Should Vanderbilt Be on Bowl Watch?

David WunderlichSenior Writer ISeptember 5, 2008

With Vandy now sitting at 2-0, it's worth a minute to look at the Commodores' schedule to see if they have a shot to break their 25-year streak of not having a winning season and actually become bowl eligible.

Rice on Sep. 13, Mississippi State on Oct. 11, Duke on Oct. 25, and Kentucky on Nov. 15 appear to be the most winnable games from here on out.

Ole Miss on Sep. 20 and Tennessee on Nov. 22 aren't completely out of the question, depending on how good Houston Nutt's Rebels turn out to be and whether the Vols play like they did against UCLA all season.  I mean, Vandy did only lose to Georgia by three and Tennessee by one a season ago.

One of the biggest problems in Nashville over the years has been a lack of confidence.  They just had that feeling like, "OK, what's going to happen this time?"  However, reports from Thursday's game indicate that the Commodores expected to win this one, and they certainly played like it.

It's important not to get too carried away by one game.  South Carolina played much of the game without its best playmaker, Kenny McKinley.

However, instead of going all conservative with a second half lead, Bobby Johnson kept pressuring the Gamecocks to extend his lead from 17-10 to 24-10.  That is something new and different that usually doesn't happen.

There was no fourth quarter meltdown.  There was no critical special teams breakdown.  Maybe a bowl could happen after all.