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34-10 Loss Drops Vandy to 109th in Sagarin Ratings

Vanderbilt wasted an opportunity to jump into the top 100 when they lost to Florida at home on Saturday. Now, they're ranked behind teams like Youngstown State and Fordham in the midst of a 3-7 season.

Damn you, Fordham!
Damn you, Fordham!

Vanderbilt scored first, but Florida scored more often. That was the difference in the Commodores' 34-10 loss to the Gators on Saturday.

That defeat dropped Vandy from bowl contention and prevented the 'Dores from jumping back into the top 100 of USA Today's Sagarin ratings. Derek Mason's team had risen to 105th after beating Old Dominion last week, but Saturday's spread-covering loss pushed them back to 109th. If you limit that to solely I-AA teams, Vanderbilt would rank 18th among FCS programs:

38. North Dakota State
58. Jacksonville State
62. Illinois State
66. Northern Iowa
77. New Hampshire
81. South Dakota State
84. Chattanooga
85. Harvard
86. Coastal Carolina
88. Villanova
95. Southern Illinois
99. SE Louisiana
100. Eastern Washington
102. Youngstown State
104. Indiana State
106. Fordham
107. Sam Houston State

Yes, this is a world where Harvard is rated nearly 25 spots higher than a founding member of the SEC. Vandy is currently fifth in the state of Tennessee, behind UT (28th), Memphis (44th), Chattanooga (84th), and Middle Tennessee State (101st). They outranked only two BCS-conference teams - Kansas (112th) and Wake Forest (130th).

The Commodores have a bye week before returning to action against #7 Mississippi State. They'll finish their season against the #28 Volunteers a week later.