On Monday, Coach Mason and rest of the Commodores learned the order of their 2020 Football Schedule. This all-conference 10-game slate will be a brutal gauntlet for the Vanderbilt program, who have one of the toughest schedules in the SEC. Last week, the Commodores learned the last two opponents on their SEC slate, which were added from the SEC West Division, vs LSU, @ Miss State.
To begin the 2020 campaign, Vanderbilt will travel to College Station to face Texas A&M on September 26th and then will return home to Nashville to take on the Tigers of LSU on October 3rd. After facing two SEC powerhouses from the West, the schedule slowly begins to get easier (not really). The Commodores will host another game during Week 3 as the South Carolina Gamecocks will make their way to West End on October 10th. After that, Vanderbilt will hit the road during Week 4 against the Missouri Tigers on October 17th. Week 5 will be the Bye Week. The Commodores will host the Ole Miss Rebels, now coached by Lane Kiffin, in Week 6 of the regular season on Halloween. During Weeks 7 and 8, Vanderbilt will make trips to Starkville to take on Mississippi State and Lexington to face the Kentucky Wildcats respectively.
Now, this is where the schedule will take a huge toll on Coach Mason’s squad. During Weeks 9 and 10, the Commodores will host one of the SEC East powerhouses in the Florida gators and also their in-State rivals the Tennessee Volunteers. To finish off the brutal 2020 slate, Vanderbilt will travel to Athens to take on the Georgia Bulldogs.
This very likely could be the most difficult schedule in Vanderbilt Football history. The gauntlet includes five ranked opponents and overall just extremely talented teams to face off against Week in and week out. What can you expect? It’s the SEC!! Coach Mason dang sure better have his guys ready right from the get go or otherwise it will be very ugly from the start. An absolute best case scenario for Vanderbilt in 2020 would most likely looking at around a 2-8/3-7 record at the end of the season.
Where will those wins come from? That’s an excellent question to be sure. Could the Commodores potentially travel to Columbia or Starkville and come out with a win? Could they even upset the Rebels or Gamecocks at the Dud? Those are questions that will hopefully be answered in the coming months during the 2020 SEC Football season. The Commodores are now less than 5 weeks away from Kicking off against A&M in Aggieland. Let’s play some football!