Heath's Remote - Week 13

The great thing about Thanksgiving weekend is that the college football stretches out over two days. Couple that with all the drama and emotion involved in many of these season ending games and you've got some great television viewing ahead. Look at what happened Thursday: the NFL served up three games, none of which was closer than 17 points.

Meanwhile, the only college football game of the day was a back and forth bragging rights battle between Texas A&M and Texas that was competitive until the final minutes.  

Florida fans are hoping their rivalry game with FSU will be less challenging than the Aggies turned out to be for the Longhorns. It starts at 3:30 Saturday on CBS, and with it being the last game at The Swamp for both Tim Tebow and Bobby Bowden expect the network to pound the storylines into the ground. Here's where you might find other good viewing options on this final regular season college football weekend.  

There are games all day on Friday, but not all of them merit special attention. The three you need to see all run roughly back to back, beginning with Alabama at Auburn on CBS at 2:30. This had been where Arkansas and LSU played in recent years, but the network wanted to change things up. Given a chance to have an extra day of prep time for the SEC Championship game, Nick Saban jumped on it. Bama hasn't won in Auburn since 2001. During commercials and halftime you can flip over to ABC and watch a little of Nebraska at Colorado beginning at 3:30. See for yourself just how well the Thursday announcement CU coach Dan Hawkins will be back after four losing seasons went over with the fans.  

The next noteworthy Friday game is at 7 on ESPN2, as Pittsburgh tries to remain a one loss team and possible BCS at large candidate heading into next week's showdown with Cincinnati. They'll have to survive the Backyard Brawl with West Virginia, a talented but inconsistent team on offense. Immediately after that game it's Boise State hosting Nevada. If anyone's going to stop the Smurf Turf crew, Nevada's the team capable of it. The Wolf Pack has an excellent offense but will give up points just as quickly. This should be a really entertaining game.  

Saturday's best viewing starts with Clemson at South Carolina on ESPN. Steve Spurrier's team desperately needs a win to avoid a .500 regular season, while Clemson's C.J. Spiller attempts to make more headway in his Heisman push. More surprising than South Carolina trying to avoid finishing 6-6 is that Oklahoma's in the same position. The Sooners host Oklahoma State in the annual Bedlam game, with a likely Fiesta Bowl trip awaiting Mike Gundy's Cowboys if they can win on the road. The game's on FSN starting at 12:30.  

Florida and FSU will have everyone's attention at 3:30, because there's very little else of note going on in that time slot. The best option for flipping to during commercials is Miami at USF on ABC, but unless the instate battles of places like Arizona and Virginia excite people it's going to be all eyes on The Swamp.  

After the Gators wrap up, there's not a great game to watch but there are numerous interesting ones. Arkansas at LSU begins at 7 on ESPN, and after last week's Les Miles clock management debacle who knows what to expect from his team or the fans in this one? The Razorbacks are looking to knock LSU out of a spot in the Cotton Bowl. On ESPNU at the same time, Kentucky looks to break their losing streak against Tennessee. They haven't knocked them off since Reagan's first term.  

ABC has two games at 8 worth checking out. (Whichever one isn't airing in your area on ABC will be on ESPN2.) Georgia visits Georgia Tech reeling from last week's loss to Kentucky and with fans demanding changes defensively. The Yellow Jackets shredded last year's UGA D for 45 points - this could get ugly. Charlie Weis's almost certain farewell game sees Notre Dame visit Stanford. A loss means the Fighting Irish end the year at 6-6. Your best late night option is UCLA at USC beginning at 10 on FSN. Pete Carroll's Trojans have lost control of the Pac-10, but can they at least hold on to dominance in Los Angeles? This one's worth watching for the cheerleaders alone, and the game might be pretty competitive.  

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