Championship weekendPosted: January 2, 2014
Time to crown some college national champions.
And begin the NFL’s trip to Super Bowl XLVIII.
The top two teams in college football meet Monday on ESPN, with top-ranked Florida State taking on Auburn at the Rose Bowl.
Auburn won the national title in 2009, and used several miracle finishes to claim the SEC championship this season. Florida State won a pair of championships under Bobby Bowden, and looks to return to the top with Jimbo Fisher at the helm.
Division I’s championship series playoffs close Saturday, with North Dakota State going for its third straight title against Towson. ESPN2 has coverage at 2 p.m. The Tigers, from the Colonial Athletic Association, ousted the second and third seeds to reach the final game. The Bison hosted the ESPN GameDay crew earlier in the campaign.
There’s a few more bowls for the BCS finale. Alabama and Oklahoma meet in the Sugar Bowl Thursday at 8:30 p.m. on ESPN, then it’s Clemson-Ohio State in the Orange Bowl Friday at 8:30 p.m. and Fox offers the Cotton Bowl between Oklahoma State and Missouri at 7:30 p.m.
Vanderbilt takes on Houston in the Compass Bowl Saturday at 1 p.m. on ESPN, and fire up the computer Sunday at 9 p.m. for Arkansas State and Ball State.
The road to the Meadowlands begins on NBC Saturday at 4:30 p.m. when the Colts host the Chiefs. Will their be snowballs flying when the Saints head to Philadelphia Saturday night?
The Chargers, who snagged the final AFC playoff berth in overtime last Sunday, head to Cincinnati Sunday at 1 p.m. on CBS. Green Bay takes on the 49ers at 4:30 p.m. on Fox.
Top high school players gather for the U.S. Army All-American Bowl Saturday at 1 p.m. on NBC.
The Wizards take on the Raptors Friday at 7 p.m. on Comcast before hosting Golden State Sunday at 6 p.m.
There’s Big Ten action on ESPN2 Thursday at 7 p.m., with Wisconsin against Northwestern. Gonzaga takes on St. Mary’s at 9 p.m. Virginia takes on Florida State Saturday at 5 p.m., after Cincinnati plays Memphis at noon.
Michigan State meets Indiana Saturday at 2 p.m. on CBS, followed by Duke-Notre Dame. San Diego State visits Kansas Sunday at 4:30 p.m.
ACC network has Pittsburgh-North Carolina State Saturday at noon, and Miami against Syracuse at 2 p.m.
Comcast offers Clemson-Boston College Saturday at 4 p.m.
California battles Stanford on FoxSports1 Thursday at 9 p.m. There’s Big East action Saturday at 1 p.m. with St. John’s against Georgetown, then Creighton takes on Seton Hall at 3 p.m., and three more games Sunday. USC takes on UCLA at 3 p.m., then it’s Oregon-Colorado and Providence against Villanova at 7 p.m.
NBC Sports network has Pennsylvania against George Mason Thursday at 7:30 p.m.
Cornell meets St. Bonaventure Saturday at 2 p.m. on NBC Sports network, followed by Yale-St. Louis at 5:30 p.m.
In women’s action, Virginia Tech plays Boston College on Comcast Sunday at 1 p.m., followed by Kentucky-Florida at 3 p.m.
NBC Sports network offers George Washington-St. Joseph’s Sunday at 1 p.m. and Dayton takes on St. Louis at 3 p.m.
The Capitals start 2014 against the Hurricanes Thursday at 7 p.m. on Comcast, then head to Minnesota Saturday at 8 p.m. NBC Sports network has the Sharks against Blackhawks Sunday at 8 p.m.
Boston College faces Notre Dame in college ice hockey on NBC Sports network Saturday at 7:30 p.m.
The United States Olympics trials continue Friday at 8 p.m. on NBC Sports network with Short Track Speed Skating. There’s more short track action Saturday at 4 p.m.
ESPN has the World Bowling Tour finals Sunday at 1 p.m.