Army vs. Navy
Be glad that you're not watching the 98th edition of this rivalry in person at Giants Stadium. The concession lines are endless, due to the plebes' annoying habit of barking, "Thank you, sir, may I have another!" upon being served. Brevity will also be served—these are, after all, service academies—as the Cadets (4-6), ranked third in the nation in rushing (316 yards per game), and the Midshipmen (6-4), ranked fifth (299) mainly because of record-setting quarterback Chris McCoy (page 100), will keep the clock constantly running. N.B.: 1) Including last year, when Army's Chad Suitonu tracked Navy's Cory Schemm (below) in the Cadets' 28-24 win, Navy has lost five in a row to West Point by a total of 10 points, and 2) Colonel Flagg will not referee.
? CBS, NOON
In these septuplet-mad times, the prospect of a twin bill may not intrigue you. In this case it should. The opener from the Arrowhead Pond of Anaheim pits Georgia (No. 22 at week's end) against No. 11 Stanford; then No. 8 New Mexico takes on No. 15 UCLA. Speaking of diaper dandies, Bulldogs forward Jumaine Jones and Bruins guard Baron Davis, both freshmen, bear watching—especially Jones, who was leading Georgia in scoring (16.2 points per game) and in comparisons to former Dawg Dominique Wilkins (another freshman who led the Dawgs in scoring).
?FOX SPORTS NET, 3 PM
SEC Championship: Auburn vs. Tennessee
Timeout for a rant (I now have two remaining): With superb weather, the best stadiums and the most rabid fans of any conference, the $EC should play its championship game at the home field of one of the title contenders and not in a dome located in Atlanta, an ACC city. Shame! On this evening a fierce rivalry, interrupted by the 1992 fission of the SEC into two divisions, resumes as both schools—each of which lost to Florida this season—make their title-game debut. Savor the stylistic clash on offense: Quarterback Peyton Manning of the 10-1 Volunteers is a pure passer, while Dameyune Craig, Manning's counterpart for the 9-2 Tigers, is equally adept running or throwing.
?ABC, 8 PM
Lions at Dolphins
In this eraser special, the record books will be rewritten all evening. Detroit running back Barry Sanders (page 62), who leads the NFL with 6.1 yards per carry, will be trying to shatter his own mark by gaining 100 yards or more for the 12th straight game. Miami quarterback Dan Marino (left), the career leader in passing attempts, completions, yardage and touchdowns, will break at least one record every time he throws the ball. The Lions (7-6) and the Dolphins (8-5) face must-win situations, and the outcome may hinge on whether the defenses ( Miami's ranks 16th against the run, Detroit's 12th against the pass) can hold Sanders and Marino in check.
? ESPN, 8 PM
Knicks at Bulls
Have you seen the film Aging Bull? It's the story of a past-its-prime, five-ring circus that's destined to fold its tent next June—if not sooner—to the chagrin of hoops fans everywhere. Except those in New York, whose Knicks (10-5 at week's end) have no rings during the Michael Jordan Era. The Bulls (9-7) have struggled early, but New York nemesis Jordan (see above, battling Knick Patrick Ewing) was again leading the NBA in scoring (27.6-point average).
?TNT, 8 PM
All times Eastern. Schedules are subject to change.