Thanksgiving day college football TV schedule (Friday, too)

November 27, 2013

(Associated Press)

Thanksgiving day

Time Game D.C. TV
4 p.m. Stillman at Alabama State ESPNU
7:30 p.m. Texas Tech at Texas Fox Sports 1
7:30 p.m. Ole Miss at Mississippi State ESPN

Texas is one of three Big 12 teams with one conference loss. Oklahoma State and Baylor are the others, though the Cowboys have the upper hand: They have wins over the Longhorns and Bears already, and Texas and Baylor play each other on the regular season’s final weekend while Oklahoma State hosts Oklahoma. The Longhorns host Texas Tech, which has lost four straight after a 7-0 start, giving up at least 38 points in all four losses. … There isn’t much at stake in this year’s Egg Bowl other than Magnolia State pride: Both Mississippi and Mississippi State are near the bottom of the SEC West standings. The Rebels are looking for back-to-back Egg Bowl wins for the first time since 2002-04. The Bulldogs are looking for their sixth win and the bowl eligibility that comes with it.

Friday

Time Game D.C. TV
Noon Iowa at Nebraska ABC
Noon SMU at Houston ESPN2
Noon East Carolina at Marshall CBS Sports Network
1:30 p.m. Bowling Green at Buffalo ESPNU
2:30 p.m. Arkansas at No. 15 LSU CBS
3 p.m. Florida International at Florida Atlantic Fox Sports 1
3:30 p.m. No. 16 Fresno State at San Jose State CBS Sports Network
3:30 p.m. Miami at Pittsburgh ABC
3:30 p.m. Washington State at Washington Fox
7 p.m. Oregon State at No. 12 Oregon Fox Sports 1
8 p.m. South Florida at No. 17 Central Florida ESPN

Friday’s best-nicknamed game is Iowa-Nebraska: Farmageddon (though the Iowa State-Kansas State rivalry has a claim to that nickname, as well).  The best actual game is (scans schedule, scratches head), um, either Washington State-Washington or Oregon State-Oregon (though East Carolina-Marshall could be somewhat entertaining, with the Conference USA East Division title on the line). The Apple Cup features a Mike Leach-coached Wazzu team that’s bowl-eligible for the first time since 2006 against a Huskies team that put up 69 points last weekend at Oregon State. Speaking of the Beavers, quarterback Sean Mannion has thrown 10 interceptions in his past three games after throwing just three in his first eight. He’s still second nationally in passing yards per game and fourth in completions per game. The Ducks’ national title hopes are officially dead after losses in two of their last three. They averaged 18 points in their two losses this season, 54.3 in their nine wins. But Oregon State is allowing 31.7 points per game (95th nationally), so scoring probably won’t be an issue for Oregon in the Civil War.

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