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Vanderbilt Football 2016 Schedule Released; Season Starts vs. South Carolina on Sept. 1st

Vanderbilt Football will kick off its 2016 campaign when they host South Carol in a for a Thursday night SEC showdown that will help kick off the NCAA season. After that, home games against Florida, Ole Miss, and Tennessee await.

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Vanderbilt's streak of Thursday night home openers will continue in 2016. This time, it will be against SEC East rival South Carolina.

The Commodores will meet the Gamecocks to kick off next season at Dudley Field. While the 'Dores haven't beaten USC since 2008, it was that Thursday night showdown that helped propel the team to a 5-0 record and a #13 ranking early in the season. The 'Cocks will kick off an SEC home schedule that will also feature Florida, Ole Miss, and Tennessee. Nonconference visits from Middle Tennessee State and regular Tennessee State will round out Vandy's six-game slate at Dudley Field.

Here's how that home schedule shakes out:

Home Date Historical Record
South Carolina 9/1/2016 4-21
Middle Tennessee 9/10/2016 13-3
Florida 10/1/2016 10-36-2
Tennessee St. 10/22/2016 1-0
Ole Miss 11/19/2016 38-50-2
Tennessee 11/26/2016 30-74-5

Vanderbilt's road schedule:

Away Date Historical Record
Georgia Tech 9/17/2016 15-19-3
Western Kentucky 9/24/2016 3-1
Kentucky 10/8/2016 41-42-4
Georgia 10/15/2016 19-55-2
Auburn 11/5/2016 21-20-1
Missouri 11/12/2016 3-4-1

As usual, it's a tough schedule for the Commodores. Western Kentucky and Georgia Tech will likely be facing below average seasons, but they're both tough outs for a Vanderbilt team that gets no respite in conference play. Fortunately for Derek Mason, the team's toughest SEC games - against Florida, Ole Miss, and, (sure, why not) Tennessee will come at Dudley Field.