Friday, December 10, 2010

Weekend watchdog

With college football basically down to the bowl season, college basketball begins to step into the spotlight.
Saturday, CBS has a two-sport doubleheader. Saint Louis visits national champion Duke at noon at Cameron Indoor Stadium, then the coverage heads to Philly for the annual Army-Navy game. While it's the biggest game of the season for both, they still have bowl season to look forward to.
The Football Championship Series (old I-AA) playoffs provides the rest of the football this weekend. The quarterfinals start Friday at 8 p.m. on ESPN2 with a battle between CAA schools - New Hampshire at Delaware. Villanova visits Appalachian State Saturday at noon on ESPN, and MASN features Georgia Southern-Wofford at 2 p.m. North Dakota State visits Eastern Washington following the conclusion of that contest.
Off the field, ESPN has the college football awards season, capped by the awarding of the Heisman Trophy Saturday at 8 p.m.
ESPN continues it's early-season hardcourt action Saturday when the SEC takes center court with Tennessee against Pittsburgh at 3:15 p.m. followed by Kentucky-Indiana. ESPN2 begins the day with Auburn-Rutgers at 12:30 p.m., followed by Wisconsin-Marquette. Then it's a matchup in the Big 12/Pac-10 challenge - Washington vs. Texas A&M - followed by a team moving from one conference to the other - Colorado - meeting Kansas. Gonzaga plays Notre Dame at 8:30 p.m.
MASN offers George Mason at Liberty Saturday at 7 p.m., then Sunday at 2 p.m. Wake Forest takes on UNC-Wilmington. Comcast shows Dayton's game at Old Dominion Saturday at 4 p.m., then Sunday Virginia Tech hosts Penn State at 1 p.m. and Maryland battles Boston College at 4 p.m.
The NFL primetime games of the weekend come from Texas - Eagles at Cowboys on NBC Sunday night, then the Ravens take on the Texans on ESPN Monday night.
The Redskins host Tampa Bay Sunday afternoon on FOX, while CBS has the doubleheader. The Washington CBS channel doesn't have a game at 1 p.m. - while most of Virginia sees Cincinnati-Pittsburgh - and in the nightcap New England visits Chicago.
ESPN has the NBA doubleheader Friday, starting with the Lakers heading to Chicago at 8 p.m. In the nightcap, it's the Heat at Golden State.
The Wizards take on the Knicks Friday on Comcast.
The Capitals take on the Avalanche Saturday and visit the Rangers Sunday on Comcast.
NBC will feature the Shark Shootout Saturday at 4 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m.
The NCAA crowns its men's soccer champion this weekend. The second semifinal - Akron against Michigan - is Friday at 11 p.m. on ESPN2, with the final Sunday at 4 p.m.

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