XFINITY's #5ToFollow - Friday, January 3

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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. Ohio State vs. Clemson

Details: Friday, January 3 @ 8:30 PM ET - Sun Life Stadium - Miami, FL

Watch Here: ESPN on XFINITY

Why Watch: Get ready to watch two superstar quarterbacks - Clemson's Tajh Boyd and Ohio State's Braxton Miller -- run their electric offenses in the 2014 Orange Bowl. With both teams averaging over 40 points per game and over 500 yards of offense, this one is sure to keep you on the edge of your seat for its entirety. The difference makers for each team are Carlos Hyde and Sammy Watkins. The Tigers' Sammy Watkins is a mismatch for any defender, with his blazing speed and 1,237 receiving yards! While Clemson will look to connect in the air, the ground and pound efforts of the Buckeyes and prize back, Carlos Hyde will be fun to watch! Can Hyde run for his ninth consecutive game of 100 or more yards? Make sure you're streaming the #OrangeBowl on XFINITY TV Friday night!

#5ToFollow Insider: The Orange Bowl - @OrangeBowl

Make sure to follow the official Twitter account of the 2014 Discover Orange Bowl for a great look at the BCS Bowl game. For a great insights on the Buckeyes and Tigers follow along for Friday's primetime showdown.

Follow: @OrangeBowl

2. Vanderbilt vs. Houston

Details: Saturday, January 4 @ 1:00 PM ET - Legion Field - Birmingham, AL

Watch Here: ESPN on XFINITY

Why Watch: Vanderbilt is a team on the rise, there is no doubt, but are they ready for a tough, gritty Houston team? Vandy has been a giant killer this season, knocking off the likes of Georgia, Florida, and Tennessee. Houston has been the most efficient squad in the country, with a freshman quarterback, John O'Korn, and a plus-25 turnover margin! Will they maintain this newfound success against Vandy? The Dores have the SEC's all-time leader in receptions and yards, Jordan Matthews, who will look to build on his record setting career totals against the Cougars secondary. Get ready for a battle in Birmingham, when the BBVA Compass Bowl kicks off Saturday afternoon.

#5ToFollow Insider: Anchor of Gold - @anchorofgold

If you want coverage of the Compass Bowl in stats, and in-game tweets, follow SB Nation's Anchor of Gold.

Follow: @anchorofgold

3. Oklahoma State vs. Kansas State

Details: Saturday, January 4 @ 4:00 PM ET - Bramlage Coliseum - Manhattan, KS

Watch Here: ESPNU on XFINITY

Why Watch: Get up for Big 12 Conference play as the Cowboys and Wildcats meet in Manhattan for a great game from one team on top and the other on the rise! The K State Cats have ripped off eight wins in a row, including an impressive double-digit victory over a ranked Gonzaga team. They say actions speak louder than words, and that's the kind of leadership K State has found in freshman Marcus Foster (14 ppg, leading the team in scoring). Is the freshman led team ready for the freight train that's about to roll into town - the No. 6 Cowboys?!? The Cowboys are averaging 86.8 points per game and scored over 90 in seven of their 12 wins. Led by the duo of Marcus Smart (17.2 ppg) and Markel Brown (16.5 ppg), this team looks destined for greatness. How great can they be? We will find out when the Cowboys and Wildcats tipoff their first Big 12 game of the season Saturday afternoon!

#5ToFollow Insider: ESPN College Basketball - @ESPNCBB

For the official hashtag of the game, the top stats on the hardwood, and everything trending online, follow ESPN’s college basketball crew.

Follow: @ESPNCBB

4. New Orleans Saints vs. Philadelphia Eagles

Details: Saturday, January 4 @ 8:10 PM ET - Lincoln Financial Field - Philadelphia, PA

Watch Here: NBC on XFINITY

Why Watch: The NFC WIld Card is decided in the City of Brotherly Love as the 11-5 Saints and 10-6 Eagles kickoff in the elements Saturday night. The battle cry is Fly Eagles Fly, and they've flown high in the second half of the year, winning seven of their last eight. The Saints are led by MVP quarterback Drew Brees, but have lost their last three road contests. Look for NOLA to change the game plan a bit and feed the rock to Thomas and Ingram in the Linc. The Eagles will combat the Saints offense with a high-powered attack of their own. LeSean McCoy won the rushing title with 1,607 yards and the Birds are 7-1 when Shady carries the ball 20 or more times. While Shady can run, Foles has been remarkable this season with a 27/2 TD/INT ratio. Look for big scores in this Wild Card matchup of two effective offenses Saturday night. Six of the last eight seasons, the Super Bowl champion has played on Wild Card weekend! Make sure you're watching what could be the winner of #SB48 Saturday night.

#5ToFollow Insider: Geoff Mosher - @GeoffMosherCSN

Mosher is the Eagles Insider for CSN Philly and will be reporting live from the first playoff game at the Linc since the 2010-11 season. Go behind the scenes at the NFL playoffs with Mosher Saturday night.

Follow: @GeoffMosherCSN

5. Arkansas State vs. Ball State

Details: Sunday, January 5 @ 9:00 PM ET - Ladd Peebles Stadium - Mobile, AL

Watch Here: ESPN on XFINITY

Why Watch: Arkansas State is building something! The team is entering their third straight bowl appearance, with their third straight interim coaches heading up the team in postseason play. Their proficient senior quarterback, Adam Kennedy, who is completing nearly 70 percent of his passes on the season, leads the Wolves. The offense is all about ball control, as they have given the ball up only 13 times this season, best in the country. But, Ball State will have something to say about that! The MACtion will be on as the Ball State offense keeps the scoreboard operator busy, scoring 40 or more seven times this season. They're looking at milestones all over, QB Keith Wenning needs 67 yards to surpass the 4,000 mark, RB Jahwan Edwards is 36 yards from consecutive 1,000 yard season, and they've got duel WRs with over 1,000 receiving yards, Snead and Williams. Savor the moment, as bowl season is coming to a close, when the Go Daddy Bowl begins Sunday night!

#5ToFollow Insider: SB Nation CFB - @SBNationCFB

For all the college football news, game updates, and gifs from the GoDaddy Bowl, follow the SB Nation college football account!

Follow: @SBNationCFB

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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