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Cupcake Wars Features Ole Miss vs. Troy and Nothing Else

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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

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Troy vs. Ole Miss, 12 p.m. ET, ESPNU
There was a time when Troy might not have even ended up in Cupcake Wars, when it was a semi-competent Sun Belt team more than capable of putting a scare into particularly a less-talented SEC opponent. That time is not now. The Trojans are 5-5 overall, just 3-3 in the Sun Belt, and a mediocre team in the Sun Belt is more than worthy of being deemed a pastry. (Especial when your only win by more than one score is against Savannah State and your other wins are against UAB in overtime, against South Alabama, at Georgia State and at Western Kentucky.)

But don't let that record fool you. The Trojans are a proud program. How proud?

A graduate of the University of Alabama, Elmore changed the nickname to Red Wave, a variation of Crimson Tide.

Yes, for about forty years, Troy considered itself the lower-level equivalent of the Tide. (The name was long gone by the time the team moved up to the FBS around the turn of the century.) They also won a national championship with Chan Gailey at the helm. No one else will ever be able to say that. Ole Miss 62, Troy 10