2012 - Preview Vanderbilt will begin this season ranked for the first time in recent memory. The team returns talent at the offensive skill positions but Vanderbilt. The team is anchored by a strong senior class which makes up most of the offensive and defensive depth chart. Unfortunately, this also means that the coach has many, many players to replace with new recruits. While the coach has gained some momentum with recruiting, as a result of past failures, the school still continues to suffer from its poor prestige, alumni donations, athletic department budget and television appearances - problems only continued success on the field can cure. The schedule is as challenging as ever with only one cupcake, Buffalo, for the non-conference schedule which features matchups with two ranked teams, #16 Pittsburgh and #12 Boston College. The SEC league games are once again brutal, as Vandy must play @ #11 Auburn, @Ole Miss, @ #22 Georgia, @ #16 Pittsburgh, @ Kentucky and @ Wake Forest. The Commodores will have to slog through the schedule one game at a time in order to make their second consecutive bowl game.