Thursday, November 28, 2013

Weekend watchdog

Thanksgiving Day 2012's NFL games brought a real turkey - the Mark Sanchez butt fumble.
What surprises await in 2013?
The tripleheader starts at 12:30 p.m. on Fox, with the Packers visiting the Lions. CBS has the Raiders battling the Cowboys at 4:30 p.m. and Baltimore hosting the hated Steelers at 8:30 p.m.
The Ravens and Steelers appear to have butt-fumbled their season. Expected to contend for the AFC North title, the winner still faces a tough road to the last wild-card berth. And the loser starts thinking of 2014.
Top NFC contenders battle Monday on ESPN, with the Saints visiting Seattle. NBC offers Giants-Redskins Sunday night.
Sunday afternoon, CBS has the doubleheader featuring the Patriots against Texans at 1 p.m. and Broncos-Chiefs at 4:25 p.m. Fox will show the Cardinals' trip to Philadelphia at 1 p.m.
The college football weekend starts Thursday at 7:30 p.m. with Mississippi against Mississippi State on ESPN. FoxSports1 features Texas Tech at Texas.
ABC's Friday doubleheader starts at noon with Iowa-Nebraska, followed by Miami facing Pittsburgh.
CBS brings Arkansas' trip to LSU at 2:30 p.m., while Washington State meets Washington at 3:30 p.m. on Fox.
FoxSports1 starts its day at 3 p.m. with Florida International against Florida Atlantic. Fifth-ranked Oregon faces rival Oregon State at 7 p.m.
SMU travels to Houston at noon on ESPN2, while South Florida takes on Central Florida on ESPN at 8 p.m.
ABC brings a trio of rivalry matchups Saturday, starting at noon with Ohio State-Michigan. Georgia faces Georgia Tech at 3:30 p.m., followed by UCLA-USC at 8 p.m.
The SEC West title will be on the line when top-ranked Alabama goes to Auburn at 3:30 p.m. on CBS.
Notre Dame takes on Stanford on Fox at 7 p.m. The Bayou Classic between Grambling and Southern will be on NBC at 2:30 p.m.
ESPN starts its day at noon when second-ranked Florida State heads to Florida. Then it's off to the Big Ten for Penn State-Wisconsin at 3:30 p.m., followed by Missouri against Texas A&M at 7:45 p.m.
Duke can clinch a berth in the ACC title game when it plays North Carolina at noon on ESPN2. Baylor heads to TCU at 3:30 p.m., before South Carolina faces Clemson at 7 p.m. The night concludes on the blue turf with Boise State hosting New Mexico at 10:15 p.m.
Kansas takes on Kansas State at noon on FoxSports1, then Iowa State battles West Virginia at 4 p.m.
Maryland closes its time in the ACC, facing North Carolina State at 12:30 p.m. on the ACC network.
Boston College meets Syracuse on Comcast at 3:30 p.m. while MASN2 offers North Texas-Tulsa at 2:30 p.m.
NBC has Thanksgiving weekend ice hockey when the Rangers and Bruins tangle Friday at 1 p.m. The Capitals host Montreal Friday at 5 p.m. on Comcast.
It's Wizards-Pacers Friday at 7:30 p.m. on Comcast, and the Hawks visit Washington Saturday at 7 p.m.
ESPN2 has six contests on Thanksgiving Day, starting at noon with Oklahoma State-Purdue. Butler takes on Washington State at 2 p.m., followed by Marquette against Cal State-Fullerton at 4:30 p.m. and Memphis facing Siena at 6:30 p.m. St. Joseph's goes against LSU at 8:30 p.m., and Arizona State battles Creighton in the nightcap at 11 p.m.
There's a semifinal from the Old Spice Classic Friday at 1:30 p.m. on ESPN, followed by the third place game from the NIT pre-season tournament at 3:30 p.m. and title contest at 6 p.m.
Another five games fill the ESPN2 schedule Friday. After a tournament game at 3:30 p.m., there's the second semifinal from the Old Spice Classic at 5:30 p.m. Florida State meets Florida at 7:30 p.m., followed by a game from the Wooden Legacy classic and Northwestern-UCLA at 11:30 p.m.
Sunday brings the final of the Old Spice Classic at 7:30 p.m. and Wooden Legacy at 9:30 p.m. on ESPN2.
NBC Sports network has the Battle4Atlantis, starting Thursday at 7 p.m. when Iowa plays Xavier and Tennessee takes on Texas-El Paso. The semifinals are Friday and 7 and 9:30 p.m., with the consolation game Saturday at 7 p.m. followed by the championship at 9:30 p.m.
There's more tournament action as Georgia Tech plays Mississippi in the Barclay Center Classic Friday at 4:30 p.m. The consolation will be Saturday at 2 p.m., with the final at 4:30 p.m.
FoxSports1 has Providence-Fairfield Friday at 12:30 p.m. There's more Big East play Sunday, with Fairleigh Dickinson-Seton Hall at 2 p.m. followed by Oregon State-DePaul. North Carolina faces Alabama-Birmingham at 6 p.m. and it's Kentucky-Providence in the Brooklyn Hoops Festival at 9 p.m.
South Alabama faces Middle Tennessee State Saturday at 1 p.m. on Comcast, and Sunday at 5 p.m. VCU heads to Belmont. MASN2 brings Arkansas-Little Rock against Oklahoma Friday at 3 p.m. and Rhode Island meets George Mason Saturday at 4 p.m. on MASN.
In women's basketball, top-ranked Connecticut takes on Ohio State at 5:30 p.m. on ESPN2.
Newcastle meets West Brom on NBC Saturday at 12:30 p.m. NBC Sports network offers Premier League play Sunday, with Hull City-Liverpool at 9 a.m. followed by Chelsea against Southampton.
The best bowlers gather for the Cheetah championship Sunday at 1 p.m. on ESPN.

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