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Scott D. Pierce writes about television for the Salt Lake Tribune. Vice president of the Television Critics Associationn, he's covered TV in Utah since 1990.

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(Chris Detrick | The Salt Lake Tribune) Utah State Aggies running back Kerwynn Williams (25) runs past Brigham Young Cougars defensive back Daniel Sorensen (9) during the first half of the game at LaVell Edwards Stadium Friday October 5, 2012. BYU is winning the game 6-3.
This weekend on Utah TV: Utes and Cougars are on TV ... but not the Aggies

The Utes' and Cougars' college football games on Saturday are proof they're ready for prime time - on the West Coast.

Sure, Arizona at Utah (8 p.m., ESPNU) and BYU at San Jose State (8:30 p.m., ESPN2) are late games on the East Coast. But they'll smack-dab in prime time in the Mountain and Pacific Time Zones.

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They're not the most high-profile college football games on Saturday, but they're not exactly squirreled away.

Unfortunately, what is probably Saturday's most important local game - Utah State at No. 19 Louisiana Tech (2 p.m.) - is only available online at ESPN3.com.

Friday on TV

High school football: 3A championship/Dixie vs. Spanish Fork (11 a.m., Ch. 14); 5A championship/Jordan vs. Syracuse (2:30 p.m., Ch. 14); 4A championship/Mountain Crest vs. Dixie (6:30 p.m., Ch. 14)

NBA (5 p.m., ESPN and ROOT): Utah Jazz at Philadelphia 76ers

College basketball: BYU vs. Florida State (5 p.m. truTV - pending the outcome of this game, BYU will play Notre Dame or St. Joseph's on Saturday on truTV - time TBA); Sacramento State at Utah (7 p.m., P12N-Mountain)

Undercover Boss (7 p.m., CBS/Ch. 2): Cinnabon Inc. President Kat Cole goes under cover.

Last Man Standing (7 p.m., ABC/Ch. 4): Eve gets drunk at a party.

America's Next Top Model (7 and 8 p.m., CW/Ch. 30): A winner is chosen in the season finale. And then it's an hour of the best model freak-outs - and there are so many to choose from.

Malibu Country (7:30 p.m., ABC/Ch. 4): Lillie Mae has a secret admirer.

CSI: NY (8 p.m., CBS/Ch. 2): A student from an elite prep school is murdered.

Grimm (8 p.m., NBC/Ch. 5): Adalind is determined to avenge her mother's death.

Fringe (8 p.m., Fox/Ch. 13): The team orchestrates an event of its own.

Haven (8 and 10 p.m., Syfy): Nathan tries to bring Duke home - from 1955.

We Will Always Love You: A Grammy Salute to Whitney Houston (9 p.m., CBS/Ch. 2): Celine Dion, Jennifer Hudson, Usher, Yolanda Adams and CeCe Winans sing Houston's songs.

Jungle Gold (11 p.m., Discovery): George is called home to fight a lawsuit. leaving Scott in charge.

Saturday on TV ...

Women's college soccer (5 p.m., BYUtv): Marquette at BYU in the third round of the NCAA tournament

NBA (5 p.m., ROOT): Utah Jazz at Washington Wizards

Wedding Band (8 and 9 p.m., TBS): The band plays a gig at Comic Con.

College football: Arizona at Utah (8 p.m., ESPNU); BYU at San Jose State (8:30 p.m., ESPN2)

The New Normal (10 p.m., Ch. 30): Everybody tries to give up their modern technology for a week.

John Carter (10 p.m., Starz): Underrated, made-in-Utah, 2012 sci-fi film. (Rated PG-13)

Saturday Night Live (10:30 p.m., Ch. 30): Jeremy Renner hosts; Maroon 5 performs.

Sunday on TV ...

NFL: Cleveland Browns at Dallas Cowboys (11 a.m., CBS/Ch. 2); Green Bay Packers at Detroit Lions (11 a.m., Fox/Ch. 13); San Diego Chargers at Denver Broncos (2 p.m., CBS/Ch. 2); Baltimore Ravens at Pittsburgh Steelers (6:20 p.m., NBC/Ch. 5)

MLS playoffs: Houston Dynamo at D.C. United (2 p.m., NBCSN); Green Bay Packers at Detroit Lions (L.A. Galaxy at Seattle Sounders (7 p.m., ESPN)

60 Minutes (6 p.m., CBS/Ch. 2): A three-year investigation and bust of the a huge drug trafficking cartel; can babies tell right from wrong?; out-of-control college football.

The Amazing Race (7 p.m., CBS/Ch. 2): Abba and James try to recover their lost passports.

American Music Awards (7 p.m., ABC/Ch. 4): Scheduled performers include Justin Bieber, Kelly Clarkson, Carly Rae Jepsen, PSY, The Wanted, Swizz Beatz featuring Chris Brown and Ludacris, Carrie Underwood, Christina Aguilera, Ke$ha, Linkin Park, Nicki Minaj, No Doubt, P!nk, Pitbull, Taylor Swift and Usher.

The Dust Bowl (7 and 9 p.m., PBS/Ch. 7): Part 1 of Ken Burns' excellent two-part, four-hour documentary. (Concludes Monday)

The Simpsons (7 p.m., Fox/Ch. 13): Homer's pal is an accountant for the mob.

The Walking Dead (7, 8 and 10 p.m., AMC): Michonne makes a decision; Glenn and Maggie go on the run.

The Good Wife (8 p.m., CBS/Ch. 2): Will thinks a judge is biased against his client.

The Mentalist (9 p.m., CBS/Ch. 2): Brett Stiles and Jane plot to break Lorelei out of prison so she'll lead them to Red John.

Boardwalk Empire (10 p.m., HBO): Nucky tries to keep Jess Smith quiet.

Superstorm 2012: Hell and High Water (10 p.m., History): A look at Hurricane Sandy and its aftermath.

Dexter (10 p.m., Showtime): Debra learns about Dexter's relationship with Hannah.

Sister Wives (10 p.m., TLC): Bad credit brings the family's plans to a screeching halt.

Treme (11 p.m., HBO): Janette is attacked by crawfish ravioli.

Homeland (11 p.m. Showtime): Carrie defies Quinn's orders.



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