136 days away from college football's opening night on Thursday, August 30, here's a look at what's on tap on Thursday nights on ESPN this season, in their 16th year of bringing college football to the workweek...
August 30 - LSU at Mississippi State
September 6 - Oregon State at Cincinnati
September 13 - West Virginia at Maryland
September 20 - Texas A&M at Miami
September 27 - Southern Miss at Boise State
October 4 - Kentucky at South Carolina
October 11 - Florida State at Wake Forest
October 18 - South Florida at Rutgers
October 25 - Boston College at Virginia Tech
November 1- Virginia Tech at Georgia Tech
November 8 - Louisville at West Virginia
November 15 - Oregon at Arizona
November 22 - Southern Cal at Arizona State
November 29 - Rutgers at Louisville
The schedule includes the usual ACC slate, including two appearances for Thursday night darlings Virginia Tech. Last year I got a chance to attend the VT-Clemson Thursday night game in Blacksburg, and so I'm penciling in the VT-BC game for 2007. You'll also get another shot to see the Big East armageddon game between Louisville and West Virginia on Thursday, November 8, as well as two chances to see if Rutgers still has the magic. The schedule also brings the Pac-10 to the table for the first time, including what could be a critical late season game for Southern Cal's potential national championship run at Arizona State on Thanksgiving night. And the two SEC appearances, including the season-opening LSU/Mississippi State game, while not overly sexy, should be fun to watch, especially Kentucky/South Carolina.
The ACC has also moved the Florida State-Miami game away from opening week, but replaced it with the Bowden Bowl. So you can see Florida State at Clemson on Labor Day for some early Monday Night Football on ESPN. The Vols, in case you forgot, open in 138 days at California.