Yo, banana boy!: Yes, it's the Palindrome Bowl
Way, way back in July 2008, when FSU coach Bobby Bowden first ominously said "I think eventually that could happen" when asked about playing USF, blog regular Mike Lakeland called the potential of a USF-FSU game the "Palindrome Bowl."
You know, palindromes, which read the same backwards as frontwards, like "racecar" and "Do geese see God?" and "Lisa Bonet ate no basil." Yes, there is an alarming amount of them at fun-with-words.com.
It's impressive because, for all the initials in college football, there really are very few matchups between teams that actually yield palindromes. In 2006, Oklahoma played Oregon -- that's OU vs. UO -- and that game was referenced correctly as a Palindrome Bowl. Along the same lines, a Kansas-Kentucky game would be KU-UK and so on, but the four-letter palindromes seem a little forced.
What else is out there? If USF's last opponent, Charleston Southern, played South Carolina, you'd have USC-CSU. Same goes if Colorado State played Southern California. Or if former USF coach Greg Gregory, coaching at fledgling South Alabama, got Arizona State on the schedule. Nobody really calls Southern Miss "USM," but technically, we'll acknowledge a Southern Miss game against Mississippi State, Michigan State, or even the fictional Screaming Eagles of Minnesota State.
Yes, Alaska-Fairbanks has flag football, so someday you could see them play Florida Atlantic. And eventually, USF-FSU could come to mean Sioux Falls (the Cougars, like the Bulls, are 3-0) is playing Fresno State. And at some point, there will be an intrasquad scrimmage at Utah State University that technically bears mention.
All we're saying is if one teams comes out strong Saturday, fades in the middle and then closes the game out much the same way it started, we'll be smiling. No promises, but this should cover the Silly Wordplay portion of this week's game coverage ...