Thursday college football schedule: Game times, TV coverage for Week 12 games

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A top-ten team receives their final conference test, while the high-flying Thundering Herd look to put up some points.

Two games on the Thursday night slate, with a whole bunch of great offenses on the table.

7:30 p.m. ET

No. 8 Clemson vs Georgia Tech, ESPN

This is the last conference game of the year for each of these two schools -- both play their second FCS opponents of the year next before a season-ending showdown against an in-state SEC rival.

Georgia Tech is on top of the Coastal Division right now, but will need to win this game and have Virginia Tech and Miami each lose down the stretch in order for the Yellow Jackets to make it to the conference title game. Georgia Tech's triple option has been working well over the past few weeks, guiding Paul Johnson's team to three straight victories over Syracuse, Virginia and Pittsburgh.

The Yellow Jackets will face a very good Clemson team that has remained in the top ten despite the lack of any sort of fanfare surrounding the season. After their crushing loss to Florida State, the Tigers defeated Maryland 40-27 and blew out Virginia 59-10. Tajh Boyd has put up a very quiet 20-touchdown season, while Sammy Watkins continues to show he's one of the best receivers in the country.

Marshall at Tulsa, FOX Sports 1

Conference-USA is looking very interesting this year, but Tulsa is not involved in the logjam at the top, for a change.

Marshall, on the other hand, is, boasting one of the best and most balanced offenses in the country and a defense that ranks 25th in the country in points allowed. The Thundering Herd are led by star quarterback Rakeem Cato, who has 75 career touchdown passes and excels in Marshall's offense. The surprise for them has been their success on the ground -- Marshall has four consistent rushing weapons (including Cato) that have totaled 24 touchdowns this season.

Tulsa has struggled since Todd Graham left the program, and the Golden Hurricane are 2-7 this year, already ineligible for a bowl berth. Tulsa's two wins came against Colorado State and UTEP, and with the exception of close losses to Rice and Tulane, they've been blown out in every loss.

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