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A Sports Fan's Guide to Thanksgiving Weekend

As the weather turns cold and the days of November move on, Thanksgiving weekend moves closer and closer. Luckily, with Thanksgiving 2020 comes football galore and the start of the NCAA basketball season. So, if you're wondering what to watch over this long holiday weekend, you've come to the right place. Below you'll find my recommendations for the best games to watch from Wednesday to Sunday.

Thursday, November 26th:

Game of the day: #6 Kansas vs #1 Gonzaga (NCAA Basketball)

On the second day of the NCAA basketball season we are treated to a possible game of the year. Both of these teams are stocked with talent and are ready to prove why they are ranked so high. Two notable players to watch in this game, which starts at 1:30 pm, are Kansas guard Marcus Garrett and Gonzaga guard Jalen Suggs. Garrett, who is a senior, is a lockdown defender and a captain of the Jayhawks. However, Suggs was a top recruit last year who must prove himself in this opening game.

Other notable games:

Washington Football Team vs Dallas Cowboys (NFL)

Houston Texans vs Detroit Lions (NFL)

#3 Villanova vs #18 Arizona St. (NCAA Basketball)

Friday, November 27th:

Game of the day: #2 Notre Dame vs #19 North Carolina (NCAA Football)

In this matchup, two of the best quarterbacks in college football compete for conference dominance. Coming off a string of impressive wins against teams like #3 Clemson and Boston College, Notre Dame looks to take down another strong ACC team. However, QB Sam Howell and the Tar Heels have other plans as they attempt to move higher up in the conference standings. This was a tough choice to make as the best game of the day, however this game has quite possibly the strongest postseason implications of the bunch.

Other notable games:

#1 Gonzaga vs Auburn (NCAA Basketball)

Seton Hall vs Louisville (NCAA Basketball)

Colorado vs Kansas St. (NCAA Basketball)

# 13 Iowa St. vs #17 Texas (NCAA Football)

#15 Oregon vs Oregon St. (NCAA Football)

Saturday, November 28th:

Game of the day: #1 Alabama vs #22 Auburn (NCAA Football)

The Iron Bowl is one of the most important games each year in College Football, and it often has implications on the SEC and the College Football Playoff. This year is no different, as Alabama is currently the best team in the nation and Auburn is sitting in third place in division. The two teams ahead of them? Texas A&M, and Alabama. This means that the winner will not only have a much higher shot at winning the SEC West, but a top seed in the College Football Playoff could await Alabama should they win Saturday.

Other notable games:

#12 Indiana vs Maryland (NCAA Football)

#5 Texas A&M vs LSU (NCAA Football)

#13 Michigan St. vs Notre Dame (NCAA Basketball)

Michigan vs Penn St. (NCAA Football)

Sunday, November 29th:

Game of the day: Kansas City Chiefs vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers (NFL)

Although in previous years this matchup would not entice really anyone besides the fans of these teams to watch, nobody can deny that this year's matchup will be spectacular. Likely MVP candidate and developing superstar Patrick Mahomes will face off against one of the best quarterbacks of all time, Tom Brady. Additionally, seeding in their respective conferences could be at stake seeing as how both teams are just a game or two out from the top seed, which would give them an automatic bye to the divisional round. If you're looking to watch one final football game on this long weekend, this is the one to see.

Other notable games:

#14 Texas Tech vs #17 Houston (NCAA Basketball)

#10 Kentucky vs Richmond (NCAA Basketball)

Tennessee Titans vs Indianapolis Colts (NFL)

Baltimore Ravens vs Pittsburgh Steelers (NFL)

Chicago Bears vs Green Bay Packers (NFL)

Well, there you have it. The best games over this long weekend. I hope you all enjoy your Thanksgiving, and watch as much sports as possible!

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