The 2014 NCAA bowl season won't include Vanderbilt - a 3-9 record in Derek Mason's first year as head coach sealed that. Instead, we can bitterly watch as the majority of the team's opponents head to exotic locales like Birmingham and Shreveport to finish off their seasons.
Only one team that defeated Vanderbilt this season failed to win the six games necessary for bowl eligibility - a Kentucky team that closed out the season with six straight losses. Two more teams, Temple and Old Dominion (who Vandy beat by 14 points) finished with a .500 record but did not make it to a bowl showdown due to a lack of slots (the Owls) or NCAA regulations (ODU). Here's where everyone else ended up, in order of when they topped the Commodores in 2014:
Temple (6-6) - NULL. Temple was not selected to play in a bowl game this season.
Ole Miss (9-3) - vs. TCU in the Chick-Fil-A Peach Bowl.
South Carolina (6-6) - vs. Miami in the Duck Commander Independence Bowl.
Georgia (9-3) - vs. Louisville in the Belk Bowl.
Missouri (10-3) - vs. Minnesota in the Buffalo Wild Wings Citrus Bowl.
Florida (6-5) - vs. East Carolina in the Birmingham Bowl.
Mississippi State (10-2) - vs. Georgia Tech in the Capital One Orange Bowl.
Tennessee (6-6) - vs. Iowa in the Taxslayer Bowl.
UT facing Iowa means that fans in Nashville will finally be able to make small talk with their relatives in the midwest this Christmas season. Ole Miss/TCU and Mississippi State/Georgia Tech should be appointment watching New Year's Eve bowls as well. What matchups are you most looking forward to this postseason?