Report: BBVA Compass Bowl Gets Vanderbilt for Game Against Houston

Frederick Breedon

The Commodores might have had a historic year, but they're still going to Birmingham to play the Cougars of the American Athletics Conference

The BBVA Compass Bowl is tied for the last SEC bowl to select this year. That's an important thing to keep in mind as we lay out the following report.

Part of that is a function of all but two of the SEC's bowl-eligible teams at least equaling the 8-4 record that the Commodores have, part of that is a function of the Music City Bowl not wanting Vanderbilt, and part of it is a function of the Liberty Bowl trying to dodge a repeat SEC participant. Still, it's hard for Vanderbilt fans to swallow getting bumped down to the lowest rung of the bowl ladder after the year that they had.

Houston, as you might expect, has a prolific passing attack matched with a lackluster rushing offense and a pocketful of rabbit's feet. The Cougars lead the nation in turnover margin, averaging an edge of 2.1 turnovers a game. How lucky is that? The team with the next-highest turnover margin is up by an average of 1.3 a game. However, 23 of the turnovers were interceptions, which are less lucky than fumble recoveries (at least in my opinion).

The BBVA Compass Bowl airs Jan. 4 at 1 p.m. ET on ESPN.

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join Team Speed Kills

You must be a member of Team Speed Kills to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Team Speed Kills. You should read them.

Join Team Speed Kills

You must be a member of Team Speed Kills to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Team Speed Kills. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_9341_tracker