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Cupcake Wars: The Cupboard is Almost Bare

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

Kevin C. Cox

Georgia State vs. Alabama, 12:21 p.m. ET, SECTVNETWORKJEFFERSONPILOT
Fortunately, Alabama is the only team this week playing a cupcake. But boy is it a cupcake. Georgia State is not technically an FBS team, because they are reclassifying. They have one rushing touchdown in four games. This is their fourth season. Ever. At any level.

But perhaps nothing about Georgia State stands out as much as their mascot, Pounce. Just listen to the Georgia State website itself:

Pounce is one of the most recognizable and beloved mascots in the Atlanta area.

Yes, folks, he is one of the most recognizable and beloved mascots in the whole city of Atlanta. And even the suburbs. Not the most recognizable and beloved mascot in the Atlanta area; we don't want to get ahead of ourselves here. But surely one of them. Still, Pounce is part of a lengthy evolution of mascots at GSU.

However, there was not an official mascot at games and events until 1989, when Urbie, a crimson panther was born. Urbie didn't last too long either.

Ominously, the website doesn't actually describe what happened to Urbie, though I remember hearing something when I lived in the metro area about a large, red cat running a sunglass hut at Underground Atlanta. Alabama 42, Georgia State 10