Thursday Night Bites: A taste for vengeance

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Thursday September 8th, 2011

Your weeknight appetizers before the binge of Saturday:

Florida A&M @ Hampton, 7:30 p.m. ET (ESPNU): The Rattlers-Pirates tilt, an amuse-bouche of a MEAC opener, may still be slightly redolent of revenge following Hampton's 25-0 thumping of FAMU two years ago in Virginia. Both squads are 1-0 following second-half rallies last week: The Rattlers were beneficiaries of one of Week 1's myriad last-minute touchdown passes, edging Fort Valley State 28-22 in Tallahassee, while the Pirates staged a comeback to top Alabama A&M at Soldier field, 21-20. Names to watch tonight: FAMU quarterback Austin Trainor, who threw for 348 yards in his season debut, and head coaches Donovan Rose and Joe Taylor, the former having served as the latter's defensive coordinator before Taylor decamped for the Rattlers gig. And don't flip away at halftime; if there's any justice in the world, ESPN will actually show FAMU's famed Marching 100 band performance in its entirety.

Arizona at Oklahoma State, 8:00 p.m ET (ESPN): Wildcats regain any respect
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