UH’s Keenum prepares to break record under radar

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Poor Houston.

College football’s most overlooked undefeated team will spend another week toiling in relative obscurity. Record-breaking quarterback Case Keenum and the super-charged and 14th-ranked Cougars (8-0) are at lowly Conference USA rival UAB on Saturday.

The game kicks off at old and antiquated Legion Field in Birmingham, Ala., at 7 p.m. EDT.

That’s right, an hour before No. 1 LSU and No. 2 Alabama get going in Tuscaloosa.

The Blazers don’t draw well even when they are the only game in town. The announced attendance for UAB’s home game against Central Florida on Thursday, Oct. 20 was 8,872. Overall, UAB has averaged 18,294 for its three home games, 108th in FBS.

Even if a huge contingent of Cougars fans makes the trip East, there will be plenty of seats available at Legion Field _ capacity about 71,500 _ for what is likely to be another record-breaking night for Keenum.

The sixth-year senior tossed nine touchdown passes in 73-34 victory against Rice last week to become the NCAA’s career leader in TD passes. He’s already passed the career total offense mark held by Hawaii’s Timmy Chang this season and with 267 yards passing against the Blazers _ a solid half for Keenum _ he’ll break the NCAA career record of 17,072 held by Chang.

If a record falls in a stadium with nothing but empty seats, does it count?

The game will be on national TV, too. CBS Sports Network, with former Michigan and West Virginia coach Rich Rodriguez as the analyst, will carry it.

Of course, it was CBS that put Houston at UAB in this unfortunate position. LSU vs. Alabama would have normally been played at 3:30 p.m., but the network negotiated with ESPN to put the game of the year in prime time.

The Cougars may be relegated to the small stage, but there’s a good chance they’ll outscore both of those other undefeated teams playing at Bryant-Denny Stadium all by themselves.

The picks:

FRIDAY

No. 21 Southern California (minus 21 1-2) at Colorado

Lane Kiffin has already submitted his preferred timeout schedule … USC 45-14.

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