Vote: Should college football teams play "cupcakes"?

September 05, 2012

The setup: With a few exceptions, college football's marquee programs are busy beating high school teams. OK, so it's not THAT bad, but most scores are pretty lopsided. Our latest showdown tackles this unwritten "tradition."

This round: Should teams from major conferences play "cupcake" games?

NO

You'd be outraged if you saw a 300-pound giant picking a fight with a much smaller opponent in a bar. The early part of the college football season, when alleged national championship contenders take on inferior competition, is the rough equivalent to this. Most of the time, the contests are joyless affairs attended by less-than-capacity crowds, a pointless exercise in penis measurement. Football fans who derive joy from seeing their favorite team beat an overmatched opponent 84-0 (I'm looking at you, Oklahoma State) are also the kind of people who enjoy kicking puppies and yelling at small children. I get that there's no preseason in college , but isn't part of the reason you play Division I football so you can see how you stack up against the best? You don't start your meal at a fancy restaurant with a cupcake, and major conference teams shouldn't start their season with them either.

—Matt Lindner (mlindner@tribune.com, @mattlindner)


YES

While I agree that cupcake games are the awkward couch makeout session before the raging multiple orgasm that is conference and rivalry play in college football, you're not looking at the big picture. For the Grand Valley States and Florida A&Ms (Go Rattlers!) of the world, these games are a way to fund their entire athletic budget in some cases. The schools are helping keep these teams competitive in their own conferences and divisions. That whole "you should play the best of the best" argument is BS, by the way. There are teams in every major conference who'd might as well be a "W" when you see them on the schedule. And if we're eliminating cupcakes, we should drop some of these conference lame ducks also. Also, don't forget that a cupcake game isn't always a blowout. NO ONE is unbeatable in college football. It's why we watch.

—Ernest Wilkins (erwilkins@tribune.com, @ernestwilkins)


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