2009 Vanderbilt Commodores: All Signs Point To Another Bowl Game

Rick GillispieCorrespondent IIAugust 28, 2009

NASHVILLE, TN - SEPTEMBER 15:  Members of the Vanderbilt Commodores celebrate after defeating the Ole Miss Rebels 31-17 on September 15, 2007 at Vanderbilt Stadium in Nashville, Tennessee.  (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

As the 2009 season approaches for the Commodores lots of questions are being asked. Can a team with only four bowl games in its history make to another one in back to back years? Can Bobby Johnson lead his team to another winning record?

Vanderbilt has 19 starters returning this year. The defense will be the key for the Commodores again this year.

Vanderbilt's first six games are favorable for the Commodores in that the play non-conference games against West Carolina, at Rice and at Army. All three of those games should be wins. The also will play their West schedule of the SEC playing at LSU and home against Mississippi and Mississippi State. I look for Vanderbilt to be 4-2 heading into their East schedule of the SEC.

With the remaining six games anything can happen for the Commodores. Florida is a lose but games against Georgia, Goergia Tech and Kentucky at home could go either way. Also with trips to South Carolina and Tennessee those games could go either way.

I can honestly say I see Vanderbilt going 7-5 with wins against Kentucky, Tennessee and South Carolina in the second half of the season to go to another bowl game.

Coach Bobby Johnson has done a wonderful job turning the fans and the students of Vandy into football fans again.

But like all things nothing is certain in the game of college football. So get ready for the ride with the Commodores first stop Sept. 5 vs. Western Carolina.

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