Even with the NHL season on hiatus, we are officially entering the busy portion of the sports year. The college and professional football seasons are past the midway point, and the NBA season is underway. With so much going on, it can be difficult to keep track of everything worth watching. Here’s your weekend guide to TV.
All times Eastern.
Saturday, November 17
No. 18 USC at No. 17 UCLA – 3:05pm, FOX
The ultimate battle for Los Angeles college football supremacy. Or something. As far as USC has fallen this season, watching this game is probably more about seeing Matt Barkley fail than seeing a good game. You know, like how we watch the Jets to see former USC quarterback Mark Sanchez fail, or how we used to watch the Cardinals to see former USC quarterback Matt Leinart fail. Hmm, sensing a trend here about over-hyped USC quarterbacks…
Wake Forest at No. 3 Notre Dame – 3:30pm, NBC
Notre Dame is just two games away from going undefeated. This week’s opponent is unranked Wake Forest, and their last game is against USC. So basically, they have to really try to screw this thing up. Sidenote: this game features the Fighting Irish vs. the Demon Deacons. Could today’s matchup finally answer the question of what white mascot is scariest of all?
No. 13 Stanford at No. 2 Oregon – 8:00pm, ABC
Your official game of the day, although Oregon is at home, undefeated, and won 59-17 last week against Cal. If this ends up being a blow out, don’t act surprised.
Sunday, November 18
NFL Regular Season:
New York Jets at St. Louis – 1:00pm, FOX
Okay, okay, this is not exactly a must-watch game considering both teams are terrible. That being said, I have more fun watching Mark Sanchez fail than watching any other team do well, so it makes the list. Sue me.
Indianapolis at New England – 4:25pm, CBS
It’s not the same without Peyton Manning, but still. Indianapolis and New England! These teams HATE EACH OTHER.
Baltimore at Pittsburgh – 8:20pm, NBC
It’s not the same without Ray Lewis, but still. Baltimore and Pittsburgh! These teams HATE EACH OTHER.
Cleveland Cavaliers at Philadelphia Sixers – 6:00pm, NBATV
Somehow, this game is being nationally televised, albeit on NBATV. No matter, it’s always fun to watch Kyrie Irving, who is quickly becoming a top-5 point guard in the league, and perennial lunch pail/injury prone center Anderson Varejao. Incidentally, both of those guys are on my fantasy team, so… Go Cavs!
All schedule information via ESPN.com