There are so many sports events 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. Bowl games! There are four bowl games this weekend, none of which feature ranked teams, but for our money, you can't go wrong with a little reminder of Hawaii on Christmas Eve. Thus, it's the Hawaii Bowl between Fresno State at Houston at 8:30 p.m. ET Sunday on ESPN. Watch this game with a lei on, in, like, Buffalo, and see how confused Santa looks when he comes down the chimney.
2. Your Week 16 Sunday NFL matchup rankings.
- Falcons at Saints
- Bills at Patriots
- Seahawks at Cowboys
- Rams at Titans
- Dolphins at Chiefs
- Buccaneers at Panthers
- Jaguars at 49ers
- Lions at Bengals
- Chargers at Jets
- Broncos at Washington
- Giants at Cardinals
- Browns at Bears
3. The NFC South, again. If it feels like we're looking at this division every week, well, we get it. But still: There's an excellent chance that there will be three playoff teams from the NFC South, two of which have been in Super Bowls in the past three years and the other of which features a Hall of Fame quarterback having one last title run. Thus, the fun one on Sunday features Atlanta at New Orleans, 1 p.m. ET Sunday on FOX. Lots of exciting moments at the Superdome in the next week: At kickoff, we'll be only eight days from Clemson-Alabama.
4. Braggin' Rights. There are better college basketball games this weekend -- Kentucky-UCLA is probably the headliner -- but you'll have to forgive us here: The weekend before Christmas is always the Braggin' Rights weekend in these parts. It's the annual Illinois-Missouri game in St. Louis, at 8 p.m. ET Saturday on ESPN2, and it's always a sign in the Leitch household that the holidays are almost here. Missouri is off to a better start under new coach Cuonzo Martin, but the Illini have shown flashes of why everyone was so excited to have Brad Underwood as head coach. Both teams play exciting styles of basketball, and both fan bases are once again engaged. This one is a sellout again, and one of the true, rare 50-50 crowds in sport. You couldn't keep me away from this game if you locked me in a closet with a blindfold and earmuffs.
5. More Saturday NFL games. Two more! If you feel weird watching football all day on Christmas Eve -- and you probably should -- then your options are Indianapolis-Baltimore at 4:30 ET Saturday on NFL Network and Minnesota-Green Bay at 8:30 p.m. ET Saturday on NBC. It sure beats having to go pick up your brother at the airport.
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Dive Into Five is a weekly guide to the weekend's activities of sport. Make sure I don't miss anything great by emailing me firstname.lastname@example.org.