MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Vanderbilt fans are set to head west for the team's first bowl game in three years.
The Commodores arrived in Memphis Monday to begin preparing for Saturday's Auto Zone Liberty Bowl.
Linebacker Chris Marve is from Memphis, and said he's been busy answering questions about the town from his teammates.
Vanderbilt will go up against Cincinnati in this weekend's bowl game, which kicks off at 2:30 p.m.
The difference between the Bearcats and the Commodores is a large majority of Cincinnati players have bowl experience, according to the Memphis Commercial Appeal. Cincy is making its fifth bowl appearance in the last six seasons; Vanderbilt is in a bowl for the fifth time in 122 seasons.
The newspaper also reported that Vanderbilt's last bowl appearance was in 2008 when the Commodores stayed home and edged Boston College, 16-14, in the Music City Bowl. Their Liberty Bowl appearance is the first bowl trip the Commodores have taken outside the Nashville city limits since losing to Air Force, 36-28, in the 1982 Hall of Fame Bowl in Birmingham's Legion Field.