NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Ten games into his second season at Vanderbilt, James Franklin finds himself in an uncomfortable position:
Just don’t try to convince him of it.
“We have an underdog, blue-collar mentality,” he says. “That’s who we are, and we’re going to be that way for a long time until we consistently put a product on the field that everybody can be excited about and proud of.”
Never mind that Vegas has his Commodores favored over Tennessee in Saturday’s game. He doesn’t buy it. In Franklin’s mind, his team is Mondale facing Reagan in the ’84 presidential election, the Patriots against the Bears in Super Bowl XX, the world against the original Dream Team in the ’92 Summer Games.
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