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No. 66: Vanderbilt

The last time there was this much hype surrounding the Commodores it was the Roaring Twenties, and Don McGugin was closing out the back end of his illustrious three-decade turn as the winningest coach in school history. Perhaps I exaggerate — though not by much, I swear. Those ear-to-ear smiles you see are grounded in optimism, and optimism of a sort never seen in the program’s modern era; not only is Vanderbilt fresh off a bowl berth, the fifth in school history, but last year’s trip came in James Franklin’s debut season. This is optimism squared: normal, everyday optimism – albeit optimism not often seen in Nashville – doubled by the idea that Vanderbilt’s best days lie ahead. Add in what many believe to be the finest recruiting class in program history and you have what some might call SEC-level optimism, a fairly unknown sight at one of the conference’s original members.

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