College Football Saturday's Early Theme: Upsets That Aren't Upsets

The Vanderbilt Commodores are walloping the Mississippi Rebels 30-0 right now. That sounds like an upset, doesn't it? Vandy's the kid the SEC copies its test answers from, while Ole Miss is the big school in a football-insane state. But Vandy frequently beats the Rebels -- four times in the past six years, in fact -- though Ole Miss blog Red Cup Rebellion attributes the phenomenon largely to scheduling.

Elsewhere in Scores That Sound Like Upsets But Probably Aren't:

The Pittsburgh Panthers are up, 27-17, on the Iowa Hawkeyes. Iowa lost to Iowa State a couple weeks ago. So.

Defending national champion and No. 21 Auburn is behind by nine points to the unranked Clemson Tigers. But Clemson came one fluke play short of taking Auburn to double-overtime last year. (And Cam Newton's gone.)

The West Virginia Mountaineers are up, 34-31, on the Maryland Terrapins. That might sound like an upset to true believers in the power of Under Armour. It's not. A Terps win wouldn't really be that big of an upset either, even though WVU is ranked. /watering on every parade

The early afternoon's only true upset alerts: Penn State is down, 10-7, to Temple, and TCU is in an early 17-14 shootout with Louisiana-Monroe.

Stick with us for more college football news and scores.

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