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With the proliferation of cable sports networks over the past two decades and the new streaming phenomenon, prime time football games are in hot demand for these entities. Content is everything, and sports offers the most valuable product possible.

While fans of TV shows watch their programs on demand whenever they want, sports fans and gamblers demand live content. Advertisers see sports as the one entertainment sector in which viewers can’t breeze through commercials.

College football is the second most popular sport in the United States behind the NFL. A big reason for that is the massive increase in live TV content. Once upon a time, Thursday night football would feature one game per week. These days, Thursday night football serves as a celebration to kick off a long weekend of action.

Most Thursday nights have multiple games scheduled. This feeds the needs of networks for live programing, sportsbooks for increased attention and action, and the schools with bigger checks written by the TV networks.

Another benefit of Thursday night football is that lesser-known teams and programs will get national attention. Of course, the Alabama Crimson Tide.  Notre Dame Fighting Irish and Michigan Wolverines don’t need or want a Thursday night date. These power brands command the best time slots on College Football Saturday.

But for the other programs that are not as well known, Thursday night football offers the undivided attention of fans, gamblers, and prospective recruits.

The New Week One Tradition of Thursday Night Football

There is no better testament to the value of college football on Thursday night than week one. For the past several years, Thursday night football has served as the official kickoff of the opening weekend of college grid action. Several games are spread out through different time slots. It makes for the virtual American Holiday and a ratings bonanza.

Sportsbooks love the feature of opening night and the name brands on the board. The first Thursday night of college football has become so popular that fans and gamblers take time off to celebrate and sleep off the libations late into Friday morning. This year fans and bettors get a special Thursday night week one kickoff.

The renewal of the Backyard Brawl between the West Virginia Mountaineers and the Pitt Panthers has created eager anticipation. About an hour’s drive separates West Virginia and Pitt. This year’s game will be played at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh and should sell out. The Mounties and Panthers used to be bitter rivals and are looking to rekindle that emotion. There is no better way to light the fuse than in a week one Thursday night feature on ESPN to start the 2022 season.

2022 Thursday Night Football Schedule

Thursday, September 1, 2022

West Virginia Mountaineers at Pitt Panthers – 7:00 PM – ESPN

Ball State Cardinals at Tennessee Volunteers – 7:00 PM – SECN

Central Michigan Chippewas at Oklahoma State Cowboys – 7:00 PM – FS1

Penn State Nittany Lions at Purdue Boilermakers – 8:00 PM – FOX

Louisiana Tech Bulldogs at Missouri Tigers – 8:00 PM – ESPNU

New Mexico State Aggies at Minnesota Golden Gophers – 9:00 PM - BTN

Thursday, September 22, 2022

West Virginia Mountaineers at Virginia Tech Hokies – 7:30 PM – ESPNU

Coastal Carolina Chanticleers at GA State Panthers – 7:30 PM – ESPNU

Thursday, September 29, 2022

Utah State Aggies at BYU Cougars – 8:00 PM – ESPN

Thursday, October 13, 2022

Baylor Bears at West Virginia Mountaineers – 7:00 PM – FS1

Temple Owls at UCF Knights – 7:00 PM – ESPN

Thursday, October 20, 2022

Virginia Cavaliers at Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets – 7:30 PM – ESPN

Troy Trojans at South Alabama Jaguars – 7:30 PM - ESPNU

Thursday, October 27, 2022

Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns at Southern Miss Eagles – 7:30 PM – ESPNU

Virginia Tech Hokies at NC State Wolfpack – 7:30 PM – ESPN

Utah Utes at Washington State Cougars – 10:00 PM – FS1

Thursday, November 3, 2022

UTEP Miners at Rice Owls – 7:00 PM – CBSSN

App State Mountaineers at Coastal Carolina Chanticleers – 7:30 PM – ESPN

Thursday, November 10, 2022

Tulsa Golden Hurricane at Memphis Tigers – 7:20 PM – ESPN

Georgia Southern Eagles at Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns – 7:30 PM – ESPNU

Thursday, November 17, 2022

SMU Mustangs at Tulane Green Wave – TBD – ESPN

Thursday, November 24, 2022

Miss State Bulldogs at Ole Miss Rebels - 7:00 PM – ESPN

Alabama Crimson Tide Arkansas Razorbacks Auburn Tigers
Baylor Bears BYU Cougars Cincinnati Bearcats
Clemson Tigers Florida Gators Florida State Seminoles
Georgia Bulldogs Houston Cougars Iowa Hawkeyes
Iowa State Cyclones Kentucky Wildcats LSU Tigers
Miami Hurricanes Michigan State Spartans Michigan Wolverines
Minnesota Golden Gophers North Carolina State Wolfpack Notre Dame Fighting Irish
Ohio State Buckeyes Oklahoma Sooners Oklahoma State Cowboys
Oregon Ducks Penn State Nittany Lions Pittsburgh Panthers
South Carolina Gamecocks Tennessee Volunteers Texas A&M Aggies
Texas Longhorns USC Trojans Utah Utes
Virginia Tech Hokies Wake Forest Demon Deacons Wisconsin Badgers
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