Nebraska at Kansas State
?ABC & PPV, 3:30 PM
Masquerading as a man with a reason/My charade is the event of the season. So sang the rock group Kansas, and we may find out today if the lyrics apply to Kansas State. Do the 9-0 Wildcats belong in the Fiesta Bowl, or does their record, achieved against mostly weak opponents, put the b.s. in the BCS, in whose rankings K-State is No. 3? Kansas State enters today's game boasting a 17-game winning streak; quarterback Michael Bishop (right), who's 17-1 as a starter for the Wildcats; and the nation's top-ranked scoring defense (7.7 points per game). Huskers backs DeAngelo Evans and Joel Mackovicka will either salvage the season for the 8-2 Big Red or, thanks to Wildcat linebacker Travis Ochs and mates, be rendered dust in the wind.
Tennessee at Purdue
? ESPN 4:30 PM
The fight song is Rocky Top, the coach is named Summitt, and yet the Lady Volunteers show every sign of ascending even higher. All five starters—including two-time women's college basketball player of the year Chamique Holdsclaw—return for Tennessee, winners of three straight national titles and 45 consecutive games. The defending Big Ten champion Boilermakers also retain all their starters from last season, most notably the backcourt tandem of Ukari Figgs and Stephanie White-McCarty.
Broncos at Chiefs
?ABC 8:20 PM
In Kansas City this season, football has been a game of inches—of precipitation. Three of the Chiefs' five games at Arrowhead Stadium have been played in downpours. (Where are K.C. and the Sunshine Band when you need 'em?) On Oct. 4 the Chiefs' game with the Seahawks was even stopped in the second quarter because of rain and lightning. Four weeks later Kansas City lost to the Jets in a robust rain and then discovered that their locker room showers were out of order, the dreaded drench 'n' stench combo. Actually, the really foul odor from the Chiefs (4-5) is their offense, which is ranked 22nd in the NFL. Denver (9-0), which has the AFC's top offense and an election-day yea on a new stadium, has only one cloud: The Broncos have lost their last three regular-season games at Arrowhead. Where's my umbrella?
Texas at Houston
? ESPN2 10 PM
Hey, Dyan Cannon, Samuel L. Jackson, Spike Lee et al.: Still need a fix for your NBA jones? Check out the Glide, a.k.a. Clyde Drexler, as he makes his coaching debut at his alma mater, the University of Houston. The rush chairman of Phi Slamma jamma goes from a career in which he played against immortals George Gervin and Moses Malone to a job coaching their sons, guards Gee Gervin and Moses Malone Jr. Conference USA basketball—it's Fan-tastic!
Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel
? HBO 10:15 PM
Which of these athletes covered in this installment is traveling the more arduous path: an ultra-marathoner who runs 100 miles at a 10,000-foot altitude in the Leadville ( Colo.) 100, or golfer John Daly, who is trying to walk the straight and narrow while dealing with addictions to alcohol and gambling? Daly tells Gumbel, "My most miserable time in life now is on the golf course. My body is just not used to playing golf sober.... Tomorrow's very scary. I can't sit here and say I'm never gonna drink again ... 'cause I don't know."
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