NASHVILLE, Tenn. There is a big difference between thinking you can and knowing you can.
Vanderbilt football knows it can win nine games like last season, most for the team in nearly a hundred years, including the Music City Bowl victory over North Carolina State.
But the mantra coming from this year's Commodores is this team hasnt accomplished anything yet, although there are notions of continued ascent for the upstart program under third-year coach James Franklin. Vanderbilt returns 16 starters and some of the top talent in the country, offering promise for the program's first back-to-back winning seasons since 1974-75.
"Having success in (the last two years) and being able to take some positive strides, there is no doubt," Franklin said Saturday following the team's open scrimmage at Vanderbilt Stadium. "We talk all the time about last year. It helps with experience and confidence and things like that.
"Those nine wins are not going to do anything against Ole Miss (in the se...