There are so many sports every weekend that it can be nearly impossible to keep track of them all. Here is a weekly guide to the five games/events/experiences that you will be in danger of missing if you make the mistake of going outside.
1. Rivalry Week! It feels like Auburn-Alabama and Ohio State-Michigan take turns being the biggest game of Rivalry Week in college football. It's the Iron Bowl's turn this year, with Alabama heading to Auburn with the SEC West title and a berth in the SEC championship game against Georgia on the line at 3:30 p.m. ET Saturday on CBS. It's not just the SEC West, of course. Auburn is eliminated from the playoff race with a loss, and Alabama will (essentially) be close to clinching a spot with a win. (Well, "84 percent" essentially, according to FiveThirtyEight.) This game would be insane if both teams were 6-5. It'll be nuts this week.
Also, as we do every week, predictions for the two college football teams I personally follow):
No. 22 Northwestern 31, Illinois 14. Yeah, we're all ready for this season to be over already.
No. 7 Georgia 35, Georgia Tech 17. Georgia is one win away from simply needing an SEC championship game win to get in the playoff, and the Clean, Old-Fashioned Hate game is all that stands in the way. The Yellow Jackets are limping into the game, which probably doesn't mean that much. But if Duke can ran for more than 300 yards on Georgia Tech, imagine what Nick Chubb and company are going to do.
2. Your Week 12 Sunday NFL matchup rankings.
1. Saints at Rams
2. Broncos at Raiders
3. Jaguars at Cardinals
4. Bills at Chiefs
5. Packers at Steelers
6. Bears at Eagles
7. Dolphins at Patriots
8. Seahawks at 49ers
9. Buccaneers at Falcons
10. Panthers at Jets
11. Titans at Colts
12. Browns at Bengals
3. More weird marquee NFC games. If you had said back in August that the biggest Week 12 game would be the Saints visiting the Rams, people would have looked at you oddly, and not just because, hey, what a strange thing to say out of nowhere, you're a kooky duck, you know? Anyway, the two surprise teams in the NFC battle it out 4:25 p.m. on CBS, and yes, I know it's weird that it's on CBS considering it's between two NFC teams. CBS gets to flex a game this late in the year and they chose this one.
4. College basketball tournaments everywhere. There was a time when tournament in Alaska and Hawaii were the biggest Thanksgiving college hoops tournaments. But nobody wants to go all the way out there anymore, particularly when you can honor Phil Knight right in his hometown. Thus, the PK80 tournament, which has its final Sunday on ESPN at 5:30 p.m. ET. Everybody wants a Michigan State-North Carolina final, though don't we get to see those teams enough the rest of the year?
5. The NBA TV game of the week. You should watch NBA TV more. It's fun, and they have "The Starters," and early-season irrelevant NBA is sometimes the best NBA. They've got a fun game Saturday night, with the surprising Knicks traveling to Houston to play the Rockets at 8 p.m. ET Saturday on NBA TV. The Rockets are going to kill the Knicks, but they'll do it in an entertaining way and, besides, you'll get to watch Kristaps Porzingis.
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