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ESPN sets killer Thursday night schedule, but here comes the NFL

If you are reading this site, chances are that Thursday nights in the fall mean one thing to you…the start of the college football weekend. In fact, as of today, only sixty-three days remain until the first Thursday night primetime game of 2011 on ESPN, UNLV at Wisconsin.

Let’s be honest, ESPN could broadcast Bowling Green at Idaho. You would still watch it.

For years, college football has stolen the spotlight of sports entertainment on Thursday nights in the fall. However, here comes the NFL, which is proposing a new eight-game early season Thursday night schedule.

According to the LA Times, “The new eight-game package would be for the first half of the season. The NFL's own cable channel, the NFL Network, already has an eight-game schedule for the second half. Besides the NFL Network, other potential bidders include Comcast Corp., which owns the sports channel Versus; Turner Broadcasting, which owns TNT and other channels that could carry games; and News Corp., parent of Fox and the cable channel FX.”

Early season NFL Thursday night games could start as early as the 2012 season.

In the meantime, let’s look forward to the 2011 college Thursday night primetime schedule. It's a great schedule. 

September 1- UNLV at Wisconsin 
September 8- Arizona at Oklahoma State 
September 15- LSU at Mississippi State 
September 22- North Carolina State at Cincinnati 
September 29- South Florida at Pittsburgh 
October 6- California at Oregon 
October 13- USC at California 
October 20- UCLA at Arizona 
October 27- Virginia at Miami (FL) 
November 3- Florida State at Boston College 
November 10- Virginia Tech at Georgia Tech 
November 17- North Carolina at Virginia Tech 
November 24- Texas at Texas A&M 7PM (Thanksgiving)
December 1- West Virginia at South Florida