Vandy and Purdue Add Series

As Nashville goes baseball crazy (and rightly so) it is worth noting this little news item which may have slipped past many when it was leaked a couple of weeks ago. Vanderbilt has continued its search to beef up its non-conference football schedule by adding a home and home series with the Purdue Boilermakers of the Big Ten.

This news came straight from the source as Purdue Athletic Director Morgan Burke talked of the tentative agreement at a dinner event in Indianapolis. According the report the series would begin in 2019. This would seem to be likely to be the game in West Lafayette, Indiana, as Purdue already has a road game in Nevada scheduled for that season. Throw in a MAC contest and to fill the slate with games tipped toward a home bias this would make sense.

As of yet there hasn’t been any indication of when the return date would be, but going with Purdue scheduling logic it could take a while. The nine game Big Ten schedule means that the Boilermakers generally try to make all their non-conference games home contests when it is an even numbered year. This is because in those years they play four Big Ten home games and five on the road. If they are waiting for an odd numbered year though it could take a while. Previous scheduling commitments seem to have the Boilermakers tied in to series until 2025 at the earliest.

This series will be important for Vandy as it is another opponent which they will face from a power conference school. If the schools continue on their current trajectory the series will also give the Commodores an opponent who they will fancy their chances of beating, but who is still a name brand.

Historically the ‘Dores have played the Boilermakers twice and have been victorious on both occasions. The first game, in 1941, must have been something to sit through in West Lafayette as Vanderbilt emerged as 3-0 victors. The schools also played the following year with Vanderbilt emerging on the better end of a 26-0 score line.

So with Purdue now on the schedule along with Missouri, and having recently played Wake Forest, it seems like the battle to crown the best black and gold team in the country will continue to pick up pace. Top Stories