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Thanksgiving Football Game Schedules for NFL and College

Author:
Matt Corral, Ole Miss Rebels Football

There are five football games on Thanksgiving this year

Food isn't the only thing you can feast on this Thanksgiving as there is a five-course offering of football on the menu too. The NFL will serve up a tripleheader, there's a Mountain West Conference matchup in the afternoon, and the Egg Bowl is back on Thanksgiving night.

Here is a list of the games on the schedule for Thanksgiving Day for those who want to add some pigskin to their plates.

Note: All times are ET

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Chicago at Detroit, 12:30 p.m. on FOX
Wins have been hard to come by for both of these teams. Chicago (3-7) has lost five in a row, the two most recent by a total of five points. But Detroit (0-9-1) has yet to win a game, as the Lions' only loss was a tie with Pittsburgh in Week 10. The Bears won the first meeting this season, 24-14 in the Windy City. Both teams have some quarterback questions with starters Justin Fields and Jared Goff nursing injuries. So it could be the Andy Dalton vs. Tim Boyle show on Turkey Day in the Motor City.

Fresno State at San Jose State, 3:30 p.m. on FS1
Fresno State trails San Diego State by a game in the Mountain West's West Division standings but owns the head-to-head tiebreaker. So a Bulldogs win over San Jose State coupled with an SDSU loss to Boise State on Friday would put Fresno State in the conference championship game. A Spartans win would not only mean they play spoiler to their division rival, but they also would become bowl eligible. 

Las Vegas at Dallas, 4:30 p.m. on CBS
Las Vegas (5-5) has lost three in a row to fall from leading the AFC West to sitting on the outer edge of the wild-card chase. Dallas (7-3) leads the NFC East by 2.5 games but has dropped two of its last three and didn't manage a single touchdown in Sunday's 19-9 road loss to Kansas City. The Cowboys also are looking to snap a two-game losing streak on Turkey Day.

Ole Miss at Mississippi State, 7:30 p.m. on ESPN
The Egg Bowl, one of the top rivalry games in all of college football, is back on Thanksgiving night. The annual Magnolia State showdown between Ole Miss and Mississippi State has taken place on Thanksgiving 26 times previously (Rebels lead 14-11-1 in those meetings) and it will reside there once again this season and next year. Besides coveted in-state bragging rights, second place in the SEC West and positioning in the conference's bowl pecking order also are on the line Thursday night.

Buffalo at New Orleans, 8:20 p.m. on NBC
Buffalo (6-4) suddenly finds itself looking up at New England in the AFC East as the Patriots have won five in a row and the Bills have lost two of their last three. New Orleans (5-5) is dealing with its own three-game losing streak as injuries to Jameis Winston and Alvin Kamara have taken their toll.