Johnny McCrary's five touchdown night led Vanderbilt to a 42-28 win over Old Dominion - and a 13-spot jump in the Sagarin ratings.
The Commodores climbed from 118th to 105th in the computerized rating system thanks to their spread-covering home win and Temple's victory over #23 East Carolina. While that doesn't exactly put this team among illustrious company, it's a solid step forward from a team that needed to build some optimism as an otherwise dismal season wound down.
Here are the FCS programs that the rankings believe would beat Vandy on a neutral field in 2014:
If you're keeping track, that puts Vandy at fourth in the state of Tennessee, behind UT, Memphis, and...Chattanooga :(. Vanderbilt was only ranked ahead of two teams from BCS conferences - Kansas (#123) and Wake Forest (#140). Their closest peer in the SEC is #44 Kentucky.
Here's how Sagarin rates out the rest of the Commodores' schedule:
The computer rankings don't put much faith in a fourth win for Derek Mason's freshman season. Vanderbilt will get an excellent opportunity to earn it this Saturday when an up-and-down Gator team comes to Nashville.