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Guide to Thanksgiving weekend sports on TV

Event Time TV Why you should watch
NFL: Patriots at Lions 12:30 p.m. Ch. 10 It's tradition, and the tradition lately is the Lions getting blown out on Thanksgiving Day. Expect the tradition to continue.
NFL: Saints at Cowboys 4:15 p.m. Ch. 13 Bucs fans might want to polish off the turkey before this one starts so they can give full attention to rooting against the Saints.
College football: Texas A&M at Texas 8 p.m. ESPN It used to mean more than it does now. This time it's No. 17 Texas A&M with something on the line.
NFL: Bengals at Jets 8:20 p.m. NFL Network The Bengals gave up 49 to the hapless Bills. It could be a scorefest to end Thanksgiving Day.
Event Time TV Why you should watch
College football: West Virginia at Pittsburgh Noon Ch. 28 The winner of the "Backyard Brawl" keeps alive its shot at the Big East title and a BCS bowl trip. Last two meetings decided on the final play.
College football: Auburn at Alabama 2:30 p.m. Ch. 10 This Iron Bowl could be the game of the year. Alabama will try to spoil Auburn's chances of reaching the national championship game.
College football: Colorado at Nebraska 3:30 p.m. Ch. 28 It might be worth tuning in to see if Cornhuskers coach Bo Pelini goes ballistic on an official or ball boy. And Colorado is much improved since firing coach Dan Hawkins two weeks ago.
NHL: Lightning at Capitals 5 p.m. Sun Sports The Lightning is fun to watch. Period. It can win 8-7 or 2-1.
College football: Arizona at Oregon 7 p.m. ESPN The Ducks score about a point a minute, but Arizona plays defense. Is it possible Auburn and Oregon could fall on the same day?
College football: Boise State at Nevada 10 p.m. ESPN This is supposed to be the latest big test for Boise State, and the Broncos are actually on the road. If they survive, they remain in the national title conversation. Lose and, well …
Event Time TV Why you should watch
College football: USF at Miami Noon ESPNU A win-win for USF and a lose-lose for Miami. The Hurricanes are supposed to win, and if they don't, look out coach Randy Shannon.
College football: Michigan at Ohio State Noon Ch. 28 Michigan quarterback Denard Robinson and Ohio State quarterback Terrelle Pryor could combine for 1,000 yards in this one.
College football: Michigan State at Penn State Noon ESPN2 Joe Paterno announced he will return for the 2011 season, his 81st in Happy Valley (not really). He is looking to notch win No. 402 (really).
College football: Florida at Florida State 3:30 p.m. Ch. 28 Tim Tebow graduated from UF, and FSU's Christian Ponder is actually healthy now. It might be close for a change.
College football: LSU at Arkansas 3:30 p.m. Ch. 10 Big-time dangerous game for LSU, which is holding on to a No. 5 ranking in the BCS.
College football: N.C. State at Maryland 3:30 p.m. ESPN2 FSU fans have an interest in this one. An N.C. State loss means the Seminoles play in the ACC Championship Game.
College basketball: Duke vs. Oregon 4 p.m. FSN For those who need a break from college football, check out this game from Portland, Ore.
College football: South Carolina at Clemson 7 p.m. ESPN2 Tigers would love to knock off the Gamecocks. South Carolina mostly wants to stay healthy for its SEC Championship Game next week.
NHL: Panthers at Lightning 7:30 p.m. Sun Sports It's not just rivalry day in college football. It's a hockey battle in Florida as well.
College football: Georgia Tech at Georgia 7:45 p.m. ESPN A rivalry game between teams with subpar seasons. But it still matters to them.
College football: Oklahoma at Oklahoma State 8 p.m. Ch. 28 A potential battle for the Big 12 South title. Cowboys reach conference title game with win here. Sooners need win and tiebreaker to go their way.
Event Time TV Why you should watch
NFL: Jaguars at Giants 1 p.m. Ch. 10 Both teams are 6-4 and trying to stay in the playoff hunt.
NFL: Packers at Falcons 1 p.m. Ch. 13 Falcons' solo spot atop NFC South at 8-2 could be at risk.
NFL: Bucs at Ravens 4 p.m. Ch. 13 If the Bucs can pull this one off, it truly is a magical season.
NFL: Chargers at Colts 8:15 p.m. Ch. 8 Two of the best quarterbacks in the league square off. Should be a good way to end a day of NFL football.

The Thanksgiving weekend has finally arrived, which means Lions and Cowboys games, Auburn vs. Alabama, Florida vs. Florida State, Bucs vs. Ravens. Oh, and family gatherings and all that other giving thanks stuff. Turkey and sports go hand-in-hand during this four-day holiday. There's sure to be plenty of turkey, and there is definitely plenty of sports. We've done all the hard work by boiling down the full plate of games to just the meat and potatoes. All you have to do is grab the remote and enjoy.

Guide to Thanksgiving weekend sports on TV 11/24/10 [Last modified: Friday, November 26, 2010 3:21pm]
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