Larry Blakeney really is one of the more underrated coaches in college football.
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.
Louisiana Monroe at Auburn, 12:21 p.m. ET, SEC Network: You don't really need me for this one, do you? Auburn 28, Louisiana Monroe 21
Presbyterian at Vanderbilt, 12:30 p.m. ET, CSS: Justin Bethel's selection in the sixth round of this year's NFL Draft made him the first member of the Blue Hose drafted in 43 years -- and the first in team history drafted before the seventh round. Vanderbilt 34, Presbyterian 20
Alabama at Arkansas, 3:30 p.m. ET, CBS
Western Kentucky at Kentucky, 7 p.m. ET, ESPNU: Ever wondered why Western Kentucky's logo is a red towel? They're glad you asked! It has to do with Coach E.A. Diddle, who appears to have coached every sport at the school, though he was known for basketball.
Through 1,062 Hilltopper basketball games, Diddle clutched a red towel. He chewed on it, threw it, cried on it, waved it at fans and used it to signal his players.
If you're laughing right now, Nick Saban is going to yell at you very soon. Kentucky 20, Western Kentucky 17
UAB at South Carolina, 7 p.m. ET, FSN: Gang Green. That is all. South Carolina 40, UAB 21
Mississippi State at Troy, 7 p.m. ET, ESPN3: Troy has a mixed history when it comes to mascots. It ripped off Alabama in 1931 with the "Red Wave." After later settling on Trojans, they chose the unfortunate name of T-Roy for the mascot. They had an opportunity to change this last year, when the mascot was stolen, but decided to buy a new costume instead. Mississippi State 48, Troy 10
FAU at Georgia, 7:30 p.m. ET, CSS: This is the first year of FAU football without Howard Schnellenberger on the sidelines. His replacement is Carl Pelini. Georgia 52, FAU 3
Idaho at LSU, 8 p.m. ET: Again, mascot controversy. You've got to read any story that includes this sentence:
Inflatable Joe's reign was cut short and he was ceremonially deflated to reveal the classic Joe underneath; seeing the rebirth of their beloved Joe, fans went wild.
Really, they would fit nicely in the Sun Belt. LSU 43, Idaho 10