by CFP Staff
Cincinnati QB Zach Collaros returned from a broken ankle he suffered in the November 12 loss at West Virginia. The rust showed as he went 12-of-29 for only 80 yards with 1 touchdown pass but 2 interceptions.
Both teams outperformed most expectations this season. It was the first bowl for the Commodores since their triumphant 2008 appearance in the Music City Bowl that delivered their first bowl victory in 53 years.
Neither team had ever played in the Liberty Bowl and both brought relatively light bowl resumes to Memphis. Vanderbilt was making just its 5th bowl appearance in history. Cincinnati was only making its 12th postseason trip, but its 10th since 1997.
The teams have split 8 face-to-face meetings.
62.5% of CollegeFootballPoll.com voters picked Cincinnati to win and the Congrove Computer Rankings at CollegeFootballPoll.com projected the Bearcats to win by 3.92 points.
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