Posted November 21, 2012

Your Thanksgiving weekend college football viewing guide

Game Previews, Saturday Storylines, Viewing Guides

WHO ATE THE LAST JELLIED CRANBERRIES?? AND STOP SELECTING BOWSER. I AM ALWAYS BOWSER. (AP)

Tis the season to allow cornbread dressing to serve as a socially appropriate sandwich filler. Here’s a look at what to watch this week and weekend, accompanied by appropriate holiday activities. For more Week 13 preview content, visit SI.com proper.

Thursday

• 7:30 p.m. ET: Prepare and consume first leftovers sandwich. One lone FBS game looms on the Thursday schedule, and it kicks off after dark, so we’re calling this the nightcap game. Borrow your Nana’s Slanket and settle in for a long winter’s nap with TCU at Texas.

Friday

• 11:00 a.m.: Heat up yesterday’s bourbon punch. Syracuse at Temple will be on offer on ESPN2, but the discerning sports fan (with the better cable package) will opt for Ohio at Kent State on ESPNU instead.

• 1:00 p.m.: Second leftovers sandwich. Perk up with some daylight MACtion, and watch Jordan Lynch kill a few birds during Northern Illinois at Eastern Michigan.

• 2:30 p.m.: School your cousins in an unnecessarily vitriolic pickup football game and/or MarioKart tournament that may or may not descend into physical altercations. Head coaching personality-off hour is upon us, in the form of LSU at Arkansas.

• 10:00 p.m.: Meet your friends from high school at the only bar in town that’s open today, which happens to be Applebee’s, which will serve your sister a short rocks glass full of lukewarm sour mix when she flashes her new adult driver’s license and orders a lemon drop martini. It’s worth staying up for Friday’s nightcap game, Arizona State at Arizona.

Saturday

• Noon: Realize you did no Christmas shopping yesterday. None whatsoever. Scour Amazon for any remaining Blu-ray deals with which to stuff stockings. Watch a game we are told is of some significance while you are doing so! Michigan at Ohio State.

• 2:30 p.m.: Be coerced by your mother into taking a long family stroll with everybody’s dogs. Upon your return, you will have missed five touchdowns in Texas Tech at Baylor.

• 3:00 p.m.: ALERT. THIS IS ABOUT WHEN A BUNCH OF COMPELLING GAMES ALL START HAPPENING AT ONCE. Ranked-on-ranked rivalry games get underway with Oregon at Oregon State, followed at 3:30 by Oklahoma State at Oklahoma and Florida at Florida State. Also, the Iron Bowl. What do you think Nick Saban eats for Thanksgiving? 

• 6:30 p.m.: Start turkey gumbo experiment way too late to have turkey gumbo finished at any reasonable hour. Take frequent breaks to peek in on Stanford at UCLA, followed by South Carolina at Clemson at 7:00.

• 8:00 p.m.: Just stand half in the kitchen doorway while picking pieces of gumbo meat and vegetable chunks straight out of the pot and staring at the television. Notre Dame at USC is on.

• 10:30 p.m. Loll in a blissful stupor with warm gumbo bowl balanced on stomach. Your nightcap game for Week 13 is Louisiana Tech at San Jose State, unless you wanna live forever, in which case:

• 11:00 p.m.: THERE IS A REALLY LATE WARRIORS GAME ON THIS WEEKEND AND WE LOVE THOSE TO DISTRACTION. UNLV at Hawaii takes you through to Sunday.

12 comments
RyanWaton
RyanWaton

That was one of the best reactions I have seen to a jerk commentor...Go Gators! Go USC (that felt dirty)

gatorsrule6
gatorsrule6

I'd watch more Hawaii games but they're always on Oceanic or some other cable network. Bright House, Verizon, leave.

highdef20121
highdef20121

Ah, HELLO?  Are you NEW HERE??   Guess you don't care much for Nebraska or Iowa?  Friday game?  Morons!

SIHolly
SIHolly moderator

We're not into torture porn, but we don't judge how others get their jollies. Unlike you, you precious angel. 

stabmasterarson21
stabmasterarson21

 @SIHolly I just hope he's an Iowa fan because I'll lose my faith in humanity if NU fans are now turing the corner to low class doofuses like highdef! ; D

purwho
purwho

 @SIHolly WITH THE ADDITION OF RUTGERS, THE ILLUSTRIOUS BIG TEN CONFERENCE HAS BEEN PLAYING FOOTBALL SINCE 1869.  HARUMPH, I SAY.

SIHolly
SIHolly moderator

 @PatrickSittner  To each his own. This is a look at some football that's on this weekend, not a homework assignment. We've been following Ohio and Kent State and Jordan Lynch pretty closely all year, so these are the games of greatest interest to us, but it's a free country, which is why folks like our new pal Mr. highdef are allowed internet access. 

PatrickSittner
PatrickSittner

 @SIHolly  @highdef20121 Seriously, highdef has a point, albeit an overly-emotional and excessive one.  Syracuse/Temple or Ohio/Kent State over Nebraska/Iowa?  At least with Huskers/Hawkeyes, there's the chance for some excitement for a few reasons...1) the Huskers have trailed four of their last five Big 10 games and had to stage late comebacks, and 2) the Hawkeyes normally sneak in a surprise strong performance once or twice a year.  

 

Hell, even if you've got a reason to watch one of those two games at 11:00, I dare say that putting the Nebraska/Iowa game on DVR and watching it over the 1:00 game of Northern Illinois/Eastern Michigan is a reasonable idea.  Directional school games seldom warrant watching.

SIHolly
SIHolly moderator

 @highdef20121 Just saying, there's probably a new SAW movie coming out, like, any day now, and that might be a more humane use of your time. Nobody's judging you. This is a safe space.