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ESPN: The Worst Game Of The Year Is Happening Saturday

Rice players running out of the tunnel.

SYDNEY, NEW SOUTH WALES - AUGUST 27: Rice University players run onto the pitch for the start of the College Football Sydney Cup match between Stanford University (Stanford Cardinal) and Rice University (Rice Owls) at Allianz Stadium on August 27, 2017 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Brook Mitchell/Getty Images)

There are plenty of awesome college football games coming up this weekend, specifically the Alabama-LSU battle set to go down at night in Baton Rouge. The game going down in Houston on Saturday afternoon...ain't it, as the kids say.

At 3:30 p.m. ET on Saturday, interested viewers can tune into ESPN3 on the streaming device of their choice and see a winless UTEP football team travel to face 1-8 Rice.

The Owls' sole win came by three points in the season opener against FCS program Prairie View A&M.

Both of these teams are in a deep rebuild. This game will probably be near-unwatchable.

ESPN's Ryan McGee, writer of the ever-funny "Bottom 10" column, has dubbed UTEP at Rice the Game Of The Year.

In a very specific way, he's probably right.

How big is this game? The ESPN Stats & Information department, normally far too busy to deal with our silliness, actually sent data on the contest. They tell us that UTEP is the only winless FBS team this season. They tell us that UTEP has lost 20 straight. They tell us that Rice has lost eight in a row after winning their opener against Prairie View A&M via last-second field goal. Wait, we already knew this stuff! What do they think we've been doing all season? Watching the SEC West?

Meanwhile, speaking of mysterious, mystical, metaphysical powers, ESPN FPI says Rice has a 55.7 percent chance to win. Vegas says the Owls are a one-point favorite. We say it's a push. As in, dude, if you are putting money on the UTEP-Rice game we are going to push you away from the betting window.

It isn't without competition. If you're into UTEP-Rice, tune into ESPNU tonight. We have a 1-7 Bowling Green team hosting 1-7 Kent State. Both are winless in the MAC.

[ESPN]