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FRIDAY 11/23
Arkansas at No. 1 LSU
It's the final regular-season test for the Tigers, and it's also the last chance for the Razorbacks' Darren McFadden (right) to make his case for the Heisman. The top running back in the race, McFadden has rushed for 1,519 yards and 12 TDs, but he'll likely need a breakout performance against the nation's top team to jump over Florida QB Tim Tebow in voters' minds.
CBS 2:30 p.m.

Lightning at Hurricanes
Carolina's been just about perfect in November—except when it has played Tampa. The second-place Lightning has dropped two ice-whoopings on the first-place Hurricanes (5--1 and 6--1). Carolina might think about trying to stop Tampa center Vincent Lecavalier (left), who scored four goals in the first two meetings.
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Skins Game
Back in the day, the annual tournament attracted golf royalty—Jack Nicklaus, Greg Norman, Tiger Woods. Nowadays, the $1 million purse is barely enough to lure the PGA's middle class. Masters winner Zach Johnson leads the four-man field, which includes Stephen Ames, Brett Wetterich and perennial fan favorite Fred Couples (right), whose back injury limited him to only three tournaments this year.
ABC 1 p.m., Sunday 3:30 p.m.

Las Vegas Invitational Final
Barring an upset, the championship game should match up No. 1 North Carolina against No. 6 Louisville. Of course, the Heels looked very upsettable in their opener, a 72--68 win over Davidson. Carolina will need more out of Tyler Hansbrough. The two-time All-America forward had just two points in the second half against the Wildcats.
ESPN2 10:30 p.m.

MONDAY 11/26
Nimrod Nation This eight-part documentary takes a look at life in quaint Watersmeet, Mich., a snowy Upper Peninsula town where the locals are obsessed with high school hoops. The series, the brainchild of filmmaker Brett Morgen (The Kid Stays in the Picture), follows the Watersmeet Township High Nimrods (that actually means "mighty hunters") through their 2005--06 season.
Sundance 9 p.m.


Packers at Lions
Detroit has plenty to be thankful for this Turkey Day—like not being terrible anymore. Last year the Lions were bumbling along with a league-worst 2--8 record, en route to a 3--13 season that left them out of the playoffs for the seventh straight year. This year, at 6--4 the Lions are in the wild-card hunt—for now. Detroit has dropped two straight, and its pass defense ranks 30th in the league, which could be a problem against today's opponent: Green Bay's Brett Favre (above), who is second in the NFL with 2,975 passing yards.
Fox 12:30 p.m.