All times are Pacific.
Thursday December 31st
Chik-Fil-A Peach Bowl – 9am ESPN: Houston sneaks into a major bowl game only to go up against one of the best programs in all the land in Florida State. This game showcases FSU tailback Dalvin Cook and Houston QB Greg Ward JR. FSU should pull away late but there should be lots of offense.
Xavier at Villanova – 9am FS1: Top 25 match-up and a Big East Conference battle.
Capital One Orange Bowl – 1pm ESPN: The first of two College Football Playoff Semifinal games. This is a rematch of last years Russell Athletic Bowl and while Clemson got the better of Oklahoma in that game, OU is one of the hottest teams in the country.
Pittsburgh Penguins at Detroit Red Wings – 3pm NHL Gamecenter: Not a bad way match up to help ring in the New Year.
Golden State Warriors at Houston Rockets – 4pm NBA League Pass: The Warriors are on the ole Texas road trip. It’s a rough stretch even for the best team in the NBA.
Goodyear Cotton Bowl – 5pm ESPN: Michigan State vs Alabama is about as old school as it gets. This one is all about running the ball and defense. Just a note, Nick Saban is undefeated against his former assistants. Michigan State Head Coach Mark Dantonio is a former assistant of Saban’s.
Friday January 1st
Outback Bowl – 9am ESPN2: Northwestern and Tennessee have had outstanding years. This game is always close and a lot of fun to watch. Keep an eye on Tennessee QB Josh Dobbs. If he can be a dual threat against the tough Wildcat D then Tennessee could have a very good day.
Montreal Canadiens at Boston Bruins – 10am NBC: The 2016 Winter Classic is here. The Bruins are three points south of the Habs but as we know, anything can happen in this game.
BattleFrog Fiesta Bowl – 10am ESPN: Does it get much better than Notre Dame vs Ohio State?
Rose Bowl Game Presented by Northwestern Mutual – 2pm ESPN: Iowa vs Stanford is like Michigan State vs Alabama, run oriented offenses defenses that can win a game for you. You get to also check out the most exciting player in the country in Stanford’s Christian McCaffery.
Dallas Mavericks at Miami Heat – 4:30pm NBA League Pass: The Mavs head to Miami to kick off the New Year with Chris Bosh and D-Wade.
UFC 195 – 7pm PPV: Not the best card the UFC has ever put out there but the main event is for the Welterweight title. Defending Champion Robbie Lawler puts the title on the line against for Interim Champion Carlos Condit.
Saturday January 2nd
West Ham vs Liverpool – 4:45am NBCSN: Two teams that are neck and neck in the standings.
TaxSlayer Bowl – 9am ESPN: Penn State vs Georgia. One team (Penn State) is in transition offensively (new OC coming in) and Georgia, well their new Head Coach is currently the DC for Alabama.
Watford vs Manchester City -9:30am NBC: It’s been an upside down league this season, will order be restored in 2016? Man City has a chance to put Watford in their place and gain ground on league leading Arsenal.
Baylor at Kansas – 11am CBS: The Bears invade Rock Chalk Jayhawk and one of the toughest environments in all of college basketball.
Memphis at South Carolina – 1pm ESPNU: Stop the presses, the Gamecocks are undefeated and get their toughest test to date.
Iowa State at Oklahoma – 2pm ESPN2: OU is arguably the best team in the country but the Cyclones are not far behind.
Valero Alamo Bowl – 3:45pm ESPN: Oregon vs TCU and that means wide open offenses and two quarterbacks looking to end their collegiate careers with a bang. Oregon’s Vernon Adams and TCU’s Trevone Boykin.
New York Rangers at Florida Panthers – 4pm NHL Gamecenter: The Panthers are one of the surprises in the NHL this season. The Rangers are not. They are just a solid hockey team.
Houston Rockets at San Antonio Spurs – 5:30 NBA TV: Two of the better teams in the West square off.
Sunday January 3rd
Everton vs Tottenham – 8am NBCSN: Everton sits nine points back of Spurs and Spurs have goal scoring phenom Harry Kane. Tall order, even at home.
New York Jets at Buffalo Bills – 10am CBS: Jets win and they are into the playoffs. If the Bills win then there are a whole slew of possibilities.
Baltimore Ravens at Cincinnati Bengals – 10am FOX: Bengals need to win to have a chance at a first round bye which they desperately need. Even backup QB AJ McCarron is iffy for this game with a bad wrist.
Seattle Seahawks at Arizona Cardinals – 1:25pm FOX: The Cards have a shot at having home field advantage throughout the playoffs and QB Carson Palmer has said ‘Super Bowl or Bust!’ Seahawks are working on a higher Wild Card seeding.
Dallas Stars at New York Islanders – 2pm NHL Gamecenter: The Stars lead the Central and the Isles are trying to stay within striking distance of the Capitals in the Metropolitan.
Toronto Raptors at Cleveland Cavaliers – 4pm NBA League Pass: King James and crew welcome the Atlantic leading Raptors to town.
Minnesota Vikings at Green Bay Packers – 5:30pm NBC: The NFC North and home field advantage for the first round of the playoffs is on the line. Packers got the better of the Vikings the first time around this season. Let’s see if Teddy Bridgewater and crew can get even.