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NCAA Football Thursday Night Betting
College football on Thursday night is as good as it gets with the games rivaling those of the NFL. We saw some epic clashes during the 2019 campaign with the season opening slate of 16 games that featured an early season ACC tilt between undefeated Clemson and Georgia Tech to the season-closing Egg Bowl when Ole Miss pissed away a chance at defeating rival Mississippi State. That was also the last game of Rebels coach Matt Luke’s tenure as he was fired shortly after that loss. Teams from every FBS conference were represented on Thursday night over the course of the season with a several Group of Five leagues getting the special treatment of having the stage all to themselves. Sun Belt Conference division winners Louisiana-Lafayette and Appalachian State played on Thursday night and we saw a number of American Athletic Conference matchups.
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The first Thursday night of the season saw Clemson begin defense of its national championship with a thorough beating of Georgia Tech in an ACC battle. The Holy War matchup between BYU and Utah had to be moved up on the schedule to accommodate the schedule of both programs. There’s nothing like starting the season against your biggest rival right out of the chute and we got a glimpse of just how good the Utes are in their 30-12 pasting of the Cougars.
After a few weeks off the Thursday night games returned in Week 4 when conference play heated up. And fans were treated to a good one in the ACC between Tulane and Houston. The Green Wave overcame a 21-point deficit and scored the winning touchdown on a 53-yard catch and run by Jalen McCleskey with three seconds left in the game. Houston’s D’Eriq King broke the FBS record for most consecutive games with a rushing and passing touchdown, but it would be his last game as he elected to use his redshirt.
And who would’ve thought the Week 5 matchup between Navy and Memphis would decide the AAC West? It did. Both teams finished 7-1 in league play, but Memphis’ 35-23 win over the Middies gave them the tie-breaker and a trip to the conference championship against Cincinnati. The Tigers used big plays, including a 99-yard kickoff return touchdown from Gabriel Rogers to cover the 10-point spread.
The good times kept rolling in Week 6 with an epic double overtime Sun Belt bout between Georgia Southern and South Alabama. The Eagles got a late touchdown to tie the game and avoided the upset loss with a field goal in the second OT after forcing a turnover on South Alabama’s possession. Both teams missed a field goal in the first overtime. Georgia Southern closed as a 10-point favorite.
The Pac-12 took to Thursday night in Week 8 with UCLA looking to end an 11-year drought against Stanford. Playing as a 4-point dog, the Bruins did just that in their 34-16 victory. Injuries at the quarterback spot caught up with the Cardinal, who used third-stringer Jack West behind center. He became the third different starter this season. UCLA’s Dorian Thompson-Robinson passed for 192 yards and rushed for 66 to help end the skid that dated back to 2008.
Not since the Pony Express days of the 1980s have the SMU Mustangs been relevant. They took their undefeated record and No. 16 ranking into their Week 9 confrontation with Houston and escaped with a 34-31 victory, improving to 8-0 for the first time since winning their first 10 games of the 1982 season. We didn’t get SMU’s best effort according to Sonny Dykes, but the Mustangs were able to pull out the victory behind 133 rushing yards and two touchdowns from Xavier Jones. And once again the Cougars were tagged with a close loss on Thursday night, though they covered the 12-point spread.
Two ranked teams were featured in Week 10, though not against each other. No. 12 Baylor remained unbeaten with a 17-14 decision over West Virginia in a Big 12 tilt when John Mayers booted a game-winning field goal early in the fourth quarter. The Bears defense allowed just 219 total yards, but WVU covered as an 18-point dog. App State fell from the ranks of the unbeaten and saw their 13-game winning streak end in a 24-21 loss to Georgia Southern, giving the Mountaineers a pair of losses on this day. App State’s last two losses have been to the Eagles, who pulled off the upset in 2018 as well.
The craziest Thursday night game of the season may have been the Week 14 Egg Bowl matchup between Ole Miss and Mississippi State on Thanksgiving. The Rebels scored with four seconds left in the fourth to pull within a point, however an excessive celebration penalty on Elijah Moore, who pretended to pee like a dog on all fours was called setting the PAT try back 15 yards. Ole Miss may have gone for the 2-point try and win since they had nothing to play for, but instead the distance forced a kick that missed, and MSU escaped with the 21-20 victory.
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