Game 195: Vanderbilt @ Northwestern

Built up as the “Brain Bowl” or “S.A.T Bowl,” Vanderbilt and Northwestern is a budding rivalry that produced a rare September showdown between the SEC and Big Ten.  Today would also mark the second annual College Football Tour Northwestern tailgate.  Thirty of us gathered on a gorgeous day in Evanston – the kind of early autumn afternoon that still is clinging to summer with all its might.  Whether by el train or car, our group converged on a spot not far from Ryan Field to toss the football, toss a few bean bags, and banter about our favorite teams and conference supremacy.  For half of the Big Ten, today would be a B1G disaster on the gridiron.  However, this game provided the conference something to gloat about.  Fireworks lit up the evening sky as the Wildcats emerged from the tunnel ready to prove that their thrilling victory over Syracuse a week earlier was a harbinger for even greater action to come.  The “N” on both the Northwestern helmets and at midfield were decorated in stars and stripes to honor 9/11.  Honoring military and country has been a major point of emphasis at NU and they have executed this quite well.

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Game 154: #4 Florida @ Vanderbilt

This game was over as soon as it was scheduled. In fact, after the 35-0 halftime score, I thought ESPN might switch their broadcast to the national knitting competition. But, they stayed to watch the carnage in the second half, as well. Although, heisman trophy winner, Tim Tebow, did not play much of the second half. He was responsible for all five touchdowns that occurred in the first half of play…

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