Sports: What to Watch


Fans might have to choose between football and hoops this weekend. Illustration by Brenda San Elias.

Ivan Flores, Reporter

Let’s face it. It’s been a pretty disappointing year for sports fans. Sure, we had the MLB World Series while the NBA was in its Florida Bubble, but the Olympics has been postponed and the NCAA’s March Madness has been canceled.

There are, however, plenty of things scheduled for this weekend. Yet, because so many things have been postponed, the make-up games are overlapping with other sports. For example, on Saturday the Notre Dame-Clemson college football game conflicts with the North Carolina-Kentucky hoops match-up. But maybe that’s a good thing. One of them is bound to be COVID-canceled anyway. For now, my plan is to check the score of the Iowa basketball game at halftime, but watch the Buckeyes football game. Here is a list of other scheduled games this weekend. 

Pro Football

LA Chargers at Las Vegas Raiders. Dec. 17 @ 5:20 p.m. on Fox. Celebrate the end of final exams tonight with a great NFL match-up. The Raiders need to win to make the AFC playoffs, but they have to get past Justin Herbert and the Chargers to do so.
Kansas City Chiefs at New Orleans Saints. Dec. 20 @ 1:15 p.m. on CBS. Drew Brees takes on Patrick Mahomes in a showdown battle of the top AFC and NFC teams.

College Basketball 

Gonzaga Bulldogs at Iowa Hawkeyes. Dec. 19 @ 9 a.m. on ESPN. Iowa’s star player Luka Garza is playing well, averaging 29.5 PPG. Both teams are undefeated, ranked at No. 1 and No. 3.  
UCLA Bruins at Ohio State Buckeyes. Dec. 19 @ 1:15 p.m. on CBS. The Bruins were scheduled to play Kentucky, but there was a recent switch due to coronavirus protocols.
North Carolina Tar Heels at Kentucky Wildcats. Dec. 19 @ 11 a.m. on CBS.

College Football

Clemson Tigers at Notre Dame Fighting Irish. Dec. 19 @ 1 p.m on ABC. Clemson is No. 3 in the country, with star quarterback Trevor Lawrence getting ready to take on the No. 2 Fighting Irish in a showdown against Ian Book.
Alabama Crimson Tide at  Florida Gators. Dec. 19 @ 5 p.m on CBS. SEC championship game. No. 1 Alabama vs No. 7 Florida.

Editor’s Note: Make sure to check times daily. In this time of COVID, sports coverage changes as frequently as weather coverage.