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Preview of big high school, college and NFL football TV weekend

You have three assignments this weekend. Stock up on pretzels, chips, dip and drinks. Freshen up the batteries in the remote. Settle in your favorite chair and get ready for some football. We can't list every game this weekend, but here are highlights with our own little rating system. Five pretzels mean don't miss it; one means don't bother.

Chamberlain at Lakeland, 7:30 p.m.

TV: Bright House Sports Network

If you don't feel like getting snarled on I-4 traffic to watch the game in person, you can tune in to see if Billy Turner's Chiefs can pull an upset.

Armwood at Plant, 7:30 p.m.

Radio: 620-AM

If you're going to drive anywhere, head down South Dale Mabry in Tampa to watch Tampa Bay's version of Cowboys-Redskins. (We're not sure which school is which, but you catch our drift.)

Army vs. Navy, noon

TV: Ch. 10

Ah, the pageantry, the tradition, the … boredom. If you love it, enjoy it. The rest of us see it and say, "Ohh, Army-Navy. Cool.'' And five plays in, it's "Hmm, wonder if King of Queens is on?''

Pitt at UConn, noon


No Big East title on the line. So why do we care about this game? We don't. But it could provide more ammunition for the dudes at the Web site

Conference USA Championship: East Carolina at Tulsa, noon


It's probably not a good thing to have your conference title game on ESPN2. Quite frankly, we're shocked to learn Conference USA even has a title game.

ACC Championship: Boston College vs. Virginia Tech, 1 p.m.

TV: Ch. 28

You could always drive over to Raymond James Stadium and watch this one in person. But then you would have to worry about getting home in time to watch the game of the day. And sorry, BC-Virginia Tech isn't worth the risk.

SEC Championship: Florida vs. Alabama, 4 p.m.

TV: Ch. 10

For all you college football playoff advocates, this is pretty much a national semifinal game, with the winner likely going to the national title game. If you can watch only one game today, this is it.

Southern Cal at UCLA, 4:30 p.m.

TV: Ch. 28

You always need a game to start a half-hour after the big game — for something to flip over to during commercials and halftime. Call it the JV game. Anyway, this is the JV game.

Big 12 Championship: Missouri vs. Oklahoma, 8 p.m.

TV: Ch. 28

For some reason, I think of poor little Mizzou facing Oklahoma and I think of Pee Wee's Big Adventure. You know, "I say we stomp him … then we tattoo him … then we hang him … and then we kill him!'' Actually, that movie might be more entertaining than this game.

USF at West Virginia, 8 p.m.


A few months ago, this game looked like it could have been huge — maybe a Big East title on the line, maybe even a crack at the national championship game. Then both teams stumbled. Still, it'll probably be closer than the Big 12 game.

Falcons at Saints, 1 p.m.

TV: Ch. 13

Just to be on the safe side, Bucs fans should root for the Saints so the Falcons, a game behind the Bucs, drop further back in the NFC South.

Cowboys at Steelers, 4 p.m.

TV: Ch. 13

It isn't Chuck Noll vs. Tom Landry, Terry Bradshaw vs. Roger Staubach, Franco Harris vs. Tony Dorsett. But it's still pretty darn good.

Dolphins vs. Bills, 4 p.m.

TV: Ch. 10

It's a Bills home game, but it is taking place in Toronto. Remember what we said about the JV game? This is good to watch only during the commercials of the Steelers-Cowboys game.

Redskins at Ravens, 8 p.m.

TV: Ch. 8

Should be a good game. But even if it isn't, take time to appreciate how good the broadcast is, from the Football Night in America pregame show to the team of Al Michaels and John Madden, the best in the business.

Bucs at Panthers, 8:30 p.m.

TV: Ch. 28, ESPN

The biggest game in the history of football! Okay, it's at least the biggest NFL game of the weekend, starring our own Pewter fellas. It's Monday Night Football. It's not exactly the MNF with Frank, Howard and Dandy Don, but still … and first place in the NFC South is on the line to boot.

Preview of big high school, college and NFL football TV weekend 12/04/08 [Last modified: Thursday, December 4, 2008 10:12pm]
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