If there is something that would upset the apple cart for Ole Miss and the Music City Bowl, it would be if a bowl ranked higher among the SEC tie-ins viewed the Commodores as an attractive option and made them their pick.
If the Commodores were to find their way to the Gator Bowl, that would push Georgia down in the pecking order, most likely to Nashville.
Here’s what Music City Bowl president Scott Ramsey had to say on the question of Georgia as an option in Nashville.
“I can say from our perspective, we try to consider everything. I know Rick (Catlett) at the Gator Bowl well. They have a lot of the same mission points that we do. You try to put the best matchup you can on the field for two or three things, for the energy and enthusiasm of the fans that want to be in the city, to the national media platform to showcase the city with the highest ratings possible for your sponsor. Sometimes a regional team fits the bill better. Sometimes a non-regional team fits what you want more than a local team. I’m sure Vanderbilt will be well-vetted from all the bowls, and we’ll see where the decision falls.
He continued: “If that happens, I fully expect … I can’t fathom that Texas A&M would fall to our mix, but if Vanderbilt is selected by Atlanta or Jacksonville, Texas A&M or Georgia would be teams that would fit with us.”
In Nashville, James Franklin’s calls for sellouts of 40,550-seat Vanderbilt Stadium have gone unheeded.
From an attendance standpoint, Vanderbilt drew only 33,488 fans for Kentucky and 33,019 for Wake Forest, the Commodores’ two remaining home games after they had so thoroughly defeated Florida in Gainesville.
Bowl bids go out on Sunday.