THIS WEEK’S BEST BET:
COLLEGE FOOTBALL WEEK 15:
COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYOFF PAIRINGS ANNOUNCEMENT
Details/TV: Sunday at 9:45 a.m., ESPN
=PAC-12 CHAMPIONSHIP: ARIZONA vs. OREGON
Details/TV: At Santa Clara, Friday at 6 p.m., Channel 11
=SEC CHAMPIONSHIP: ALABAMA vs. MISSOURI
Details/TV: At Atlanta, Saturday at 1 p.m., Channel 2
=BIG TEN CHAMPIONSHIP: OHIO STATE vs. WISCONSIN
Details/TV: At Indianapolis, Saturday at 5 p.m., Channel 11
=ACC CHAMPIONSHIP: FLORIDA STATE vs. GEORGIA TECH
Details/TV: At Charlotte, N.C., Saturday at 5 p.m., Channel 7
Want to sorta see some history being sorted out? The College Football Playoff committee gets to make it final foursome announcement in a two-hour, 15-minute window that will not just include who is best suited for the semifinals at the Rose Bowl and Sugar Bowl on Jan. 1, but who also gets slotted in the Cotton, Fiesta, Orange and Peach bowls. If Alabama, Oregon and Florida State win their conference championships as expected, then the only drama left is who gets the No. 4 hole among bubble-sitters Ohio State, Texas Christian and Baylor – assuming they all win as well. Havoc will start if Arizona can repeat the upset it pulled off at Oregon on Oct. 2, when the Ducks were enduring injury problems. A Mizzu win over Alabama (No. 1 at the moment by the CFP and AP) might mean no SEC teams make the playoffs after two have been on the radar for the last month-plus. Ohio State must prove it can be formidable without injured quarterbacks J.T. Barrett and Braxton Miller – you’re up, Cardale Jones. TCU has already defeated Baylor in the Big 12 regular season and would seemingly hold that tie-breaker should they both finish with one loss – the Horned Frogs finish against visiting Iowa State (Saturday, 9 a.m., Ch. 7), while the Bears end the conference slate at home against Kansas State (Saturday, 4:45 p.m., ESPN). Pat Haden, Condi Rice, Tom Osborne, Ty Willingham and the rest of the CFP has a placeholder ranking to announce on Tuesday (ESPN, 4 p.m.) that will set up this eventful weekend.
MLS CUP: GALAXY vs. NEW ENGLAND
Details/TV: At StubHub Center, Sunday at noon, ESPN
The #FirstToFive Drive has survived this far, and it gives Landon Donovan one more final, final, final game at home. Again. The end. Back in mid-July, Robbie Keane scored twice and assisted on both of Gyasi Zardes’ goals against Bobby Shuttleworth to push the Galaxy past the Revolution, 5-1. That not only improved the Galaxy’s record at the time to 7-3-6, but it dropped New England to 7-9-2. But a 10-2-2 regular-season finish, plus playoff series triumphs over Columbus and New York, has completed the Revolution’s circle. This is their fifth trip to the MLS Cup for Robert Kraft’s team – they’re 0-4 so far.
HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL
CIF-L.A. CITY SECTION CHAMPIONSHIP
CARSON vs. NARBONNE
Details/TV: At the Coliseum, Saturday at 7 p.m., TWC SportsNet
Carson (10-3) already knocked off Narbonne (9-4) by a 39-35 score in a Marine League game earlier this season. In the 2011 City title game, Tray Boone ran for six TDs and 301 yards in Narbonne’s 48-32 win over Carson for the Gauchos’ first ever outright championship.
CIF-SOUTHERN SECTION PAC-5 DIVISION I CHAMPIONSHIP
ST. JOHN BOSCO vs. CORONA CENTENNIAL
Details/TV: At Angel Stadium, Saturday at 8 p.m., FSW
Defending state champion St. John Bosco (12-1) crushed Centennial (11-2) by a 70-49 score in last season’s state regional bowl final, as then-soph running back Sean Mcgrew ran for 367 yards and seven TDs. Mcgrew’s 21-yards TD run with 1:43 left sealed the Braves’ 33-21 win over Long Beach Poly in the Pac-5 semifinals last week.
CIF-SS Northern Division (III) Championship
Newbury Park vs. Paso Robles, Friday at 7:30 p.m.
CIF-S.S. Southeast Division (V) Championship:
Crescenta Valley at Downey, Friday at 7:30 p.m.
CIF-S.S. Western Division (VII) Championship:
Palos Verdes at Ventura, Friday at 7:30 p.m.
ALSO THIS WEEK:
The Kings take a shot at Boston (Staples Center, Tuesday at 7:30 p.m., FSW) a night after the Ducks have them in Anaheim … The Clippers have three home games, starting with Minnesota (Staples Center, Monday at 7:30 p.m., Prime Ticket) … The Lakers’ trip to Boston will be for sentimental reasons (Friday, 5:30 p.m., TWC SportsNet) after stops in Detroit and D.C. … Tiger Woods shows his golf clubs again at his own Hero World Challenge, not in Thousand Oaks anymore but in Windermere, Fla. (Thursday-Sunday, Golf Channel and Ch. 4) … the highlights of local college basketball has UCLA hosting Cal State Fullerton (Wednesday, 9 p.m.), USC hosting Loyola Marymount (Wednesday, 7 p.m.) and Pepperdine hosting Cal State Northridge (Thursday, 7:30 p.m.). The whole, longer version is at this link.