XFINITY's #5ToFollow - Wednesday, January 1

Stu Forster

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. Manchester United vs. Tottenham Hotspur

Details: Wednesday, January 1 @ 12:30 PM ET - Old Trafford - Manchester, U.K.

Watch Here: NBCSN on XFINITY

Why Watch: The biggest and most intriguing match of the day – a climbing Manchester United club hosts a quality Tottenham club. Tottenham won their last match at Old Trafford (3-2) and would like to duplicate success on 2014’s first day, but Man U is thinking otherwise. With Rooney and possibly Robin van Persie coming back, the excitement is heightened for Jan. 1’s final Premier League match. Get your #BPLonNBC on New Years Day by streaming the Spurs and Devils on NBCSN.

#5ToFollow Insider: Joe Prince-Wright - @JPW_NBCSports

JPW is across the pond and reporting for NBC Sports on the latest in the Premiere League. Make sure you’re following as two title contenders kickoff Wednesday’s final #BPLonNBC match.

Follow: @JPW_NBCSports

2. Iowa vs. LSU

Details: Wednesday, January 1 @ 1:00 PM ET - Raymond James Stadium - Tampa, FL

Watch Here: ESPN on XFINITY

Why Watch: Get set for a great matchup of the #B1G and #SEC as the Hawkeyes and Tigers take the field in Florida Wednesday afternoon. The Hawkeyes are a tough team that are looking to upset the No. 16 LSU Tigers, and very while could. The Iowa linebackers are arguably the best in the nation and can contain the LSU run game. Is that an upset alert for this early afternoon action? Keep an eye on the Outback Bowl – it’s going to come down to the wire!

#5ToFollow Insider: Spencer Hall - @edsbs

Spencer Hall tweets only as Spencer Hall can. He's the force behind SB Nation's Everyday Should be Saturday and watching college football whenever it is - tweeting whatever is on his mind. You're in for a treat on New Years Day by following Mr. Hall.

Follow: @edsbs

3. Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Detroit Red Wings

Details: Wednesday, January 1 @ 1:00 PM ET - Michigan Stadium - Ann Arbor, MI

Watch Here: NBC on XFINITY

Why Watch: Hockey on the ice, in the elements, anticipated snow, what a setting for 2014’s #WinterClassic! Every Classic has been phenomenal, and this one is going to be the icing (no penalty here) on the cake – in the BIG HOUSE! There have been 105,500 tickets sold, with an anticipated attendance of 107,000! The attendance record is just over 71,000. Will Maple Leafs captain Dion Phaneuf lead his team to a win or will the home state Red Wings win it in Ann Arbor?

#5ToFollow Insider: The NHL on NBC - @NHLonNBCSports

While you are watching the #WinterClassic on TV or on the XFINITY TV GO app, follow NBC's NHL coverage on Twitter. The exclusive home of the NHL is on NBC Sports and they are bringing you the minute-to-minute updates from the #Leafs and #Wings!

Follow: @NHLonNBCSports

4. Stanford vs. Michigan State

Details: Wednesday, January 1 @ 5:00 PM ET - Rose Bowl - Pasadena, CA

Watch Here: ESPN on XFINITY

Why Watch: The Cardinal and Spartans bring the boom on defense and power game on offense to Pasadena. This one will come down to time of possession and who can get the run game going. Stanford’s Tyler Gaffney has scored 20 times this season, while State’s Jeremy Langford has piled up over 1,300+ rushing yards. Who will stop these chain movers in this matchup of No. 4 MSU vs. No. 5 Stanford? Get ready for Wednesday’s best bowl game when the Rose Bowl kicks off on the XFINITY TV Go app!

#5ToFollow Insider: Joe Rexrode - @joerexrode

Follow Rexrode, the Michigan State football beat writer for the Detroit Free Press, for your Rose Bowl coverage. Rexrode will be in the Pasadena press box, bringing you all the big moments online.

Follow: @joerexrode

5. Oklahoma vs. Alabama

Details: Thursday, January 2 @ 8:30 PM ET - Mercedes-Benz Superdome - New Orleans, LA

Watch Here: ESPN on XFINITY

Why Watch: All eyes will be on the Big Easy Thursday night, when the Sooners and Crimson Tide kickoff the 2014 Sugar Bowl. The Sooners are coming off an emotional win over the archrival, Oklahoma State, and will look to continue their dominant dual-QB system. The Sooners are averaging 230+ rush yards per game, but the Tide have allowed only two tailbacks to rush for 100 or more yards this season. Alabama is out for their fourth straight bowl win, and will look to send off senior QB A.J. McCarron in style. Can the Sooners control the Tide or is Bama going to Roll Thursday night? Tweet me your picks before kickoff!

#5ToFollow Insider: Cecil Hurt - @CecilHurt

Follow Cecil Hurt for a seasoned insider who has rolled with the tide covering Bama football for the Tuscaloosa News since 1982.

Follow: @CecilHurt

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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