Wednesday, October 8, 2008

History being rewritten on West End

With a win against Miss. State this weekend, the Vanderbilt Commodores can simultaneously claim their fourth consecutive SEC victory and their sixth consecutive victory overall. Photo by Neil Brake, VU Athletics.
If Vanderbilt can focus on competing against Mississippi State this Saturday in Starkville and avoid getting caught up in all the hoopla surrounding their historic 5-0 (3-0) start, then they can accomplish some truly mighty deeds, worthy of song and long remembrance.

Make no mistake, we're already in unprecedented territory: Vanderbilt's 3-0 start in the SEC has only been matched twice in Commodore football history, under coaches Dan McGugin (1934) and Bill Edwards (1950).

But this Saturday, Vanderbilt can surpass even those two great accomplishments. With one fell swoop, the Commodores can simultaneously claim their fourth consecutive Southeastern Conference victory and their sixth consecutive victory overall.

If they can do it -- and, let's be honest, many of us (including your humble author) still have that woozy I'm-scared-to-death-about-what's-going-to-happen-on-Saturday feeling regarding whether they can -- then they will have done something no other Vanderbilt team has ever done in 118 years of Vanderbilt Football: go 4-0 in the SEC and sustain the longest SEC winning streak in Vanderbilt football history.

And not only that (though that is a LOT!). A win Saturday also means bowl eligibility for the first time in 26 years. It would be the Commodores' first 6-0 start since 1928, four years before Vanderbilt became a founding member of the Southeastern Conference.

Prior to that, only R.G. Acton (1897), W.H. Watkins (1902), and Dan McGugin (1904, 1912, 1915-16, 1921, & 1928) have ever led any West End football team to a 6-win start.

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