BBVA Compass Bowl: Vanderbilt vs. Houston

Vanderbilt (8-4, 4-4 SEC) will make its seventh postseason appearance in its history when the Commodores play the Houston Cougars (8-4, 5-3 AAC) in the 8th Annual BBVA Compass Bowl Saturday in Birmingham. Kickoff is scheduled for 12 p.m. CT at Legion Field, and the game will be televised on ESPN.

Date: Jan. 4, 2014
Time: 12 p.m. CT
Location: Legion Field, Birmingham, Ala. – Tickets
Television: ESPN – Dave Neal (pxp), Andre Ware (analyst), Dawn Davenport (sideline)
Radio: 1510 AM, 95.9 FM, 560 AM (affiliates) | SiriusXM 84
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The BBVA Compass Bowl comes with historical significance for the Commodores. For the first time in program history, Vanderbilt is experiencing three consecutive bowl games, coming after appearances in the 2011 AutoZone Liberty Bowl and 2012 Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl.

The Commodores are 3-2-1 all-time in postseason bowls. The victories have come last year in the Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl (38-24 over N.C. State), in the 2008 Gaylord Hotels Music City Bowl (16-14 over Boston College) and in 1955 at the Gator Bowl (25-13 over Auburn). Vanderbilt also tied Texas Tech 6-6 in the 1974 Peach Bowl. The losses have come in competitive, high-scoring affairs – 31-24 to Cincinnati in the 2011 Liberty Bowl and 36-28 to Air Force in the 1982 Hall of Fame Bowl.

The 1982 Hall of Fame encounter against Air Force also was played at Legion Field, site of the BBVA Compass Bowl. For many years, Vanderbilt was a frequent visitor to Legion Field. The Commodores have played 29 games in the Birmingham facility, the most recent coming in 2000 against Alabama. In those games, Vanderbilt is 7-20-2.

James Franklin has enjoyed instant success as Vanderbilt’s head coach, guiding the Commodores to bowl appearances in each of his three years on campus.

The BBVA Compass Bowl also is Vanderbilt’s first January appearance.

Though Vanderbilt has never faced Houston, the Commodores are 18-13-1 all-time against members of the American Athletic Conference.

To preview the game, Joe Fisher, Voice of the Commodores, talked with head coach James Franklin WATCH

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