What to Watch: Football, Hockey, Football and Football

It’s the final weekend of 2007. And I know most of you are going to be spending it drunk and hung-over. And you’re probably not going to be in the mood to figure out what to watch, sporting wise. And you’ll probably just stick to the first game you land on and let the hangover remedies do their job.

Maybe I can help out a bit. Here’s a list of what you should watch:

Friday: There are actually two games worth watching tonight. The early kickoff is in Orlando at the Champ Sports Bowl on ESPN, pitting Boston College versus Michigan State. At one point, Boston College was primed for the BCS Title Game. How the mighty have fallen. But this could be an interesting game to watch.

The other game is here in Houston at Reliant Stadium. The Texas Bowl features the hometown Cougars versus Fort Worth’s TCU Horned Frogs in a rematch of old Southwest Conference foes. This could be a fantastic game if you’re into offensive fireworks. Unfortunately, the only way to watch this game is on the NFL Network. But I hear there might be plenty of tickets available if you want to watch in person.

Saturday: Dudes, there’s only one game worth watching, and it’s Penn State versus the Aggies at the Alamo Bowl in – where else? – San Antonio. It’s on ESPN at 7:00 p.m. I wonder if Mike Sherman’s going to get a chance to watch the Aggies get slaughtered.

Sunday and Monday: There are no college football games worth watching. Just stick to the NFL. And I hear the Rockets might be losing to Golden State on Monday night on Fox Sports Houston.

Tuesday: Okay, do you want to watch something really fun? Blow off the college football and switch over to NBC at noon where the Buffalo Sabres will be battling the Pittsburgh Penguins in some good old NHL hockey. Now, what makes this game so interesting is the setting for the game, Buffalo’s Ralph Wilson Stadium, the home of the Buffalo Bills. The game is being played outside in front of over 75,000 fans.

As hard it might be for you youngsters to remember, the Cotton Bowl was once an important bowl game. The legend of Joe Montana began there. But that was a long time ago. The game due to kick-off at 10:30 a.m. on Fox features Missouri and Arkansas. Missouri should’ve been in a BCS bowl game instead of settling for this game in Dallas. Arkansas nearly kept LSU from the BCS Title game. This could be a really fun game. But it might also be really bad. But the hockey game’s not on yet, and a little football might help with the hangover.

Texas Tech gets a New Year’s bowl game as the Red Raiders go up against Virginia at noon on CBS from the Gator Bowl. Tech has been yearning for respect. It could get some at this game. I’m going to be watching the hockey game, but this might be fun to watch during the commercials.

The Granddaddy of the bowl games, the Rose Bowl, kicks off at 3:30 p.m. on ABC. The Rose Bowl is the primary reason we don’t have a college football playoff system. The Rose Bowl is also the reason Missouri’s been banished to the Cotton Bowl, as the RB considered the Big Ten’s mediocre Illinois a suitable match-up for the USC Trojans. For all involved, let’s hope this is a runaway and that people start turning out this game in droves come the first quarter.

And to cap off the night, may I suggest the Sugar Bowl at 7:30 p.m. on Fox? Do you remember last year’s Boise State/Oklahoma tilt? Well, if there’s going to be any game that comes close to matching that this year, this will be the game. Hawaii gets no respect, even though, like Boise State last year, the team made it through the year undefeated and has a high-octane offense. And some people think Georgia finished the season as one of the hottest teams in college football. Nothing may ever top Boise State/Oklahoma, but you’ll only know if you tune in and watch.

Otherwise, have a safe and happy New Year’s. I look forward to seeing you all again next year. – John Royal


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