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Two of college football's biggest games air Thursday night

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Oregon's Marcus Mariota is one of college football's most exciting players and a frontrunner for the Heisman Trophy. (Source: Neon Tommy via Wikimedia Commons) Oregon's Marcus Mariota is one of college football's most exciting players and a frontrunner for the Heisman Trophy. (Source: Neon Tommy via Wikimedia Commons)

(RNN) - There's never been a Thursday night of college football on TV quite like this one. Two games likely to decide conference championships and affect the national championship picture kick off back-to-back.

The doubleheader starts with high-scoring, undefeated Baylor playing Oklahoma at 7:30 p.m. ET on Fox Sports 1.

The Bears, ranked sixth in the BCS standings, are a 14-point favorite over No. 10 Oklahoma. Ninety minutes after that one starts, third-ranked Oregon plays No. 5 Stanford on ESPN at 9 p.m. ET

Baylor has never played in a more important game. Coach Art Briles has his team averaging more than 60 points a game and among the teams competing for a berth in the national title game. Running back Lache Seastrunk, who averages about 8 yards a carry, has been ruthlessly efficient, going over 100 yards in all but one game this season. A breakout effort could propel him into the Heisman conversation.

Oklahoma is no slouch running the ball, either. The Sooners duo Brennan Clay and Damien Williams will attack a Baylor defense that has been vulnerable to the rush. Controlling the clock and resting the defense against Baylor's offense will be the key for the Sooners, who are still in the Big 12 title hunt.

Stanford clipped Oregon 17-14 last year in OT, probably costing the Ducks a shot at the national title. The loss put Alabama in the national title game against Notre Dame.

The Cardinal kept Oregon's explosive offense under control last year, which will again be the key matchup. The Ducks are averaging 632 yards and 55.6 points per game. Oregon QB Marcus Mariota has thrown for 2,281 yards this year, 20 touchdowns and no interceptions. The last interception he threw was last year – against Stanford.

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