College Football Thursday Night Betting
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. It seems as though this year’s Thursday night college football schedule has featured more than just one game, but unfortunately many of the matchups have not been that competitive. The best that ESPN could come up with for Thursday Night Week 5 college football among the three games on the college football schedule, is a matchup between Temple and Tulsa.
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2023 Thursday Night College Football Schedule (All Times Eastern)
Thursday, September 28, 2023
Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders at Western Kentucky Hilltoppers (-8, O/U 61.5), 7:30 pm, CBSSN
Temple Owls at Tulsa Golden Hurricane (-5, O/U 55), 7:30 pm, ESPN
Temple and Tulsa come into this game at 2-2 SU. Temple is 1-3 ATS, while Tulsa is 1-2-1 ATS. Temple is averaging 19.8 points per game and putting up 365.5 yards per contest. They are giving up 26.8 points and allowing 378.5 yards per contest. Joquez Smith leads the team with 191 rushing yards, E.J. Warner has thrown for 1,000 yards, while Amad Anderson Jr. has 297 receiving yards.
Tulsa is putting up 22.8 points and 353.8 yards per contest. They are giving up 32.5 points and allowing 426.5 yards per contest. Anthony Watkins leads the team in rushing with 243 yards, Cardell Williams has thrown for 596 yards, while Marquis Shoulders has 207 receiving yards.
Temple has won three of the last five meetings but Tulsa has taken the last two, winning 44-10 at home in 2021 and last year it was the Golden Hurricane winning 27-16 at Temple. Three of the last five meetings have gone over the total.
Jacksonville State Gamecocks (-5.5, O/U 38) at Sam Houston Bearkats, 8 pm, ESPNU
The Week 1 Thursday night college football schedule was a big one with 11 games on the schedule. The two best games were Minnesota’s 13-10 win over Nebraska and Arizona State’s escape against Southern Utah. The Sun Devils were 32.5-point home favorites and just barely pulled out a 24-21 win. Other results from Week 1 Thursday action on August 31 had Wake Forest beating Elon 37-17, Central Florida routing Kent 56-6, Georgia State getting past Rhode Island 42-35, Western Michigan beating St. Francis (PA) 35-17, NC State winning at Connecticut 24-14, Utah beating Florida 24-11, UAB routing North Carolina A&T 35-6, Missouri rolling over South Dakota 35-10 and Tulsa beating Arkansas-Pine Bluff 42-7.
The Week 2 schedule had just one game and it was not competitive, as the Louisville Cardinals routed the Murray State Racers 56-0. It was the home opener for head coach Jeff Brohm. It was an easy win for the Cardinals, as Jawhar Jordan rushed for 135 yards and two touchdowns. The Cardinals put up 690 yards of total offense in the win. Quarterback Jack Plummer threw for 247 yards and a TD in the win. The Louisville defense held Murray State to just 166 total yards.
The Week 3 Thursday night schedule had two games, only one of which was close. The Miami Hurricanes had no trouble at all in winning at home, as they routed Bethune-Cookman by a score of 48-7. Tyler Van Dyke threw for 247 yards, while Xavier Restrepo had 120 receiving yards. The close game on Thursday in Week 3 had Memphis just getting past Navy 28-24. Blake Watson rushed for 169 yards and a TD and the Tigers overcame two turnovers in the last six minutes to hold off Navy.
The Week 4 Thursday night schedule had just one game, as Georgia State went into Coastal Carolina and routed the Chanticleers, winning 30-17. Georgia State was a 4.5-point underdog and let start to finish. Georgia State dominated on the ground, as Marcus Carroll had 29 carries for 150 yards and a TD, while Darren Grainger had 13 carries for 47 yards and a touchdown.
Thursday, October 5, 2023
Sam Houston Bearkats at Liberty Flames, 7:00 PM, CBSSN
Western Kentucky Hilltoppers at Louisiana Tech Bulldogs, 8:00 PM, ESPNU
Thursday, October 12, 2023
West Virginia Mountaineers at Houston Cougars, 7:00 PM, FS1
SMU Mustangs at East Carolina Pirates, 7:30 PM, ESPN
Thursday, October 19, 2023
Rice Owls at Tulsa Golden Hurricane, 7:00 PM, ESPN or ESPN2
James Madison Dukes at Marshall Thundering Herd, 7:00 PM, ESPN or ESPN2
Thursday, October 26, 2023
Syracuse Orange at Virginia Tech Hokies, 7:30 PM, ESPN
Georgia State Panthers at Georgia Southern Eagles, 7:30 PM, ESPN2
Thursday, November 2, 2023
TCU Horned Frogs at Texas Tech Red Raiders, 7:00 PM, FS1
Wake Forest Demon Deacons at Duke Blue Devils, 7:30 PM, ESPN
South Alabama Jaguars at Troy Trojans, 7:30 PM, ESPN2
Thursday, November 9, 2023
Virginia Cavaliers at Louisville Cardinals, 7:30 PM, ESPN
Southern Miss Eagles at Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns, 7:30 PM, ESPNU
Thursday, November 16, 2023
Boston College Eagles at Pitt Panthers, 7:00 PM, ESPN
Thursday, November 23, 2023
Ole Miss Rebels at Mississippi State Bulldogs, 7:30 PM, ESPN
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