Thursday Night NCAA Football Open Thread

Submitted by LSAClassOf2000 on November 7th, 2013 at 7:20 PM

I shall get this one started a little early tonight...

We have some potentially good football tonight, folks. 

7:30 PM - Oklahoma at Baylor on Fox Sports 1

7:30 PM - Troy at Louisiana-Lafayette on ESPNU

9:00 PM - Oregon at Stanford on ESPN

More specifically for the last game listed, here are the matchup stats:

Oregon Stanford
Yards/Play 7.6   6.1
Points/Play 0.673   0.513
Rush Play % 59.86%   62.08%
Pass Play % 40.14%   37.92%
Completion % 64.81%   60.33%
3D Conv % 44.44%   48.62%
RZ Scoring % 76.92%   85.19%
Oregon Stanford
Opp Yards/Play 4.3   4.5
Opp Points/Play 0.227   0.246
Opp Completion % 57.48%   63.74%
Opp 3D Conv % 33.06%   34.43%
Opp RZ Scoring % 75.00%   76.00%




November 7th, 2013 at 7:36 PM ^

Weird that OU-Baylor is relegated to FS1. I know FS1 carries a lot of Big 12 games, but I would have thought ESPN would've snatched this one up. It's a pretty big game as this one of Baylor's few chances to get a marquee win and keep their BCS title hopes (Baylor's BCS title hopes! Baylor!) alive

This feels like the kind of game Baylor might lose. Upstart top ranked team against real opponent on national TV with a big chance to prove themselves -> fall flat on their face

See: Anytime Clemson or Missouri is highly ranked for similar examples


November 7th, 2013 at 7:41 PM ^

Is this the first time there has been two Top 10 match ups on a Thursday night?  Sure beats the usual Thursday line up of S Carolina or Louisville every other week.


November 7th, 2013 at 7:51 PM ^

Baylor does not have 100 yards of offense in the first four minutes or so nor are they already up 28-0. Commence article about the "paper tiger" and Art Briles' offense being exposed, right?



November 7th, 2013 at 8:16 PM ^

UM is still in the development stages of its program. Most Michigan fans don't understand that it takes time to rebuild a program.  Comparing Baylor in its 6th season under a coach to UM in its third is ridiculous.


You don't need an innovative offense to win games. Bama and MSU prove that. What you need are schemes that are well-coached and stocked with talent. MSU's defensive scheme is simple, but is brutally effective because they are so well-coached.

Having said that, Borges and company are more than deserving of criticism. His playcalling has been spotty at best and the offensive line is the worst I have ever seen wear the winged helmet. Michigan's deficiencies are in the fundamentals and that is something that needs to be addressed.


November 7th, 2013 at 9:47 PM ^

Watching Oregon vs Stanford right now is a great testament to having a "non-innovative" offense.  Ironically enough they are also using multiple offensive lineman in many of their playsets; however, they are mindful enough to put them in eligible receiver numbers.  Stanford's greatest strengths - physicality and fundamentals are likely our primary deficiencies unfortunately which makes it depressing to watch.  


November 7th, 2013 at 8:13 PM ^

Bryce Petty turns nothing into something and then the WR turns something into nothing. Baylor has only got 56 yards on the game now. 

Meanwhile, as Oklahoma tries to double its offensive output, Baylor is doing a decent job on run defense when it isn't getting called for hands in the face. 


November 7th, 2013 at 8:21 PM ^

comes out with this call. The WR ducked after the catch, anticipating the hit, and the Baylor Saftey went to hit him hard. That is the point of playing defense right? What was he supposed to do? Let the WR catch it? I get you want to protect the players, but this targeting rule is a major disadvantage to the defense, especially to sefteys. 

Avant's Hands

November 7th, 2013 at 8:33 PM ^

The receiver was on a full run across the field and the defender was stopping to change direction and turned that into a big hit that was both completely legal and caused an incomplete pass (that should have been a fumble). Trying to wrap up in that situation would have led the safety to get run over and possibly hurt since the receiver had lowered his helmet. 

The refs screwed Baylor. There is no way around it. It has already turned into 2 points and will probably be more.

Avant's Hands

November 7th, 2013 at 8:21 PM ^

Worst targetting penalty I've seen yet. That is just awful and it cost Baylor a huge chunk of yards because the next two penalties never would have happened if the first one wasn't called. What was the defender supposed to do, get out of the way? Ridiculous that the rules expert calls it a hit on defenseless receiver when the receiver had time to duck and lower his helmet into the defender.