?ABC 8 PM
Miami miscued here in 1987. Florida fell in '96. Now Florida State (11-1) becomes the third Sunshine State school to take aim at a national title in Sun Devil Stadium. The No. 2 Seminoles meet top-ranked Tennessee (12-0) for the first time since 1958 (Seminoles 10, Volunteers 0). Measuring stick? Florida, which Florida State beat soundly 23-12 and Tennessee defeated 20-17 in overtime. Tonight's star attractions are wideouts Peter Warrick ( Seminoles) and Peerless Price (Volunteers, right). Should it come down to a field goal, Florida State's Sebastian Janikowski, the Lou Groza Award winner, considers anything from 50 yards or less a chip shot. Keith Jackson signs off for the last time. We'll miss ya, Hoss.
?OUTDOOR LIFE NETWORK 8 PM
For 10 days last autumn, 49 five-person teams met in the world's premier adventure race, held this year in Ecuador and chronicled on this three-hour show. No competitors died; most only wished they had. The events on the magnificent 370-mile course included biking, paragliding, hiking through a jungle, Whitewater rafting, sea kayaking and climbing the 19,347-foot active volcano Cotopaxi. The toughest part of the race may have been packing for it.
?ABC 8:30 PM
The season began with stories of 1997 Butkus Award winner Andy Katzenmoyer of Ohio State (10-1) failing to attend class. Let's close it with one of '98 Lombardi Awardee Dat Nguyen finding time to attend someone else's. Two seasons ago Nguyen, the alltime leading tackier (517) at Texas A&M (11-2), paid weekly visits to the schoolroom of another Vietnamese immigrant, a fifth-grader named Quang Pham, to help him learn English. Expect linebackers Katzenmoyer and Nguyen to really ring in the New Year during this, the best of the rest of the bowls, with the No. 3 Buckeyes holding fast to the slimmest of hopes for a national title.
NFL Wild-card Playoffs
?ABC 12:30 PM AND 4 PM; SUNDAY, CBS AND FOX, 12:30 PM AND 4 PM
In our sequel to There's Something about Mary (i.e., There's a Li'l Somethin' Somethin' about Mary), Green Bay quarterback Brett Favre breaks out of his seasonlong funk over being dumped by Cameron Diaz. He takes the Packers, who meet the 49ers in what should be by far the weekend's best matchup, to Super Bowl XXXIII in Miami, where Favre reunites with Diaz. The Pack was finer than the Niners by a 36-22 count on Nov. 1, with Favre throwing three touchdown passes.
Duke at Maryland
ESPN2 1:30 PM
Coach Krzyzewski, meet the press. With a swarming full-court trap that reminds Beltway insiders of a House majority caucus, the Terrapins (11-1 and ranked No. 5 at week's end) trip up more foes than anyone not concealing a tape recorder. Last Saturday such Terpetrators as Steve Francis and Terrell Stokes forced Princeton's normally unimpeachable ball handlers into 29 turnovers in an 81-58 wipeout. In Duke (9-1), Maryland will this week face the nation's No. 2 squad, but if Blue Devils guards William Avery and Trajan Langdon can't withstand the heat, they'll be resigned to a long day in Cole Fieldhouse.