Cupcake Wars: Fun Facts About the Most Underwhelming Opponents on the SEC Schedule


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

Toledo at Florida, 12:21 p.m. ET, SEC Network | Toledo might be the most well-armed college football team in America, so beat them at your own risk.

The one-ton rocket, which sits outside the Glass Bowl, carries two sets of fins and a propellant booster capable of guiding the missile to supersonic velocity.

Don't even tell me your team wouldn't have used that on its top SEC rival by now if it had one. What's taken Toledo so long? Florida 38, Toledo 21

Rice at Texas A&M, 1 p.m. ET, ESPN | This game actually has its roots in a match-up that gave Rice's mascot a name. Apparently, the school used a "large canvas owl" and -- you can probably see where this is going.

In 1917, when students from Southwest Conference football rival Texas A&M kidnapped the owl, Rice students pooled their resources and hired a private detective to go to College Station to find the missing mascot. When the detective, having recovered the owl, sent a coded telegram to Houston that read "Sammy is fairly well and would like to see his parents at eleven o'clock," the Rice mascot had a name.

Texas A&M 42, Rice 14

Louisiana-Lafayette at Arkansas, 4 p.m. ET, FSN | Louisiana-Lafayette's mascot is a vegetable. Really. "The University needed a spirit leader that can represent the Louisiana's Ragin' Cajuns to a national audience." And what better way to do that than a pepper? Arkansas 35, Louisiana-Lafayette 11

Austin Peay at Tennessee, 6 p.m., PPV / ESPN3 | Austin Peay students and fans frequently engage in gratuitous pun overload. Tennessee 47, Austin Peay 6

Murray State at Missouri, 7 p.m. ET, PPV / ESPN3 | Based on the school's website, the Murray State mascot appears to be a race horse -- thus the "Racers" -- but there's no confirmation anywhere on the site. You're supposed to just know, it seems. Missouri 48, Murray State 10

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