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Thursday and Friday football open thread

Let the football weekend commence.

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The weekend is almost upon us.  But if you measure your weekend by whether there is football to watch, then congratulations: the weekend is here.

As is the norm, there is college football on Thursday and Friday night.  Here is your viewing schedule:

Thu, Oct 16, 2014 Time (ET) TV
Virginia Tech @ Pittsburgh 7:30 PM ESPN
(20) Utah @ Oregon State 10:00 PM FS2/PAC12
Fri, Oct 17, 2014 Time (ET) TV
Fresno State @ Boise State 8:00 PM ESPN
Temple @ Houston 9:00 PM ESPNU

That's right, fans. We have a Pac-12 game to follow on Thursday with Utah visiting Corvallis to take on Oregon State.

Before the Utes and Beavs, you have an ACC tilt between Pittsburgh and Virginia Tech.  The Hokies playing tonight is an excuse for me to break out the Hokie Cheer:

Hokie, Hokie, Hokie, Hy!
Tech, Tech, VPI
Sol-a-rex, Sol-a-rah
Poly Tech Vir-gin-ia
Ray rah VPI
Team! Team! Team!

Thursday night also means your NFL game on CBS/NFL Network.  This week, we can watch one of our favorite sons of California: Shane Vereen and the New England Patriots host the New York Jets at 8:25 PM ET.

And how about a bonus topic?  A busy sports Thursday night also has Game 5 of the National League Championship Series between the St. Louis Cardinals and the San Francisco Giants from AT&T Park.  San Francisco enjoys a 3-1 series lead, one win away from winning its third NL pennant in five years and earning the right to face the Kansas City Royals (!) in the World Series.  Can Giants ace Madison Bumgarner close it out for the Giants against Cards ace Adam Wainright?

Enjoy the games.  This is your open thread to talk about them all.

UPDATE (Thursday's results):

Utah beat Oregon State 29-23 in double overtime.

Pitt beat Virginia Tech 21-16

New England blocked a 58-yard FG as time expired to preserve a 27-25 win over the N.Y. Jets.   Shane Vereen amassed 114 total yards (43 rush, 71 rec) and scored two touchdowns.