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Katy Perry joins sports pundits for football showdown

Katy Perry showed off her skills as a sports pundit in Oxford, Mississippi on Saturday morning (04Oct14) when she joined ESPN's College Game Day crew to pick the day's football match-ups.

The Dark Horse singer showed up during the weekly sports show on the campus of the University of Mississippi and brought the TV experts a tray of hotty toddies - local fans' drink of choice before big games - after letting fans know she was there via Twitter, and writing, "Oxford Mississippi I'm here with rebel red hair today! Are you ready?! @CollegeGameDay #GetUp4GameDay (sic)."


Perry explained she had been trying to get to an Ole Miss Rebels game for "about 10 years" because her manager and mentor went to university there.


She said, "It's my first college football game."


During her appearance, Perry, wearing a fluffy pink and black football jersey, revealed she has been having "some conversations" about performing at professional football's Super Bowl next year (15), adding, "I would be honored, of course, but I have let them know that I am not the type of girl that would pay to play the Super Bowl."


National Football League officials have let it be known that they might charge acts to perform at the half-time show from 2015 after realizing how successful artists have become after hitting the biggest sporting stage in America in recent years.


Meanwhile, Perry picked wins for Mississippi State, Tennessee, Auburn, Rutgers, Ohio State, Notre Dame and made Oklahoma Sooners quarterback Trevor Knight's day by admitting she had a crush on him, stating, "Trevor Knight, call me!"


She later held up a heart-shaped photo of the Sooners star and said, "I love you Trevor Knight, call me."


Perry was a big hit among local fans when she picked Ole Miss to beat favorites Alabama, yelling, "Are you ready", before leading a university chant. Unfortunately she was the only pundit on the panel picking the home team for the win. The singer ended her appearance by hurling corn dogs at the camera and grabbing expert Lee Corso's Alabama elephant mascot head and tossing it aside as Rebels fans cheered her on.


She is not the first music star to join the College Game Day panel this season - country singer Kenny Chesney was a guest on the show at the end of September (14).


Perry proved to be a good picker - Ole Miss did beat Alabama and there were also wins for Auburn, Ohio State, Notre Dame and Rutgers, but her crush, Knight, and his Oklahoma team lost at home to Texas Christian University.