Thanksgiving Football Schedule 2016

By Kevin Kelley -

The Thanksgiving Football Schedule for the 2016 season has been set. The schedule includes all college football games and NFL games this holiday weekend.

Thanksgiving week is also Rivalry Week in college football. Some of the rivalry games on the Thanksgiving football schedule include Auburn at Alabama, Florida at Florida State, Georgia Tech at Georgia, Oklahoma at Oklahoma State, Michigan at Ohio State, Mississippi State at Ole Miss, Oregon at Oregon State, South Carolina at Clemson, and Washington at Washington State.

There are also some great NFL games on the slate, highlighted by three Thanksgiving Classic games: Minnesota at Detroit, Washington at Dallas, and Pittsburgh at Indianapolis.

2016 Thanksgiving Week Football Schedule (PDF)

Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2016

Matchup Time (ET) TV / Online
Ohio 9, Akron 3 7:00 pm ESPNU
Miami (OH) 21, Ball State 20 7:00 pm ESPN3
Eastern Michigan 26, Central Michigan 21 7:00 pm ESPN3

Thursday, Nov. 24, 2016

Matchup Time (ET) TV / Online
NFL: Vikings at Lions 12:30 pm CBS
NFL: Redskins at Cowboys 4:30 pm FOX
LSU at Texas A&M 7:30 pm ESPN / ESPN3
NFL: Steelers at Colts 8:30 pm NBC

Friday, Nov. 25, 2016

Matchup Time (ET) TV / Online
(20) Houston at Memphis Noon ABC / ESPN3
NC State at North Carolina Noon ESPN / WatchESPN
NIU at Kent State Noon CBSSN / Stream
Arkansas at Missouri 2:30 pm CBS / Stream
Buffalo at Bowling Green 2:30 pm ESPN3
(19) Boise State at Air Force 3:30 pm CBSSN / Stream
(16) Nebraska at Iowa 3:30 pm ABC / ESPN3
TCU at Texas 3:30 pm FS1 / FSGo
(5) Washington at (23) Washington State 3:30 pm FOX / FSGo
Louisiana Tech at Southern Miss 4:00 pm ESPNews / WatchESPN
Toledo at (21) Western Michigan 5:00 pm ESPN2 / WatchESPN
Baylor vs. Texas Tech (at Arlington, TX) 6:00 pm ESPN / WatchESPN
Cincinnati at Tulsa 8:30 pm ESPNU / WatchESPN
Arizona State at Arizona 9:30 pm ESPN / WatchESPN

Saturday, Nov. 26, 2016

Matchup Time (ET) TV / Online
Arkansas State at UL Lafayette Noon ASN / ESPN3
Georgia Tech at Georgia Noon SECN / WatchESPN
Illinois at Northwestern Noon BTN / BTN2Go
Kansas at Kansas State Noon FS1 / FSGo
Kentucky at (11) Louisville Noon ESPN / WatchESPN
(3) Michigan at (2) Ohio State Noon ABC / ESPN3
Purdue at Indiana Noon ESPNU / WatchESPN
Rutgers at Maryland Noon ESPNews / WatchESPN
UCF at USF Noon CBSSN / Stream
Virginia at Virginia Tech Noon ESPN2 / WatchESPN
Syracuse at Pittsburgh 12:30 pm ACCN / ACCNExtra
FCS: Illinois State at Central Arkansas 2:00 pm ESPN3
FCS: Weber State at Chattanooga 2:00 pm ESPN3
FCS: Lehigh at New Hampshire 2:00 pm ESPN3
FCS: North Carolina A&T at Richmond 2:00 pm ESPN3
FCS: Saint Francis (Pa.) at Villanova 2:00 pm ESPN3
FCS: Charleston Southern at Wofford 2:00 pm ESPN3
Boston College at Wake Forest 3:00 pm RSN / ACCNExtra
(13) Auburn at (1) Alabama 3:30 pm CBS / Stream
Duke at Miami, FL 3:30 pm ESPN2 / WatchESPN
FIU at Old Dominion 3:30 pm ESPN3
Michigan State at (7) Penn State 3:30 pm ESPN / WatchESPN
Minnesota at (6) Wisconsin 3:30 pm BTN / BTN2Go
Mississippi State at Ole Miss 3:30 pm SECN / WatchESPN
(25) Navy at SMU 3:30 pm ESPNU / WatchESPN
Notre Dame at (12) USC 3:30 pm ABC / WatchESPN
San Jose State at Fresno State 3:30 pm CBSSN / Stream
South Alabama at Idaho 3:30 pm ASN / ESPN3
(18) West Virginia at Iowa State 3:30 pm FS1 / FSGo
Appalachian State at New Mexico State 4:00 pm ESPN3 / AggieVision
Nevada at UNLV 4:00 pm ESPN3
Oregon at Oregon State 4:00 pm Pac-12N / Stream
Troy at Texas State 4:00 pm ESPN3
Tulane at UConn 4:00 pm ESPNews / WatchESPN
FCS: Samford at Youngstown State 5:00 pm ESPN3
Florida Atlantic at Middle Tennessee 5:30 pm beIN Sports / Stream
Charlotte at UTSA 7:00 pm CampusInsiders
UCLA at California 7:00 pm ESPN2 / WatchESPN
WKU at Marshall 7:00 pm ESPNU / WatchESPN
FCS: San Diego at Cal Poly 7:00 pm ESPN3
East Carolina at Temple 7:30 pm ESPNews / WatchESPN
South Carolina at (4) Clemson 7:30 pm ESPN / WatchESPN
(17) Tennessee at Vanderbilt 7:30 pm SECN / WatchESPN
(22) Utah at (9) Colorado 7:30 pm FOX / FSGo
(15) Florida at (14) Florida State 8:00 pm ABC / ESPN3
North Texas at UTEP 8:00 pm CUSA.TV
Rice at (24) Stanford 8:00 pm Pac-12N / Stream
Colorado State at San Diego State 9:00 pm CBSSN / Stream
Utah State at BYU 10:15 pm ESPNU / WatchESPN
Wyoming at New Mexico 10:15 pm ESPN2 / WatchESPN
UMass at Hawaii 11:00 pm Oceanic PPV

Sunday, Nov. 27, 2016

Matchup Time (ET) TV / Online
Titans at Bears 1:00 pm CBS
Jaguars at Bills 1:00 pm CBS
Bengals at Ravens 1:00 pm CBS
Cardinals at Falcons 1:00 pm FOX
Giants at Browns 1:00 pm FOX
Rams at Saints 1:00 pm FOX
49ers at Dolphins 1:00 pm FOX
Chargers at Texans 1:00 pm CBS
Seahawks at Buccaneers 4:05 pm FOX
Patriots at Jets 4:25 pm CBS
Panthers at Raiders 4:25 pm CBS
Chiefs at Broncos 8:30 pm NBC

Monday, Nov. 28, 2016

Matchup Time (ET) TV
Packers at Eagles 8:30 pm ESPN
  1. Z Man
    November 21, 2016 at 6:32 pm

    Here’s how I want the actual Thanksgiving holiday to look football wise next year:

    CBS:
    12:00 – Florida State at Florida (SEC on CBS)
    4:30 – TBA at Dallas (NFL)

    Fox:
    12:30 – TBA at Detroit (NFL)
    4:30 – UCLA at USC (CFB on Fox)

    ABC:
    12:00 or 3:30 – Wisconsin at Minnesota (ESPN College Football)

    NBC:
    8:30 – TBA (NFL)

    ESPN
    7:00 – Mississippi at Mississippi State (ESPN College Football)

    ESPN2:
    8:00 – Purdue VS. Indiana at Indianapolis (ESPN College Football)

    ESPNU:
    7:30 – Texas A&M at LSU (ESPN College Football)

    ABC or CBSSN:
    3:30 or 7:00 – South Florida at UCF (ESPN College Football or College Football on CBS) – depends on if it affects conference title race

    FS1:
    7:00 – Texas Tech at Texas (CFB on Fox)
    10:30 – Arizona at Arizona State or Colorado at Utah (CFB on Fox)

    CBSSN:
    10:30 – MWC game TBD

    CBSSN or ESPN:
    7:00 or 10:30 – MWC game TBD (College Football on CBS or ESPN College Football)

    So I want a lot more college football played on the actual holiday

    ABC can alternate 2-year periods airing Minnesota-Wisconsin and Illinois-Northwestern on Thanksgiving.

    CBS would alternate airing FSU at Florida, Clemson at SC, or Louisville at Kentucky every odd year in the early time slot – the even years would always be Georgia Tech at Georgia in the late afternoon time slot

    Fox can alternate between an early slot Big 12 game in even years and a late afternoon slot Pac-12 game in odd years

    So yeah CBS and Fox would have doubleheaders consisting of a college game and an NFL game

  2. Tim
    November 25, 2016 at 1:34 pm

    Penn St.,if coach Franklin,beefs up the same Def line that showed for ohio st,and Iowa,,THE FLOOD <—–<<<<<<<PENN ST,WILL SHOCK THE NATION!!!!!!this season,then next season,when he recruits a few dozers,and back end help,the lions will be the pride of the big ten.Franklin has been working with hands tied,and still we watched a young team grow.He is a great coach…Has a great team.Great season,and still growing.All around great games this turkey season..yuckeyes in columbus,NITTANY LIONS OVER sparty=Big ten EAST CHAMPS!!!!!!!!

  3. Tim
    November 25, 2016 at 1:38 pm

    Go Penn state!!!!!!!!<———<<<<

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