Week 9 of the college football season brings us a loaded slate, and thankfully for us all, there is a flurry of action set to take place right off the bat on Thursday night. In addition to some MACtion, we’re offered a battle in the Big 12 featuring a top 15-ranked team, an ACC Coastal Division battle and a one-loss Sun Belt team looking to climb its way up the rankings with another victory as the season nears its end.
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Thursday college football schedule, scores
All times Eastern
Ball State at Ohio — CBS Sports Network — GameTracker
Toledo at Western Michigan — ESPN2 — GameTracker
Baylor at No. 13 West Virginia — FS1 — GameTracker
Georgia Tech at Virginia Tech — ESPN — GameTracker
No. 25 Appalachian State at Georgia Southern — ESPNU — GameTracker
West Virginia blowing past Baylor
West Virginia needed a get-right game after its loss to Iowa State two weeks ago. Uh, yes, the Mountaineers looking to be getting all the way right. They lead Baylor 44-0 and they’ve done practically everything right save for a couple of missed field goals. Quarterback Will Grier is back on track with three touchdown passes and the Mountaineers defense is suffocating everything Baylor tries. This game is a reminder that when West Virginia is clicking, it looks like a top-10 team.
Georgia Tech and Virginia Tech in a shootout
We double checked and, yep, there’s no “D” in either Georgia Tech or Virginia Tech. The Yellow Jackets and Hokies are in a scoring frenzy with Georgia Tech holding a 28-21 lead at halftime. So far, practically every single offensive drive has ended in a touchdown and one Georgia Tech punt resulted in a muffed return by Virginia Tech, leading to a Yellow Jackets touchdown. At this point, we may not see another punt for the rest of the night.
Appalachian State on upset alert at Georgia Southern
Playing a conference road game on a short week is tough. Playing a triple option team on the road on a short week is even tougher. App State is finding that out the hard way. The Mountaineers are down 17-7 at Georgia Southern at halftime, and quarterback Zac Thomas left the game early in the first quarter after taking a big hit. Replacement Peyton Derrick has just one completion in relief. App State is finally in the top 25, but this was a natural letdown spot. Can the Mountaineers rally the troops and get the tough road win?
Toledo leads Western Michigan despite scheduling SNAFU
The Rockets got dealt a bad scheduling break as they’re on their third game — and second on the road — in 12 days. Toledo already lost to Eastern Michigan and Buffalo, but its bounced back nicely against Western Michigan with a 30-17. Quarterback Mitchell Guadagni already has a couple of touchdown passes and the Rockets are averaging nearly nine yards per play.
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