Vanderbilt has dropped Northwestern from its 2013 and 2014 schedules, due to the SEC shifting toward an eight-game conference slate. As a result, NU must fill in two nonconference games on its schedule.
It's the college football equivalent of a breakup by text message.
Vanderbilt has cancelled its games with Northwestern in 2013 and 2014, NU made official. According to the Chicago Tribune, Vanderbilt didn't notify NU by a phone call, but rather a letter.
Vanderbilt also notified Ohio State by letter that it would cancel the 2013 contest with the Buckeyes. The Commodores will instead play South Carolina on Sept. 14. Northwestern now must scramble to fill its schedule.
A potential option for Northwestern is to fill its open dates with North Carolina, which had its home-and-home with Minnesota cancelled. Both schools have schedule vacancies in 2013 and 2014.
Northwestern earned a 23-21 victory over Vanderbilt in 2010 and topped the Commodores at Ryan Field this season, 23-13. That will be the last time the two schools meet for quite a while.