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.
No. 2 Boston College 14, No. 8 Virginia Tech 10
Oct. 25, 2007
Matt Ryan's two fourth-quarter touchdown passes lifted the Eagles to an 8-0 start. BC, though, lost the next week to Florida State.
No. 7 Oregon 37, No. 13 Oregon State 33
Dec. 3, 2009
LaMichael James (181 total yards and three touchdowns) out duels Jacquizz Rodgers to win the Civil War.
No. 3 Miami 41, No. 18 Louisville 38
Oct. 14, 2004
Frank Gore's touchdown with less than a minute remaining helped the Hurricanes avoid the upset. Devin Hester returned a punt for a touchdown in the fourth quarter as well.
No. 5 Louisville 44, No. 3 West Virginia 34
Nov. 2, 2006
Brian Brohm threw for 354 yards and a touchdown to give Louisville the win. The Cardinals national title hopes were dashed a week later in a loss at Rutgers.
No. 11 USC 44, No. 7 Arizona State 24
Nov. 22, 2007
John David Booty threw for 375 yards and four touchdowns to help the Trojans grab a share of the Pac-10 title
No. 21 Nebraska 27, No. 24 Missouri 12
Oct. 8, 2009
Missouri led 12-0 after three quarters, but Zac Lee threw three touchdowns — two to Niles Paul — in a span of 3:30 in the fourth to give the Huskers the win.