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Titans Fan Guide: Throwdown Thursday

The Big 12 and Pac 12 take center stage on Thursday night to do battle in key conference games

Lache Seastrunk. Yes. Please
Lache Seastrunk. Yes. Please
Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

The national championship picture begins to clear up with a combo platter of intriguing games to whet everyone's appetite for the beginnings of rivalry weekend. Let's begin with a Big 12 showdown in Texas.

(10) Oklahoma at (6) Baylor 7:30 PM EST Fox Sports 1

- The Sooners travel to Waco to take on the undefeated Bears and their high flying offense. Can Oklahoma stop Baylor from scoring 60 points for only the second time this year? Keep in mind that Oklahoma failed to contain a much inferior Texas offense to the tune of 36 points earlier this year in Dallas. Baylor HC Art Briles could be in the running for the currently filled (and highlyThe Big 12 and Pac 12 take center stage on Thursday night to do battle in key conference games coveted) University of Texas job. Will the "Belldozer" match score for score against a surprisingly underrated Bears defense? Bears WR Tevin Reese has Baylor fans going, Terrance Williams who? Kendall Wright who? Reese has patiently waited his turn behind those two talents and could be just as talented as they were.

Bears prospects to watch:

WR Tevin Reese

RB Lache Seastrunk

QB Bryce Petty

OL Cyril Richardson

Sooners prospects to watch:

OL Gabe Ikard

RB Damien Williams

CB Aaron Colvin

(3) Oregon at (5) Stanford 9:00 PM ESPN

- The second game features two top 5 teams that lost some luster when Stanford inexplicably lost to Utah a few weeks ago. Can the Ducks make good on RB De'Anthony Thomas declaring that they will put up 40 points on a stingy Cardinal defense? This game also features a stark difference in team philosophy. Will the Ducks be able to combat their physical SEC style defense bugaboo? The Heisman Trophy race could be solidified in this game with a good performance by Ducks QB Marcus Mariota after FSU's Jameis Winston finally looked like a freshman against Miami. Oregon will be looking for revenge after last year's defeat in Eugene that most likely kept them out of the national title game. Like the aforementioned Bears, the Ducks have several draft eligible defensive prospects worth keeping an eye on.

Stanford prospects to watch:

DE Trent Murphy

LB Shayne Skov

QB Kevin Hogan

RB Tyler Gaffney

S Ed Reynolds

DE Aziz Shittu (2015)

Oregon prospects to watch:

QB Marcus Mariota

RB/KR De'Anthony Thomas

WR Josh Huff

S Brian Jackson

CB Ifo Ekpre-Olomu

LB Boseko Lokombo

OL Hroniss Grasu

DT Taylor Hart

DT Ricky Havili-Hemuli