Thursday, November 22, 2012

Weekend watchdog - Thanksgiving edition

There's three NFL games on Thanksgiving Day - will any be turkeys?
NBC joins the rotation when the Jets host the Patriots at 8:20 p.m. The traditional hosts play in the afternoon, with the Texans going to Detroit at 12:30 p.m. The Redskins and Cowboys renew their rivalry on Fox at 4:15 p.m.
There will be special awards. Gather the family around the TV and enjoy the tradition.
Sunday, the Ravens head to San Diego at 4 p.m. on CBS. Fox has the doubleheader, with the Vikings facing the Bears at 1 p.m. before the 49ers take on the Saints.
The Packers take on the Giants Sunday night on NBC, while the Panthers and Eagles battle Monday night on ESPN.
North of the border, NBC Sports network brings the Grey Cup at 6 p.m. between Calgary and Toronto.
ESPN has a Thanksgiving night contest between Texas and TCU at 7:30 p.m.
After you've done your Black Friday shopping, there's plenty of college football on the schedule. ABC's doubleheader starts at noon with Nebraska-Iowa, then West Virginia heads to Iowa State.
Fox has the Apple Cup between Washington and Washington State at 3 p.m., while CBS offers LSU-Arkansas at 2:30 p.m.
The new Pac-12 rivalry between Utah and Colorado goes on Fx at 3 p.m. ESPN2 starts the day at 11 a.m. with a Big East contest between Syracuse and Temple, while ESPN offers a pair of primetime games - South Florida at Cincinnati at 7 p.m. followed by Arizona State against Arizona.
Top-ranked Notre Dame tries to claim a berth in the national championship Saturday at 8 p.m., traveling to Southern California on ABC. Earlier in the day, Michigan plays Ohio State at noon and it's Florida-Florida State at 3:30 p.m.
The Iron Bowl between Alabama and Auburn is on CBS at 3:30 p.m. Fox has Baylor against Texas Tech at 2:30 p.m., then Stanford battles UCLA at 6:30 p.m. NBC offers the Bayou Classic between Grambling and Southern at 3:30 p.m.
The ACC network closes the regular season with Miami facing Duke at 12:30 p.m. Comcast offers Maryland against North Carolina at 3 p.m.
ESPN starts its day at noon with Georgia Tech-Georgia, then Oklahoma takes on Oklahoma State. In primetime, it's the battle of the Palmetto State between South Carolina and Clemson. On ESPN2, Rutgers meets Pittsburgh at noon before Wisconsin-Penn State. New members of the SEC get together when Missouri faces Texas A&M at 7 p.m., then it's San Jose State against Louisiana Tech.
Fx has Tulsa-SMU at noon while NBC Sports network shows Air Force against Fresno State at 3:30 p.m. Connecticut tackles Louisville in the Big East game of the week Saturday at noon on MASN. The clash between Idaho and Utah State follows at 3:30 p.m.
ESPN has the finals of the NIT preseason tip-off tournament Friday at 5 p.m., with the third place game at 2:30 p.m. ESPN2 shows the Old Spice Classic and Anaheim Classic throughout the weekend. There's six games Thursday, starting with West Virginia-Marist at noon. Vanderbilt plays Davidson at 2:30 p.m., then it's out west for Drexel against St. Mary's. The evening starts at 7 p.m. with Drexel taking on Oklahoma, then Clemson plays Gonzaga. The night closes with Drake facing California at midnight.
There's a game from the Old Spice Classic Friday at 12:30 p.m. on ESPN, and two more on ESPN2 at 5:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. Creighton meets Wisconsin at 10 p.m. The Old Spice Classic title game airs at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, followed by the championship game from Anaheim.
NBC Sports network has the Battle 4 Atlantis, starting Thursday at 7 p.m. with Memphis against VCU. Louisville meets Northern Iowa at 9:30 p.m. There's two semifinal games Friday starting at 7 p.m., with the consolation game at 7 p.m. and championship at 9:30 p.m.
Connecticut meets Stony Brook Sunday at 4 p.m. on MASN, while Comcast has Southland/Houston against Texas A&M Corpus Christi Sunday at 3 p.m.
The Wizards host the Bobcats Saturday at 7 p.m. on Comcast.

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