That wonderful time of year is here once more. Yes, it will now be socially acceptable for you to go back for fourth helpings of food as your family members argue around you. While you and your now more ill-fitting clothing lounge on the couch in the afterglow of your food domination, you’ll probably want some games to watch. Good news! There’s plenty of sports action in play over the next three days so that you can indulge even as you warm up those leftovers at the end of the week.
All times Eastern.
Thursday November 23rd
Minnesota Vikings at Detroit Lions- 12:30 p.m. (FOX)
The Vikings are currently sitting atop the NFC North, but the Lions aren’t far behind. Detroit won the previous meeting between these two teams, so if they’re able to complete the sweep here, they would actually jump into the driver’s seat in the division. A perfect way to start off your day while waiting for the turkey to come out of the oven.
Los Angeles Chargers at Dallas Cowboys- 4:30 p.m. (CBS)
Right around dinner time for the East Coasters, while those on the West Coast are likely to be just congregating at a relative’s house, we get our second game of the NFL triple-header. The Cowboys are still alive in the playoff hunt, so there’s something on the line for them, while the Chargers are, well, just playing out the string. That makes this the perfect background noise game to have on while you argue with your uncle over various sports topics.
Ole Miss at #14 Mississippi State (Egg Bowl)- 7:30 p.m. (ESPN)
The Egg Bowl is always one of the more entertaining college football rivalry games, especially in recent years when we’ve seen plenty of offense. The last three years, the teams have combined to average 62 points per game. The Rebels have been down this year after Hugh Freeze firing, but they can still put up points in a hurry.
New York Giants at Washington Redskins- 8:30 p.m. (NBC)
Okay, so this game is pretty bad. But, it can be the sounds in the background you fall asleep to following your gluttony. See? Silver linings everywhere.
Friday November 24th
Pittsburgh Penguins at Boston Bruins- 1:00 p.m. (NBC)
The lone national TV game from the NHL on Black Friday, and though both have struggled out of the gates this season, there’s plenty of bad blood in this rivalry game. So, you can kick off your Friday with Sidney Crosby and friends and get right into football immediately afterwards.
South Florida at #15 UCF- 3:30 p.m. (ABC)
The War on I-4 as it’s called has more significance than usual this year because it will decide which team wins the American Athletic Conference’s East division. On top of that, UCF remains undefeated, and is currently the highest ranked Group of 5 team in the College Football Playoff rankings which means they would get the bid to a New Year’s Six bowl game if they win out. If those aren’t enough reasons to watch, both teams have high-scoring, explosive offenses, and UCF coach Jeff Frost is going to be highly sought after come coaching carousel time.
Saturday November 25th
#9 Ohio State at Michigan- 12:00 p.m.
It’s rivalry weekend in college football and there are a couple of juicy ones set up for your perusal on Saturday. The Buckeyes have already won the Big Ten East, but they’re hoping that they can stay alive in the playoff conversation by winning here and in the Big Ten title game against Wisconsin. Michigan can throw a big wrench into those plans with a win. So, go make your turkey, stuffing and gravy sandwich (trust me, do it), and plop on the couch for some marathon college football action.
#1 Alabama at #6 Auburn (Iron Bowl)- 3:30 p.m (CBS)
This game has huge implications. Whoever wins, wins the SEC West division and earns a trip to Atlanta to play for the SEC championship. With both teams currently in the Top 10 of the College Football Playoff rankings, it could also be seen as a potential playoff eliminator. Not that this rivalry needed any bigger consequences to it, but this is going to be fun.
#8 Notre Dame at #21 Stanford
The stakes aren’t as big as they were just a few weeks ago in this one, but this is still a quality college football game to watch as you recover from your turkey-induced slumbers. Also, you get a look at a pair of Heisman-contending running backs in Josh Adams and Bryce Love.
West Virginia at #4 Oklahoma
Welcome to the Big 12. Land of a million points. Seriously, though we joke about the lack of defense played in the conference all the time, it does make the games wildly entertaining. Oklahoma is playing to remain in the Big 12 title game and playoff conversation, plus their QB, Baker Mayfield, is the front-runner for the Heisman at the moment.
#13 Washington State at #17 Washington
The Apple Cup caps off the day and, while Washington is no longer in the playoff conversation, the Huskies are still worth tuning in for. So are the Cougars for that matter, as QB Luke Falk continues to light up teams and Mike Leach is always good for a funny quote or two.