There’s pretty much nothing but sports on for the next couple of days. Time to dive into the ol’ Netflix queue.
“Diners, Drive-ins and Dives” (9:30 p.m., Food Network). Guy Fieri is across the bay, in Berkeley. I’m guessing that’ll be Bette’s Oceanview Diner. Fits his bill.
“Law & Order UK” (starting at 8 a.m., BBC America). It’s a marathon until 11 p.m. tonight. The new episode airs at 6 p.m., and after that it starts over with episodes that have already aired earlier today.
Friday’s best games
Auburn vs. Alabama (11:30 a.m., CBS). The annual Iron Bowl is huge this year, as No. 2 Auburn takes on its archrival, the ninth-ranked Crimson Tide. Keep an eye on Auburn quarterback Cam Newton, he’s the best college player money can buy. (Wink wink, nudge nudge.)
Arizona vs. Oregon (4 p.m., ESPN). The Wildcats will try to play spoiler to the No. 1-ranked Ducks’ unbeaten season.
Boise State vs. Nevada (7 p.m., ESPN). This is Boise’s last — and perhaps greatest — challenge in the regular season.
ESPN and ESPN2 have random games all day — they’re tournaments, so the teams playing haven’t been determined as I write this, but there’ll probably be a good matchup here and there.
“Deadliest Catch” (starting at noon, Discovery). Catch up on the gripping, emotional sixth season, which chronicles the death of Captain Phil Harris. It’s powerful stuff, and a marathon is the best way to watch this series — you just get sucked in.
Saturday’s best games
Michigan vs. Ohio State (9:30 a.m., ABC). It’d sure be fun to see Ohio State get smacked down after the school’s president spouted off Wednesday about how great they are.
Washington vs. Cal (12:30 p.m., CSN-CA). The last regular-season game for two teams with disappointing seasons.
Notre Dame vs. USC (5 p.m., ABC). Wow, I don’t know who to root against in this one. I guess USC, though at least they haven’t recklessly gotten any of their student assistants killed this season. That’s more than Notre Dame can say.
Oregon State vs. Stanford (4:30 p.m., Versus). The Cardinal try to finish the regular season with their best record ever. If they win, could the BCS come calling?
Arizona vs. Kansas (7:30 p.m., ESPN2). Two traditional powers back on the rise. This could be good.