Best football weekend of the year

By the end of Monday, we’ll have two college football champions and the four teams still alive for Super Bowl LIV.
The best football weekend of the year begins Saturday when North Dakota State and James Madison meet again for the Football Championship Subdivision title game. ABC has coverage at noon from Frisco, Texas.
The Bison have claimed seven of the past eight championships at this level, with James Madison winning the 2016 title after ousting the Bison in the semifinals.
The NFL playoffs kickoff Saturday at 4:30 p.m. on NBC, with NFC top-seed San Francisco facing Minnesota. The 49ers hope to advance to the conference championship for the first time since the 2013 postseason, while the Vikings last played for the Super Bowl berth two years ago.
Saturday’s primetime matchup has the top-seeded Baltimore Ravens hosting Tennessee on CBS. The teams have met three times in the postseason, with the road team taking each contest.
Houston takes on Kansas City Sunday at 3 p.m. on CBS. The Texans snagged a win against the Chiefs earlier in the season, but Kansas City gained the second seed.
Fox has the Packers’ contest with the Seahawks at 6:40 p.m. Both teams have won Super Bowls in the past 10 years, and Seattle won the last postseason contest between the two prior to Super Bowl XLIX,
Clemson and LSU contest the Football Bowl Subdivision championship Monday on ESPN. LSU holds the top seed in the tournament, while Clemson looks to defend its championship.
TNT offers Celtics-76ers Thursday at 7 p.m. followed by the Rockets against the Thunder.
The Pelicans take on the Knicks on ESPN Friday at 7:15 p.m. and the Lakers meet the Mavericks at 9:45 p.m.
The Wizards host the Hawks Friday at 7 p.m. on NBC Sports Washington. The Jazz come to town Sunday at 3:30 p.m.
Arizona faces Oregon on ESPN Thursday at 9 p.m.
Memphis meets Wichita State on ESPN2 Thursday at 7 p.m., followed by Minnesota-Michigan State and BYU against St. Mary’s in the nightcap at 11 p.m.
FoxSports1 has Purdue-Michigan Thursday at 7 p.m. and Washington faces Stanford at 9 p.m.
Delaware visits James Madison on MASN Thursday at 7 p.m.
Maryland meets Iowa Friday at 7 p.m. on FoxSports1, then Butler battles Providence at 9 p.m.
Northern Kentucky faces Illinois-Chicago Friday at 7 p.m. on ESPN2.
CBS has Baylor’s contest with Kansas Saturday at 1 p.m. and Michigan State meets Purdue Sunday at noon.
Ohio State tangles with Indiana on Fox Saturday at noon. Creighton clashes with Xavier at 2 p.m.
Alabama faces Kentucky on ESPN at noon Saturday, followed by Notre Dame-Louisville. Syracuse battles Virginia at 4 p.m., with Georgia against Auburn at 6 p.m. and Mississippi State taking on LSU at 8 p.m.
ESPN2 has six contests Saturday, starting at noon with Cincinnati’s clash with Central Florida. Oklahoma State takes on TCU at 2 p.m. and Houston tangles with Tulsa at 4 p.m. It’s Texas Tech against West Virginia at 6 p.m., followed by Oklahoma-Iowa State and USC’s matchup with UCLA at 10 p.m.
It’s North Carolina State against Virginia Tech Saturday at 2 p.m. on NBC Sports Washington.
Georgetown visits Villanova Saturday at noon on FoxSports1.
Massachusetts meets Dayton on NBC Sports network Saturday at 12:30 p.m., followed by Saint Joseph’s-Davidson.
Richmond hosts St. Louis Saturday at 6 p.m. on MASN.
MASN2 has DePaul-St. John’s Saturday at noon.
Memphis meets South Florida on ESPN2 Sunday at 4 p.m.
Arizona faces Oregon State Sunday at 10 p.m. on FoxSports1.
In high school hoops, Huntington Prep takes on IMG Academy Friday at 9 p.m. on ESPN2.
On the women’s court, top-ranked Connecticut battles Baylor Thursday at 7 p.m. on ESPN.
North Carolina hosts North Carolina State Thursday at 7 p.m. on NBC Sports Washington.
ESPN2 has Maryland’s meeting with Michigan Sunday at noon followed by Central Florida-Cincinnati.
It’s St. John’s-DePaul Sunday at 1 p.m. on FoxSports1.
West Virginia tangles with Texas on MASN2 Sunday at 1 p.m.
NBC Sports network has Rhode Island against Davidson Sunday at 4:30 p.m.
The Capitals face the Devils Saturday at 7 p.m. on NBC Sports Washington.
The Blackhawks host the Predators on NBC Sports network Thursday at 8:30 p.m.
Sheffield United faces West Ham United Friday at 3 p.m. on NBC Sports network.
Crystal Palace clashes with Arsenal Saturday at 7:25 a.m. on NBC Sports network and it’s Chelsea-Burnley at 9:30 a.m. Tottenham Hotspur takes on Liverpool on NBC at 12:30 p.m.
It’s Bournemouth against Watford Sunday at 8:55 a.m. on NBC Sports network before Aston Villa faces Manchester City.
Floretina faces SPAL in Italian Serie A on ESPN2 Sunday at 8:55 a.m.
There’s motorcycle racing from St. Louis Saturday at 8 p.m. on NBC Sports network.


Starting the road to Miami

Four teams are two wins away from the Super Bowl.
Eight teams play this weekend for a chance to join them in the conference semifinals.
The AFC gets things going Saturday, with the winners advancing to either Baltimore or Kansas City.
Buffalo battles the Texans on ESPN at 4:30 p.m. Both teams enter the contest 10-6, with the Texans hosting as the AFC South champion.
New England plays in the wild-card round for the first time since 2010, meeting the Titans on CBS at 8 p.m.
The Saints lost the tiebreaker to the 49ers and Packers, placing them in the Sunday 1 p.m. contest against the sixth-seeded Vikings on Fox. NBC has the NFC East champion Eagles against Seattle, which earned the fifth-seed after falling to the 49ers on the final play on last Sunday’s regular season finale.
Bowl season continues Thursday on ESPN with the Birmingham Bowl at 3 p.m. between Boston College and Cincinnati. Indiana takes on Tennessee in the Gator Bowl at 7 p.m.
Ohio faces Nevada in the Potato Bowl Friday at 3:30 p.m. on ESPN.
It’s the Armed Forces Bowl on ESPN Saturday at 11:30 a.m. matching Southern Mississippi and Tulane.
The best high school football athletes gather for the Under Armour All America Game Thursday at 6 p.m. on ESPN2.
The 76ers visit the Rockets on ESPN Friday at 8:15 p.m., with Pelicans-Lakers as the nightcap.
NBC Sports Washington has the Wizards’ contest with Portland Friday at 7 p.m.
There’s a pair of Pac-12 games on ESPN2 Thursday, with Colorado-Oregon at 9 p.m. before California meets Stanford.
Illinois meets Michigan State on FoxSports1 Thursday at 8 p.m. followed by UCLA-Washington.
Richmond tangles with St. Joseph’s Thursday at 7 p.m. on NBC Sports Washington.
FoxSports1 has Wisconsin against Ohio State Friday at 7 p.m. and Georgetown clashes with Seton Hall at 9 p.m.
Central Florida takes on Houston on ESPN2 Friday at 7 p.m.
Memphis meets Georgia on CBS Saturday at 1 p.m.
Indiana tangles with Maryland Saturday at noon on Fox, followed by Villanova-Marquette.
It’s an ACC battle between Duke and Miami Saturday at 8 p.m. on ESPN.
ESPN2 has six contests Saturday, starting at noon with Oklahoma State-Texas Tech. Florida State faces Louisville at 2 p.m. and it’s Notre Dame against Syracuse at 4 p.m. Alabama takes on Florida at 6 p.m., followed by Texas-Baylor and top-ranked Gongaza against Pepperdine in the nightcap.
Butler battles Creighton at noon Saturday on FoxSports1 and Providence faces DePaul at 2 p.m.
NBC Sports Washington offers a pair of ACC contests Saturday, with Wake Forest against Pittsburgh at noon followed by Virginia-Virginia Tech.
St. John’s meets Xavier Sunday at 4:30 p.m. on Fox.
There’s three Atlantic 10 games on NBC Sports network Sunday. VCU visits George Mason at noon, followed by Davidson-Duquesne and Massachusetts’ contest with Saint Louis at 4 p.m.
FoxSports1 has Purdue-Illinois Sunday at 8 p.m. followed by Southern Cal against Washington.
On the women’s court, Michigan State meets Michigan at noon. Cincinnati clashes with South Florida at 2 p.m. and Tennessee meets Kentucky at 4 p.m.
There’s high school basketball on ESPN2 Friday at 9 p.m., with Patrick School facing Sierra Canyon.
The Capitals visit Carolina on NBC Sports Washington-plus Friday at 7:30 p.m. and host the Sharks Sunday at 12:30 p.m.
NBC Sports network offers a pair of contests Thursday, with Devils meeting the Islanders at 7 p.m. and Blues-Avalanche at 9:30 p.m. There’s two more matches Sunday, with Red Wings-Blackhawks at 7:30 p.m. and the Predators’ contest with the Mighty Ducks at 10 p.m.
On the college ice, Western Michigan meets Notre Dame on NBC Sports network Friday at 7 p.m.
Liverpool tangles with Sheffield United Thursday at 2:55 p.m. on NBC Sports network.
The PGA tour has it’s Tournament of Champions on NBC Saturday at 4 p.m.
Gloucester meets Bath in rugby Saturday at 10 a.m. on NBC Sports network. The Wasps face Northampton Sunday at 10 a.m.
There’s motorcycle racing from Anaheim on NBC Sports network Saturday at 10 p.m


A playoff without Alabama

This weekend marks the start of the sixth College Football Playoff – but the first without Alabama.
For those desiring continuity, Clemson will be in the field for the fifth straight year.
The Tigers attempt to repeat as national champion when they meet Ohio State in the Fiesta Bowl Saturday at 8 p.m. on ESPN.
LSU, which handed Alabama its’ first loss of the season, meets Oklahoma in the Peach Bowl at 4 p.m. in the other semifinal.
Saturday’s winners advance to the National Championship Game Jan. 13 in New Orleans. Alabama fans have to wait until New Year’s Day to see their squad, in the Citrus Bowl from Orlando.
The post-Christmas bowl schedule gets going Thursday with the Independence Bowl between Miami and Louisiana Tech at 4 p.m. on ESPN. Pittsburgh meets Eastern Michigan at 8 p.m. on ESPN in the Quick Lane Bowl.
North Carolina meets Temple in the Military Bowl Friday at noon on ESPN, followed by Michigan State-Wake Forest in the Pinstripe Bowl and the Texas Bowl matching Texas A&M and Oklahoma State at 6:45 p.m.
FoxSports1 has the Holiday Bowl between Southern Cal and Iowa at 8 p.m. and ESPN brings the Cheez-It Bowl at 10:15 p.m. with Air Force against Washington State.
Penn State meets Memphis in the Cotton Bowl Saturday at noon on ESPN and Notre Dame faces Iowa State from Orlando on ABC at noon.
The NFL regular season closes Sunday with the NFC West battle between Seattle and San Francisco on NBC at 8:20 p.m. The winner takes the division while the loser has a matchup on the road next weekend.
The Patriots tangle with the Dolphins at 1 p.m. on CBS while Fox carries Packers-Lions.
The final playoff slots are on the line in the late afternoon, with Cowboys needing to beat the Redskins on Fox and hoping the Eagles fall to the Giants. On CBS, the top-seeded Ravens face the Steelers – who are battling the Titans and Raiders for the final wild-card playoffs.
TNT has the Spurs’ contest with the Mavericks Thursday at 8 p.m. and TrailBlazers-Jazz at 10:30 p.m.
The Wizards meet the Pistons Thursday at 7 p.m. on NBC Sports Washington
The Mavericks take on the Lakers on ESPN Sunday at 9:30 p.m.
Tennessee takes on Wisconsin on CBS Saturday at 1:30 p.m. and Louisville faces Kentucky at 3:45 p.m.
ESPN2 has Brown-Duke Saturday at 11:30 p.m. followed by New Orleans-Memphis.
Georgetown hosts American on FoxSports1 Saturday at noon and Marquette meets Central Arkansas at 2 p.m. It’s Butler against Louisiana Monroe at 4 p.m. and Creighton clashes with Midland at 6 p.m.
West Virginia faces Ohio State at noon Sunday on FoxSports1 followed by Michigan against UMass-Lowell.
Virginia takes on Navy on ESPN2 Sunday at 4 p.m.
It’s VCU-Loyola of Maryland Sunday at 5 p.m. on NBC Sports network.
On the women’s court, Syracuse faces Louisville Sunday at 2 p.m. on ESPN2. FoxSports1 has Providence against Villanova Sunday at 4 p.m.
The Capitals host Columbus Friday at 7 p.m. on NBC Sports Washington and visit Carolina Saturday at 7 p.m. on NBC Sports Washington-plus.
NBC Sports network offers Avalanche-Wild Friday at 8 p.m.
Boxing Day Thursday means Premier League soccer on NBC Sports network. Tottenham Hotspur takes on Brighton & Hove Albion at 7:25 a.m., followed by Chelsea-Southampton. Manchester United meets Newcastle United at 12:25 p.m. and it’s Leicester City against Liverpool at 2:55 p.m.
Manchester City meets Wolverhampton Friday at 2:55 p.m. on NBC Sports network.
Brighton & Hove Albion faces Bournemouth Saturday at 7:25 a.m. and Everton battles Newcastle United at 9:55 a.m. on NBC Sports network. NBC offers Norwich-Tottenham Hotspur at 12:30 p.m.
Chelsea clashes with Arsenal Sunday at 8:55 a.m. on NBC Sports network before Liverpool tangles with Wolverhampton.
South of the border, Monterrey meets America on FoxSports1 Thursday at 9:30 p.m.


Bowling for trophies

The college bowl season ends Jan. 13 in New Orleans.
But it begins Friday in the Bahamas.
Charlotte and Buffalo start the bowl season Friday at 2 p.m. on ESPN with the Bahamas Bowl. The Frisco Bowl matches Utah State and Kent State Friday at 7:30 p.m. on ESPN2.
ABC has the Celebration Bowl between Alcorn State and North Carolina A&T Saturday at noon. Central Michigan clashes with San Diego State on ESPN at 2 p.m. in the New Mexico Bowl, and Liberty plays in its first bowl game against Georgia Southern at 2:30 p.m. on CBS Sports network.
Florida Atlantic faces SMU in the Boca Raton Bowl at 3:30 p.m. on ABC, followed by the Camelia Bowl between Florida International and Arkansas State on ESPN at 5:30 p.m.
The Las Vegas Bowl brings together Boise State and Washington on ABC at 7:30 p.m., with Appalachian State-UAB in the New Orleans Bowl on ESPN at 9 p.m.
Top-seed North Dakota State meets Montana State in the FCS semifinals Saturday at 2 p.m. on ESPN2.
NFL network has a tripleheader Saturday, starting with Texans-Bucs at 1 p.m. The Bills and Patriots battle at 4:30 p.m. and the Rams visit the 49ers at 8:30 p.m.
The Ravens face the Browns on CBS Sunday at 1 p.m. Fox has the Redskins against the Giants at 1 p.m. before the Eagles and Cowboys clash for the NFC East lead.
Kansas City gears up for the playoffs against the Bears Sunday on NBC, with Packers-Vikings on ESPN Monday night.
TNT has the Lakers’ visit to the Bucks Thursday at 8 p.m. followed by Rockets-Clippers.
The Mavericks meet the 76ers Friday at 8:15 p.m. on ESPN.
The Wizards tangle with the Raptors Friday at 7:30 p.m. on NBC Sports Washington and visit the 76ers Saturday at 7 p.m.
Maryland meets Seton Hall on FoxSports1 Thursday at 7 p.m.
Duke faces Wofford on ESPN2 Thursday at 7 p.m. followed by N.C. State-Auburn.
North Dakota State takes on Marquette Friday at 9 p.m. on FoxSports1.
Fox has Kansas-Villanova Saturday at noon and Texas against Providence at 2 p.m.
North Carolina battles UCLA on CBS Saturday at 3 p.m. followed by Ohio State-Kentucky.
Notre Dame faces Indiana on ESPN Saturday at noon.
Samford takes on Georgetown at noon Saturday on FoxSports1 and it’s Utah State-Florida at 2:30 p.m. in the Orange Bowl Classic. LSU clashes with Southern Cal at 9 p.m.
It’s VCU-Wichita State Saturday at noon on ESPN2. Minnesota meets Oklahoma State at 5:30 p.m. and Arizona tangles with St. John’s at 10 p.m.
ESPN2 has TCU-Xavier Sunday at 5 p.m and Ball State meets Washington at 9:30 p.m.
Prairie View A&M visits Seton Hall Sunday at 4:30 p.m. on FoxSports1.
On the women’s court, Stanford takes on Texas Sunday at 1 p.m. on ESPN2.
The Capitals visit the Devils Friday at 7 p.m. on NBC Sports Washington-plus and host the Lightning Saturday at 7 p.m.
NBC Sports network offers Bruins-Islanders Thursday at 7 p.m.
ESPN has the women’s volleyball semifinals Thursday, with top-seed Baylor against Wisconsin at 7 p.m. and Minnesota facing Stanford at 9 p.m. The final is Saturday at 8 p.m.
Everton tangles with Arsenal on NBC Sports network Saturday at 7:25 a.m. and Norwich City takes on Wolverhampton at 9:55 a.m. Manchester City meets Leicester City on NBC at 12:30 p.m.
Manchester United faces Watford at 8:55 a.m. Sunday on NBC Sports network followed by Tottenham Hotspur-Chelsea.
In the Bundesliga, Bayern Munich battles Wolfsburg Saturday at 9:30 a.m. Dusseldorf meets Union Berlin Sunday at 9:30 a.m. followed by Paderborn-Eintracht at noon.
Atalanta tangles with AC Milan in Italian Serie A Sunday at 6:25 a.m.
FoxSports1 offers college wrestling between Nebraska and Oregon State Friday at 7 p.m.
There’s snowboarding on NBC Sports network Friday at 7 p.m. and Saturday at 10 p.m., along with freestyle skiing Saturday at 7 p.m.


Army-Navy

It’s been three years since Navy beat Army and also claimed the Commander-in-Chief’s Trophy.
The Midshipmen look to take care of that Saturday.
The college football regular season concludes with the traditional clash between the service academies. CBS has coverage at 3 p.m.
Navy enters the contest at 9-2, with a victory over the Air Force Academy. Army won the Commander-in-Chief’s trophy the past two years, but stands at 5-7 after losing to Hawaii Thanksgiving weekend.
ESPN has the college football awards Thursday at 7 p.m. and the Heisman Trophy presentation Saturday at 8 p.m.
In the Football Championship Series, James Madison hosts Northern Iowa Friday at 7 p.m. on ESPN2 and Montana meets Weber State at 10 p.m. Top-seed North Dakota State hosts Illinois State Saturday at noon on ESPN.
The Ravens take on the Jets Thursday at 8:20 p.m. on Fox.
CBS in Fishersville should get the Broncos against the Chiefs Sunday at 1 p.m., with most of Virginia seeing the Titans against Texans and the D.C. area catching Vikings’ contest with the Chargers.
The Redskins tangle with the Eagles on Fox at 1 p.m. with the Cowboys and Rams in the late afternoon slot.
The NFL moved Bills-Steelers into the Sunday night slot on NBC. ESPN has the Colts’ contest with the Saints.
TNT has the 76ers against the Celtics Thursday at 8 p.m. with Portland-Denver in the nightcap.
The Lakers battle the Heat Friday at 7:15 p.m. on ESPN, followed by Clippers against Timberwolves.
The Wizards face the Grizzlies on NBC Sports Washington-plus Saturday at 8 p.m.
Iowa meets Iowa State on ESPN2 Thursday at 8 p.m.
Creighton clashes with Texas-Rio Grande Valley Friday at 8 p.m. on FoxSports1.
CBS offers Oregon’s meeting with Michigan Saturday at noon.
It’s Syracuse-Georgetown on Fox Saturday at 1 p.m.
Memphis meets Tennessee Saturday at 3 p.m. on ESPN followed by Georgia Tech-Kentucky.
ESPN2 has five games Saturday, starting at noon with Michigan State against Oakland. Delaware tangles with Villanova at 2 p.m. before Saint Louis faces Auburn. It’s Oklahoma-Wichita State at 6 p.m. and the nightcap features Arizona and Gonzaga at 10 p.m.
FoxSports1 has Southern’s contest with Butler Saturday at noon, followed by Illinois-Chicago against DePaul.
The College of Charleston visits Richmond on NBC Sports network Saturday at 5 p.m.
TCU takes on Lamar on ESPN2 Saturday at 2 p.m.
Oklahoma State takes on Houston Sunday at 3 p.m. on ESPN and South Carolina clashes with Clemson on ESPN2 at 5 p.m.
VCU hosts Missouri State Sunday at 7 p.m. on MASN.
On the women’s court, Louisville meets Kentucky on ESPN Sunday at 1 p.m.
Texas Tech tangles with Houston Baptist Sunday at 1 p.m. on MASN2.
NBC Sports Washington offers the Rangers’ contest with the Sharks Thursday at 10:30 p.m.
The Capitals visit the Lightning Saturday at 7 p.m on NBC Sports Washington.
The United States women meet Canada Saturday at 7 p.m. on NBC Sports network.
On the college ice, Notre Dame tangles with Penn State Friday at 7 p.m. on NBC Sports Washington.
Liverpool takes on Watford Saturday at 7:25 a.m. on NBC Sports network. Chelsea clashes with Bournemouth at 9:55 a.m. and NBC offers West Ham-Southampton at 12:30 p.m.
It’s Wolverhampton facing Tottenham Hotspur Sunday at 8:55 a.m. and Arsenal meets Manchester City at 11:25 a.m. on NBC Sports network.
In the Bundesliga, Bayern Munich battles Werder Bremen Saturday at 9:30 a.m. on FoxSports1. Wolfsburg meets M’gladbach Sunday at 9:30 a.m. then it’s Schalke against Eintracht.
Fiorentina faces Inter Milan in Serie A on ESPN2 Sunday at 2:30 p.m.
NBC Sports network has freestyle skiing Friday at 1:30 p.m. and snowboarding Saturday at 2:30 p.m.


Conference championship time

Four teams will appear in the College Football playoff in three weeks.
Many more than four are hoping they will get the call when ESPN announces the field Sunday at noon.
The Power 5 conferences hold their championship games this weekend, but likely LSU, Clemson and Ohio State will be moving onto playoff games Dec. 28.
Georgia stands at No. 4, but needs to beat LSU Saturday at 4 p.m. on CBS to remain in contention.
Ohio State takes on Wisconsin in the Big 10 championship game on Fox Saturday at 8 p.m.
Virginia has reached its first ACC championship game, facing Clemson on ABC at 7:30 p.m.
Winners of the Pac 12 and Big 12 hope their contests impress the voters. ABC has Utah-Oregon Friday at 8 p.m., and Oklahoma battles Baylor Saturday at noon on ABC.
ESPN has Louisiana against Appalachian State Saturday at noon followed by Hawaii visiting Boise State.
Miami of Ohio meets Central Michigan in the MAC championship Saturday at noon on ESPN2.
Cincinnati clashes with Memphis for the second straight week, this time for the AAC title, on ABC Saturday at 3:30 p.m.
The Cowboys battle the Bears on Fox Thursday at 8:20 p.m.
The Ravens go for their ninth straight win against the Wild-Card contending Bills Sunday at 1 p.m. on CBS, then the Patriots and Chiefs battle for playoff positioning in the late afternoon slot.  Fox has the Redskins’ contest with the Packers.
The Seahawks visit the Rams on NBC Sunday night with Giants-Eagles on ESPN Monday night.
The 76ers take on the Wizards Thursday at 7 p.m. on NBC Sports Washington. It’s Wizards-Heat Friday at 8 p.m. and the Clippers visit Sunday at 6 p.m.
The Nuggets clash with the Celtics on ESPN Friday at 8:15 p.m. with Lakers-Trail Blazers in the nightcap.
NBC Sports Washington has the development league contest between Canton and the Go-Gos Saturday at 7 p.m.
Michigan meets Iowa on FoxSports1 Friday at 6:30 p.m.
Providence plays Rhode Island Friday at 7 p.m. on ESPN2 and it’s Southern Cal-TCU at 9 p.m.
Florida faces Butler on Fox Saturday at noon.
There’s four ESPN2 games on Saturday, starting at 3 p.m. with Villanova-St. Joseph’s. Maryland meets Illinois at 5 p.m. with Colorado’s contest with Kansas at 7 p.m. and Marquette against Kansas State.
FoxSports1 has West Virginia’s contest with St. John’s Saturday at noon, then Nebraska clashes with Creighton and Cincinnati meets Xavier at 5 p.m.
Old Dominion visits VCU on MASN Saturday at 8 p.m. MASN2 has American’s contest with George Mason at 7 p.m.
Richmond hosts South Alabama on MASN Sunday at 2 p.m.
Buffalo battles DePaul Sunday at 5 p.m. on FoxSports1.
Washington faces Gonzaga Sunday at 7 p.m. on ESPN2 and Seton Hall meets Iowa State at 9 p.m.
The women’s ACC-Big Ten Challenge hits ESPN Thursday, with Maryland-North Carolina State at 7 p.m. followed by Syracuse against Michigan.
LSU faces Oklahoma Saturday at 4 p.m. on MASN2.
Connecticut clashes with Notre Dame Sunday at 4 p.m. on ESPN.
Texas tangles with Tennessee on ESPN2 Sunday at 2 p.m.
On the high school hardcourt, ESPN2 offers Prolific Prep’s contest with Hillcrest Prep Thursday at 9 p.m.
The Capitals face the Ducks Friday at 10 p.m. on NBC Sports Washington-plus.
On the college ice, FoxSports1 has Penn State-Michigan Friday at 8:30 p.m.
Arsenal battles Brighton & Hove Albion Thursday at 2:30 p.m. on NBC Sports network.
Everton clashes with Chelsea Saturday at 7:25 a.m. on NBC Sports network, followed by Bournemouth-Liverpool and Manchester City’s contest with Manchester United.
Aston Villa faces Leicester City Sunday at 8:55 a.m. and Brighton & Hove Albion meets Wolverhampton at 11:25 a.m.
In the Bundesliga, Bayern Munich battles M’gladbach Saturday at 9:30 a.m. on FoxSports1. It’s Union Berlin against Koln Sunday at 9:30 a.m. followed by Werder Bremen’s contest with Paderborn.
There’s alpine skiing on NBC Sports network Friday at 12:30 p.m.
NBC Sports network has the Toyota U.S. Open swim meet Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m.


Battle for Coastal Division title

Virginia has never won a Coastal Division title since the ACC added divisions in 2005.
Virginia has not beaten Virginia Tech since 2002 – when this year’s senior class was still in kindergarten.
Friday in Charlottesville, the Cavaliers hope to end both streaks when the Hokies come to town. ABC has coverage at noon.
The team both enter the contest with 8-3 records overall and 5-2 in the conference. The winner will advance to play Clemson in next week’s ACC championship and claims bragging rights for another year.
The college football weekend begins Thursday with the Egg Bowl between Mississippi and Mississippi State at 7:30 p.m. on ESPN.
Texas takes on Texas Tech on Fox Friday at noon, followed by the Apple Bowl between Washington and Washington State at 4 p.m.
Arkansas battles Missouri on CBS at 2:30 p.m.
Cincinnati clashes with Memphis on ABC at 3:30 p.m.
ESPN offers TCU against West Virginia at 4:15 p.m. followed by South Florida-Central Florida.
It’s the Iron Bowl between Alabama and Auburn Saturday at 3:30 p.m. on CBS.
NBC Sports network has the Bayou Classic between Southern and Grambling State at 5 p.m.
Michigan meets Ohio State at noon on Fox, with Notre Dame-Stanford at 4 p.m. There’s mayhem at 8 p.m. with Oklahoma against Oklahoma State.
Georgia takes on Georgia Tech on ABC at noon before Wisconsin meets Minnesota. Action heads west at 7:30 p.m. with Colorado’s contest with Utah.
ESPN starts its day at noon with South Carolina hosting Clemson. Baylor battles Kansas at 3:30 p.m. before top-ranked LSU faces Texas A&M. It’s Arizona-Arizona State in the nightcap at 10 p.m.
Indiana faces Purdue on ESPN2 at noon. It’s Duke against Miami at 3:30 p.m., followed by Navy-Houston at 7 p.m. and Fresno State facing San Jose State at 10:30 p.m.
FoxSports1 has Illinois against Northwestern at noon and Maryland meeting Michigan State at 3:30 p.m. Kansas State takes on Iowa State at 7 p.m. with California-UCLA at 10:30 p.m.
Wake Forest meets Syracuse at 12:30 p.m. on NBC Sports Washington.
Boston College faces Pittsburgh on the ACC network at 3:30 p.m. and North Carolina tangles with North Carolina State at 7 p.m.
The NFL has its Thanksgiving tripleheader Thursday, starting at 12:30 p.m. when the Lions host the Bears on Fox. It’s the 80th Thanksgiving Day contest for the Lions.
CBS has the Bills’ visit to Dallas at 4:30 p.m., and NBC covers the Falcons taking on the Saints at 8:30 p.m.
The Ravens battle the 49ers on Fox Sunday at 1 p.m. CBS has the Redskins taking on the Panthers at 1 p.m. followed by Raiders-Chiefs.
The Patriots and Texans meet on NBC Sunday night, while playoff contenders Minnesota and Seattle battling on ESPN Monday.
The Wizards tangle with the Clippers Sunday at 10:30 p.m. on NBC Sports Washington.
On the college court, ESPN has the semifinals of the Battle 4 Atlantis Thursday. North Carolina meets Michigan at 1:30 p.m. followed by Oregon-Gonzaga.
ESPN2 has six contests Thanksgiving Day, starting at 11 a.m. with Maryland against Temple. Texas A&M takes on Harvard at 1:30 p.m. and Memphis meets North Carolina State at 4 p.m. It’s Davidson-Marquette at 6:30 p.m., Seton Hall facing Southern Mississippi at 9 p.m. and Pepperdine’s contest with Arizona at 11 p.m.
The Las Vegas Invitational offers Iowa-Texas Tech on FoxSports1 Thursday at 8 p.m. and Creighton’s clash with San Diego State at 10:30 p.m.
There’s the championship of the Battle 4 Atlantis on ESPN Friday at 2 p.m., after the third-place game at 11:30 a.m.
ESPN2 has more tournament action Friday. There’s play from the Orlando Invitational at 11:30 and 4:30 p.m., with action from Wooden Legacy at 2 p.m. and 11:30 p.m. The NIT tip-off tournament hits the court at 7 p.m., with the championship matching Mississippi and Oklahoma State at 9:30 p.m.
Minnesota meets DePaul on FoxSports1 at 3 p.m. Friday, and there’s two more games from the Las Vegas Invitational at 8 p.m. and 10:30 p.m.
Boston College visits Richmond Saturday at 2:30 p.m. on NBC Sports network.
ESPN has the championship of the Orlando Invitational Sunday at 1 p.m. and final contest in the Wooden Legacy at 9 p.m.
There’s a contest from the Wooden Legacy on ESPN2 Sunday at 1:30 p.m. and two more from Orlando at 4 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.
Georgia Tech meets Bethune-Cookman Sunday at 6 p.m. on NBC Sports Washington.
FoxSports1 has Villanova-LaSalle Sunday at 6:30 p.m.
The Rangers and Bruins battle on NBC Friday at 1 p.m.
NBC Sports Washington has the Capitals’ contest with the Lightning Friday at 5 p.m. and visit to Detroit Saturday at 7 p.m.
Newcastle United takes on Manchester City Saturday at 7:25 a.m. on NBC Sports network followed by Tottenham Hotspur-Bournemouth.
Watford and Southampton battle on NBC at 12:30 p.m.
Norwich City goes against Arsenal on NBC Sports network Sunday at 8:55 a.m. before Manchester United faces Aston Villa.
In the Bundesliga, M’gladbach meets Frelburg Sunday at 9:30 a.m. on FoxSports1 followed by Werder Bremen against Wolfsburg.
Formula One has it’s Abu Dhabi Grand Prix Sunday at 8:05 a.m. on ESPN2.


Looking for airtime

The San Francisco 49ers’ surprising start has given the NFL a problem – how to get them better national TV coverage.
Originally, Sunday’s game with the Green Bay Packers served as back-up game to main late afternoon matchup on Fox – Patriots against Cowboys. With San Francisco leading the NFC West and Green Bay the NFC North, the NFL’s flex scheduling planners went into action and moved it into the NBC prime time slot.
The Eagles and Seahawks, originally scheduled Sunday night and also a contest of potential playoff teams – got bumped to 1 p.m.
The Texans take on the Colts Thursday at 8:20 p.m. on Fox.
CBS carries the Saints against the Panthers Sunday at 1 p.m., with Lions-Redskins as the early game on Fox.
ESPN closes Week 11 with the Ravens against the Rams Monday at 8:15 p.m.
North of the border, Hamilton and Winnipeg meet for the Grey Cup Sunday at 6:30 p.m on ESPN2.
The college football weekend begins Thursday at 8 p.m. when North Carolina State visits Georgia Tech.
Colorado State clashes with Wyoming Friday at 9:30 p.m.
Virginia has a non-conference tilt with Liberty Saturday on NBC Sports Washington-plus at noon.
Ohio State and Penn State battle for the Big Ten East title at noon on Fox. Wisconsin takes on Purdue at 4 p.m. and Oklahoma tangles with TCU at 8 p.m.
Notre Dame hosts Boston College on NBC Sports network at 2:30 p.m.
Texas A&M tangles with Georgia on CBS at 3:30 p.m.
Minnesota meets Northwestern at noon on ABC, followed by UCLA-USC. In primetime, Oregon faces Arizona State.
ESPN starts its day at noon with Western Carolina-Alabama. Michigan meets Indiana at 3:30 p.m. and top-ranked LSU tangles with Arkansas at 7 p.m. There’s Washington’s contest with Colorado at 10 p.m.
Oklahoma State visits West Virginia on ESPN2 at noon, followed by Virginia Tech-Pittsburgh. Cincinnati clashes with Temple at 7 p.m. and Nevada goes against Fresno State at 10:30 p.m.
It’s Michigan State-Rutgers on FoxSports1 at noon. Baylor battles Texas at 3:30 p.m. and Texas Tech takes on Kansas State at 7 p.m. It’s Utah-Arizona in the nightcap at 10 p.m.
Virginia plays Liberty at 12:30 p.m. on NBC Sports Washington-plus.
The ACC network has Syracuse against Louisville at 4 p.m. before Duke takes on Wake Forest at 7:30 p.m.
Lafayette faces Lehigh on MASN Saturday at 12:30 p.m. with Kansas against Iowa State on MASN at noon.
TNT offers the Trail Blazers against the Bucks Thursday at 8 p.m., followed by Pelicans-Suns.
The Spurs meet the 76ers on ESPN Friday at 8:15 p.m. with Rockets-Clippers in the nightcap.
The Wizards take on the Hornets Friday at 7 p.m. on NBC Sports Washington.
On the college court, ESPN2 has Villanova meeting Middle Tennessee at 11:30 a.m. Florida faces St. Joseph’s at 2 p.m. followed by Ohio-Baylor. The 2K Sports Classic tips at 7 p.m. with Georgetown against Texas before Duke’s contest with California.
Tennessee State tangles with Texas Tech on MASN2 Thursday at 8 p.m.
There’s games from Charleston and Myrtle Beach on ESPN2 Friday at noon and 2:30 p.m. The 2K Sports Classic championship will be at 7:30 p.m. after the third-place game at 5 p.m.
It’s McNeese State against Richmond Friday at 7 p.m. on MASN.
Morehead State meets Butler on FoxSports1 Friday at 7 p.m. and Creighton clashes with Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo at 9 p.m.
Florida Gulf Coast faces VCU Saturday at 7 p.m. on MASN.
ESPN has the Hall of Fame tip-off Sunday at 1 p.m., with the Myrtle Beach Invitational championship at 5 p.m. and Charleston Classic championship at 5 p.m.
It’s Creighton-North Florida on FoxSports1 Sunday at 2 p.m. MASN offers Texas Tech against LIU-Brooklyn Sunday at 2 p.m.
On the women’s court, Connecticut clashes with Ohio State on ESPN Sunday at 3 p.m.
Vancouver visits the Capitals Saturday at 12:30 p.m. on NBC Sports Washington.
The Flyers face Carolina Thursday at 7:30 p.m. on NBC Sports Washington and it’s Islanders-Sharks Saturday at 10:30 p.m.
West Ham United faces Tottenham Hotspur Saturday at 7:25 a.m. on NBC Sports network followed by Arsenal-Southampton. It’s Manchester City against Chelsea on NBC at 12:30 p.m.
Manchester United meets Sheffield United Sunday at 11:25 a.m.
In the Bundesliga, Dusseldorf battles Bayern Munich Saturday at 9:30 a.m. on FoxSports1. It’s Hertha Berlin against Augsburg Sunday at 9:30 a.m. before Mainz 05 meets Hoffenheim at noon.


Last race for the last time

For years, the NASCAR season has ended at Miami Homestead. This weekend closes that era.
NBC has the Monster Series finale Sunday at 3 p.m., with the final four of Denny Hamlin, Kevin Harvick, Martin Truex Jr. and Kyle Busch. The quartet has combined to win 21 of the 35 races this season.
Phoenix takes over as the year’s final race in 2020. Last weekend, Hamlin took the checkered flag to advance to this week’s Final Four. The driver among the four who finishes this race with the most points will be crowned series champion for 2019.
The Xfinity Series concludes Saturday at 3:30 p.m. on NBC Sports network, with the final Truck Series race on FoxSports1 Friday at 8 p.m.
The Steelers visit the Browns in Thursday’s game on Fox.
In a battle of division leaders, the Ravens host the Texans on CBS Sunday at 1 p.m. before the Patriots tangle with the Eagles. Fox has Jets-Redskins at 1 p.m.
NBC has Bears-Rams Sunday night and the Chiefs take on the Chargers on ESPN Monday night.
The college football weekend begins Thursday when North Carolina visits Pittsburgh on ESPN at 8 p.m.
Fresno State faces San Diego State Friday at 9 p.m. on ESPN2.
Virginia Tech visits Georgia Tech on NBC Sports Washington Saturday at 3:30 p.m.
Notre Dame takes on Navy at 2:30 p.m on NBC.
There’s an SEC doubleheader on CBS, with Florida facing Missouri at noon before Auburn tangles with Georgia.
Penn State hosts Indiana on ABC at noon, followed by Clemson’s contest with Wake Forest. Baylor battles Oklahoma in primetime.
Michigan meets Michigan State on Fox at noon and there’s a Big Ten west matchup between Iowa and Minnesota at 4 p.m. It’s UCLA-Utah at 8 p.m.
ESPN starts its day at noon with Alabama-Mississippi State. West Virginia visits Kansas State at 3:30 p.m. and LSU meets Mississippi at 7 p.m. Oregon hosts Arizona in the nightcap at 10:30 p.m.
Texas Tech takes on TCU at noon on ESPN2, with Memphis against Houston at 3:30 p.m. Colorado State clashes with Air Force at 7 p.m. and Boise State battles New Mexico at 10:15 p.m.
Kansas clashes with Oklahoma State on FoxSports1 at noon. It’s Texas-Iowa State at 3:30 p.m. then it’s out west for Arizona State against Oregon State at 7:30 p.m. and California’s contest with USC at 11 p.m.
Duke hosts Syracuse on ACC network at 4 p.m. and Louisville meets North Carolina State at 7:30 p.m.
It’s Richmond-James Madison on MASN at 3:30 p.m.
Saskatchewan hosts Winnipeg in the CFL Western Conference final Sunday at 4:30 p.m. on ESPN2.
The Knicks host the Mavericks on TNT Thursday at 8 p.m., followed by Nets-Nuggets.
It’s Wizards-Timberwolves on NBC Sports Washington-plus Friday at 8 p.m. The Wizards and Magic tangle on NBC Sports Washington Sunday at 6 p.m.
The Jazz visit the Grizzlies on ESPN Friday at 8:15 p.m., with Celtics and Warriors meeting in the nightcap.
On the college court, Penn State tangles with Georgetown on FoxSports1 Thursday at 6:30 p.m. and Michigan State meets Seton Hall at 8:30 p.m.
Towson tangles with Florida on ESPN2 Thursday at 7 p.m.
Richmond hosts Vanderbilt Thursday at 7 p.m. on NBC Sports Washington.
Missouri State meets Xavier on MASN2 Friday at 7 p.m. while Alabama visits Rhode Island on NBC Sports network at 7:30 p.m.
MASN2 has Cornell’s contest with DePaul Saturday at 1 p.m. and Richmond meets James Madison at 7 p.m. on MASN.
VCU takes on Jacksonville State Sunday at noon on MASN with Richmond against Cal State-Northridge at 4 p.m.
Marquette meets Wisconsin on FoxSports1 Sunday at 1 p.m. and. Georgia State faces Georgetown at 7:30 p.m
ESPN has Florida’s contest with Connecticut Sunday at 3 p.m.
The Capitals clash with the Canadiens Friday at 7 p.m. on NBC Sports Washington before heading to Boston Saturday at 7 p.m.
Formula One has its Brazilian Grand Prix Sunday at 12:05 p.m. on ESPN2.
Iceland tangles with Turkey in European qualifiers Thursday at 11:50 a.m. on ESPN2.
The United States takes on Canada in the Nations Cup Friday at 7 p.m. on ESPN2.
Either Louisville City or Real Monarchs SLC will claim the USL championship on ESPN2 Sunday at 7:30 p.m.
There’s European Champions Cup rugby on NBC Sports network Sunday at 10 a.m.


Tops of the SEC

LSU and Alabama meet Saturday, and could meet again – in the college playoffs.
CBS has coverage Saturday at 3:30 p.m. of the battle between the top two teams in the nation.
The winner has the inside shot for the SEC West title and berth in the SEC championship on Dec. 7. If the loser wins the rest of its contests, they would be among the top contenders for one of the four berths in the College Football Playoff semifinals on Dec. 28.
President Trump plans to join the attendees for Saturday’s game.
The college football weekend continues Friday as Central Florida tangles with Tulsa at 7 p.m. on ESPN2 and Washington goes against Oregon State on FoxSports1 at 10:30 p.m.
Virginia hosts Georgia Tech Saturday at 12:30 p.m. on NBC Sports Washington.
Penn State travels to Minnesota on ABC at noon, followed by Arizona State-Southern Cal. In primetime, Clemson clashes with North Carolina State.
Maryland meets Ohio State on Fox at noon and there’s a top 20 battle between Iowa and Wisconsin at 4 p.m. Iowa State takes on Oklahoma at 8 p.m.
ESPN starts its day at noon with Florida facing Vanderbilt. Texas tangles with Kansas State at 3:30 p.m. and Missouri meets Georgia at 7 p.m. In the nightcap, Wyoming travels to Boise State.
It’s West Virginia-Texas Tech at noon on ESPN2 and Miami meets Louisville at 3:30 p.m. Appalachian State goes against South Carolina at 7 p.m. with Nevada-San Diego State at 10:30 p.m.
Baylor battles TCU on FoxSports1 at noon and Illinois goes against Michigan State at 3:30 p.m.
Florida State faces Boston College on the ACC network at noon and Virginia Tech hosts Wake Forest at 3:30 p.m. It’s Notre Dame-Duke at 7:30 p.m.
MASN has James Madison’s contest with New Hampshire at 3:30 p.m.
The Ravens visit the Bengals on CBS Sunday at 1 p.m. The Saints host the Falcons on Fox at 1 p.m., with areas of northern and eastern Virginia getting Jets-Giants. The Panthers visit the Packers in the late afternoon slot.
The Vikings tangle with the Cowboys on NBC Sunday night, with Seahawks-49ers on ESPN Monday at 8:15 p.m.
It’s the CFL conference semifinals Sunday on ESPN2, with Edmonton against Montreal at 1 p.m. followed by Calgary-Winnipeg at 4:30 p.m.
NASCAR’s playoff field of eight gets whittled down the final four at Phoenix Sunday at 2:30 p.m. on NBC. The Xfinity Series goes Saturday at 3:30 p.m. on NBC, with the Truck Series on FoxSports1 Friday at 8:30 p.m.
Tampa Bay and Buffalo participate in the NHL’s Global Series this weekend, with coverage on NBC Sports network Friday at 2 p.m.
It’s Capitals-Golden Knights on NBC Sports Washington Saturday at 7 p.m.
The Flyers visit the Bruins on NBC Sports Washington Sunday at 7 p.m.
On the college ice, Ohio State meets Notre Dame on NBC Sports network Friday at 8 p.m.
The Wizards host the Cavaliers on ESPN and NBC Sports Washington Friday at 7:15 p.m.
There’s college basketball on ESPN Friday with Washington meeting Baylor at 9:30 p.m. in the Armed Forces Classic in Alaska. ESPN2 has Arizona State against Colorado from China at 10:30 p.m.
North Texas visits VCU Friday at 7 p.m. on MASN while Siena faces Xavier on MASN2 at 7 p.m.
Georgetown hosts Central Arkansas on MASN2 Saturday at noon and it’s Stony Brook-Seton Hall at 2:30 p.m. New Jersey Tech tangles with Providence at 4:30 p.m. before New Orleans meets Butler at 7 p.m.
NBC Sports network has Iona-LaSalle Saturday at 4 p.m.
Texas plays Purdue on FoxSports1 Saturday at 7 p.m. and Maryland meets Rhode Island at 9 p.m.
Florida State faces Florida on ESPN Sunday at 1 p.m.
Louisville hosts Youngstown State on NBC Sports Washington Sunday at 2 p.m., followed by Detroit Mercy-North Carolina State.
On the women’s hardcourt, Maryland meets South Carolina at 3 p.m. Sunday on ESPN.
Seattle and Toronto battle for the MLS Cup Sunday at 3 p.m. on ABC.
The United States’ mens team faces Costa Rica Sunday at 8 p.m. on ESPN2.
Chelsea clashes with Crystal Palace on NBC Sports network Saturday at 7:25 a.m., then Tottenham Hotspur meets Sheffield United. NBC has Arsenal against Leicester City at 12:30 p.m.
It’s Manchester United taking on Brighton and Hove Albion Sunday at 8:55 a.m. on NBC Sports network and Liverpool-Manchester City at 11:25 a.m.
In the Bundesliga, Hertha Berlin faces Leipzig Saturday at 9:30 a.m. on FoxSports1. Leverhusen battles Wolfsburg Sunday at 9:30 a.m.
FoxSports1 has the finals of the Big 12 women’s soccer tournament Sunday at 1:30 p.m. with the Big East finale at 4 p.m.