFA picks Vadnerbilt, we will fly in from Houston in a hearbeat!
New Comment
Created by Tina B in 11/29/2012 3:16:11 PM
COMMODORES!!! COMMODORES!!! COMMODORES!!!!!
New Comment
Created by Anonymous in 11/29/2012 2:18:12 PM
PLEEEEEAAAAASE CLEMSON VS USC rematch in the dome. Could you imagine the crowd and the atmosphere. The roof would have to welded back on.
I will come
Created by Vandyman in 11/29/2012 1:27:37 PM
Pick VU and I will be there and alarge crew. The Vandy story will sell well and the fan base is behind the Dores......ANCHOR DOWN.
Rematch
Created by TigerDen in 11/29/2012 1:06:31 PM
Clemson vs South Carolina rematch!!!
VANDY!!!!
Created by Anonymous in 11/29/2012 12:58:17 PM
vandy deserves this bowl! GO DORES!!!!
Anchor Down
Created by Anonymous in 11/29/2012 12:24:03 PM
Would love to bring my family to Atlanta to follow the DORES!!!!!!!
Anchor Down @ Chick-Fil-A!
Created by Brand New Vanderbilt in 11/29/2012 12:15:14 PM
Vanderbilt wants to come to Atlanta! Pick VU!
Vanderbilt
Created by AFHDawg in 11/29/2012 11:29:20 AM
It appears that every Vandy fan has posted here. If y'all would paint Atlanta black and gold, how come you didn't do the same thing to Memphis last year? MSU will outsell and outdraw you 2 to 1 if we are chosen. All you have to do to prove my theory is look at the attendance of the bowls State has played in. All of our crowds have been at or near the top! We took over Memphis in 2007 against UCF, we took over Jacksonville against Michigan and we took over Nashville against Wake Forest last year.
Vandy!
Created by Scott Jones in 11/29/2012 10:46:57 AM
More Vanderbilt alums live in Metro Atlanta than any other city in the world, save Nashville. Ready, willing & able to support the Dores at the Georgia Dome!
Who u wit? VU!
Created by Anonymous in 11/29/2012 10:39:25 AM
C'mon Vandy!
Dandy Vandy Fan
Created by Debby in 11/29/2012 10:31:06 AM
Vandy in Atlanta on New Year's Eve for the Chick-fil-A Bowl - YES, PLEASE ! ! ! ! ! Anchor Down, baby !
Vandy
Created by Vandy alumnus in 11/29/2012 10:24:12 AM
Vandy Nation ready to hit Atlanta! Please give us the chance to paint Atlanta Black and Gold! Anchor Down!
New Comment
Created by Anonymous in 11/29/2012 10:14:30 AM
Vandy and I''ll be there !!!
Vandy!
Created by Anonymous in 11/29/2012 9:43:42 AM
Ready to head to Atlanta and cheer on the "Dores! Pick Vandy!
ANCHOR DOWN
Created by Anonymous in 11/29/2012 9:05:31 AM
Invite Vandy! Can't wait to spend New Year's Eve in Atlanta with Commodore Nation!
Anchor Down!
Created by DCDoubleDore in 11/29/2012 8:19:20 AM
I'm curious what was "incredible" about MSU's seven game win streak. Was it the wins over South Alabama, Troy, and Jackson State? Or was it the average wins over UT, Auburn, and Kentucky of 12.3 points by a combined score of 96-59? If it was the latter, Vandy beat those three teams by an average of 22.3 points by a combined score of 98-31. And, incidentally, both teams played Auburn and UT at home and UK on the road. The other common opponent: Ole Miss. I think we all know how that turned out for each team. Don't miss one of the biggest stories in football this year: the rise of the Commodores; be a part of it.
Vanderbilt
Created by Anonymous in 11/29/2012 8:05:58 AM
#AnchorDown
Fan
Created by Anonymous in 11/29/2012 6:34:46 AM
Seems to me it should be an automatic to take Alabama after Georgia takes it to the next level. Seriously how can there be ANY scenario where you pass over either Georgia OR Alabama ? Your agreement with the SEC says you have to protect the loser of the title game.....how do you not honor that and rescue Alabama?
PICK THE 'DORES!
Created by Sarah in 11/29/2012 5:39:09 AM
Go Vandy!!!!!
Clemson USC rematch?
Created by Anonymous in 11/29/2012 4:47:44 AM
SOLD OUT
Dynamite! Dynamite!!
Created by CoyoteDore in 11/29/2012 4:00:47 AM
Atlanta would turn Black and Gold!!! #AnchorDown
Vandy!
Created by jkeg0001 in 11/28/2012 9:47:40 PM
Vandy! Oh hell yeah! +6 to CFA bowl - have hotel reservations made - don't make me cancel!!
Select Vandy!!
Created by Hep1010 in 11/28/2012 9:08:14 PM
Vanderbilt fans and alumni will strongly support this team wherever they go--but would especially love to be in Atlanta this year. Choose Vandy and choose one of the hottest teams in the country with a coach who was just named SEC coach of the year by Athlon and a wildly energized fan base. Choose the team who won six straight to close the season, over a team with fewer conference wins, who lost 4 of their last 5. Anchor Down!!
Black..Gold..Black..Gold
Created by Vandy family in 11/28/2012 8:50:48 PM
Anchor Down in Atlanta!
New Comment
Created by BigVanFan in 11/28/2012 8:14:14 PM
INVITE VANDY!!!!!!!
Vanderbilt!
Created by Beth VU class of '79 in 11/28/2012 7:58:10 PM
Choose Vandy, a great team! Willie Geist of Morning Joe and The Today Show is a Vanderbilt grad. He has been talking about VU going to a bowl game-great publicity on national weekday shows. We will fill the town with black and gold!!
ANCHOR DOWN!
Created by VandyClassof2010 in 11/28/2012 7:10:24 PM
PICK VANDY! My whole family along with my fellow alumni from the class of 2010 would go in a heartbeat if it's in ATL. It would be a great way to have a reunion and celebrate the amazing year James Franklin and Vandy football team had. GO DORES and ANCHOR DOWN!
ANCHOR DOWN!
Created by VandyClassof2010 in 11/28/2012 7:10:11 PM
PICK VANDY! My whole family along with my fellow alumni from the class of 2010 would go in a heartbeat if it's in ATL. It would be a great way to have a reunion and celebrate the amazing year James Franklin and Vandy football team had. GO DORES and ANCHOR DOWN!
Vanderbilt!
Created by scott in 11/28/2012 7:07:55 PM
I doubt if there's a more fired-up fanbase anywhere in the NCAA than Dores fans right now. If you invite us, we'll fill up your stadium, hotels, bars and restaurants.
Anchor Down!!!
Created by VU alum in 11/28/2012 7:07:50 PM
GO DORES!!!!! Clemson will think they're hot stuff... until Vandy beats them in ATL. ANCHOR DOWN!
Vandy!!!
Created by Cindy in 11/28/2012 7:00:13 PM
Party of 16 Vanderbilt Commodores ready to travel to Atlanta. 5 hotel rooms already booked.
Anchor Down!!!!

VANDY
Created by Anonymous in 11/28/2012 6:47:56 PM
ANCHOR DOWN.
New Comment
Created by Anonymous in 11/28/2012 6:39:10 PM
Go Dores! We all would love to be in Atlanta!
New Comment
Created by Anonymous in 11/28/2012 6:23:11 PM
Anchor Down! Go Dores! Pick Vanderbitl!
Go Dores!
Created by Massey's in 11/28/2012 6:00:19 PM
Look forward to staying at the Ritz with four Dores! Anchor Down!
Pick Vandy!
Created by Anonymous in 11/28/2012 5:48:42 PM
Vanderbilt please!!! Thr fan base is fired up and especially strong in thr Atlanta area. To be chosen by a bowl of this caliber would bring people out in droves.
AHHHHHHHHH ANCHOR DOWN!!!!!!!!
Created by Vandy Alumna Football Fanatic in 11/28/2012 5:41:54 PM
This impressive Vanderbilt Football Team plus the fantastic Coach Franklin plus the incredibly fun Chic-fil-A Bowl adds up to a spectacular event! Wildly enthusiastic, energized, ecstatic Vandy fans will fill the ATL and rock the Dome!
Student
Created by Commodore Dave in 11/28/2012 5:35:36 PM
Mr. Chik-Fil-A Bowl...it's funny how 99% of these comments are about Vanderbilt, isn't it? Don't pull a Wall Street and listen to the 1%. #AnchorDown
conquerer and prevailer
Created by All new VU in 11/28/2012 5:25:20 PM
My vote and I am bringing ten fans is for..........VU!!

Pick Vandy..

Go Dores
Created by Anonymous in 11/28/2012 5:21:48 PM
New Comment
Take the Dores, a national team like Stanford with a national following. Dores fans from near and far would flick to see Vandy play in the Chick- Fil- A Bowl!

Come on, Chick-fil-a. Jump on board and...
Created by jcharlie in 11/28/2012 4:58:53 PM
Anchor Down!
Anchor Down!
Created by ElzRieck in 11/28/2012 4:57:48 PM
Another Alumni supporting Vandy for the Chick-fil-a bowl!!
Go with the hot hand
Created by Vandy Fanatic in 11/28/2012 4:43:54 PM
Not only is Vandy on a 6 game winning streak, but they are outscoring SEC opponents by large margins. Their fans are hungry and will travel well.

Anchor down.

Vanderbilt!
Created by VandySenior in 11/28/2012 4:28:15 PM
I'm super excited to road trip down to Atlanta to watch my Dores play a great game against Clemson!
Go Dawgs!
Created by Tyler in 11/28/2012 4:27:21 PM
While I love Nashville and pull for Vanderbilt and Coach Franklin I would love to see Mississippi State make it to the Chick-fil-a Bowl for many reasons. I could probably make the trip, I've never been to the Georgia Dome, and I love Chick-fil-a I mean I could eat there seven times a day as Tim Hawkins says.
I know it seems like the tail of two seasons but you have to keep in mind every year we play two teams that could play for the National Championship. We played Alabama, Texas A&M, and LSU in a row. Not many teams with those teams listed on their schedule faired very well. Yeah we got beat by Ole Miss but that's a rivalry game and records don't matter. We simply won't disappont our fans will show up and ring in the new year with a Cowbell!

Vandy on the Rise!
Created by cpa4vu in 11/28/2012 4:26:47 PM
Would love to make the trip from Nashville, to Hotlanta! Plenty of great things to do for a family trip w/ the aquarium and the Coca-Cola Museum. All the Vandy fans I know would be fired up to make the trip to Atlanta and many would make it a long New Year's weekend trip. Since we ended the year with a 6 game win streak would expect a better following than we took to Memphis last year 40k+!!! We even put a beat down on Wake very similar to what the #1 team in the nation did!
Anchor Down Before We Set Sail!
Created by Ryan DeBoard in 11/28/2012 4:13:33 PM
I would grab Vanderbilt now while you have a chance before we head to New Orleans or Pasadena next season! We are ready to Anchor Down in Atlanta!
Clemson vs Mr. Football
Created by Light Bulb Bill in 11/28/2012 4:10:25 PM
My Clemson TiGERs would look pretty good in the Chick vs Johnny Man!
If not, then that other great Tiger Team in LSU would be super too.

Anchor!!!!!!
Created by Anonymous in 11/28/2012 4:09:31 PM
Down!!!!!!
New Comment
Created by Anonymous in 11/28/2012 3:59:53 PM
Vandy! Go Dores!!
clemson vs vandy
Created by Anonymous in 11/28/2012 3:59:52 PM
if my tigers dont get into the bcs bowl with is highly likely i wouldnt mind locking horns vandy.a classy team on the rise.with a classy fan base.
Anchor Down
Created by Doug Norfleet in 11/28/2012 3:46:55 PM
If it comes down to Vandy and Miss. St., you know who to choose.

GO DORES! ANCHOR DOWN!

Vanderbilt, Hands Down
Created by Vandy Grad in 11/28/2012 3:45:58 PM
I can assure you that no other team in contention would be as thrilled to go to the Chick-Fil-A Bowl as Vanderbilt would. Can you say fan attendance??? Not to mention that Vanderbilt is hot, and Coach Franklin is determined to win our bowl game this year.

Assuming A&M, LSU, and SC aren't available, this is a no-brainer!

Anchor Down in Hotlanta
Created by Big Hoov in 11/28/2012 3:36:45 PM
Our fan base is ready, Are you ready for the Commodores to take over Atlanta
#Hailstate
Created by Nic Saban in 11/28/2012 3:32:54 PM
Msu travels better than Vandy hands down. No contest
Let us Anchordown in Atlanta
Created by VUfanfromAL in 11/28/2012 3:28:45 PM
Would love to come to the ATL for a bowl game in the Georgia Dome. Got alot of alumni in the Atlanta area and alot of players from Georgia and Alabama (which will travel well) The bulk of our fan base is within a 3 hr drive from Atlanta and trust me alot of our alumni around the country will fly in.....will be an amazing crowd from us. ANCHORDOWN! Trust me this is my hope for our bowl!
ANCHOR DOWN
Created by Vandy Girl in 11/28/2012 3:28:05 PM
There is no doubt that Vanderbilt should be placed ahead of Mississippi State on this list. We have a better SEC record, and we finished the season with 6 wins. We are headed up, and we would have 40K fans without a problem in Atlanta. Chick-Fil-A all the way!!!
conquerer and prevailer
Created by All new VU in 11/28/2012 2:49:52 PM
My vote and I am bringing ten fans is for..........VU!!

Pick Vandy..

Anchor Down!
Created by Jimbo Taylor in 11/28/2012 2:24:56 PM
The Commodores would bring a huge following to Atlanta, large majority of our alumni live in and around the city.

Go Dores!

Pick Vandy
Created by Commodore Fanatic in 11/28/2012 2:18:55 PM
Great Academic School
Geographically diverse fan base but centered in the SE
6 game winning streak
Great Coach, staff and players.
Program is on the rise.

Catch the Vandy wave and Anchor Down with VU..

Anchor Down!
Created by Jimbo Taylor in 11/28/2012 2:15:31 PM
The Commodores would bring a huge following to Atlanta, large majority of our alumni live in and around the city.

Go Dores!

Go Dores!
Created by AnchorDown in 11/28/2012 2:00:09 PM
Love seeing Vandy in the final short list! Bring our Dores to Atlanta for New Year's!
Go Dores!
Created by kerrigjl in 11/28/2012 1:50:03 PM
Commodore Nation is ready to Anchor Down in Atlanta for the Chick-fil-A bowl!
Vanderbilt!
Created by Brian in 11/28/2012 1:30:43 PM
Would love to see Vandy in Atlanta!
Vanderbilt
Created by Seth in 11/28/2012 1:10:18 PM
Anchor Down! Would love for Vanderbilt to play in this bowl game. Vandy Nation will be 40k+ for this game!
New Comment
Created by VU Nation in 11/28/2012 1:06:47 PM
It is more than evident how excited Vandy fans are from the flood of postings on Facebook and on this site about the possibility of being in the Chick-fil-a bowl. VU Nation will definitely travel well to Atlanta! We aren't taking this opportunity for granted! Do the right thing and select Vandy for the Chick-fil-a Bowl! #AnchorDown #EatMoreChicken
Commodores in the Chick-fil-A Bowl would be great!
Created by Rachel Donaldson in 11/28/2012 12:53:26 PM
They are the hottest team in the country and have the National Coach of the Year. I may be able to borrow a Cow costume from one of my friends at Winshape. We'll support Vanderbilt in whatever bowl for which it is chosen, but here's hoping it's the Chick-fil-A Bowl. Anchor Down!
Brand New Vandy!
Created by Anonymous in 11/28/2012 12:47:53 PM
This year has been historic for the Vanderbilt Commodores - why not be a part of that history? There is a massive Vanderbilt contingent in the Atlanta area, and the elated Vandy fans will travel from all over to this relatively central location for Vanderbilt alumni. Pick Vanderbilt! Anchor Down!
Love to see Vanderbilt in the Chick-fil-A
Created by Cheryl Whitworth in 11/28/2012 12:44:33 PM
Chick-fil-A is my favorite fast food restaurant. I support its religious beliefs and its Christian programs. My daughter worked 3 summers for the Winshape Camps. Take Vanderbilt and my family will be there!
All New VU
Created by Dore for Life in 11/28/2012 12:38:50 PM
Go Dores. Vandy nation is ready to ride our current wave to Atlanta.There is a lot of momentum behind our program and fan interest is at an all time high.

Go Dores and Anchor Down.

Anchor Down!
Created by Nicole in 11/28/2012 12:32:11 PM
I would love to be in Atlanta for New Years! Go Dores! This team deserves this great honor!
Deciding factore should be.......
Created by CJDore in 11/28/2012 12:27:58 PM
Commodore fans eat more chicken
Deciding factore should be.......
Created by CJDore in 11/28/2012 12:27:28 PM
Commodore fans eat more chicken
Vanderbilt should be in the Chick-fil-A Bowl!
Created by Warren Donaldson in 11/28/2012 12:26:05 PM
Georgia, Florida, and South Carolina. The SEC East was just as strong this year as the West, with an equal 3 ranked teams at the end of the season. VANDERBILT lost only to those 3 teams plus #22 Northwestern. At 5-3 in the SEC with a Bullet, Vanderbilt has risen above Mississsippi State (4-4), loser of 4 of its last 5 games.

I'll join the team at the Chick-fil-A Bowl. Go Commodores!

New Comment
Created by Anonymous in 11/28/2012 12:16:47 PM
Anchor Down!

Vanderbilt Commodores!!!
Created by VanDSIRROM in 11/28/2012 12:05:22 PM
I've reserved a hotel room in Atlanta and made reservations at some fine dining establishments. Can't wait 'til New Year's Eve and the blast we're going to have in The Dome and afterwards.

I'd give my left (you know what) to see Vandy play Clemson. What a good match-up. Clemson's nationally ranked offense against Bob Stoop's Vanderbilt Defense. Expect no less than 50,000 Vandy fans from across the country and around the world--Hong Kong, London, Paris, to name a few. ATL will facilitate more VU fans with direct flights from so many places in the world.

Bring on the Clemson Tigers. The Vanderbilt Commodores are ANCHORED DOWN!!!

VU to Atlanta
Created by Dore Fan in 11/28/2012 12:01:04 PM
I hope you allow the 40,000 plus VU fans to Anchor Down in Atlanta. Do not miss the ship.

We are on the rise and look forward to a great match up!

UGA vs Clemson
Created by Anonymous in 11/28/2012 12:00:39 PM
thinks this match up would be great!
Vandy Nation to Anchor Down!
Created by Scott in 11/28/2012 11:34:36 AM
We are playing exciting, high-scoring, physical football and feature a ranked defense, outstanding seniors and the hottest young coach in the country. This Vandy team has STAR-power and will draw 40,000 fans to Atlanta. Vandy is experiencing great recruiting success within Georgia and we are ready to celebrate, party and spend money in what will be a "can't miss" event. The Vandy Nation wants to end 2012 with a monumental celebration in Atlanta of all that is good and right in college football. You absolutely cannot go wrong choosing Vandy.
Anchor Down in Atlanta
Created by Jeff Walker in 11/28/2012 11:09:13 AM
Thank you for finally adding the Commodores to your short list!! They really deserve serious consideration for this outstanding bowl. They are on a hot winning streak and fans are pre-ordering tickets like crazy and alums from all over the country would flock to Atlanta for this game. If LSU is off the board already, I would think the 'Dores would be a shoe-in. South Carolina is a non-factor because the ACC team will most likely be Clemson. Georgia fans will not fill up the hotels and restaurants in Atlanta the same way a Vandy crowd would. Plus they won't be as excited after they get crushed by Alabama this week in the same venue at the bowl game. Pick the Commodores and you won't be sorry!
Select Vanderbilt!
Created by Anonymous in 11/28/2012 11:03:49 AM
Go Dores!
Anchor Down!
Created by Anonymous in 11/28/2012 10:34:26 AM
Vanderbilt is so fired up and READY for Atlanta!! If you want a truly EXCITED fan base, you know who to choose! GO DORES!!!
Ready to ANCHOR DOWN in Atlanta!
Created by vuloyal in 11/28/2012 10:34:12 AM
Have already purchased 9 game tickets and made hotel reservations for a Commodore Nation celebration!
Vandy Vandy
Created by Dore Man in 11/28/2012 10:22:52 AM
Oh Hell Yea!
Brand New Vandy!
Created by Keith in 11/28/2012 10:11:51 AM
Vanderbilt has a new beginning, and what better way to reward such a great story than a trip to Atlanta. Other teams have had longstanding success- give the exciting upstart Commodores their chance to shine! You won't regret it!
Go Dores!
Created by Brian in 11/28/2012 9:36:55 AM
Looking forward to spending new years in ATL with 40k+ of my closest Vanderbilt friends! Anchor Down!
Anchor Down!
Created by Vlad the Impaler in 11/28/2012 8:48:02 AM
Vandy! Vandy! Oh hell yes!
You won't be sorry with a Vandy selection...we are fired up to come to Atlanta!
Created by Falls Church Dore in 11/28/2012 8:47:59 AM
We're on a 6-game winning streak and have a better conference record than Mississippi State. While the Bulldogs are in a tailspin, we are playing our best here at the end of the season. And for what it's worht, these are the records of the four teams that beat us this year: 11-1, 11-1, 10-2, 9-3.
Vandy!
Created by Charles Loring in 11/28/2012 8:47:56 AM
I am glad to see Vandy make the final list! Vandy Nation is fired up and ready for bowl season!
UGA vs. Clemson
Created by UGA Alumnus in 11/28/2012 8:41:51 AM
If my Dawgs lose to Bama this saturday a shot at our old rival Clemson would be nice. Georgia/Clemson was a great rivalry in the early "80's.

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