Vanderbilt’s 2024 football schedule was released on Wednesday night, and in addition to finding out the dates of SEC games, there were two changes to the nonconference schedule that weren’t previously announced.
The Commodores were scheduled to play SMU as part of their nonconference slate, but with the Mustangs joining the Atlantic (sic) Coast (sic) Conference next year, that game is off. (This might have been a mutual agreement, since SMU’s schedule would now have 11 Power 4 opponents on it thanks to a full ACC slate and scheduled nonconference games against Vanderbilt, BYU, and TCU.) Anyway, Vanderbilt will play Ball State instead. They also replaced Norfolk State with Alcorn State. Whatever.
The season will open at home against Virginia Tech on August 31. That game was initially scheduled to be played at Nissan Stadium, but has since been moved to FirstBank Stadium. This will be the 10th meeting ever between the Commodores and Hokies, and the first since 1989.
The next two opponents are both first-time opponents for Vanderbilt: Alcorn State in Nashville on September 7, and Georgia State in Atlanta on September 14. Vanderbilt’s first SEC game will come on September 21 at Missouri before the first of two bye weeks.
Coming out of the bye week, Alabama visits Nashville for the first time since 2017 on October 5, followed by a trip to Kentucky on October 12. The Ball State game will be in Nashville on October 19, the first meeting between the Commodores and Cardinals, and I’m just gonna throw out there that that’s almost certainly homecoming. Texas then visits on October 26 for the first meeting between the two schools since 1928.
In November, Vanderbilt visits Auburn for the first time since 2016 on November 2, then hosts South Carolina on November 9. That’s followed by the second bye week before a visit to LSU on November 23, Vanderbilt’s first trip to Baton Rouge since 2009, and the season finale against Tennessee on November 30.
Notable in their absence from the schedule are Florida, for the first time since the year before the SEC went to divisional play (1991); Georgia, which Vanderbilt had played every year since 1968 with the exception of the cancelled 2020 game; and Ole Miss, off Vanderbilt’s schedule for the first time since 1969. But hey, at least we get to play LSU, Alabama, and Texas more often, amirite?