Add "Top 25" to the list of accomplishments for this year's Vanderbilt Football team.
After winning the Music City Bowl with a 38-24 win over N.C. State to earn their 9th win of the season (their most since 1915), the Commodores conclude the 2012-13 season ranked 20th in the USA Today/Coaches Poll and 23 by the Associated Press. This is the first time Vanderbilt has been ranked at the end of the season since 1948. Soon enough, such accomplishments will become commonplace and won't conjure images of a bygone era. Still, it is nothing short of incredible how Coach James Franklin, his staff, and the Vanderbilt administration, led by Vice Chancellor of Athletics David Williams, have set the Commodores on this meteoric rise. Think about this: on January 8, 2011, Vanderbilt had won 4 games in two years; the team and had just hired a coach, of whom many were skeptical; and Commodore fans were (understandably) nervous that perpetual doormat was our SEC fate. Seems like a long time ago, doesn't it?