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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.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.

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.From NFL to college football and basketball to the Avalanche, there is something for everyone.

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:The following are a few of the contests this holiday weekend:

The following are a few of the contests this holiday weekend:

Green Bay Packers v. Detroit Lions

When:When: 10:30 a.m. Thursday 10:30 a.m. Thursday

When: 10:30 a.m. Thursday

Where:Where: Ford Field, Detroit Ford Field, Detroit

Where: Ford Field, Detroit

Channel:Channel: FOX FOX

Channel: FOX

Breakdown: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. 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.

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:When: 2:25 p.m. Thursday 2:25 p.m. Thursday

When: 2:25 p.m. Thursday

Where:Where: Cowboys Stadium, Dallas Cowboys Stadium, Dallas

Where: Cowboys Stadium, Dallas

Channel:Channel: CBS CBS

Channel: CBS

Breakdown: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. 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.

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:When: 6:20 p.m. Thursday 6:20 p.m. Thursday

When: 6:20 p.m. Thursday

Where:Where: M&T Bank Stadium, Baltimore M&T Bank Stadium, Baltimore

Where: M&T Bank Stadium, Baltimore

Channel:Channel: NFL Network NFL Network

Channel: NFL Network

Breakdown: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. First-year head coach Jim Harbaugh leads his 9-1 49ers into Baltimore to battle older brother John Harbaugh and the 7-3 Ravens.

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:When: 12:30 p.m. Friday 12:30 p.m. Friday

When: 12:30 p.m. Friday

Where:Where: Tiger Stadium, Baton Rouge, La. Tiger Stadium, Baton Rouge, La.

Where: Tiger Stadium, Baton Rouge, La.

Channel:Channel: CBS CBS

Channel: CBS

Breakdown: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. 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.

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:When: 1:30 p.m. Saturday 1:30 p.m. Saturday

When: 1:30 p.m. Saturday

Where:Where: Camp Randall Stadium, Madison, Wis. Camp Randall Stadium, Madison, Wis.

Where: Camp Randall Stadium, Madison, Wis.

Channel:Channel: ESPN ESPN

Channel: ESPN

Breakdown: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. 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.

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:When: 8 p.m. Friday 8 p.m. Friday

When: 8 p.m. Friday

Where:Where: Orleans Arena, Las Vegas Orleans Arena, Las Vegas

Where: Orleans Arena, Las Vegas

Channel:Channel: ESPN2 ESPN2

Channel: ESPN2

Breakdown: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. 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.

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:When: 5 p.m. Saturday 5 p.m. Saturday

When: 5 p.m. Saturday

Where:Where: Pepsi Center, Denver Pepsi Center, Denver

Where: Pepsi Center, Denver

Channel:Channel: Altitude Altitude

Channel: Altitude

Breakdown: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. 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.

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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