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Don't Bet On It!: The College Football National Game of Disinterest

I’ve been springing some surprises on you here lately, but it’s been working pretty well, since the Georgia Bulldogs have managed to win a few along the way, so I’m going to keep mixing it up a little bit, and, this time, I’m going to do it by beginning this week’s "Don’t Bet On It!" picks by introducing the national game of disinterest, which is defined as the least intriguing college football contest being played in a given week.

This week’s national game of disinterest is . . .

Connecticut Huskies at Pittsburgh Panthers

A quick look at the television schedule will reveal one of the reasons I’m starting with this one, because this game is being played tonight. That’s right, tonight. UConn and Pitt are squaring off on a Wednesday night. Dude, Wednesday night college football games are strictly the province of the MAC/WAC/Mountain West/give a dog a bone; Wednesday night college football games are not the province of a major conference.

Oh, but, wait . . . the Big East is basically done as a major conference, as every respectable program in the league is bolting for greener pastures, leaving the likes of the has-been Panthers (who have one foot out the door already) and the never-were Huskies to duke it out on a Wednesday night over . . . what, exactly?

Both teams are 3-4 overall and 1-1 in Big East play. How the heck you get to late October without playing more than two conference games when your league has approximately 600 members, no four of whom compete in the league in exactly the same set of sports, I have no idea, but there you have it. Two teams with losing records are battling over nothing in a conference that may or may not still exist by the time the game ends.

Dudes, if I’d wanted to watch scrappy irrelevant mid-majors compete on a weeknight for no good reason, I’d have tuned in to that Florida International-Troy shindig last night instead of appearing on "Team Speed Kills Now" and listening to the best "Dawg Gone Podcast" ever. I’m not picking this one because I just don’t care, and, really, no one should.

Coming Soon: SEC predictions.

Go ‘Dawgs!