NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- The Vanderbilt Commodores are hoping experience provides that little something extra against Mississippi.
These teams are so very similar with coaches busy trying to turn struggling programs around with James Franklin going into his third season at Vanderbilt and Hugh Freeze coming off a successful first year. Both won bowl games last season and go into Thursday night's season opener on national television with high expectations.
The Commodores believe they have an edge. This is their second straight year helping open the college football season hosting a prime-time game. They lost a year ago 17-13 to then-No. 9 South Carolina, but Franklin counts 75 percent of his roster played in that game. Now 13 seniors are slotted to start Thursday.
Receiver Jordan Matthews says that will help the Commodores tremendously.