Florida State at North Carolina
It's lucky for the Tar Heels that they have two "starting" quarterbacks, Oscar Davenport and Chris Keldorf. The Seminoles (7-0 and third in the polls as of last Friday) average 6.2 sacks per game and haw knocked five quarterbacks out of games this fall. But the Tar Heels don't wear crybaby blue. Ranked No. 2 nationally in defense—FSU is No. 1—and led by linebacker and Butkus Award fave Brian Simmons (41), Carolina (8-0 and fifth) is off to its best start since 1914.
? ESPN, 7:30 PM
Evander Holyfield vs. Michael Moorer
How do we account for the anonymity—he is not the guy from Roger & Me—of Moorer, the IBF heavyweight champion? Despite having beaten Holyfield by decision when the two last fought, in 1994, Moorer, 29, is undone by his surly, burly nature. "I'll tell someone to kiss my ass in a minute," says the 6'2", 224-pound Moorer (39-1), who has been known to wear a T-shirt that reads U HAVE THE RIGHT TO REMAIN VIOLENT. "I think Holyfield is fake." Moorer, whose only loss was a one-punch knockout by George Foreman in '94 (in the bout at right), "is not a bad individual," said his late trainer, Alex Sherer, "he's just a frustrated NFL linebacker."
?PPV, 9 PM
Into Thin Air: Death on Everest
The mountain wins again. If you've read Jon Krakauer's harrowing account in his article for Outside and his bestseller Into Thin Air of last year's Everest ascent in which eight climbers perished, you will be satisfied visually if not viscerally by this dramatization. The film—shot at altitudes of 10,000 feet and more in the Austrian Alps—reproduces Everest's hypobaric, hypothermic aura, its fatal beauty. But it fails to capture the sense of doom that Krakauer conveyed in print, as the expedition, led by Scott Fischer (Peter Horton) and Rob Hall (Nathaniel Parker), is felled by a combination of its own hubris and a mammoth storm. After watching the movie, you may want to scale the world's tallest peak. That was never Krakauer's intention.
?ABC, 9 PM
Avalanche at Red Wings
The NHL's best one-two punch belongs to Pacific Division leader Colorado, but is it the scoring combo of forwards Peter Forsberg and Joe Sakic (a league-high 37 points in October) or the fists of 6'6", 246-pound defenseman-goon Fran�ois Leroux (two goals in nine seasons)? "Fighting on our team is important because our superstars get abused if no one backs them up," says Leroux. How perfect: The game is in Joe Louis Arena.
? ESPN, 7:30 PM
Spurs at Timberwolves
San Antonio center David Robinson cemented his status as an MVP-caliber player when he missed 76 games with injuries last season and the Spurned suffered the NBA's most dramatic one-year collapse (from 59 wins to 20). Robinson returns, joined by power forward Tim Duncan, who, like the Admiral in 1987, was the top pick in the draft and is Ned Flanders nice. Hoping to spoil the twin towers' twin cities debut is Minnesota forward Kevin Garnett. Like Duncan, Garnett is 21 and a threat to cop his own MVP trophy someday.
?TNT, 8 PM
All times Eastern. Schedules are subject to change.