Vanderbilt Inks 4-Game Series with Stanford

It seems that Vanderbilt and Stanford just cannot get enough of each other at the moment. The day after the two schools battled in the quarter finals of the men’s basketball NIT, news broke that the Commodores and the Cardinal will also be seeing plenty of each other on the gridiron over the next twelve years.

According to Brett McMurphy of ESPN, two of the most prestigious academic institutions in all of the FBS will begin a four game football series with the first game to be played in 2021. With Stanford being a Pac-12 school this series will help the ‘Dores meet the SEC requirement of playing at least one non-conference game per year against a school from one of the other power conferences. It is also one of the games which the Commodores fans have been seeking given the similarity and links between the two schools.

Per McMurphy the 2021 and 2025 games will be played in Nashville, while games in 2024 and 2027 will take place on the Farm at Stanford. The 2021 game will be the first ever meeting between the two schools in football and is very much a break from tradition for Stanford. The Northern California school prefers to play its non-conference games more regionally and this will in fact be the first game for the Cardinal against an SEC school since 1977.

With the first game being six years from now it is hard to imagine what the two squads will look like at that point in time. Vanderbilt head coach Derek Mason was of course previously the defensive coordinator with the Cardinal, so you have to wonder how much influence he had in the scheduling process. With Mason suffering such a disastrous first season last fall, however, there is a legitimate question as to whether he will still be in his current position six years from now. On the other sideline Stanford head coach David Shaw has been getting looks from NFL teams already and he could easily be coaching on Sundays as opposed to Saturdays by 2021.

No matter who is in charge though, this is just the kind of series Vanderbilt has needed to pick up. The schools are similar in their mission statement and Stanford has established itself as a true power in the Pac-12 North. Games like this are always going to be more interesting than playing the Western Kentuckys and Austin Peays of the world.

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