All three opponents that Vanderbilt has beaten in 2014 won their most recent football games. That helped the Commodores climb from 109th to 105th in Jeff Sagarin's computer ratings despite taking the past week off.
UMass (beat Ball State), Charleston Southern (beat Liberty), and Old Dominion (beat Florida International before a bye week of their own) all recorded victories to help raise Vandy's profile - albeit slightly. Derek Mason's team rose four spots and now sit a win away from cracking the top 100. It won't be easy, however. The Commodores will finish their season with a trip to #8 Mississippi State before hosting #27 Tennessee.
14 FCS teams were rated higher than Vanderbilt after week 12:
Yes, once again, Vanderbilt cedes ground to Harvard's powerhouse football program. The 'Dores are currently ranked fourth in the state of Tennessee, behind UT (27th), Memphis (43rd), and Chattanooga (89th). They're rated above only two FBS-conference programs - Kansas (106th) and Wake Forest (149th).