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. The final warm-up bowl games. As the good Lord intended, the truly big games all come on New Year's Day, this Monday. (Which is not technically the weekend.) So you'll have to satiate yourself with two terrific bowl games Saturday. First, at 4 p.m. ET Saturday on ESPN, it's the Fiesta Bowl between No. 9 Penn State and No. 11 Washington. Right afterward, at 8 p.m. ET Saturday on ESPN, comes more fun: No. 6 Wisconsin vs. No. 10 Miami in the Orange Bowl. They're all consolation prizes, but they're fun consolation prizes.

2. Your Week 17 Sunday NFL matchup rankings.

  1. Panthers at Falcons
  2. Bengals at Ravens
  3. Bills at Dolphins
  4. Raiders at Chargers
  5. Cowboys at Eagles
  6. Jaguars at Titans
  7. Cardinals at Seahawks
  8. 49ers at Rams
  9. Browns at Steelers
  10. Jets at Patriots
  11. Chiefs at Broncos
  12. Saints at Buccaneers
  13. Bears at Vikings
  14. Packers at Lions
  15. Texans at Colts
  16. Washington at Giants

3. The NFC South, again. I know you're getting sick of the NFC South but every other division has been settled for weeks. So the big one on New Year's Eve features the Panthers in Atlanta to play the Falcons at 4:25 ET Sunday on FOX. A win gets the Falcons into the playoffs, but a loss opens the door to the Seahawks. The Falcons wouldn't dare bow out of the playoffs before they ever even got there, right? The year after 28-3? Bite your tongue.

4. Your NHL NYE game. Barring a quadruple overtime NBA game, there's only one professional sporting event you could potentially be watching as the clock strikes midnight on the East coast: Blackhawks-Flames on Sunday at 9 p.m. ET. Even that might get over just in time for the clock to turn. Which means you need to switch quickly to …

5. Mountain West NYE Action. You can choose to spend your New Year's Eve however you would like, but if you're asking me, you've got to watch Nevada-Fresno State at 10 p.m. ET on ESPN3. It's the Mountain West opener for both teams. And a sign that you have a serious problem.

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