Thursday is here, and with it comes a list of three college football games on national television today, including a head-to-head matchup in the Power 5.
There are no teams in the AP top 25 rankings on the field today, but an intriguing matchup in the ACC, along with a Big Ten hoping against a non-conference opponent, and a duel in the Sun Belt.
Here’s your quick and easy schedule for today’s college football games.
All times East | Odds courtesy of SI Sportsbook
West Virginia at Virginia Tech
Thu 22 Sept | 7:30 p.m. | ESPN
Line: West Virginia -1.5
FPI Choice: West Virginia 63.0%
West Virginia: A key road test for the Mountaineers as they recover from narrow losses to Pitt and Kansas. WVU’s strong offense meets a tech unit that only allows 12.3 ppg and offers a credible threat in leadback CJ Donaldson, who has 6 rushing TDs and 2 100-yard plays so far.
Virginia Tech: First-year coach Brent Pry already has a loss to Old Dominion on his record, but could turn up the offense behind quarterback Grant Wells against a WVU team that allows 14 touchdowns in 3 games. Wells is a 66% passer with 4 TDs but also 4 picks
Coastal Carolina in the state of Georgia
Thu 22 Sept | 7:30 p.m. | ESPN2
Line: Coastal Carolina -2
FPI Election: State of Georgia 52.3%
Coastal Carolina: Grayson McCall is still one of college football’s most gifted quarterbacks, good for 70% of his throws with 9 TDs and a pick, and he’s backed by two powerful rushers, Reese White and CJ Beasley, both of whom have 200+ yards and both 2 of the 3 Chanticleers rushing scores. CC has 10 takeaways in 3 games so far.
State of Georgia: 0-3 this year but with a narrow resume loss to North Carolina, the Panthers have a double threat as quarterback in Darren Grainger, with 8 TDs in the air while raking in the team’s second-most rush yards and one other result . GSU threw over 200 rushing yards against UNC.
Thu 22 Sept | 8:30 p.m. | BTN
Line: No line
FPI Choice: Illinois 95.4%
Chattanooga: Ball control and possession is the Mocs’ game, who play a group of talented defenders behind an experienced, physical offensive line and average 185 rushing yards per game. Ailym Ford leads the pack with 325 rushing yards and 4 TDs, in addition to 109 rec yards and 2 other scores.
Illinois: Another team that likes to run the ball, the Illini are currently 4th in the Big Ten with 224 rushing yards per game. Chase Brown is the main weapon for Bret Bielema, who rushes for 496 yards on 75 tries with 2 points and at least 140 in each game.
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