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Cupcake Wars: Minutemen and the Worst Bowl Name Ever

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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Vanderbilt at UMass, 12 p.m. ET, ESPNNEWS | The Minutemen play their home games at Gillette Stadium, which is also home to the Patriots. They have people dressed up in colonial garb at their games, kind of like the Patriots. They are not the Patriots. Vanderbilt 28, UMass 12

North Texas at Georgia, 12:21 p.m. ET, SECTVNETWORKJEFFERSONPILOT | The Mean Green has actually appeared in the AP poll twice. (You laugh, but that's twice as often as Memphis has appeared.) Both times were in November 1959. They also played in the 1948 Salad Bowl. Why would I make that up? Georgia 53, North Texas 20

SMU at Texas A&M, 7 p.m. ET, ESPNU | #RememberTheFive Texas A&M 62, SMU 24

Colorado State at Alabama, 7 p.m. ET, ESPN | There is a story on the front page of their website about Colorado State playing an SEC "power." It is not about this game.


Go A&M? Alabama 45, Colorado State 13

Troy at Mississippi State, 7:30 p.m. ET, FSN | Troy has actually won this game once, which appears to be its only win over an SEC member since moving to the FBS in 2001. Its only win over a ranked team was against Missouri when the Tigers were a member of the Big 12. Good effort, guys! Mississippi State 30, Troy 20

Record on all game picks this season: 29-4 straight up; 12-13-1 against the spread