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Game 2: Vanderbilt Commodores at Colorado State Rams — Open Game Thread

Have fun, expect to win.

NCAA Football: New Mexico at Colorado State Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

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September 11, 2021
9:00 PM CT
CBS Sports Network
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NR (Coaches)
105 (SP+)

Pregame Reading

Well, it’s been a long wait for this one.

We can only hope that Clark Lea’s second game goes better than his first. Coming off a 23-3 loss to ETSU in the season opener, the anticipation for tonight’s matchup at Colorado State is lessened. One awful performance has the Vanderbilt fan base on edge; a second straight awful performance, and, well... I wouldn’t want to be Clark Lea on Sunday.

This is quite likely the latest scheduled kickoff ever for a Vanderbilt game. The Commodores have played a grand total of three games in their entire history in the Mountain and Pacific time zones, and those games — a pair of games at Air Force in 1977 and 1979, and a 1961 trip to UCLA — were long before television dictated so many kickoff times. This one’s kicking off at 8 PM Mountain Time, the kind of thing nobody would ever do but for television.

In other news, Colorado State has chosen violence. It’s Ag Day, and as part of that celebration, Colorado State goes back to the old colors of the Colorado A&M Aggies, their name in a former life (and what I believe that logo in the header represents) — and as part of that, they’re wearing orange, and they’ve declared this game an Orange Out. Yes, that’s right: Colorado State has chosen to become Tennessee for this game.

So, who’s ready for some more football? Have fun, expect to win.