North Carolina at South Carolina
Forget about Jadeveon Clowney, all eyes will be on North Carolina's offensive tackle James Hurst who will be matched up on Clowney.
"Obviously it's the biggest match-up in my college career." Hurst said. "I do think about it all the time. Everytime I do a football activity it's related to that match-up."
Hurst is one of the best offensive lineman in the ACC and is on the pre-season Outland and Lombardi trophy watch lists. Thursday night he's going up against a freak of nature.
South Carolina will win this battle.
Ole Miss at Vanderbilt
This game should be appointment TV for your Thursday night. Ole Miss and Vandy are two teams who a eager to have a seat at the big boy table within the SEC.
Ole Miss head coach Hugh Freeze will try to run as many plays as possible on offense and gas the Commodore defense. You can bet Vanderbilt head coach James Franklin will be in the ear of an SEC official making sure the Rebel offense doesn't have an advantage.
"When the ball is snapped I want everyone set." Franklin said. "We went back and looked at (film of game vs) Ole Miss last year and there were probably 10 to 12 plays we they snapped the ball their offense wasn't set. The officials had a hard time keeping up with the pace to get into position to do that."
"So as long as everyone is playing by the same rules and this isn't Canadian football where people are running toward the line of scrimmage when they snap the football, I'm good with that."
Franklin would be good with a loss and that's what should happen. Ole Miss will get it done in Music City.
USC at Hawaii
Southern Cal quarterbacks Max Wittek and Cody Kessler will play against Hawaii. This should be a Trojan blowout.
Utah State at Utah
If your looking for a Thursday night upset this might be the one. Last year Utah State won in Logan.
"Utah State is a very good opponent." Utah head coach Kyle Whittingham said. "They have most everyone back. They have a new head coach and a lot of the same assistant staff. We expect that they are going to be every bit as good as last year and we have a big challenge ahead of us."
Those of us in the OSG HQ are calling and upset. Utah State makes it two in a row over the Utes.