Optional Musical Accompaniment
Today marks 88 days until Vanderbilt football’s season opener against ETSU. 88 for the Commodores is fifth-year senior Michael Owusu. The 6’5”, 240-pound linebacker from Oxnard, California, played in seven games in 2020, notched seven tackles with two tackles for loss and a sack. But infamously, Vanderbilt fielded two players wearing 88 on a kickoff return in the Ole Miss game; the other 88 from last season, Jayden Harrison, has since transferred to Marshall.
Per ECU site Hoist the Colours, the schedule is set for the Nashville Super Regional this weekend at the Hawk. Vanderbilt will play East Carolina at 11 AM CT on both Friday and Saturday, with both games being televised on ESPN2; Game 3, if necessary, will be Sunday at 2 PM CT on ESPNU or ESPN2. Congratulations, you are not getting any work done on Friday afternoon.
And, seven of the eight Super Regional matchups are now set, with one remaining to be decided — Old Dominion is playing Virginia right now thanks to a rainout, with the winner moving on to play Dallas Baptist at a site TBD (I assume Old Dominion won’t be hosting, since they didn’t bother to put in a bid for a regional, and I don’t know who would host between Virginia and Dallas Baptist or if either of them even put in a bid.)
The other matchups: in Fayetteville, Arkansas will host NC State; in Lubbock, Texas Tech hosts Stanford; in Tucson, Arizona hosts Ole Miss; in Knoxville, Tennessee will host LSU; in Starkville, Mississippi State will host Notre Dame; and in Austin, Texas hosts South Florida. TCU is the only national seed who did not advance out of its regional, while four other regional hosts (Louisiana Tech, Oregon, Florida, and South Carolina, which technically hosted a regional where it was the 2-seed) failed to make it as well.