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Wolfpack, Vandy could meet in Music City Bowl

Posted November 27, 2012

— With coaching rumors swirling, one connection between North Carolina State and Vanderbilt universities appears to be a step closer to reality. The teams both being mentioned to play in the New Year's Eve Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl in Nashville, Tenn. 

Vanderbilt head coach James Franklin has been widely rumored to be a likely successor in Raleigh to Tom O'Brien. In fact, in her press conference announcing the O'Brien was out, NC State Director of Athletics Debbie Yow took questions about the possibility.

She deflected them, saying, "I'm assuming James is not interested. If you read what James says about Vanderbilt, you know he is in the midst of doing something special there." 

Now it looks like the Wolfpack, under interim head coach Dana Bible, could be on the same field with Franklin before the year is out.

The Music City Bowl is contracted to take the No. 6 team from the ACC and No. 7 team from the SEC, but NCAA woes and poor performances limit the pool of likely choices.

Should the Yellow Jackets (6-6) lose, as is likely, Saturday to 10-2 Florida State University in the ACC championship game, their losing record would historically preclude them from a bowl game. But with the University of North Carolina (8-4) serving an NCAA-imposed bowl ban and Miami having withdrawn from bowl competition as a pre-emptive move against NCAA sanctions, Georgia Tech is expected to petition the NCAA for a waiver of the rule that requires teams be 6-6 or better to qualify for a bowl.

The Jackets (5-3 ACC) would slot in as the ACC's No. 5 team and the Wolfpack (7-4, 4-4 ACC) would sit in sixth. 

ESPN's pair of experts has both NC State and Vanderbilt in the Music City Bowl, but not playing against each other. One option would see NC State meeting Ole Miss, another Vanderbilt taking on Virginia Tech. has that same match-up.

CBS Sports puts Vandy in Nashville, but forecasts Bowling Green to take the ACC slot if the conference can't produce enough bowl-eligible teams. 

None of the experts accounts for the likely Georgia Tech waiver that could put NC State across from Vanderbilt on Dec. 31.


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  • irishman Nov 30, 2012

    I'm hoping my Commodores will get out of Nashville for their bowl, but I would enjoy seeing a match-up with State. Anchor Down!

  • LoboRican Nov 28, 2012

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    Geez, thanks ACC buddy. It could also be you guys against Vandy...and I am actually rooting for the Hokies in that matchup.

  • VT1994Hokie Nov 27, 2012

    Vandy should kick State to the curb in this one. I still want the ACC to win though.

  • jayparks0228 Nov 27, 2012

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    I meant up to 1pm. That might generate more fans, or maybe not.

  • jayparks0228 Nov 27, 2012

    Game would be in Vandy's back yard. It still won't sell out. Maybe 40-45,000 tops in a 67,000 seat place. If State fans feel like New Year's in Nashville, maybe they'll have 15-20,000 fans. Still remember the nearly 50,000 for the Gator Bowl against Notre Dame years back. But I wonder how many will show up for FSU/GT in Charlotte on Saturday? They should consider moving the kickoff up to 7pm and get it over with.

  • Mr. Middle of the Road Nov 27, 2012

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    I think 'pathetic' is giving us way too much credit.

  • StunGunn Nov 27, 2012

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    I thought GT was already bowl eligible, so why would it matter if they lose to FSU in the conference championship game? The ACC is running out of schools to fill the bowl slots available.

  • StunGunn Nov 27, 2012

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    I know! Can it be any more ironic??? Music City Bowl is a good place for State and even better for Vandy to play.

  • Ken D. Nov 27, 2012

    "None of the experts accounts for the likely Georgia Tech waiver that could put NC State across from Vanderbilt on Dec. 31."

    I assume they are referring to the precedent set last year allowing UCLA to play in a bowl because they would have been eligible except for a loss in a conference championship game. Is there another waiver involving GT I'm not aware of?

  • Deacons Nov 27, 2012

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    That is because the ACC is a pathetic football conference.




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