XFINITY's #5ToFollow - Monday, January 6

Sam Greenwood

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. Hyundai Tournament of Champions - Final Round

Details: Monday, January 6 @ 4:00 PM ET – Plantation Course – Kapalua, Maui, HI

Watch Here: Golf Channel on XFINITY

Why Watch: Webb Simpson, Jordan Speith, and defending champ Dustin Johnson, are all square at (-14) heading into Monday afternoon’s final round in Hawaii. Will Johnson successfully defend his title Monday, will Speith (20-years-old) become the youngest to champion the #HyundaiTOC, or can Webb Simpson get his fifth career victory? Make sure you’re streaming the PGA as they say aloha from Maui, Monday afternoon.

#5ToFollow Insider: Michael Collins - @ESPNCaddie

Collins is ESPN insider on the links, a former PGA Tour caddie, and one heck of a personality. He picked Dustin Johnson to win the tourney, let’s see if he was right!

Follow: @ESPNCaddie

2. Auburn vs. Florida State

Details: Monday, January 6 @ 8:30 PM ET – Rose Bowl – Pasadena, CA

Watch Here: ESPN on XFINITY

Why Watch: The Seminoles bring a spotless record to the Rose Bowl, Jameis Winston - the Heisman winner at quarterback, the number one offense (53 points per game), and the number one defense (10.3 points allowed). They’ve only had one game within 14 points – that’s how good they are. But, can they defeat the SEC (winners of seven straight BCS National Titles) and the team of destiny, the Auburn Tigers. The Tigers have been miracle makers. Their wins are known as the Prayer at Jordan-Haire vs. Georgia, and the Kick Six Iron Bowl game - they’ve got something special. Get ready for a classic Championship game, as the BCS era ends with FSU vs. Auburn.

#5ToFollow Insider: ESPN College Football - @ESPNCFB

For the official hashtag of the game, the top stats on the field, and everything trending online, follow ESPN’s college football crew for the final BCS National Championship.

Follow: @ESPNCFB

3. Sunderland vs. Manchester United

Details: Tuesday, January 7 @ 2:30 PM ET – Stadium of Light – Sunderland, U.K.

Watch Here: beIN SPORT on XFINITY

Why Watch: Are you a fan of upsets? If you are a fan of David and Goliath, you’ll not want to miss Sunderland vs. Manchester United’s Capital One Cup match Tuesday afternoon. Man U is an elite team, but has dropped their last two matches to Tottenham and Swansea. Sunderland’s chance to strike while the iron is hot comes on Tuesday - will they seize their moment? Don’t miss these two Premier League clubs meet in the Capital One semi-finals.

#5ToFollow Insider: Colin Randall - @salutsunderland

Randall is the editor of ESPN FC’s Sunderland blog and thinks 2014 can be big for the Black Cats. Follow Colin for their big match vs. Manchester United.

Follow: @salutsunderland

4. Baylor vs. Iowa State

Details: Tuesday, January 7 @ 7:00 PM ET - Hilton Coliseum – Ames, IA

Watch Here: ESPN2 on XFINITY

Why Watch: You’d be hard pressed to find a more athletic squad in the country than the No. 9 Baylor Bears. They are efficient, making 50 percent of their FGs (5th in the nation), and are anchored by the senior Corey Jefferson (14 ppg and 8 rpg). The intensity Baylor brings to the boards is clear, as they’ve outrebounded opponents in 12 of their 13 contests. The Iowa State Cycles are undefeated, ranked 13th nationally, and are one of the only teams that matchup well with Baylor’s bigs. Melvin Ejim is a highly skilled scorer (17.7 ppg) and his buddy on the block - Georges Niang is just as dangerous (15.9 ppg)! This faceoff of great frontcourts is a great way to get your Tuesday night started.

#5ToFollow Insider: Wide Rite & Natty Lite - @WideRtNattyLt

The SB Nation for everything Cyclones will be tweeting away during this Top 25 matchup. Get the word from Ames by following WRNL for Tuesday’s tipoff.

Follow: @WideRtNattyLt

5. Ohio State vs. Michigan State

Details: Tuesday, January 7 @ 9:00 PM ET – Breslin Center – East Lansing, MI

Watch Here: ESPN on XFINITY

Why Watch: Two title contenders step onto the court Tuesday night and capture the nation’s attention. The No. 3 Ohio State Buckeyes and No. 5 Michigan State Spartans are going to entertain, impress, and compete for the early season title of the best in the Big Ten. Michigan State has all the key ingredients for a national championship: Adrien Payne controlling the paint, Gary Harris leading the charge at the point, and Keith Appling stretching the floor with his elite shooting ability. But, the Buckeyes also look like they will be making a run of their own. The backcourt defense is the key – Craft, Scott, and Smith. They play so well together, holding opponents to 28 percent shooting in isos and 32 percent in post-ups. Get ready for what could be a Final Four preview, when Ohio State and Michigan State tipoff.

#5ToFollow Insider: Josh Reed and Mike Portscheller - @bigtengeeks

These two know #B1G Hoops like none other and their tweets prove it. Follow along as the heavyweights of the Conference go to battle in East Lansing.

Follow: @bigtengeeks

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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