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article imageFour Day Football Fest in U.S.

By Michael Bearak     Nov 26, 2009 in Sports
Thanksgiving in the United States represents turkey, pumpkin pie and a ton of football. Not a bad way to start the end of the work week.
Thursday November 26th is the start of a weekend of great football that will end November 30th with Monday night football. Thursday will have one college game with the staple of Texas taking on Texas A&M.
Texas undefeated and already having punched their ticket to the Big-12 Championship needs this win strictly to hold ground in the BCS and AP Polls and not much else. So at 8:00pm eastern time tomorrow on ESPN the classic match-up that spurred "The Greatest Little Whore House in Texas" will renew their annual rivalry. Last year Texas blew out the Aggies and really there is no reason why this year won't be much different. The Aggies are 6-5 and below .500 in the Big-12 and Texas should use this as a tune up for their conference championship as long as they don't overlook the Aggies.
The pros will have three games on the dockets for their fans. The aweful Detroit Lions and the Dallas Cowboys are Thanksgiving Day staples. A few years back the NFL decided that it would be a great idea of have a third game, maybe something further towards the west coast, so this year the New York Giants will travel out to Denver to take on the Broncos.
Detroit will host the Green Bay Packers with a 12:30pm (ET) kickoff time. This is the beginning of a really rough stretch for the Lions with this division rival game on Thursday. A week later they have the Cincinnati Bangals and then the Baltimore Ravens after that. Already sitting at 2-8 on the season things don't look much better in the next three weeks for the Lions.
The Oakland Raiders will be visiting the Dallas Cowboys at 4:15pm (ET) on CBS. It is pure tradition for the Cowboys to play host on Thanksgiving Day. Past turkey day games have included Leon Lett and his infamous 1993 blunder against the Miami Dolphins when he attempted to recover a blocked field goal attempt with just seconds left on the clock. This allowed the Dolphins to recover and punch it in for the victory from the Cowboy's 1-yard line.
The final game of the day should be the best competition wise as the recently slumping New York Giants will visit the Denver Broncos. Both teams have playoff hopes and visions and this game will more than likely be the most competitive of the day. They will kickoff at 8:20pm (ET) on the NFL Channel.
So while that turkey settles in and you sit back on the sofa and think about that second slice of pumpkin pie the NFL will be playing on your TV. Thursday will just be the warm-up too because starting at 11:00am (ET) on Friday there will be 13 additional college games with the last one starting at 10:00pm (ET) when Nevada visits #6 Boise State. Saturday and Sunday will offer full slates of games for the NCAA and then NFL respectively.
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