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College football's Top 10 Thursday night games

Going into Thursday night's schedule that features a pair of games with top-12 teams facing off against each other, only 29 Thursday games since 1980 have pitted two teams ranked in The Associated Press Top 25 against each other.
by Ryan Aber Published: November 6, 2013
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Going into Thursday night's schedule that features a pair of games with top-12 teams facing off against each other, only 29 Thursday games since 1980 have pitted two teams ranked in The Associated Press Top 25 against each other. Here are the 10 best:


No. 24 Virginia 33, No. 2 Florida State 28

Nov. 2, 1995

Tiki Barber rushed for 193 yards on 31 carries as the Cavaliers handed the Seminoles their first ACC loss since joining the conference three years earlier.

No. 10 Utah 13, No. 11 TCU 10

Nov. 6, 2008

In a late-season non-AQ showdown, the Utes come back from an early 10-0 deficit to beat TCU and eventually earn a Sugar Bowl berth.

No. 1 Pittsburgh 7, No. 5 North Carolina 6

Sept. 9, 1982

Dan Marino wasn't good — throwing for just 125 yards and four interceptions — but the preseason No. 1 Panthers held off the Tar Heels in Three Rivers Stadium.

No. 15 Rutgers 28, No. 3 Louisville 25

Nov. 9, 2006

Rutgers trailed 25-7 in the first half before a pair of Ray Rice touchdowns got them back in the game, and Jeremy Ito's two fourth-quarter field goals gave the Scarlet Knights the win.

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by Ryan Aber
OU Athletics Reporter
Ryan Aber has worked for The Oklahoman since 2006, covering high schools, the Oklahoma City RedHawks, the Oklahoma City Barons and OU football recruiting. An Oklahoma City native, Aber graduated from Northeastern State. Before joining The...
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