Cupcake Wars Features a Game That Keeps Names and a School That Changes Them

Ivan Pierre Aguirre-USA TODAY Sp

Cupcake games: Athletics directors love the sugary sweet treats but fans despise them. So we're not going to give the teams that play them credit in our previews, instead offering a fun fact about the cupcake in question. Consider it our silent and likely futile protest

Alabama State vs. Kentucky, 7:30 p.m. ET, CSS
To be clear here, Alabama State is the cupcake. Just in case you weren't certain. In any case, perhaps the most interesting thing about the Hornets is that they host the Turkey Day Classic, the oldest historically black college and university game. Sort of. You see, it's not really the same game anymore. The old opponent, Tuskegee, bowed out for a pretty understandable reason.

Tuesday, Tuskegee put out its 2013 football schedule along with a statement, citing its desire to participate in the NCAA Division II playoffs, should it be eligible, as its reason to no longer participate and discontinue the longest running black college football classic in the country.

Alabama State decided to play Stillman that day instead and call it the same thing. (This unpleasantness is brushed over in the ASU media guide, which simply says that, "Alabama State welcomes the Stillman Tigers to the 2013 Turkey Day Classic."

How did Tuskegee respond? They hired Stillman's athletics director. So there. Kentucky 35, Alabama State 7

UTEP at Texas A&M, 9 pm ET, ESPN2
UTEP has had many names over the years. Even the school acknowledges this. And judging by the songs (warning: some of the next few links are to pages that auto-play sound), whenever UTEP is not ripping off Texas' fight song, it is calling itself by old names, either the College of Mines or Texas Western. Just one fight song and one alma mater, guys. That'll do. Texas A&M 50, UTEP 20

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