A Strong 36 Hours in the Sports World

I see you, sitting on your couch because you bailed from work at lunch today, because obviously, there's no way you could possibly get ready for whatever festivities you're getting into if you left at 5 like every other day of the week. (No, I'm not bitter. Why do you ask?) Anyway, if you're sitting at home on your couch after taking a half -- or whole -- day off, there is no shortage of sports goodness to get you through the next day and a half, assuming, at some point you'll sleep. ↵

↵All times eastern, in chronological order. ↵

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↵Noon to 2, Houston vs. Air Force (football): This game runs until 3:30, but we're really just filling time until we get to the next football game at 2. And hey, you can watch Kevin Sumlin's offense all day. Who couldn't? Is this an audition for the Texas Tech gig, or is Sumlin hunting bigger game? This one can be found on ESPN. (Alternate choice in hoops: Michigan vs. Indiana on ESPN2.) ↵

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↵2-4, Stanford vs. Oklahoma (football): If you're a football diehard, stick with this one until 5:30, if you're in for a more varied taste, there is more to come at 4 p.m. Catch Toby Gerhart, who came up this short of winning the Heisman, taking on the Sooners in a game where neither team has its starting QB. (Alternate choice in hoops: Ohio State vs. Wisconsin on ESPN2 at 2.) ↵

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↵4-6, Tennessee vs. Memphis (hoops): It doesn't carry the weight of the No. 1 vs. No. 2 game in 2008, but both programs are still at a high enough level that it's worth a watch. Tune into ESPN2 for this one. (Alternate choice in football: Navy vs. Missouri at 3:30 on ESPN.) ↵

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↵6-7:30, Minnesota vs. Iowa State (football): It's slim pickings at 6. If you haven't eaten, might I suggest a quick trip out for some grub? Catch it on NFL Network, if you've got it. For those of us without DirecTV, you can catch the beginning of Penn at Duke in hoops, or if you've got CSN NW, catch Oregon vs. Washington State in a decent Pac-10 matchup. ↵

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↵7-7:30, Richmond vs. Wake Forest (hoops): This is a sneaky good game on the schedule tonight as Richmond is 10-3, while Wake is 9-2. It's on ESPNU and will give you something to watch until the moments before ... ↵

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↵7:30-11, Tennessee vs. Virginia Tech (football): Strong name-brand appeal here with two big-time schools, plus the Lane Kiffin crazy factor on ESPN. (Alternate viewing: Stick with Richmond vs. Wake if you're more of a hoops head. Could also catch Heat-Spurs on TNT at 7. Can't imagine anyone is jumping at Clippers-Sixers at 9:30 though, which is also on TNT.) ↵

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↵11-12:30, Watch the Ball Drop: Pick from the usual suspects like Dick Clark and Ryan Seacrest, or just go wherever the Black Eyed Peas aren't. ↵

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↵At this point, you're probably ready to call it a night -- or continue partying, so let's fast forward to 11 a.m. on New Year's Day. ↵

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↵11-1, Northwestern vs. Auburn (football): It's football, it starts before noon (ESPN), and you'll only half watch it because you're still trying to piece together what happened last night. It'll do the job with your dull senses. Another good break to eat, if nothing else. ↵

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↵1-2:30, West Virginia vs. Florida State (football): I'm sure a lot of people will favor LSU-Penn State(ABC) in this timeslot, but it's Bobby Bowden's final game (CBS), and it's on New Year's Day. In a regular week, No. 11 vs. No. 13 would matter, but history trumps it this go around. (EDIT: I can admit when I'm a dolt. I was so focused on hoops and football, I left out the big NHL game at Fenway. Preview here. It's on NBC, if you're looking.) ↵

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↵2:30-4:30, West Virginia vs. Purdue (basketball): A tough decision for fans of the 'Eers, but it's a dream afternoon. Put two TVs in the same room if you're from West Virginia. All others should flip over to this huge hoops tilt between two of the six remaining unbeatens at Purdue (ESPN). I would allow for a flip over to the Florida State football game in its final minutes to watch Bowden's final moments on the sideline around 4. ↵

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↵4:30-8, Ohio State vs. Oregon (football): The Rose Bowl will own this time slot. Keep in mind that the game doesn't really start until 5ish, so don't feel rushed to leave a close finish of WVU-Purdue in hoops. This one is on ABC, if you didn't already know that. And if they're slow start the Orange Bowl at 8:30, stick around for Better Off Ted at 8:30 on ABC. But don't drag your feet. ↵

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↵8:30-12, Florida vs. Cincinnati (football): Tim Tebow's final game. (Someone, please check on Shanoff.) For Urban Meyer, it's ... well, we have no idea what it is for him. UC will have someone coach them, even though Brian Kelly is already at Notre Dame and interim coach Jeff Quinn has accepted the Buffalo job. (New coach Butch Jones is in New Orleans as an observer.) This one is on FOX to close out your evening. ↵

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This post originally appeared on the Sporting Blog. For more, see The Sporting Blog Archives.

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