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Leeman Bennett is a former head coach of the Atlanta Falcons and Tampa Bay Buccaneers and is the current chairman of the Chick-fil-A Bowl’s Team Selection Committee. He writes a weekly team selection blog to give fans an inside look into the Chick-fil-A Bowl’s team scouting and selection process.
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11/21/12 – It’s Rivalry Week – Some Possible Scenarios

What a week we just had in college football! It doesn’t get much more exciting than this in a week that saw both #1 and #2 lose to really shake things up. This is just another example why college football has the most meaningful and important regular season in all of sports.

And it just gets better from here, with Rivalry Week hitting the nation in full force. Make sure you’re strapped in because the bowl picture isn’t in focus just yet and we could see another week like the last one.

A lot of discussion in our Team Selection Committee meeting this week about where various teams will end up and which teams are on our short list right now. And after all that discussion, we’re not sure we have a much clearer picture now than we did last week. Here’s why.

All the teams in our selection process are still in the same position, with the possible exception of Duke whose road to Atlanta got a little tougher after a tough loss to Georgia Tech.

After that, a lot depends on what the BCS Bowls will do, especially the Allstate Sugar Bowl. Those bowl selections will define the pool of teams available to us and other bowls in the ACC and SEC.

In the ACC, the big unknown is whether or not they will get both Florida State and Clemson – or one of those and Georgia Tech – into the BCS (assuming both teams win out).

In the SEC, the big unknown is which teams and what match-up is most attractive to the Allstate Sugar Bowl. If you assume that Alabama makes it to the national championship game, then the Sugar will get first pick among the remaining SEC teams including Florida, Georgia, LSU and Texas A&M. After this, the Sugar will have to pick an at-large team that would most likely be Clemson or Oklahoma.This will begin the selection process for the SEC bowls and determine which teams in the conference we will have the opportunity to select.

Remember, in the ACC, we select first after the ACC champion (and maybe one other team) go up to the BCS.

Here’s this week’s list and notes for the teams that are the most likely right now.

IN THE ACC (in alphabetical order):


Clemson

This team is firing on all cylinders right now and has a chance to prove they are an elite team when they face rival #12 South Carolina on Saturday. If the Tigers do not go up to the BCS, they become a very attractive team for us and we’ll give them a good look with the other ACC teams in our mix.

Florida State

The Seminoles have locked in their spot in Charlotte against Georgia Tech with an Orange Bowl berth on the line. This week, FSU hosts rival Florida in an epic #10 vs. #4 match-up. A win in that game could ensure the Seminoles a BCS slot either way. This is another team that, if they are available, they would make a great selection for a trip to Atlanta.

Georgia Tech

The win against Duke kept the Yellow Jackets on our short list this week. After the grudge match with Georgia this week, Tech will face Florida State with a chance to win the ACC and go to the Orange Bowl. Short of that, Georgia Tech is in our picture and could create a strong match-up with a team from the SEC.

NC State

The Wolfpack held their own in a tough road contest at #11 Clemson last week in a game that saw the two high-powered offenses put up 110 total points. Mike Glennon is turning into a premier passer and really helps the NC State offense go. Tom O’Brien’s team will have to win this week to get to 7-5 to have a shot at a return trip to Atlanta and the Chick-fil-A Bowl.

In the SEC (in alphabetical order):



LSU

We were on hand in Baton Rouge for the Tigers’ battle with Ole Miss. What a game that was! LSU really showed what they were made of scoring 21 points in the 4th quarter to earn the win in another tough SEC conference game. Right now, LSU still has a wide range of bowl possibilities, including ours, so we’ll keep them on our short list and see if they are still there to be considered when our selection comes.

Mississippi State

The Bulldogs ended a three-game slide against three of the top seven teams in the country with a convincing 45-14 win against the Razorbacks to remain in our selection process. Our scout reported a very loud and very passionate home crowd and a fan base that was really excited about a possible trip to the Chick-fil-A Bowl. To stay in the mix, they need a road win in the Egg Bowl to be among the final teams considered. We’ll certainly be scouting them again this week to see how they fare.

South Carolina

We’re not buying into the reports that the Gamecocks struggled with Wofford this week. The problem is that most people don’t follow Wofford or have any idea how talented the Terriers are. In the end, South Carolina’s depth and talent won out as they should have. We’ve watched this team all year and they are worthy of their #12 ranking. This week they have a chance to show they are even better than that with a trip to #11 Clemson. A win there will ensure a great bowl destination for the Gamecocks, and that destination just may be Atlanta.

BACK ON THE ROAD

We’re back on the road again this week in force scouting five more games in the ACC and SEC.Here is where we’ll be:

  • South Carolina at Clemson

  • Florida at Florida State

  • Mississippi State at Ole Miss

  • Georgia Tech at Georgia

  • Auburn at Alabama

Remember to follow our scouts on Twitter (@chickfilabowl) and Instagram (@chickfilabowl) to see what they do on campus. Lots of great photos and insight from behind the scenes!


MEDIA PREDICTIONS

ESPN (Schlabach): NC State vs. South Carolina
CBS Sports: Clemson vs. Florida
Sports Illustrated: Clemson vs. Mississippi State


TRACKING TO OUR 16TH STRAIGHT SELLOUT

And a warning, Chick-fil-A Bowl tickets are getting scarce. Less than 700  tickets remain as of Nov. 20, so if you think your team is headed here, you need to purchase now before we reach our 16th straight sellout. By the time we name the teams, the tickets will be all but gone. Order tickets by calling 404-586-8499 or visiting our online ticket store: http://www.chick-fil-abowl.com/Tickets/BowlGameTickets.aspx


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AnchorDown
Created by Vandy in 11/28/2012 8:00:45 AM
I keep reading about Vandy not having fans. IMO, social media shows which fanbase is excited and motivated and it's not even close. Bought 4 for Peach or Gator. Black and Gold is ready for a bowl game outside the state of TN for the first time in 30 years! #ANCHORDOWN
Dores = $$$
Created by VU Atl in 11/27/2012 10:36:42 PM
1. Reserved my 14 tix for the Dores #anchordown
2. Reserved my pregame party location at STATS
3. Cow Bells actually scare cows
4. Gamecocks don't taste quite like chicken

Dores!
Created by Vandy alums in 11/27/2012 8:37:34 PM
2 in our family would travel from TN to see Vandy play in the Dome. I have 3 or 4 other close Vandy alum friends and their spouses that would do the same from other states. We've already done the Music City bowl fairly recently, and would be less likely to do that again (though would still be considering it). chik fil A would be a great time.
You are going to feel silly if you pick MS St. or SC over Vandy
Created by LJ in 11/27/2012 7:49:15 PM
Both those teams had good years, but fans are dissapointed about the dissasterous end of the season (MS ST), or the failure to get up to the top of the hill (SC). Vandy fans are fired up and will come out in force and the Dores are on fire!! You will feel pretty silly if you have to watch the Gator bowl to learn that.
Clemson Vs South Carolina Game2
Created by Richard N in 11/27/2012 6:32:46 PM
A rematch between Clemson & USC will be a guarantee winner. You will have two highly ranked teams, a great battle on the field and in the stands for the fans! Clemson wants revenge and the Gamecocks always want to Beatdown the Tigers!! This would be one of the Best Bowls to watch for all college football fans!
All New VU
Created by Dore Man in 11/27/2012 2:14:26 PM
And the choice is "Vanderbilt University". Pick us and we will come in large numbers
Go with Vanderbilt
Created by Jack in 11/27/2012 1:54:52 PM
Look at Vandy's resume, 5 SEC wins, 8-4 overall record. Blew out Tennessee at home (really not that much of an advantage there were plenty of UT fans that made the trip), Kentucky and Wake Forest on the road. SEC road wins over Ole Miss and a 5-7 Missouri team. 4 point loss to South Carolina in the first game of the season, before they even hit their stride. Played current #4 Florida tighter than Florida St. OR South Carolina, in the game until the last 6 minutes of the 4th quarter. This is Vandy's first back to back bowl appearances in a long long time. There is so much energy surrounding this team and their 6 game win streak and back to back blowouts. Fans are going to show up in droves from all over the country. This is a fan base starved of success that will absolutely sell out the stadium. If you want a packed house, ridiculously excited fans and players and a very competitive and exciting game no matter who the opponent go with the Black and Gold. Anchor Down.
VU Anchor Down!
Created by Anonymous in 11/27/2012 11:05:21 AM
VU is the way to go. State choked it and lost big to Ole Miss while the Commodores blew out Wake Forest. It's a no brainer.
Who Ya With....VU
Created by Anonymous in 11/27/2012 11:04:31 AM
I vote for Vandy
VANDERBILT!!!!!
Created by Anonymous in 11/27/2012 9:57:21 AM
Vanderbilt should be Chick-Fil-A's SEC pick. 8-4, 5-3 in the SEC, and a 6 game winning streak.
Large Alumnae base in Atlanta and lots of students from Atl and the surrounding states. We will pack out the stadium and turn the city Black and Gold for New Years.

Chick-Fil-A...It's time to Anchor Down!!!!

New Comment
Created by Dena in 11/27/2012 9:47:49 AM
As a Vandy student from Atlanta, I can say that the Chick-fil-A bowl has no reason to worry about Vandy fans not traveling to Atlanta. As many have said, we have a huge alumni base in Atlanta. Also, Atlanta is an easy drive for the large alumni and fan bases in Nashville, Alabama, and other parts of the south. In addition, as the enthusiasm on this page shows, Vandy fans would be insanely excited about being in the Chick-fil-A bowl and many would fly from all over the country to be there. For any other team you could choose, this is just another bowl. For the Dores, it would be history.
Big Dore Fan
Created by Anchor of Gold in 11/27/2012 9:46:58 AM
VANDY VANDY...Oh Hell Yea!
All New VU
Created by One More Commodore in 11/27/2012 8:22:42 AM
Pack the Ga. Dome with black and gold. Vandy is the story of the year in the best conference in the country. Great fan loyalty means a big turn out at the Peach Bowl. The largest VU alumni groups are in Georgia and surrounding states, plus solid national coverage.

Pick VU and we will reward you!

GO DORES...

Show VU some LOVE
Created by Showyourgold in 11/27/2012 12:14:11 AM
Last year it was "A New Era" This year it's not "The Same Old Vandy". Get in on the ground floor because this team is on the fast track to Top 25 Town for a years to come. Not saying we're ready to taste the sugar, but playing in a quality bowl like the Chick-Fil-A would be the highest achievement this team has had in a long time. 2012 will go down as one of the greatest in VU athletics (SEC Bball Tourney Champs, baseball team finishing in the top 10. Time to show some love, ATL. Anchor Down!!!!!!!
Another Vote for Vandy
Created by Unbiased College Football Fan in 11/26/2012 10:17:16 PM
I can feel the energy surging for the Commodores over the last 2 years, especially the last several weeks as they ride this 6-0 hot streak they are on. They seem like a dangerous and aggressive team that are ripe for a big stage like Atlanta. I'd love to see them play the role of the fearless underdog against a good ACC team. I believe Nashville and Vanderbilt are ready to travel and enjoy a trip to Atlanta. The fans have to be more inspired and excited than any other SEC teams available for the Chik-Fil-A Bowl. Let them bring the noise and Anchor Down! With a top 20 recruiting class coming in, this is the moment Vandy wants that may just propel them to the upper echelon of the SEC over the next 5-10 years. Fans? Yes. Money? Yes. Excitement? Yes. Winning streak and a talented team? Yes.
Dores???
Created by Anonymous in 11/26/2012 9:12:10 PM
What everyone else is saying.
Pick Vanderbilt!!!!!
Created by Anonymous in 11/26/2012 5:01:15 PM
Go Dores!!!! We will pack the house!! Anchor Down!!
You have to consider Vanderbilt
Created by Karen in 11/26/2012 4:29:56 PM
Vanderbilt is a very HOT team right now with a ton of energy. If you pick Vanderbilt as your SEC team, the fans will be crazy! It is an absolutely MUST for consideration. The fans will most certainly be there!
VANDY!!
Created by DORES!!! in 11/26/2012 3:18:03 PM
Vandy!! Vandy!! Oh Hell yea!!

You don't want south carolina or msst in your bowl game. You want VANDERBILT!! This team is on fire and one of the best offenses in the country right now. They are incredibly exciting to watch and Vanderbilt fans will travel from all over the COUNTRY to come to Atlanta for the game. You don't want south carolina fans that are just going to drive home after the game--what kind of stimulus is that for downtown atlanta's economy?! Let's make it happen Chik-Fil-A bowl!! Anchor down!

Go Dores
Created by Dore Dad in 11/26/2012 2:47:18 PM
No choice but Vanderbilt. The hottest team in the SEC.

Anchor Down.

Vandy Will Travel In Droves
Created by Vandy Alumni Houston TX in 11/26/2012 2:17:58 PM
Vanderbilt fans and alumni have waited all of their lives for a bowl bid like this. We are ready and anxious to travel in mass from all over the country.
It's gotta be Vandy
Created by Anonymous in 11/26/2012 1:53:46 PM
Is this even a question? It can be a skidding team or a team on an unprecedented streak with a nearby, incredibly energized fan base, ANCHORDOWN
VU
Created by CB in 11/26/2012 1:52:30 PM
As a lifelong Vandy fan I have to say that sitting in the GA dome with 50,000+ Vandy fans rocking that place gets me excited.
VU FAN
Created by VU FAN in 11/26/2012 1:28:31 PM
No need to look beyond what has been taking place in Nashville since the arrival of James Franklin. Great recruiring, great play, sell outs and WINS!

It in no longer same old Vandy. Bring the BRAND NEW VANDY to Atlanta and get the tradition started.

Vandy fans are great and will fill the dome with Black and Gold..ANCHOR DOWN!

New Comment
Created by Donna in 11/26/2012 1:07:26 PM
I think Vanderbilt would be a great SEC team for the Chick-fil-A Bowl. Me and my family from Virginia would definetly be there! Go DORES!!!!!!
One More for the Dores
Created by Vandy Man in 11/26/2012 12:51:31 PM
Count our vote for Vandy in the Peach State. 8 strong, plus future Dores in tow! Just take a look at the comments and recognize the loyalty we have for the Dores. We have been hoping for a team like this for eons, and we will follow them anywhere.

The City of Atlanta will thank you because the Vandy Nation will be there in large numbers.

GO DORES>>>ANCHOR DOWN>>> and thanks Coach CJF

Anchor Down
Created by Cornelius Vanderbilt in 11/26/2012 12:30:54 PM
I'd rise from my grave to anchor down in ATL.
Anchor Down!
Created by Matt in 11/26/2012 12:26:47 PM
Vandy fans will flood ATL like its the Superbowl. We have been waiting for a long time to have an experience like this! Our boys and our fans deserve it. You will be happy you chose the 'Dores. #AnchorDown. #VanderBUILD
HAS TO BE VANDY!!!
Created by Anonymous in 11/26/2012 11:22:30 AM
Took 35 thousand to Memphis - every ticket offered will sale out!!! HUGE alumni base in Atlanta - we will paint the city black and gold!!!!!!


No one in the nation is hotter than Vandy besides ND , 7-1!!!!!!

ANCHOR DOWN!

New Comment
Created by One of 50,000+ in 11/26/2012 11:21:59 AM
Black and Gold would take over Atlanta period!!!!! Go Vandy!!!
Brain Bowl
Created by CFA Fan in 11/26/2012 11:08:18 AM
If Clemson and FSU go BCS and Miami and UNC not going to a bowl then make it the Brain Bowl. Vandy vs. Duke !!!!! Both fan bases would love to be there. It would be a competitive game.
Go dores
Created by Anonymous in 11/26/2012 10:31:11 AM
Absolutely no reason not to take the dores. Not only will Vandy fans travel, but we have alumni support in ATL. On top of that people have bought in to this program and would love to see the exciting brand of football that Vandy presents. 40+ points in 5 games this year. We played USC tight and should have won had the refs called the pass interference call. South Carolina squeaked by Clemson. It will be a great competition that Vandy deserves. Miss St. started off hot, but boy have they cooled off. We are ranked better than they are on ESPN as well. There aren't a whole lot of negatives in taking Vandy. Just look at the response on this thread! GO DORES!
MISSISSIPPI STATE
Created by Chuck in 11/26/2012 10:16:22 AM
Bulldogs will fill the dome!
Vanderbilt! AnchorDown
Created by Ronnie Hill in 11/26/2012 10:11:41 AM
I am preordering my tickets today at vanderbilt.edu/bowl the rest of Vandy Nation needs to do the same so that all of the bowl committees especially Chic Fil a knows we're serious about pack the house for this bowl! Black and Gold invasion! AnchorDown!
VANDERBILT
Created by Anonymous in 11/26/2012 10:11:11 AM
Huge support for Vandy in Atlanta w/ a large alumni base of working professionals willing to spend big to see there Dores play hard! Surrounding academic schools also support Vandy including Emory and GT and there friends family and students are likely to show up to games with friends because of a similar type of student body and friend and alumni base. Vanderbilt is making a huge push and this would be the best bet for a great game!
Vanderbilt
Created by Anonymous in 11/26/2012 9:44:24 AM
Choose Vanderbilt
Make it Vandy
Created by LHF in 11/26/2012 9:44:17 AM
I committed to ten tickets from the Vandy ticket office if we go to the Chick-Fil-A bowl. Our stadium was packed with Vandy fans for our win against UT and we filled up Memphis last year. We'll do even better this year. We should definitely be on the list due to our huge win streak and pumped up fan base.
Vandy, Vandy, Oh Hell Yeah
Created by SlamTheDoreOnMSU in 11/26/2012 9:32:17 AM
You want ticket sales? Pick the team with an alumni base that has a) a sizable contingent in Atlanta and b) the disposable income to fly from all over the country to watch their first major bowl game in living memory.

You want fan excitement and spending? Pick the energized fan base, the one that's giddy from their team's 6 game streak and looking to throw down and celebrate the fact that we're finally in this position at all, whether we win or lose (that is to say, after we win).

You want an uncompetitive beatdown that results in everyone changing the channel at halftime? Pick the team that's 1-4 in their last 5 games and just got slaughtered by the same 6-6 Ole Miss squad that Vandy took down.

VANDERBILT
Created by Anonymous in 11/26/2012 9:25:34 AM
Six straight wins!
VANDY ALL THE TIME!!!
Created by ADM in 11/26/2012 9:25:09 AM
Dores ready to hit ATL and bring their deep holiday pockets... come on Chick Fil A--pull the trigger on VANDYNATION!!!
Anchor Down
Created by Steve in 11/26/2012 9:21:56 AM
Dores are hot right now winning 7 of their last 8. MSU is reeling having lost 4 of the last 5. Chick-Fil-A needs to Anchor Down!
New Comment
Created by Michael in 11/26/2012 9:18:18 AM
Vandy deserves this! they will bring more fans than ever and it is a short drive. 6 in a row???? i think Miss St has lost 3 in a row. GO dores ill be thereNew Comment
Bring the Dores to Atlanta
Created by DCCommodore in 11/26/2012 9:12:41 AM
We want to be your SEC rep! Bring the 8 win, 5 sec wins, 3 on the road, and 6 game win streak to Atlanta!
VU TO GEORGIA!!!
Created by Anonymous in 11/26/2012 8:52:15 AM
Vandy should play in the Chick-fil-A Bowl! Go Black and Gold!! #anchordown
Vanderbilt deserves the invite, and Commodore Nation will Show UP !
Created by Bill in 11/26/2012 8:32:57 AM
Many of my friends here in Chattanooga will go to the game IF Vanderbilt gets the invite they deserve.
the program has Passion, commitment and a following. Wise up and bring the commodores to Atlanta!

Anchor Down Vanderbilt!

Anchor Down with VU!
Created by A Brown in 11/26/2012 7:58:41 AM
Vandy to the Chick Fila bowl! Nearly 10,000 Alumni/Current Students in the Atlanta area, 6 game winning streak, best coach (and GPA) in the conference: clear choice. We took 30,000 to Memphis last New Year's Eve, we'll paint the Georgia Dome black and gold!
Vanderbilt Commodores!
Created by MarkNWhiteBluff in 11/26/2012 7:57:14 AM
Want a team that plays exciting ball, is on a 6 game winning streak, has broken all sort of record, has demolished teams of late, has serious momentum and has a starved fan base that wants to travel? It's Vanderbilt. I believe we have the disposable income to show up big. It began last year in Memphis. #anchordown!
6-game-winning streak & rolling 8-4
Created by Vandy family in 11/26/2012 7:56:44 AM
Vanderbilt wasn't on the short list & we all know why. But now we see last year wasn't a fluke - it was the start of something big. And we showed up big in Memphis selling out our team allotment and more, selling out all of our events, staying in New-Years-Eve-Priced hotel rooms after dragging our families on 7-hour road trips to see our beloved Commodores play in the Liberty Bowl. I live in the Atlanta area & have reserved a hotel room downtown with hopes you pick Vanderbilt.
Here are the facts: 8-4, 3/4 losses to top 10 teams, other loss to top 20 team. Huge Atlanta alumni support. Easy trip for students & larger network from Nashville. 30K+ traveled last year & sold out our part. You get something new.

Vanderbilt is the most talked about team in the SEC right now & Chick-fil-A would be the perfect bowl fit.

Who Ya With...VU
Created by Dore Fan in 11/26/2012 6:26:13 AM
ANCHOR DOWN and pick Vandyerbilt. We are on a 6 game streak and only losses have been to top ranked teams. The program is at an all time high and continuing to improve.a larger number of our players are from Georgia and we have a loyal fan base in the SE. We had over35,000 fans at the Liberty Bowl last year. VU would easily surpass that number at the Peach Bowlin Atlanta.

The hotels, bars and restaurants would really benefit. The Peach Bowl and Chick Fil A would have a great story line and our strong national fan base would really boost ratings.

GO DORES and ANCHOR DOWN>

Gotta be Vandy
Created by RayRay in 11/25/2012 11:03:32 PM
State gets waxed by Ole Miss in Oxford - Vandy beat Ole Miss in Oxford and then we demolished Tennessee and Wake to finish at 8-4. Huge VU alumni base in the ATL and 3 hour trip from Nashville. We already have our hotel booked. Pull the trigger CFA! Anchor Down!
Choose Vandy!
Created by Anonymous in 11/25/2012 10:15:58 PM
By choosing Vandy you will prove that the Chick-Fil-A bowl is not living in the past. Vandy has won 6 straight and are gaining ground in a competitive conference. Vandy grads and fans will be generous in their spending :) There is a large support base for Vandy in the Atlanta area since so many recruits come from there. Expect a good turnout when you select Vandy
New Comment
Created by Mike in 11/25/2012 8:25:05 PM
Want $$$$???? Take Vandy!!!! Excited fan base...
VANDERBILT
Created by BL in 11/25/2012 8:10:15 PM
Vandy deserves serious consideration. Atlanta's not a bad drive from Nashville. I'd be there with my contingent for sure! Can't believe they are't on your short list.
New Comment
Created by VU Nation in 11/25/2012 8:02:06 PM
VANDERBILT! Vandy is the clear choice over Miss St with a better SEC record and finished much stronger at the end of the season. Reward them because they have EARNED it. #AnchorDown
50,000 DRAW
Created by VanderBUILT that chicken house!!!! in 11/25/2012 7:53:55 PM
If you pick Vandy, we will bring 50,000 ravenous fans and thats not even an joke. Literally there will not be a chicken biscuit in sight after we go after every Chicken fil a in the Greater Atlanta Metro area. We will also all occupy at least 1 hotel room per person because that's how we roll. This is gonna be a BLACK and GOLD CHICKEN BOWL!!!!!
VANDERBILT
Created by Anonymous in 11/25/2012 7:44:34 PM
If you don't pick Vanderbilt, you will regret it. This team is hot and Vandy fans travel well, just ask the folks in Memphis. Anchor Down!!!!!
Vandy
Created by North Carolina Commodore in 11/25/2012 7:19:01 PM
If you want to end up as the latest entry on Fail Blog, then go ahead and overlook Vandy. If on the other hand, you want an exciting game, a huge revenue generator and a stadium full of fans, the choice is clear....Vanderbilt! ANCHOR DOWN
'Dores 4 Chick-fil-A!
Created by Anonymous in 11/25/2012 6:55:02 PM
Just compare Miss State and Vandy against Ole Miss. After the 1st half, State was over. Vandy came back and beat Ole Miss. Also, VU is on a 6 game win streak and has scored 40+ pts in 3 of their last 4 games. May I say more?!
New Comment
Created by Anonymous in 11/25/2012 6:25:50 PM
go dores... no one has any respect for us
Anchor Down!
Created by jeturn in 11/25/2012 5:13:17 PM
I can't imagine going to scout Alabama vs Auburn and not watching the Wake Forest - Vandy game. C'mon guys. Vandy would bring a huge crowd to Atlanta.
New Comment
Created by Kevin in 11/25/2012 5:02:36 PM
You need to pick Vandy -- they are the hottest team right now
Such an exciting program!!
Created by Anonymous in 11/25/2012 4:22:23 PM
Choose Vanderbilt and count me and my family in to travel to Atlanta. Hotel rooms, dinners, sight seeing, and several tickets purchased!You can't overlook the excitement surrounding this program and the quality of young men representing their school and families. Commodore nation is alive! ANCHOR DOWN!
Vanderbilt
Created by R&B in 11/25/2012 4:15:32 PM
Vandy is an exciting team to watch, while having the underlying intrigue of having players who have siblings in the pro's, have unique intensity such as the '6 second' ritual that's fun to witness and are playing their best ball of the year at present. They're a team of great character, which fits right in line of how my family thinks of Chick-fil-a. My family (of 6) will absolutely be there if they get invited to Atlanta! They'd put on a great show!
Pick Vandy!!
Created by Jamey in 11/25/2012 3:18:46 PM
I'll add my vote as well...bring Vandy to your bowl. We're a hot team on a 6 game winning streak and would love to have a shot at playing in a top-tier bowl game such as this. I know I'd make the drive to Atlanta, as would many other fans of the black and gold. You won't be disappointed!!
All New VU
Created by Dore fan in 11/25/2012 12:05:26 PM
Count me and my extended family in for a trip to Atlanta, when you select VU. I will spend my Christmas bonus on tickets, hotel, food, beverages, etc. for a large number of VANDY supporters.

VU will help ensure a successful bowl. Great alumni base within driving distance of Atlanta and great national TV audience as well. Do the right thing and pick a surging team.

GO DORES AND ANCHOR DOWN

All new Vandy!
Created by Anonymous in 11/25/2012 10:34:27 AM
Take a good look and pick Vandy! Wow! What a run we are on...6 game winning streak with so much to offer Atlanta and the Chick Fil A bowl. We showed we will travel well to a lesser bowl and location last year. Take VU and you will have the dome filled with fans in black and gold!

Anchor Down

New Comment
Created by Anonymous in 11/25/2012 10:13:37 AM
Take Vandy. We are on shot streak and have momentum behind us. Great fan base in the south. Atlanta will not be disappointed with the showing of Vandy Nation.

I was at the last Peach Bowl game VU attended at Fulton County Stadium and will be there this time!

Go Dores and Anchor Down

Vanderbilt
Created by Anonymous in 11/25/2012 9:01:01 AM
Vanderbilt.
I like new teams
Created by South Georgia CFA Fan in 11/25/2012 4:12:03 AM
On the SEC side Miss State shot themselves in the foot last night in Oxford. The cowbells would have been great ,but the Doors are in a better position now.Vandy would bring the excitement to the dome while USC or LSU would just be going through the motions. On the ACC side where is UNC in this conversation? FSU or Clemson would not appreciate a trip to the dome,but the Tar Hells would love it. I'm all over a Vandy -UNC matchup.


VANDERBILT
Created by the_JOEJoseph in 11/24/2012 8:10:28 PM
Correction- Not 30K people to last bowl game, 35K. Dores!
Vanderbilt deserves consideration
Created by Tim in 11/24/2012 7:24:01 PM
Just annihilated Wake Forrest 55-21 for their 6th straight win to close out the season. THEY'RE HOT... the team and the fans both are on fire and would light up Atlanta!
Vandy has won 7 of their last 8
Created by Cornelius in 11/24/2012 6:50:48 PM
They've just dismantled 3 of their last 4 opponents. Vandy has scored 40+ points in 4 of their last 5 games. Its a great story. We'd bring a ton of fans.

SC doesnt have Lattimore and Shaw isnt playing tonight. Their fans are disappointed. Miss St is starting to tank and plays a boring style of football.

Vandy is on a roll and makes a great story!

ANCHORDOWN with VANDERBILT
Created by VUfanfromAL in 11/24/2012 6:18:25 PM
We will travel well, and are way hotter right now than MSU, would love to come to this bowl plus we have alot of players and fans from Georgia! Select us so we can ANCHORDOWN in the ATL for the holidays!
Vandy for ATL
Created by Vandy for ATL in 11/24/2012 5:34:47 PM
I can't believe the commodores are left off the short list. A hot team with a fan base that has been waiting forever for this chance, a huge mistake not to consider them.
Vanderbilt.
Created by BrandNewVandy in 11/24/2012 5:06:02 PM
Do we need to continue? Ask Wake if they think Vandy is for real.
Dores in Atlanta
Created by DoreFan in 11/21/2012 3:08:20 PM
Sure would love to travel to Atlanta with my crew over the holidays, spend some cash, and cheer on the Commodores....unfortunately, I don't even see that they're being considered. Wake up Chick-Fil-A Bowl...and Anchor Down!!
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Created by msudawg1200 in 11/21/2012 1:47:52 PM
C'mon Vandy fans have a little class. You're all running down Miss State instead of building your own team up. Don't act like a bunch if losers. Your team is deserving of consideration. Why do you have to take shots at my team to build your team up? It'll all work out in the end. By the way MSU loved the Chik-Fil-A Bowl!!!!!!! After we beat Ole Miss we're ready to bring our 9 wins and national ranking to Atlanta!!!!!!!!
Anchor Down w/Vanderbilt!!!!
Created by Vandy91 in 11/21/2012 1:02:00 PM
Vandy would travel HUGE to Atlanta.... sidewalk fans and students would travel there in droves, AND Atlanta has a great base of alumni! Why wouldn't you want one of the hottest teams in the SEC who plays exciting football and who has a charged up fan base to go to Atlanta?

They took 30k to Liberty Bowl last year... can you imagine what they'd take to Atlanta?????

Go Dores!

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Created by Anonymous in 11/21/2012 12:45:55 PM
The best story you can sell is Vandy and The Southeast is full of alums. Ticket sales will be high ( look what we did in Memphis last year) and hotels will be full. The Buzz surrounding this team and program is at an all time high, after dismantling UT last week. Your ratings will be off the charts, due to an alumni base that is nationwide. No disrespect to MSU, but.....really. Go Dores and ANCHOR DOWN
State is comparing resumes with Vanderbilt?
Created by Anonymous in 11/21/2012 11:41:46 AM
A Miss. State fan talks about who Vandy has beaten? Last I checked, MSU drew Tennessee and Kentucky out of the East, which are a combined 0-14 in the conference. Then throw in home wins over Ark and Auburn, which are 2-12 in the league. VU might not have beaten a bunch of powerhouses either, but they've beaten OM in Oxford, and if MSU fails to do that this weekend, it'll mean just their 4 sec wins would come over teams that went a combined 2-26 compared to VU's 4-31. Vanderbilt's best win would be over Ole Miss (on the road) basically. MSU's best win would basically be over MTSU (at home). I think if one were to compare just their body of work, VU wins out. Now, as far as the "fans" you can get in the stands, I think too many fall under the assumption that a state school can have more than a private school or just base things on regular home attendance. With the success of VU's program, the proven success it's had at the gate with its recent bowl games, and the fact that there would be even more fans and alumni that would be excited to make a trip to Atlanta (not to mention all the VU fans/grads that already live in Georgia), it would be a very good turnout, probably more than anyone can imagine and clearly more than those at Chick-Fil-A can imagine if they continue to leave VU off its list. Somewhere, someone in this bowl game needs to learn how to think outside the box. A VU alum, judging by their annual average income, would likely to spend quite a bit during a week in Atlanta. Even average VU fans would spend a lot on hotel, food, etc for a Atlanta bowl game experience, because it wouldn't "just be another bowl game" to Vanderbilt fans and alums, it'd be seen as taking a step up.
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Created by Anonymous in 11/21/2012 11:22:41 AM
To those teams you listed, you're just another good bowl. To Vanderbilt, you would represent the high point for the program in the past half-century. The turnout would be far better than you think
Vanderbilt
Created by Anonymous in 11/21/2012 11:05:58 AM
Vanderbilt.
You're ignoring Vanderbilt but "scouting" the Alabama-Auburn game????
Created by Brian in 11/21/2012 10:09:31 AM
Wow. I'll add my name to the chorus of Vandy fans here who are accurately telling you that Vanderbilt would, by far, be the most excited SEC team you could select.
Anchor Down w/Vanderbilt!!!!
Created by Vandy91 in 11/21/2012 10:09:16 AM
Vandy would travel HUGE to Atlanta.... sidewalk fans and students would travel there in droves, AND Atlanta has a great base of alumni! Why wouldn't you want one of the hottest teams in the SEC who plays exciting football and who has a charged up fan base to go to Atlanta?

They took 30k to Liberty Bowl last year... can you imagine what they'd take to Atlanta?????

Go Dores!

A Mississippi State fan is complaining about someone else's schedule???
Created by FCDore in 11/21/2012 10:08:54 AM
Um, Nelson, Mississippi State's SEC wins are against Kentucky, Tennessee, and Arkansas. That's it, and to the extent it matters, our margin of victory over our common opponents has been greater than yours. We've already won in Oxford; you might want to make sure you do that, too. And while Vandy will have played two non-conference games against BCS foes, your non-conference schedule consists of Jackson State, Troy, MTSU, and South Alabama. The entire world outside of Starkville understands that your 7-0 start was entirely the by-product of your schedule. Good grief.
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Created by Anonymous in 11/21/2012 9:45:29 AM
Not sure if the committee pays attention to this but I hope you guys do and choose Vanderbilt. The level of excitement they'll bring to ATL won't be matched by any other school on your list. And with excitement comes $$$$$! Think about it. Vandy is hot right now and wants to come to the ATL to celebrate their season.

Anchor Down w/Vanderbilt!!!!
Created by Vandy91 in 11/21/2012 9:45:13 AM
Vandy would travel HUGE to Atlanta.... sidewalk fans and students would travel there in droves, AND Atlanta has a great base of alumni! Why wouldn't you want one of the hottest teams in the SEC who plays exciting football and who has a charged up fan base to go to Atlanta?

They took 30k to Liberty Bowl last year... can you imagine what they'd take to Atlanta?????

Go Dores!

You're ignoring Vanderbilt but "scouting" the Alabama-Auburn game????
Created by Brian in 11/21/2012 9:41:00 AM
Wow. I'll add my name to the chorus of Vandy fans here who are accurately telling you that Vanderbilt would, by far, be the most excited SEC team you could select.
Gotta have Vandy on your list
Created by jfgogold in 11/21/2012 9:12:40 AM
Can you hear the steady drum beat here? Talk about an impressive write-in campaign! Vanderbilt would make a GREAT choice for the Chick-Fil-A Bowl. You can see all the reasons repeated here by the Commodore faithful, who will show up in droves in Atlanta. Just give us a chance; you'll be glad you did!
Seriously?
Created by Nelson in 11/21/2012 9:12:11 AM
Listen, nobody is happier to see Vandy successful more than me, but all this Vandy is a better option than State talk is hilarious. Vanderbilt, you've had a good year, but you drew Auburn and Mississippi out of the west and beat Kentucky Tennessee and Missouri. Throw in that UMass and Presbyterian aren't exactly "impressive" wins and you'll find scheduling had a lot to do with your success. Take your Music City Bowl bid, it will be good for the program to stay home and get a much better shot at a bowl win with a weaker ACC opponent. Vandy in no way will ever "travel" better than State. You would return tickets to Ole Miss, too, if you knew you could buy them for 15 bucks in the grove.
You're ignoring Vanderbilt but "scouting" the Alabama-Auburn game????
Created by Brian in 11/21/2012 8:43:45 AM
Wow. I'll add my name to the chorus of Vandy fans here who are accurately telling you that Vanderbilt would, by far, be the most excited SEC team you could select.
Best story in 2011 VANDY!
Created by Six Decades Dore in 11/21/2012 8:23:48 AM
You want a team that would give you the best story this year? It's VANDY. I was in Memphis last year along with 29,999 of my hard core Dores brothers and sisters.....WE WANT CHICK_FIL_A BOWL....... thanks for considering us....and you will not be disappionted, in fact you will be pleasently suprised....tickled to death in fact..James Franklin and the Vanderbilt Commodores Football team are THE story in 2012 College Football...if you don't select Vandy I feel you will wish you had. Best Wishes for a great Bowl!
Vandy a Slam Dunk
Created by Anonymous in 11/21/2012 7:29:32 AM
Vandy may be on the verge of becoming "America's Team," an absolute feel-good story about howbelieving in yourself and others and doing things the right way can produce incredible results. Or, CFA can go long on cowbells.
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Created by Walt D in 11/20/2012 9:05:00 PM
This week's ESPN SEC Power Rankings slot Vanderbilt ahead of MSU for a second straight week. Vandy is on a roll having won 5 straight games and 5 of its last 6 SEC games. The Dores have a chance to finish the regular season 8-4 with a win on the road at Wake Forest this weekend. MSU has lost 3 of its last 4. Surely a loss to Ole Miss would prevent the cowbells from coming to town.

7. Vanderbilt (7-4; LW: 7): With a 41-18 drubbing of Tennessee, the Commodores have now won five straight games and have seven wins for the first time since 2007. One more win and Vandy will have eight for the first time since 1982. James Franklin has proved to be the real deal for the Commodores. This team is getting it done in all phases of the game and completely dismantled Tennessee in the second half Saturday. Wake Forest is in need of a win to become bowl eligible, but the Commodores roll in with a load of momentum.

8. Mississippi State (8-3; LW: 8): The Bulldogs regained some of the swagger they lost with three straight blowout losses in SEC play. Now, Arkansas has fallen on some real hard times in Fayetteville, but this was a win that Mississippi State absolutely had to have and it's a performance the Bulldogs needed as well. Mississippi State played arguably its most complete game of the season and quarterback Tyler Russell was about as efficient as ever. When this offense is clicking it's very hard to stop and it heads into the Egg Bowl with its confidence back.

The Dores have a huge Atlanta Alumni network and travel well, 30,000+ last year. With the Atlanta airport VU fans from across the country can easily travel here to Atlanta for the game. Chick-fil-a should give the Dores serious consideration this year rather than dismissing the team, fans and the possible SEC Coach of the Year.

We want the Chick-fil-a bowl and will fully support it. Mr Bennett we hope that you can see from the messages above we want to be included and feel the Dores warrant your

Anchor Down
Created by Steve from New York in 11/20/2012 7:48:58 PM
My family and I would definitely come down to Atlanta to see the Commodores in the Georgia Dome. Atlanta has the 2nd latgest alumni base after Nashville plus tons of alums and fans would come from out of town and fill up hotels and restaurants for you. Several current players are from Georgia and would bring in even more excitement. They also have one of the best young college coaches in James Franklin. Be innovators and please give them a chance!!!
Vandy!
Created by Jay in 11/20/2012 7:40:38 PM
16,000 tickets to the SEC team. Vandy took 30,000 to Memphis for the Liberty Bowl last year. Huge alumni base in the ATL; easy drive from Nashville and all of TN. A NO-BRAINER!
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Created by Anonymous in 11/20/2012 7:35:22 PM
Mississippi State just returned 2500 of their 6500 ticket allotment to the Ole Miss game. Can't even sell out their allotment for an in state rivalry game. Unheard of. But I'm sure they be all over the Georgia Dome. Good luck with that.
No love for Vandy?
Created by Anonymous in 11/20/2012 7:09:53 PM
One of the hottest teams out there going for 6 straight! You gotta have them on the list!!
Where's Vandy?
Created by Anonymous in 11/20/2012 6:58:35 PM
Vandy's program is on fire right now, the fans are ecstatic, ATL is one of VU's biggest alumni bases....what gives??
NC State
Created by Anonymous in 11/20/2012 6:47:01 PM
Please take State!!!! They are a good team that sucks people in to their games because of there levle
Chick-Fil-A needs to Anchor Down!
Created by Anonymous in 11/20/2012 5:14:43 PM
Y'all need to pick up the Dores. They have a better SEC record than Miss St. right now, and will have the same overall record if they lose to Ole' Miss and will still have a better SEC record.
Where the Dores at?
Created by Anonymous in 11/20/2012 4:25:18 PM
Vanderbilt could Finnish 8-4 and their not even on the list?
No Vandy? No Gold Standard
Created by Westsyde in 11/20/2012 4:23:28 PM
I don't mind who you have, but no Vandy? This is the biggest turn around in CFB history. Miss the "boat" if you want to. The Gold Standard! Chick-Fil-A needs to #AnchorDown. #VanderBUILD
Vanderbilt
Created by Anonymous in 11/20/2012 4:19:11 PM
Vandy is on a roll, playing exciting football, features one of the hottest young coaches in the business and has a large number of alumni in the Atlanta area. If Vandy finishes the season with six wins, it seems that it would be hard to keep them out of the mix.
Vanderbilt
Created by James in 11/20/2012 4:19:05 PM
Why isn't Vanderbilt on here? The Dores will probably be 8-4. Let us anchordown the Georgia dome.
Vandy
Created by Anonymous in 11/20/2012 4:13:19 PM
Why the lack of love for Vandy? They've been dominant in the last month and showed in last year's bowl that the fan base travels well. Vandy should be strongly considered.
Anchor Down in Atlanta
Created by DoreDaddy in 11/20/2012 4:09:05 PM
With a Vandy win and MSU loss Vandy will be 1 step ahead MSU in SEC rank. Did you not see the home turnout vs Tenneessee? A game notoriously known for having more Vol than Dore fans when played in Nashville. Not the case this year. Vandy is the hot team with the it and wow factor. Why not us?!?
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Created by JBG in 11/20/2012 3:16:35 PM
Apparently you don't want the hottest commodity in the coaching field, James Franklin and his 30,000 Commodores fans, 6gm streak(pending). Nor do you want to be associated with making history. The Vandy nation don't forget so an invite would be to your advantage!
Where are the Commodores
Created by Bobby O'Shea in 11/20/2012 3:16:04 PM
It is shocking that Vanderbilt doesn't make this list while Mississippi State does. It is possible the teams finish with the same record, except one team would be riding a 6 game win streak, and the other would have dropped 4 of 5 after starting the season 7-0.

Vanderbilt has shown it can travel after the school's performance at last year's Liberty Bowl and there isn't a team on your list who would be as stoked about a Chick-Fil-A apperance than the Commodores.

Chick-Fil-A needs to Anchor Down!
Created by Anonymous in 11/20/2012 3:13:23 PM
What about Vanderbilt? They are on a 5 game winning streak, and it'll be 6 if they beat Wake Forest. They're a great team to watch and we have a better SEC record than Miss St. if they lose to Ole' Miss (a team in which Vanderbilt beat in a comeback win. As you know because you had bowl reps. at the game!) And we brought 30,000+ to the Liberty Bowl!
No Love for the Dores?
Created by Anonymous in 11/20/2012 3:04:56 PM
#AnchorDown
Vanderbilt
Created by Anonymous in 11/20/2012 2:48:28 PM
Why aren't you even considering a Vanderbilt team that will probably finish the season on a 6 game winning streak? Mississippi State has dropped 3 of their last 4 and will probably lose to Ole Miss this saturday. Chick-Fil-A needs to ANCHOR DOWN.
Clemson/South Carolina
Created by Anonymous in 11/20/2012 2:43:48 PM
Best case scenario for the Bowl is Clemson/SCAR winner to Atlanta. If it's Clemson, they should also take Mississippi State. If it's South Carolina, they should take Georgia Tech since NC State already played in the Dome in their opener vs Tennessee.
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Created by Anonymous in 11/20/2012 1:39:01 PM
What about Vanderbilt? If they beat Wake, 6 game win streak, took over 30,000 to Memphis last year. Even bigger alumni base in Atlanta.
Mississippi State
Created by Jordan in 11/20/2012 12:50:31 PM
I think the Bulldogs (Mississippi State) would be a great SEC team for the Chick-fil-A Bowl. The fans always seem to travel well and have a good time.

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