Vanderbilt has to be the masochist of the SEC. It’s not enough that the Commodores are shaping up to have the worst offense in the conference (and that by a wide margin). Check out these scheduling notes from Rivals:
… Vanderbilt is the only league school without an FCS foe. There are 16 non-conference games against “Big Six” opponents, an increase of two from last season. Ole Miss and Mississippi State are playing zero non-conference games against “Big Six” opponents, and Vanderbilt is playing three. Vandy and Miami are the only “Big Six” schools playing three non-conference games against other “Big Six” schools.
This is what comes of not having an athletic director, I suppose.