Between the Madness
?FOX SPORTS NET 8 PM
Real World, Fresno: Guard Chris Herren is in rehab for substance abuse. Forward Terrance Roberson dozes off as a faculty member helps him write a term paper. Forward Larry Abney and guard Rafer Alston chuckle as a coach catches them with four women in their hotel room. Center Avondre Jones is suspended three times, once for assault. Now Mike Wallace and 60 Minutes are on campus.... Follow Jerry Tarkanian (right, with Herren) and his underachieving 1997-98 Fresno State basketball team on its journey from Midnight Madness to March Madness. As engrossing as 1994's acclaimed Hoop Dreams, these two hours of cinema verit� show the ill effects of putting all your dregs in one basket.
Florida at Florida State
?ABC & PPV 3:30 PM
Funny, the Burt Reynolds Bowl—he was a halfback for the Seminoles and starred in Gator—is never played on a rug. With Florida State (10-1 and ranked No. 5) boasting the nation's top-rated defense, which allows 215.8 yards per game, and a 39-game home unbeaten streak, the grass at Doak Campbell Stadium is, for visitors, the longest yard. No yard seems too long for Seminoles kicker Sebastian Janikowski, who has booted 24 field goals. Quarterback Doug Johnson of Florida (9-1 and ranked No. 4) must be more than semi-tough if the Gators are to keep their Fiesta Bowl hopes alive.
UCLA at USC
?ABC & PPV 3:30 PM
The characters change but the script does not, making this the Melrose Place of college football rivalries: Lots of scoring, cliffhanger endings and far too many suntanned folks having good hair days. Other college football rivalries may be harder-hitting or nastier, but none is more entertaining. At Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, quarterback Cade McNown will lead the Bruins (9-0 and ranked No. 3), who have won the last seven episodes of this Tinseltown tussle, against the resurgent Trojans (7-3), whose freshman quarterback Carson Palmer is coining off an 18-for-25 passing day in USC's 34-9 win against Stanford.
Vikings at Cowboys
?FOX 4 PM
Clad in a purple number 98 Vikes jersey, Jesse (the Body) Ventura spent his first Sunday as Minnesota's governor-elect sitting in Vikings owner Red McCombs's luxury box, exhorting Minnesota to open a can of whupass on the Saints. Cooking tip number 1: In 30 Thanksgiving Day outings Dallas's one overtime game was against the Vikings—a 44-38 loss in 1987—so you might put the bird in the oven a few minutes later than usual. Cooking tip number 2: Cowboys cornerback Kevin Smith will get roasted if Dallas places him in isolation coverage against Vikings wideout Cris Carter. Or Randy Moss. Or Jake Reed.
Texas A&M at Texas
?ABC 11 AM
Running back Ricky Williams of Texas (7-3 and ranked No. 25) needs just 63 yards to break Tony Dorsett's Division I-A career rushing record. The dreadlocked one will line up across from linebacker Dat Nguyen of the Aggies (10-1 and No. 6), marking the first time a Heisman Trophy favorite has squared off against a Butkus Award favorite in a game with bowl bids on the line since...last November (see Woodson versus Katzenmoyer).
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