Cupcakes. Everybody plays them. But we don't want to give anybody credit for doing so. That's why we're lumping them all into one small post and giving you a fun fact about any bad midmajors or FCS teams playing SEC teams each week. Call it our silent, and likely futile, protest. All games are Saturday unless otherwise noted.
Troy vs. Tennessee, 12 p.m. ET, FSN: Troy was once known as Normal College. Can you imagine the lengths Nick Saban would have to go to in order to get his team to take "Normal College" seriously? Tennessee 42, Troy 13
Tulsa vs. Arkansas, 12:21 p.m., SEC Network: You actually have to give Arkansas a little bit of credit for this; of the mid-majors that the Hogs could have faced, Tulsa is one of the tougher outfits around, and are so far 7-1. The Hurricanes are less of a cupcake and more of a bagel. That said, it wouldn't be Cupcake Wars without a bizarre mascot tale, like the background story of Captain 'Cane.
Colin Cane, a freshman at The University of Tulsa, worked in IT support at night to help pay his way through college. During an electrical storm one night, Colin was called to the TU sports complex to fix a malfunctioning satellite that was broadcasting a live game.
It goes on from there and is worth the read. And if I had picked this game a few weeks ago, I would have gone with Tulsa. Arkansas 42, Tulsa 40
New Mexico State vs. Auburn, 12:30 p.m., CSS: We don't need to clarify that New Mexico State is the cupcake in this one, right? In any case, the Aggies have taken a circuitous route to their mascot, one that includes a reference to "Curious George." Auburn 28, New Mexico State 10