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1974 Vanderbilt Commodores football
ConferenceSoutheastern Conference
1974 record7–3–2 (2–3–1 SEC)
Head coachSteve Sloan
Home stadiumVanderbilt Stadium
Seasons
← 1973
1975 →

The 1974 Vanderbilt Commodores football team represented Vanderbilt University in the 1974 college football season. The Commodores scored 313 points while allowing 199 points.[1] Led by head coach Steve Sloan, the Commodores had their best record since 1955 and appeared in the school's second bowl game. Vanderbilt did not return to a bowl game until 1982.

1974 SEC football standings
v · d · e Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#5/2 Alabama 6 0 0     11 1 0
#8/6 Auburn 4 2 0     10 2 0
Georgia 4 2 0     6 6 0
#17/17 Mississippi State 3 3 0     9 3 0
#15/12 Florida 3 3 0     8 4 0
Kentucky 3 3 0     6 5 0
#20/15 Tennessee 2 3 1     7 3 2
Vanderbilt 2 3 1     7 3 2
LSU 2 4 0     5 5 1
Ole Miss 0 6 0     3 8 0
† – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll / Coaches Poll

SeasonEdit

Vanderbilt defeated Florida, Ole Miss, Tulane, Louisville, Army, Chattanooga, and the Virginia Military Institute.[2] Vanderbilt lost to Kentucky, Georgia, and Alabama. Vanderbilt's final two games ended in ties: the regular season finale against rival Tennessee and the 1974 Peach Bowl against Texas Tech.[3] Vanderbilt's final record was 7–3–2 (2–3–1 in the SEC).[4] After the season, head coach Steve Sloan left Vanderbilt to become head coach at Texas Tech, the team Vanderbilt had faced in the Peach Bowl to close the season.


ScheduleEdit

Date Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result
September 14, 1974* Chattanooga Dudley FieldNashville, TN W 28–6  
September 21, 1974* VMI Dudley Field • Nashville, TN W 45–7  
September 28, 1974 at #4 Alabama Denny StadiumTuscaloosa, AL L 10–23  
October 12, 1974 #8 Florida Dudley Field • Nashville, TN W 24–10  
October 19, 1974 Georgia Sanford StadiumAthens, GA L 13–20  
October 26, 1974 Ole Miss Dudley Field • Nashville, TN W 24–14  
November 2, 1974* Army Dudley Field • Nashville, TN W 38–14  
November 9, 1974 at Kentucky Commonwealth Stadium L 12–38  
November 16, 1974* Tulane Dudley Field • Nashville, TN W 30–22  
November 23, 1974* at Louisville Cardinal StadiumLouisville, KY W 44–0  
November 30, 1974 at Tennessee Neyland StadiumKnoxville, TN T 21–21  
December 28, 1974* vs. Texas Tech Atlanta-Fulton County StadiumAtlanta, GA (Peach Bowl) ABC T 6–6  
*Non-Conference Game. Homecoming. #Rankings from Coaches' Poll released prior to game. All times are in Central.

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Team players drafted into in the NFLEdit

Player Position Round Pick NFL Club
Mark Ilgenfritz Defensive end 5 118 Cleveland Browns
Doug Nettles Defensive end 5 129 Baltimore Colts


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