As families gather around the turkey on Thanksgiving and the leftovers sure to follow, more than a few will make it back to the couch after the stuffing to watch big games scheduled for the next few days.
From NFL to college football and basketball to the Avalanche, there is something for everyone.
The following are a few of the contests this holiday weekend:
Green Bay Packers v. Detroit Lions
When: 10:30 a.m. Thursday
Where: Ford Field, Detroit
Breakdown: MVP candidate Aaron Rodgers leads the 10-0 Packers into this NFC North contest against the 7-3 Lions. After more than a decade of losing, the Lions are trying to make it back to the playoffs, while the Packers hope to keep an undefeated season intact.
Miami Dolphins v. Dallas Cowboys
When: 2:25 p.m. Thursday
Where: Cowboys Stadium, Dallas
Breakdown: After an 0-7 start, the Dolphins have won three straight with backup quarterback Matt Moore under center. The Cowboys are 6-4 and seeking to seize control of the NFC East.
San Francisco 49ers v. Baltimore Ravens
When: 6:20 p.m. Thursday
Where: M&T Bank Stadium, Baltimore
Channel: NFL Network
Breakdown: First-year head coach Jim Harbaugh leads his 9-1 49ers into Baltimore to battle older brother John Harbaugh and the 7-3 Ravens.
1 LSU v. 3 Arkansas
When: 12:30 p.m. Friday
Where: Tiger Stadium, Baton Rouge, La.
Breakdown: The Tigers are 11-0 and the Razorbacks are 10-1. If Arkansas can beat LSU, it could force a three-way tie atop the SEC West and give them a chance to play in the national championship game. But, LSU will look to finish the regular season undefeated and hold on to the No. 1 ranking.
16 Wisconsin v. 19 Penn State
When: 1:30 p.m. Saturday
Where: Camp Randall Stadium, Madison, Wis.
Breakdown: Wisconsin and Penn State battle to see who will represent the Big Ten Leaders division in the inaugural Big Ten championship game. Michigan State will represent the Legends division and has already beaten the Badgers (9-2) this season.
1 North Carolina v. South Carolina — college basketball
When: 8 p.m. Friday
Where: Orleans Arena, Las Vegas
Breakdown: After opening the season against Michigan State, the Tar Heels schedule doesn’t slow down as they begin the 2011 Las Vegas Invitational. North Carolina looks to outmatch the Gamecocks on a neutral court.
Colorado Avalanche v. Edmonton Oilers
When: 5 p.m. Saturday
Where: Pepsi Center, Denver
Breakdown: The Northwest division rivals face off in an early season game. The Avalanche went 7-4 in October before losing eight of their first 10 in November. The Oilers haven’t fared much better this month, but they sit second in the division. With the Minnesota Wild pulling away, a win Saturday would be big for both teams.
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