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Vandy program on upswing as it faces Houston

AP Sports Writer

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - Vanderbilt, a traditional also-ran in the Southeastern Conference, is changing its reputation.

Just ask Houston coach Tony Levine, who said Friday, "Vanderbilt football has got a great name," even in football-crazed Texas.

Vanderbilt will be playing for back-to-back nine-win seasons for the first time in school history when the Commodores play Houston in Saturday's BBVA Compass Bowl. Vandy will appear in a bowl game for the third straight season - another first for the program.

Vanderbilt set yet another first by beating Florida, Georgia and Tennessee in the same season. The emergence of the Commodores has made another "great name" in coach James Franklin, who has been mentioned as a possible candidate in several openings, including Penn State, Texas and with the NFL Browns.

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