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Cupcake Wars: The Schedule Makers Strike Back

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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

Scott Cunningham

Coastal Carolina vs. South Carolina, 1 p.m. ET, PPV
This is the first meeting between these two teams [notes in PDF] on the football field, which makes it a little bit awkward, because Coastal Carolina's mascot is essentially a total rip-off of South Carolina's mascot. Only they call their Gamecocks the Chanticleers, which are basically imaginary roosters. Really, the CCU website says that Chauncey is based on the Gamecocks. Only the Chanticleers are teal, because roosters. But guys, Coastal Carolina has a live rooster now, and South Carolina totally doesn't have such a thing. South Carolina 24, Coastal Carolina 14

Chattanooga vs. Alabama, 2 p.m. ET, PPV
This is probably only the second most important game for Chattanooga being played in the state of Alabama on Saturday. As explained in the Mocs' games notes [PDF], another game could be key to whether Chattanooga is one of the 24 teams that goes to the FCS playoffs (remember, bracket creep is not a real thing):

The Mocs can still get the SoCon automatic bid if Elon (2-9, 1-6 SoCon) wins at Samford (7-4, 5-2 SoCon) on Saturday.

Is it even possible for an FCS team to overlook Alabama? Alabama 50, Chattanooga 3

Georgia Southern vs. Florida, 2 p.m. ET, PPV
The Eagles recommend no fewer than five hashtags for this game, including the particularly inexplicable #JOINTHEJOURNEY. But not #BEATFLORIDA. I guess they don't want to unnecessarily get anybody's hopes up. Florida 34, Georgia Southern 3