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Don't Bet On It: National Game of Disinterest

It's a topsy-turvy week here in Bulldog Nation, so I'll have to ask you to bear with me for taking everything out of all logical order. If you're like me and you were in junior high in the early '80s, you can think of Dawg Sports as a "choose your own adventure" weblog for the time being.

Believe it or not, I used to be an even bigger dork than I am now.

In any case, I started with this week's national games of interest because college football kicks off today instead of on Saturday this week, so I'll be getting to the weekend's S.E.C. action shortly. In the meantime, I thought I'd go ahead and bring you . . . the national game of disinterest.

For those of you who might be first-time visitors, a word of explanation is in order. I pride myself on my ability to find a rooting interest in virtually any college football contest. No matter how far removed I may be from any connection to the combatants, I will find a way to choose up sides and pull for one team or the other.

Each week, however, there is one game so lacking in any redeeming social qualities that my only reaction is complete indifference. I refuse to pick the outcome of this game because of the extreme nature of my unconcern. This, my friends, is the national game of disinterest.

I wouldn't watch the national game of disinterest if the dialogue between the play-by-play man and the color commentator were written by Aaron Sorkin. (Photograph from The Couch Potato.)

Dubiously honorable mention goes to Louisiana-Monroe at Arkansas State and Ball State at Buffalo, both of which made strong bids to be singled out this week, but, instead, the distinction goes to . . .

Baylor at Colorado

Guy Morriss left Kentucky to coach in this game. Dan Hawkins left Boise State to stand on the sidelines in this contest. Who knew they were trading down? Who even knew you could trade down from Kentucky?

The best that can be said for this game is that it's being played in Boulder instead of in Tokyo, which is a good thing, because, if this contest took place in Japan, the losing head coach would have to commit ritual suicide at the postgame press conference in order to restore the honor of his ancestors.

Not that kind of Harry Caray! (Photograph from W.G.N.)

The rest of us would be bored to death merely by watching it. For that reason, this clash between the littlest two in the Big 12 qualifies as the national game of disinterest. I'm not picking it because I don't care.

Go 'Dawgs!