Houston and Vanderbilt will play a home-and-home series beginning in 2015, the schools announced Thursday.
Vanderbilt will travel to TDECU Stadium in Houston. on October 10, 2015, for the first game of the series, with Vanderbilt hosting the Cougars at Vanderbilt Stadium in Nashville on October 2, 2021.
The only previous meeting between the two teams came in the 2014 BBVA Compas Bowl, which Vanderbilt won 41-24.
“The addition of Vanderbilt allows us to reach our non-conference scheduling goal of two opponents from major conferences in 2015 with the SEC and ACC with Louisville, along with a minimum of six-to-seven home games in a season,” said Mack Rhoades, Houston's Vice President of Intercollegiate Athletics. “We will continue to remain aggressive in our non-conference scheduling and look to bring strong opponents to the City of Houston.”
After finishing 9-4 in 2013, Vanderbilt hired former Stanford defensive coordinator Derek Mason as head coach to replace James Franklin, who left for Penn State.
Houston posted an 8-5 record in coach Tony LeVine's second season, a three-win improvement over 2012.
"We are pleased to join the University of Houston in making this scheduling announcement," Vanderbilt Director of Athletics David Williams II said. "We know from the excitement of the BBVA Compass Bowl that this should be a very competitive series. It will allows the Commodores to play on the road in front of one of Vanderbilt's largest alumni bases. The team experienced tremendous alumni support on our last visit to Houston (at Rice in 2009)."
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