NBC 2:30 PM
Stanford at No. 9 Notre Dame
Call this the Tyrone Willingham Bowl. The coach of the Irish hosts the school he led to four bowls in seven years before leaving for South Bend last December.
NBC 1 PM
NASCAR's EA Sports 500
Talladega Superspeedway—the biggest (2.66-mile tri-oval) and baddest (speeds of 180-plus mph) track on the circuit often features big wrecks and Earnhardt victories. Dale Earnhardt Jr. took home the checkered flag last year; his dad won a record four EA Sports 500s.
FOX 4 PM
Rams at 49ers
After last week's meek 13-10 loss to the Cowboys, the Rams (0-4) look more like lambs than ever. The Niners (2-1) are a good bet to break their six-game losing streak against their NFC West rivals.
ABC 9 PM
Packers at Bears
Pro football's oldest rivalry (dating back to 1921) continues in Champaign for the first Monday Night Football game hosted by the Bears since 1996.
ESPN 7:30 PM
Virginia Tech at Boston College
Tech's dynamic running back duo of Lee Suggs and Kevin Jones brings the coolest nickname in college football (the Untouchables) to Chestnut Hill.
FOX 8 PM
American League Championship Series, Game 1
How's this for polar possibilities? This game will involve either the Yankees, who will be seeking a fifth straight World Series berth, or the Angels, who have never played in the Fall Classic.