For two months, ESPN has been running the commercials – please plan on watching the College Football playoffs on Dec. 31.
Today’s the day.
The four teams battling for the national championship take the field today, with top-seeded Clemson against Oklahoma in the Orange Bowl at 4 p.m. on ESPN and the Cotton Bowl hosting Alabama-Michigan State at 8 p.m.
The winners advance to the title contest in Arizona Jan. 11.
Thursday begins in Atlanta, with Houston facing Florida State at noon. Eat more chikin while you watch.
New Year’s Day action starts at noon, with the Outback Bowl matching Northwestern and Tennessee on ESPN2. ABC offers the Citrus Bowl between Michigan and Florida at 1 p.m.
The Fiesta Bowl brings together Notre Dame and Ohio State on ESPN 1 p.m., followed by Iowa-Stanford in the Rose Bowl and the Sugar Bowl between Oklahoma State and Mississippi at 8:30 p.m.
There’s four more bowl games on ESPN Saturday. Penn State and Jacksonville battle in Jacksonville at noon, followed by the Liberty Bowl matchup of Kansas State-Arkansas. Oregon and TCU meet in the Alamo Bowl at 6:45 p.m., with West Virginia against Arizona State at 10:15 p.m.
The NFL closes its regular season Sunday, and the Packers and Vikings battle for the NFC North crown on NBC at 8:30 p.m. The loser still advances to the playoffs as a wild-card.
Fox has NFC East winners Washington at Dallas Sunday at 1 p.m., followed by Panthers-Buccaneers. The Steelers try to survive and advance against the Browns on CBS, then the Broncos battle the Chargers in hopes of claiming the AFC West.
New Year’s Day means the NHL’s Winter Classic, with the Bruins meeting the Canadiens from the Patriots’ stadium on NBC at 1 p.m. NBC Sports network has the alumni game Thursday at 3:30 p.m.
Comcast has the Capitals against the Hurricanes Thursday at 6 p.m. and visiting Columbus Saturday at 7 p.m.
The Wizards host Orlando Friday at 7 p.m. and the Heat Sunday at 6 p.m. on Comcast.
Virginia opens ACC play Saturday at 5 p.m. against Notre Dame on ESPN2.
Top-ranked Michigan State meets Minnesota Saturday at 3 p.m. on ESPN2. It’s Iowa State-Oklahoma at 7 p.m., then LSU takes on Vanderbilt before the nightcap matching Gonzaga and San Francisco.
Tennessee tangles with Auburn Saturday at 2 p.m. on CBS, followed by Baylor-Kansas.
James Madison takes on Delaware on Comcast Saturday at noon, followed by North Carolina State against Virginia Tech at 2 p.m. and Duke-Boston College at 4:30 p.m.
FoxSports1 has a Big East doubleheader Thursday, with Xavier-Villanova at noon followed by St. John’s against Creighton. Washington hosts UCLA Friday at 11 p.m.
There’s five Big East games on Saturday, starting at 11 a.m. with DePaul-Seton Hall. Butler battles Xavier at 1 p.m., then it’s St John’s against Providence at 3:30 p.m. and Marquette-Georgetown. The night closes at 10 p.m. with Creighton against Villanova.
The Pac-12 takes the stage on Sunday, with Arizona-Arizona State at 2 p.m. and Oregon playing Oregon State at 7 p.m.
Conference USA takes the court Friday on MASN, as North Texas takes on Texas-San Antonio at 7 p.m. before Rice faces UTEP.
Liberty hosts UNC-Asheville on MASN Saturday at 2 p.m. while MASN2 brings UIC-Valparaiso.
Sunday offers five games from Conference USA. Marshall meets Western Kentucky at 1 p.m. on MASN, followed by Middle Tennessee against Alabama-Birmingham and North Texas tangling with UTEP at 5 p.m. MASN2 has Old Dominion clashing with Charlotte at 1 p.m.
NBC Sports network offers three games from the Atlantic 10 on Saturday. Saint Joseph’s travels to Richmond at 12:30 p.m., then it’s Dayton-Duquesne and St. Louis taking on Rhode Island at 4:30 p.m. There’s two more Sunday, with Massachusetts against LaSalle at 5 p.m. and Fordham facing George Washington at 7 p.m.
On the women’s court, Virginia hosts Miami on Comcast Sunday at 1 p.m. while CBS has the Big Ten battle between Ohio State and Maryland Saturday at noon.
FoxSports1 has Oklahoma-Baylor Sunday at 4:30 p.m.
West Ham United faces Liverpool on NBC Sports network Saturday at 7:40 a.m., followed by Manchester United against Swansea City. Sunday opens with Crystal Palace clashing with Chelsea at 8:25 a.m. before Everton meets Tottenham Hotspur.
On Christmas Eve, Oakland Raider fans will hope for victory in the final home game of the 2015 season.
And wonder if it’s the last home game ever.
The Raiders and Chargers battle on NFL network Thursday at 8:30 p.m. Next month, their owners may be battling for the right to move to Los Angeles.
The Redskins and Eagles meet on NFL network Saturday, while the Giants face the Vikings on NBC Sunday night. ESPN offers the Broncos and Bengals Monday night.
The Sunday slate starts on CBS at 1 p.m. with Ravens-Steelers. Fox brings Panthers-Falcons at 1 p.m. before the Packers tangle with the Cardinals in the late afternoon slot.
The college bowl season continues Thursday at noon on ESPN, with Middle Tennessee at Western Michigan in the Bahamas. San Diego State tangles with Cincinnati at 8 p.m. in Hawai’i.
ESPN has four bowl games Saturday, starting at 11 a.m. with Marshall-Connecticut from the Tampa Bay Rays’ stadium. Washington meets Southern Mississippi in Dallas at 2:20 p.m. and Frank Beamer closes his Virginia Tech career at the Independence Bowl against Tulsa at 5:45 p.m. In the nightcap, Nebraska faces UCLA at 9:15 p.m. from Santa Clara.
CBS offers the Sun Bowl matchup between Miami and Washington State at 2 p.m. Duke faces Indiana at Yankee Stadium on ABC at 3:30 p.m.
There’s five NBA games on Christmas Day, starting at noon with the Pelicans and Heat. The action goes to ABC at 2:30 p.m. when the Bulls battle the Thunder, then Cleveland heads to Golden State at 5 p.m
The Spurs face the Rockets at 8 p.m. back on ESPN, with Clippers-Lakers in the nightcap.
The Wizards visit the Nets on Comcast Saturday at 4 p.m.
Kentucky meets Louisville on CBS Saturday at noon. Marquette hosts Presbyterian Sunday at 2 p.m. on FoxSports1.
ESPN2 has the third place game at the Diamond Head Classic Friday at 6:30 p.m., with the final at 9 p.m.
The Capitals host Montreal Saturday at 7 p.m. on Comcast.
Boxing Day brings Premier League action to NBC Sports network, with Stoke City against Manchester United Saturday at 7:40 a.m. followed by Liverpool-Leicester City at 10 a.m.
NBC has a pair of contests, as Newcastle United meets Everton at 12:30 p.m. and Southampton tangles with Arsenal at 2:30 p.m.
How many bowls are there this season?
So many that three had to take a 5-7 team to have a contest.
One of those teams – San Jose State – plays Saturday as the bowl season kicks off with six games.
ABC starts the day at noon from Atlanta, as Alcorn State and North Carolina A&T meet in the Celebration Bowl. It’s off to New Mexico at 2 p.m. for Arizona-New Mexico on ESPN.
New Virginia coach Bronco Mendenhall closes his BYU career as the Cougars battle Utah at 3:30 p.m. on ABC. Ohio faces Appalachian State in the Camellia Bowl on ESPN at 5:30 p.m.
San Jose State tries to avoid a 5-8 finish on CBS Sports network against Georgia State at 7 p.m. The night closes in New Orleans with Louisiana Tech meeting Arkansas State at 9 p.m. on ESPN.
Big Ten teams Nebraska and Minnesota get their chances to finish 5-8 after Christmas. Thirty-five bowl games remain to be played, with the National Championship game on Jan. 11.
Richmond meets North Dakota State in the semifinals of the Championship Series Friday at 8 p.m. on ESPN2.
West Virginia’s Shepherd University vies for the Division II championship against Northwest Missouri State Saturday at 4 p.m. on ESPN2.
NFL network has a pair of contests this weekend, with Bucs-Rams on Thursday and Jets visiting the Cowboys Saturday. The Eagles try to maintain their spot atop the NFC East on Sunday night, battling the Cardinals on NBC, while ESPN offers Lions against Saints Monday night.
The Redskins host the Bills on Fox Sunday at 1 p.m. CBS has Ravens-Chiefs at 1 p.m. followed by Broncos facing the Steelers.
The Thunder face the Cavaliers on TNT Thursday at 8 p.m., with the Rockets meet the Lakers in the nightcap. ESPN brings the Clippers and Spurs Friday at 8 p.m., followed by Pelicans-Suns.
Comcast has the Wizards battling the Hornets Saturday at 7 p.m.
CBS offers UCLA-North Carolina at 1 p.m. followed by Ohio State against Kentucky.
Utah heads to Duke Saturday at noon on ESPN.
It’s Virginia-Villanova Saturday at noon on ESPN2, then Indiana meets Notre Dame at 2 p.m. Coverage goes west at 9:30 p.m. for Arizona taking on UCLA, then Texas faces Stanford at 11:30 p.m.
St. John’s meets Incarnate Word on FoxSports1 Friday at 7 p.m. Auburn visits Xavier Saturday at noon, followed by Northwestern-DePaul at 2 p.m. Florida faces Oklahoma State at 8 p.m.
It’s St. John’s against NJIT Sunday at noon.
Syracuse clashes with Cornell Saturday at noon on Comcast, then it’s College of Charleston against Miami. American meets Maryland-Eastern Shore Sunday at 1:30 p.m.
NBC Sports network brings Michigan State’s visit to Northeastern Saturday at 12:30 p.m.
Belmont battles Middle Tennessee on MASN Thursday at 7 p.m. Georgia State goes to Southern Mississippi Saturday at 5 p.m. before South Florida hosts Alabama-Birmingham at 7 p.m.
MASN2 has a trio of games Saturday, starting with Georgetown against UNC-Asheville at noon. Florida State faces Florida Atlantic at 5 p.m. and Rider tangles with Providence at 8 p.m.
On the high school court, ESPN2 offers Cypress Lakes against Foothills Christian Friday at 6:30 p.m.
FoxSports1 has a pair of women’s contests Sunday, with Arkansas meeting Texas at 2:30 p.m. before Oklahoma plays Texas A&M at 5 p.m.
Michigan State meets Northeastern on MASN Friday at 8 p.m.
The Capitals host Tampa Bay Friday at 7 p.m. on Comcast and visit the Rangers Sunday at 7 p.m.
On the college ice, Michigan State takes on Northeastern on NBC Sports network Saturday at 7 p.m.
NBC Sports network has Manchester United against Norwich City Saturday at 9:55 a.m. and Aston Villa clashes with Newcastle United on NBC at 12:30 p.m. Watford battles Liverpool Sunday at 8:25 a.m., followed by Swansea City-West Ham United.
The NCAA crowns its women’s volleyball champion this weekend. Texas takes on Minnesota Thursday at 7 p.m. one ESPN2 followed by Kansas-Nebraska. The winners meet Saturday at 7:30 p.m.
On the sidelines and in the stands, there will be Navy Midshipmen who weren’t in kindergarten the last time their side lost to Army.
Navy looks to post its 14th straight victory over Army Saturday in their annual matchup in Philadelphia. Coverage will be on CBS at 3 p.m.
The Middies, who haven’t lost since 2001, nearly reached the American Conference championship game. Instead, they got a week off to prepare for two-win Army.
The Heisman Trophy will be awarded Saturday at 8 p.m. on ESPN, which also has college football awards Thursday at 7 p.m.
Charleston Southern takes on Jacksonville State in the quarterfinals of the Bowl Championship Series playoffs Friday at 8 p.m. It’s Northern Iowa against North Dakota Saturday at noon on ESPN.
The first-place Washington Redskins try to gain their first road win of the season, facing the Bears Sunday at 1 p.m. on Fox. The Cowboys meet the Packers in the late afternoon slot, while CBS offers the Bengals battling the Steelers at 1 p.m.
NFL network brings Vikings-Cardinals Thursday night. The Patriots battle the Texans Sunday night on NBC, with Giants against Dolphins on ESPN Monday night.
TNT offers Clippers-Bulls Thursday at 8 p.m., with Knicks against Kings in the nightcap. The Heat face the Pacers on ESPN Friday at 7 p.m., followed by Lakers-Spurs.
The Wizards take on the Pelicans Friday at 8 p.m. on Comcast.
ESPN2 offers Iowa-Iowa State Thursday at 7:30 p.m. while FoxSports1 offers Troy taking on Seton Hall.
Ohio State travels to Connecticut Saturday at noon on CBS.
Kentucky faces Arizona State on ESPN Saturday at 3:15 p.m., followed by North Carolina-Texas.
There’s five games on ESPN2 Saturday, starting at 1:30 p.m. with Wisconsin against Marquette. It’s Utah-Wichita State at 3:30 p.m., followed by top-ranked Michigan State meeting Florida. Kansas clashes with Oregon State at 8 p.m. before UCLA goes against Gonzaga.
Houston faces LSU Sunday at 5:30 p.m. on ESPN2.
FoxSports1 starts Saturday at noon with Bryant-Providence, followed by Tennessee’s trip to Butler at 2:30 p.m. Indiana-Purdue of Indianapolis meets Creighton at 5 p.m., and it’s Arkansas-Little Rock against DePaul at 10 p.m.
Three more Big East teams take the court Sunday, with St. John’s against Syracuse at noon before Seton Hall meets St. Peter’s. There’s a Philadelphia battle between LaSalle and Villanova at 5 p.m.
It’s Louisville-Eastern Michigan on Comcast Saturday at 2 p.m.
TCU takes on Prairie View Friday at 8 p.m. on MASN2. It’s Oklahoma-Oral Roberts Saturday at 2 p.m.
Liberty meets Lamar Saturday at 2 p.m. on MASN, with Mississippi State against Missouri-Kansas City at 5 p.m.
In women’s hoops, top-ranked Connecticut meets Florida State Friday at 6 p.m. on ESPN2 and Texas hosts Stanford on ESPN Sunday at 1 p.m.
Notre Dame faces TCU Saturday at noon on MASN2.
The Capitals head south for the weekend, meeting Florida Thursday at 7 p.m. on Comcast and Tampa Bay Saturday at 7 p.m.
Colorado College clashes with Western Michigan Saturday at 7 p.m. on MASN.
In the Premier League, Norwich City battles with Everton Saturday at 7:40 a.m. and it’s Liverpool-West Bromwich Albion at 9:55 a.m. on NBC Sports network. NBC has Bournemouth against Manchester United at 12:30 p.m.
Aston Villa faces Arsenal Sunday at 8:25 a.m. on NBC Sports network, followed by Tottenham Hotspur against Newcastle United.
Sion battles Liverpool in Europa League play Thursday at 1 p.m. before Tottenham Hotspur takes on Monaco.
There’s an international women’s friendly between the United States and Trinidad-Tobago Thursday at 9:30 p.m. on ESPN2, and the United States faces China Sunday at 7:30 p.m.
Teams want to hoist a championship trophy this weekend.
So they have a chance to hoist the national championship trophy on January 11.
The college football regular season winds down with championship games in eight conferences.
Top-ranked Clemson takes on North Carolina in the ACC championship contest at 8 p.m. on ABC. CBS has the SEC finale between second-ranked Alabama and Florida at 4 p.m.
Fox brings the Big Ten title tilt between Iowa and Michigan State Saturday at 8 p.m. while the PAC-12 championship matches Southern Cal and Stanford at 7:45 p.m. on ESPN.
Winners of those games will be watching with interest Sunday at noon when the four-team playoff field will be announced.
Houston hosts Temple in the American Conference title game Saturday at noon on ABC.
In Conference USA, Southern Mississippi travels to Western Kentucky on ESPN2 at noon.
Air Force faces San Diego State in the Mountain West on ESPN2 at 7:30 p.m.
The Big 12 has a final weekend of regular season play, with Texas-Baylor on ESPN Saturday at noon and West Virginia meets Kansas State at 4:30 p.m. on FoxSports1.
Friday at 8 p.m., the MAC crowns its champion when Bowling Green battles Northern Illinois.
The first-place Washington Redskins meet the Cowboys Monday night on ESPN.
CBS returns to Thursday night for one more week, with the Packers going to Detroit while NBC offers Colts-Steelers at 8:20 Sunday.
The Jets and Giants have their New York battle on CBS Sunday at 1 p.m. Fox brings Seattle-Minnesota at 1 p.m. and either Patriots against Eagles or Saints facing the undefeated Panthers in the late afternoon slot.
MLS crowns its 20th champion Sunday, when Columbus clashes with Portland Sunday at 4 p.m. on ESPN.
Stoke City meets Manchester City Saturday at 7:40 a.m. on NBC Sports network, followed by Arsenal-Sunderland. NBC has Chelsea-Bournemouth at 12:30 p.m., and it’s Newcastle United taking on Liverpool Sunday at 10:55 a.m.
The United States women has a friendly against Trinidad and Tobago Sunday at 8 p.m. on FoxSports1.
TNT offers the Thunder at Heat Thursday at 7 p.m., followed by Spurs-Grizzlies. The Nets face the Knicks on ESPN Friday at 7 p.m., with Cavaliers against Pelicans in the nightcap.
The Wizards host the Suns Friday at 7 p.m. on Comcast and Dallas Sunday at 6 p.m.
Top-ranked Kentucky takes on UCLA Thursday at 9 p.m. on ESPN and ESPN2 has Oregon-UNLV Friday at 11 p.m.
Gonzaga goes against Arizona on ESPN Saturday at 3:15 p.m. ESPN2 has Kansas-Harvard at 3:15 p.m., followed by Buffalo facing Duke. It’s Texas A&M-Arizona State at 10:30 p.m.
Syracuse battles Georgetown Saturday at 12:30 p.m. on Fox.
Alabama tangles with Southern Mississippi Friday at 8 p.m. on FoxSports1. Saturday’s action starts at noon with Butler against Indiana State, then Chicago State-DePaul at 2 p.m. Western Kentucky takes on Xavier at 8:30 p.m.
NBC Sports network offers Mississippi meeting Massachusetts Saturday at 4 p.m.
North Carolina State plays Bucknell on Comcast Saturday at noon, with Northern Iowa facing Richmond at 6 p.m.
Oak Hill Academy hosts Chaminade of Missouri Thursday at 7:30 p.m. on ESPN.
Michigan State meets Louisville in women’s hoops Thursday at 7 p.m. on ESPN2. Top-ranked Connecticut clashes with Notre Dame on ESPN at 5:15 p.m.
There’s a doubleheader on ESPN2 Sunday, with Duke-South Carolina at 2 p.m. followed by Michigan against Princeton.
FoxSports1 offers Marquette’s contest with Oregon State Thursday at 7 p.m.
The Capitals head to Montreal Thursday at 7 p.m. on Comcast, then meet Winnipeg Saturday at 3 p.m.
Notre Dame hosts Massachusetts Saturday at 6 p.m. on NBC Sports network.
NASCAR honors drivers for year-long excellence Friday at 9 p.m. on NBC Sports network.