Vanderbilt to Open on Thursday Night Again

For the fourth season in a row Vanderbilt are set to open the college football season on a Thursday night. The news, which filtered through on Thursday night, sees the ‘Dores bump up their opening kickoff by two days to Thursday September 3rd. This means the game will be placed in prime time, with a 7 p.m. CST start time on the SEC Network.

Playing in primetime on Thursday night is a tremendous opportunity to show our team, our university and the city of Nashville. I'm very excited about this announcement," Vanderbilt coach Derek Mason said in a release from the school. "It should be a great atmosphere, with Western Kentucky coming to campus with an excellent team that finished off last year with a bowl win."

Vandy fans will certainly be hoping that their latest crack at starting the season before most other schools goes better than the previous three occasions. Over the past three seasons Vandy has started the season with home losses to South Carolina (2012), Mississippi (2013) and Temple (2014). While the South Carolina loss was expected and the Old Miss defeat was unfortunate, the loss to Temple last year in one of the most stop start games in school history really set the tone for a season which was filled with disappointment.

Western Kentucky is a team on the rise, but if Mason and company have the defense playing at the level we expect by the time the season begins there will be no excuse for Vanderbilt to lose their opener once again. The two schools have not played since 1938, odd given their relative proximity, and Vanderbilt has won each of the previous three meetings. Nothing less than a win in prime time will be good enough as Mason seeks to show the fan base that the winning mentality didn’t leave town permanently with James Franklin.

"We are excited to once again usher in the start of college football," said Vanderbilt Director of Athletics David Williams. "The Thursday opener against Western Kentucky will serve as a tremendous showcase for our university to a national audience."

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