XFINITY's #5ToFollow - Friday, December 13

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Vance McCullough, the voice of @XFINITYSports, delivers his analysis of the five key games to watch online, paired with five Twitter follows to give you insider information on the matchup. Have a matchup that you’d like Vance to feature? Tweet @XFINITYSports with the hashtag #5ToFollow.

1. Iowa vs. Iowa State

Details: Friday, December 13 @ 9:30 PM ET - Hilton Coliseum - Ames, IA

Watch Here: ESPNU on XFINITY

Why Watch: The 10-1 Hawkeyes will face their in-state rivals and biggest road test of the year when they tipoff against the 7-0 Cyclones in their annual Cy-Hawk Series. Iowa as balanced as they come, with Aaron White and Roy Marble leading the way, but their bench is pitching in 42.3 ppg! Iowa State has a couple of matchup nightmares in forward, Melvin Ejim, and their toolsy point guard, DeAndre Kane. Great teams usually make for a great game, but this top-25 contest will be the first time both teams have been ranked when playing each other since 1987, so expect an instant classic Friday night!

#5ToFollow Insider: Alex Halsted - @AlexHalsted
Alex Halsted is the Sports Editor at the Iowa State Daily and has a press pass for Friday's game. Get the feel from inside the Coliseum with Halsted's tweets as the Cy-Hawk game takes the court.

Follow: @AlexHalsted

2. Manchester City vs. Arsenal

Details: Saturday, December 14 @ 7:45 AM ET - Etihad Stadium - Manchester, England, U.K.

Watch Here: NBCSN on XFINITY

Why Watch: When the team atop the Premier League table is considered an underdog heading into a match - that's all you need to get up for the #BPLonNBC Saturday morning. Arsenal will look to deliver Man City their first home loss of the season, when these two take the pitch and kickoff Matchweek 16. Sergio Aguero and City's high-powered offense have scored three or more goals in all but one league match at home this season, and rank as the EPL's top offense. Arsenal counters with the Prem's league-leading defense, allowing multiple goals only once this season. This is the way to start your weekend, keep calm and stream Manchester City vs. Arsenal Saturday!

#5ToFollow Insider: Roger Bennett - @RogBennett
One half of the Men In Blazers, Roger Bennett, is an exciting/interesting follow for fans of football. Click follow before Man City vs. Arsenal and let the insightful hilarity ensue.

Follow: @RogBennett

3. Kentucky vs. North Carolina

Details: Saturday, December 14 @ 5:15 PM ET - Dean E. Smith Center - Chapel Hill, NC

Watch Here: ESPN on XFINITY

Why Watch: They say the best players in college basketball go to a true blue school and Saturday night, two of the best blues in the NCAA tipoff on ESPN. The Wildcats and Tar Heels feels like a national championship and all eyes will be on Chapel Hill when No. 11 UK and No. 18 UNC give hoop fans a thriller. The Heels have beaten some of the nations best this season (Michigan State and Louisville) and would like to add the Wildcats to their list, but UK is ready to make their statement win in the Dean Dome. Marcus Paige is a difference maker, but no one is more imposing than Julius Randle. Will UK's frontcourt or the backcourt of UNC win out this blue-blooded battle? Tweet me your pick before the game gets underway!

#5ToFollow Insider: Glenn Logan - @ASeaofBlue
Logan is the big man on campus for SB Nation's A Sea Of Blue blog, writing all about the Wildcats. If you're looking for a pro tweeter on the #BBN program, follow Logan Saturday night.

Follow: @ASeaofBlue

4. Tottenham vs. Liverpool

Details: Sunday, December 15 @ 11:00 AM ET - White Hart Lane - Tottenham, London, U.K.

Watch Here: NBCSN on XFINITY

Why Watch: Two prestigious Premier League teams take the pitch Sunday to get one step closer to the top of the table. Liverpool currently sits in second place, while the Hotspurs are in the six spot, but both are hungry for those three points. Liverpool will be fighting for their first win in White Hart Lane in a quite a while, losing their last 5 meetings these. Tottenham has been red-hot this December, with a 2-0-1 record early on in the month. Can the league leader in goals, Luis Suarez (14), lead his team to points on the road or will it continue to look a lot like Christmas for the Spurs?

#5ToFollow Insider: Rory Fitzgerald - @RoryFitz9
Rory Fitzgerald is all about analytics and all about the Reds. He likes the Spurs chances, but never gives up hope. Follow Fitzgerald for some advanced stats on Sunday's match.

Follow: @RoryFitz9

5. Cincinnati Bengals vs. Pittsburgh Steelers

Details: Sunday, December 15 @ 8:30 PM ET - Heinz Field - Pittsburgh, PA

Watch Here: NBC on XFINITY

Why Watch: SNF on NBC is going to be a major piece in the AFC playoff puzzle. The Steelers are fighting to stay in the hunt and the Bengals have the potential to earn a first round bye with a win on Sunday night. The Hard Knocks team has battled injuries, but after winning three straight, they are looking more and more like that Super Bowl contender as the season is wrapping up. The Steelers are going to lay it all one the line, as their season lives or dies on this one game. It’s going to be a grinder and will be remembered as the tale of the two rookie tailbacks. Look for Le'Veon Bell and Giovani Bernard steal the spotlight on SNF and this one to be tight, late. Get ready to stream smash mouth football as these AFC North rivals kickoff in the steel city.

#5ToFollow Insider: Lindsay McCormick - @LindsayM_Sports
Lindsay is the Social Host for @SNFonNBC and will be bringing you the game live from the #SNF Bus. Follow along to get Lindsay's look on the game on Twitter this Sunday.

Follow: @LindsayM_Sports

For more behind the scenes insights from the biggest sporting events and inside information on sports & social media, make sure to follow Vance McCullough, the XFINITY Sports Guy, @XFINITYSports.

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