published Thursday, September 15th, 2011

Paschall: Views vary on Thursday SEC games

LAST WEEK

Winners: 21

Irish breakdowns: 4

Pasquali is 42-8 overall (84.0 percent) this season.

OTHER PICKS

LSU 24, Mississippi State 17

South Carolina 46, Navy 35

Kentucky 17, Louisville 14

Arkansas 42, Troy 15

West Virginia 29, Maryland 28

Boston College 20, Duke 13

North Carolina 31, Virginia 28

Va. Tech 48, Arkansas St. 16

N.C. State 33, S. Alabama 10

Wake Forest 36, Gardner-Webb 3

Ohio State 21, Miami 19

Boise State 45, Toledo 20

Stanford 38, Arizona 17

Wisconsin 52, N. Illinois 26

Oklahoma State 39, Tulsa 29

Nebraska 44, Washington 21

Michigan St. 23, Notre Dame 22

Thursday night football is not for everybody in the SEC.

When LSU plays at Mississippi State tonight on ESPN, it will mark the league's lone Thursday night matchup of the season after the opening weekend. Most SEC teams have played the occasional Thursday night game in recent years, and MSU coach Dan Mullen doesn't mind facing the No. 3 Tigers just five days after a loss at Auburn.

"I watch every single Thursday night game," Mullen said Wednesday. "The whole country is watching, and I think it's great exposure for your program. We have to play LSU at some point."

The Thursday night league king is South Carolina, which has made nine such appearances since Steve Spurrier took over in 2005 and is 7-2 in those games.

"They're really nice to start the season," Spurrier said, "because you get a couple of extra days to report before the other teams do."

Alabama moved a game against Georgia State late last season to a Thursday night, and it was televised by ESPNU, but that was done to give the Crimson Tide extra time to prepare for rival Auburn. Tide coach Nick Saban said Thursday night games are too disruptive for the campus, and Georgia's Mark Richt agreed.

"We will not play on a Thursday night and haven't since I've been here," Richt said. "If we tried to have a game day on Thursday, you would just about have to close school Thursday and Friday."

Pasquali's Pix

Auburn at Clemson: The school without a lake has won 14 straight over the school with a lake. SEC Tigers 33, ACC Tigers 30.

Kansas at Georgia Tech: Break out the "Air Raid" slogans. The Yellow Jackets lead the nation with a stunning 34.1 yards per completion. Jackets 38, Jayhawks 19.

Ole Miss at Vandy: A big game for James Franklin. The final game for Houston Nutt? Rebels 16, Commodores 10.

Coastal Carolina at Georgia: This will be the biggest game of the season for Richt should the Bulldogs lose. Bulldogs 55, Chanticleers 7.

Tennessee at Florida: The Vols definitely need the Tyler Bray of last week and not the Orange & White game version. Gators 27, Vols 24.

UTC at Eastern Kentucky: So how did you spend the 19 years that have passed since the Mocs were so highly ranked? Mocs 34, Colonels 21.

North Texas at Alabama: Other than Navy-Notre Dame, there aren't many Bowl Subdivision matchups of teams with nicknames that don't end in "s." Crimson Tide 52, Mean Green 3.

Oklahoma at Florida State: ESPN's "College GameDay" broadcast is descending on Tallahassee for a seventh time, but it's the first visit since 2003. Sooners 33, Seminoles 28.

about David Paschall...

David Paschall is a sports writer for the Times Free Press. He started at the Chattanooga Free Press in 1990 and was part of the Times Free Press when the paper started in 1999. David covers University of Georgia football, as well as SEC football recruiting, SEC basketball, Chattanooga Lookouts baseball and other sports stories. He is a Chattanooga native and graduate of the Baylor School and Auburn University. David has received numerous honors for ...

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