Vanderbilt hosts Temple on Thursday night to help kick off the 2014 college football season. Temple is coming off a 2013 season in which it went just 2-10 and 1-7 in the AAC, while the Commodores went 9-4 and 4-4 in the SEC. Vanderbilt earned a bid to the BBVA Compass Bowl, where the team defeated Houston 41-24.
Details for Thursday's game are below:
Kickoff: 9:15 p.m. ET
Live Stream: The game can be live streamed here.
TV Coverage: SEC Network
Radio: For a list of Vanderbilt affiliates, click here. For a list of Temple affiliates, click here.
With the departure of former head coach James Franklin to Penn State, this will be the debut of new head coach Derek Mason, the former Stanford defensive coordinator.
Last week, the team announced that redshirt sophomore Patton Robinette will get the nod at quarterback. He started three games for the Commodores last season.
Mason brings in a 3-4 defense, which he successfully ran while in charge of Stanford's defense.
Vanderbilt has won nine games the last two seasons.
The Commodores added fifth-year transfers this offseason in tight end Davis Dudchock and wide receiver Chandler Dorrell, both of whom followed Mason in coming from Stanford.
Temple lost to Vanderbilt 43-16 the last time the two teams played in 2006.
This will be the second season at the helm for head coach Matt Rhule.
Sophomore P.J. Walker, who threw for 2,084 yards last season, will start at quarterback. Walker took over late in 2013 and led the team to its only two wins.
Kenneth Harper, who finished with 613 yards and nine touchdowns last year, returns at running back.
On the defensive side of the ball, Temple returns linebacker Tyler Matakevich, who led the country in solo tackles per game last season with 8.8. He was named First-Team All-AAC for his efforts.
- Jack Jorgensen