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Vanderbilt Commodores 22, Kentucky Wildcats 6: An Ugly Win, But Vanderbilt Will Take It

The home team wraps up bowl eligibility for a third straight year despite the less-than-pleasing aesthetics of the game

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Let's not mince words here. The game between Vanderbilt and Kentucky today was one of the uglier we've seen in the SEC this season. The teams combined for 575 yards, though I would have guessed lower after watching it. No points were scored in the second or third quarter. There were 19 penalties and four turnovers (all committed by Kentucky), and the two teams were a combined 11-of-31 on third down.

But all that is largely irrelevant to the home team for one reason: Vanderbilt's 22-6 win makes the Commodores eligible for their third consecutive bowl game in a program that had never even gone to the postseason in back-to-back years. Kentucky, meanwhile is left to try to win at Georgia or against Tennessee to avoid going winless in the conference for the second straight year.

Still, getting to that third straight bowl and having a decent chance at winning as many as eight games in the regular season raises its own questions for Vanderbilt. Southern Cal is likely to be in the market for a new coach this winter. Mack Brown's seat has cooled slightly in recent weeks, but there's every reason to believe it could heat up again before December. The ax could also fall at other programs. Yes, that's a concern for another day, but Saturday's result makes it more pressing.