Miami at Florida State
Where have you gone, Gino Torretta? The 1-3 Hurricanes have been downgraded to a tropical depression and bounced from the Top 25, mainly because of a feeble offense. The Miami attack ran out of wind when top wide receiver Jammi German was declared ineligible for the season by the NCAA after taking a limo ride paid for by an agent. For the fifth straight season, the Seminoles are basing their offense around a Warrick. From '93 to '96 it was tailback Warrick Dunn. This autumn, super soph wideout Peter Warrick leads 3-0 Florida State in receptions (17), receiving yards (350) and touchdowns (four).
Andrew Golota vs. Lennox Lewis
Last month heavyweight contender Golota—a.k.a. the Foul Pole—took time away from his training regimen to wrestle an alligator in the Florida Everglades. It was a fair fight: a gator's jajas are located inside its body cavity. In his 30 fights, Warsaw native Golota (left) has suffered his only two defeats to Riddick Bowe, whom he was soundly thumping each time before being disqualified for punching Bowe in the groin. There was even playful talk that Lewis (31-1), wary of a third low-blow faux pas de deux, would don a cup made of reinforced aluminum for this defense of his WBC title in Atlantic City. Says Lewis's vigilant manager, Frank Maloney, "Lennox wants to protect his wedding tackle!"
•PPV, 9 PM
Mighty Ducks vs. Canucks
His name is Kariya, his father is Japanese, and he won't play today in Tokyo for all the tea in China. Feeling disoriented? Paul Kariya, who ranked third in the NHL in scoring (99 points) last year and whose middle name is Tetsuhiko, should be the marquee player for the league's first game in Japan. But at week's end he and the Ducks were an ocean apart in contract talks. While Kariya remained a sitting Duck, Pacific Division rival Vancouver eagerly anticipated the pairing of new center Mark Messier and right wing Pavel Bure (left), the Russian Rocket.
•ESPN2, MIDNIGHT (TAPE-DELAY)
Patriots at Broncos
The biographies of quarterbacks Drew Bledsoe (right) of New England and John Elway of Denver read like the Lincoln-Kennedy (not the Oakland Raiders offensive tackle) comparison. Each is a Washington native whose dad coached football, each played at a Pac-10 school, each was the top pick in his NFL draft, and each has absorbed a Super Bowl loss (well, O.K., Elway has three). Finally, each leads an undefeated club into Mile High Stadium for what many consider a preview of the AFC title game. Here's where the comparisons diverge: Elway's career mark against the Pats is 9-0, while Bledsoe is 0-2 against the Broncos.
•ABC, 9 PM
League Championship Series
Any team earning a berth in the American League Championship Series will face a familiar postseason foe. Each of the possible matchups—the Cleveland Indians or the New York Yankees against the Baltimore Orioles or the Seattle Mariners—has been played within the last two playoff seasons. Making predictions chancy, each team has beaten one of its possible opponents and lost to the other. In the National League, should the Atlanta Braves get by the Houston Astros in the division playoffs, they would be making a record sixth consecutive Championship Series appearance, against either the wild-card Florida Marlins or 1997's most surprising team, the San Francisco Giants.
•NLCS GAME 2, NBC, 4 PM; ALCS GAME 1, FOX, 8 PM
All times Eastern. Schedules are subject to change.