Friday, December 3, 2010

Weekend watchdog

We know when the BCS bowls will be.
We basically know who's going to be in the BCS bowls.
But it won't be until Sunday night that we officially know who's going where, and who's playing for the national championship January 10.
ESPN's BCS selection show Sunday at 8:15 p.m. - and the bowl selection show at 9 p.m. - caps off the final big weekend of college football.
Top-ranked Oregon knows it's in the BCS, and plays Oregon State in the Civil War Saturday at 3:30 p.m. on ABC.
Over on CBS, No. 2 Auburn faces South Carolina in the Southeastern Conference final at 4 p.m.
Virginia Tech goes for it's 11th straight victory and a BCS berth against Florida State at 7:45 p.m. on ESPN. Keep the clicker busy, as the Big 12 title game matches Oklahoma and Big Ten-bound Nebraska on ABC at 8 p.m. while Connecticut can clinch the Big East crown when it plays South Florida on ESPN2.
West Virginia can stay alive in the Big East with a win in its noon contest against Rutgers on ABC.
ESPN2 has a doubleheader Friday - the MAC championship between Northern Illinois and Miami at 7 p.m., followed by Illinois visiting Fresno State.
Saturday at noon, ESPN2 shows the C-USA title game between SMU and Central Florida, while Pittsburgh meets Cincinnati on ESPN.
Versus offers the Apple Cup between Washington and Washington State Saturday at 7 p.m. Comcast brings together L.A. rivals - USC vs. UCLA - Saturday at 10:30 p.m.
In the world of college football playoffs, MASN shows a pair of games from FCS (the old I-AA) - Wofford at Jacksonville State at noon, followed by Villanova taking on Stephen F. Austin.
Going against the BCS selection show is one of the top NFL games of the season - Steelers at Ravens on NBC Sunday night football. The AFC North title and likely a top-seed will be on the line when the rivals meet in Baltimore.
Monday night, ESPN has the AFC East grudge match between the Jets and Patriots.
On Sunday afternoon, the Redskins visit New York at 1 p.m. on FOX. So CBS in Washington decided to show the Raiders' game with San Diego in the 4 p.m. slot, against the Cowboys' visit to Indy.
The NBA is on ESPN Friday, when the Bulls visit Boston at 8 p.m., then the Mavericks play the Jazz.
The Wizards host Portland Friday on Comcast, then begin a west coast swing at Phoenix Sunday at 8 p.m.
In college basketball, the ACC hits conference play early when Virginia visits Virginia Tech Sunday at 6 p.m. on Comcast.
Saturday, there's an afternoon doubleheader on ESPN - Butler-Duke at 3:15 p.m., then Illinois meeting Gonzaga - while ESPN2 offers Alabama-Purdue and N.C. State-Syracuse starting at 3:30 p.m.
Comcast's basketball weekend tips off Friday, when the Big 12-Pac10 challenge continues as Kansas State takes on Washington State at 11 p.m. There's two more games Saturday afternoon -California heads east to face Iowa State, then Texas Tech battles Washington - and Sunday at 11 p.m. it's Texas at Southern Cal.
Comcast goes to the CAA Saturday at noon when VCU plays William & Mary.
MASN has Connecticut hosting UMBC at 7 p.m. CAA basketball gets the coverage Saturday at 7:30 p.m. when UNC-Wilmington goes to George Mason. The weekend closes with a pair of games from the BB&T Classic - George Washington vs. Navy at 5 p.m., followed by Maryland-Temple.
Comcast offers women's basketball Sunday at 2 p.m., when Tennessee visits rival Old Dominion, while ESPN2 has Purdue-Notre Dame at the same time.
The Capitals face the Thrashers Thursday on Comcast.
The NCAA Women's College Cup semifinal will be on ESPN2 Friday at 5 p.m., with Notre Dame taking on Ohio State. The final will be Sunday at noon.

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