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Your Sports TV Schedule, 12/18: College Football Bowl Games Begin

There are 35 of them. Thirty-five college football bowl games, involving 70 teams, some of whom have fantastic records of ... 6-6. There are three of them today, one involving a local team. At least one of today's bowl games is non-sponsored; just wait until we get into "Random Website Bowl" week. Also, the Bulls return to the floor tonight, and there's plenty of college hoops action.

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11 a.m., ESPN: College basketball, USC at No. 3 Kansas

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1 p.m., ESPN: New Mexico Bowl, BYU vs. UTEP. Or, "The Battle Of The Initials."

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1 p.m., Big Ten Network: College basketball, No. 14 Illinois vs. UIC at the United Center. This one isn't even fair -- a ranked team facing its instate namesake, who is 4-7. The Illini should win by 30.

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3 p.m., Big Ten Network: College basketball, Indiana State vs. No. 17 Purdue at Indianapolis.

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3 p.m., CBS-2: College basketball, No. 25 Texas vs. North Carolina at Greensboro, NC.

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4:30 p.m., ESPN: uDrove Humanitarian Bowl, Fresno State vs. Northern Illinois. The Huskies are traveling to the tropical paradise of Boise, Idaho for their bowl game; the weather forecast is for rain mixed with snow and temperatures in the mid-30s. Frankly, it doesn't sound very humanitarian.

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5:30 p.m., Big Ten Network: College basketball, Prairie View A&M at No. 15 Michigan State. Seriously, Prairie View A&M? Enough of the cupcakes.

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7 p.m., WGN (Chicago only): NBA, Bulls vs. Clippers at the United Center. And speaking of cupcakes...

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7 p.m., WPWR-Ch. 50: AHL, Wolves vs. Admirals at the Allstate Arena. The Wolves bill this game against their opponent from Milwaukee as the "Amtrak Rivalry."

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8 p.m., ESPN: R&L Carriers New Orleans Bowl, Ohio vs. Troy. Troy University, called -- you'll never guess -- the Trojans, is located in Alabama.