BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Houston will face Vanderbilt in the BBVA Compass Bowl on Jan. 4 at Legion Field.
The bowl game announced the matchup Sunday, the first meeting between the two teams. Vanderbilt is playing in its third straight bowl game for the first time, all under coach James Franklin.
"Four in the last six years," athletic director David Williams said. "This is becoming a habit. And it will remain a habit for the future."
Houston, which plays in the American Athletic Conference, is 8-4 and is making its eighth postseason trip in the past 11 seasons. Vandy is also 8-4 and beat Georgia, Florida and Tennessee for the first time in the same season.
The Commodores have posted back-to-back eight-win seasons for the first time since 1927-28 and are 15-4 in their last 19 games. Some 1,500 fans and the Vandy band turned out for the bowl announcement.
Williams was asked afterward what would he say to Commodores' fans upset that they didn't get an earlier bowl.
He said they have only themselves to blame because the Commodores need to make sure they're selling out their own stadium. Vanderbilt had an announced crowd of 33,019 at its regular season finale over Wake Forest on Nov. 30, and the Commodores already have the SEC's smallest stadium.