Football in FloridaPosted: October 31, 2013
As the calendar turns to November, the top college teams eye their bowl destinations.
The action in Florida is already heating up.
CBS brings “The World’s Biggest Cocktail Party” from Jacksonsville Saturday at 3:30 p.m., as Georgia and Florida have their annual clash.
In primetime, ABC brings another battle for the top of the ACC – Miami at second-ranked Florida State.
These teams will find a spot among the 35 postseason bowls – just depends where.
The college football weekend begins Thursday at 7 p.m. as South Florida visits Houston on ESPN. FoxSports1 offers Rice-North Texas at 7:30 p.m., and Arizona State battles Washington State at 10:30 p.m. on ESPN.
It’s a Pac-12 showdown Friday at 9 p.m. with Southern Cal facing Oregon State on ESPN2.
Virginia Tech tries to bounce back Saturday at noon, heading to Boston College on ABC. Other areas will see Wisconsin-Iowa (ESPN2 carries the game not seen over-the-air in your area), and it’s back to the Big Ten at 3:30 p.m. for Michigan against Michigan State.
Navy visits Notre Dame at 3:30 p.m. on NBC. Fox has a top 20 showdown between Oklahoma State and Texas Tech at 7 p.m.
ESPN starts its day in the Big Ten, as Illinois takes on Penn State at noon. Virginia meets Clemson at 3:30 p.m. then Tennessee takes on Missouri at 7 p.m.
In primetime, ESPN2 has Auburn against Arkansas at 6 p.m. before UTEP-Texas A&M at 9 p.m.
FoxSports1 heads off to the Big 12 at 3:30 p.m. for Iowa State-Kansas State, then Colorado tackles UCLA at 7:30 p.m.
Comcast brings Wake Forest at Syracuse at noon, followed by James Madison-Villanova.
Temple takes on Rutgers on MASN at noon, then VMI goes to Liberty. On MASN2, Middle Tennessee plays Alabama-Birmingham at 1 p.m.
CBS has a Sunday NFL doubleheader, with the Chargers visiting Washington at 1 p.m. before the Ravens play the Browns. Fox offers Eagles at Raiders at 4 p.m.
The weekend begins Thursday at 8:25 p.m. with the Bengals at Dolphins. Sunday night on NBC, the struggling Texans face the Colts while the Bears meet the Packers Monday on ESPN.
NASCAR has three races left before crowning its champion. ESPN has coverage from Texas Sunday at 3 p.m.
The Nationwide race goes Saturday at 3:30 p.m. on ESPN2 and the Truck race will be on FoxSports1 Friday at 8:30 p.m.
Formula One heads to the Middle East, with the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix Sunday at 8 a.m. Qualifying is Friday at 9 a.m.
For a different kind of horsepower, it’s time for the Breeder’s Cup. NBC has the final races Saturday at 8 p.m. NBC Sports network has coverage Friday at 4 p.m. and Saturday at 3:30 p.m.
The Wizards have their home opener Friday at 7 p.m. on Comcast, as the 76ers come to town. They travel to Miami Sunday at 6 p.m.
TNT has a Halloween NBA doubleheader, with Knicks-Bulls at 8 p.m. followed by Warriors-Clippers. ESPN offers the Heat visiting Brooklyn at 8 p.m., with the Spurs facing the Lakers in the nightcap.
The Capitals host Florida Saturday at 7 p.m. on Comcast.
Northeastern faces Boston College Friday at 8 p.m. on NBC Sports network.
It’s time for the MLS playoffs. NBC has the Red Bulls against a play-in winner Sunday at 3:30 p.m. Houston meets Montreal in a play-in contest Thursday at 8 p.m. on NBC Sports network. There’s two more games on NBC Sports network, with Kansas City at New England at 8 p.m. before Portland meets Seattle at 10:30 p.m.
ESPN brings the Galaxy against Real Salt Lake Sunday at 9 p.m.
In the Premier League, Arsenal faces Liverpool Saturday at 1:30 p.m. on NBC. Sunday, Cardiff City meets Swansea City at 11 a.m.
Florida State hosts Notre Dame in women’s soccer Thursday at 8 p.m. on Comcast.
The best runners in the world hit the streets of New York for the New York marathon Sunday at 9 p.m. on ESPN2.