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Scott D. Pierce
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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(Trent Nelson | The Salt Lake Tribune) Utah's John White runs for a touchdown against BYU during the 2011 rivalry game in Provo.
This weekend on Utah TV: Sadly, the Utes aren't playing the Cougars

Just a couple a years ago, there would have been local interest in the end of the college football games even if - as is the case this year - Utah was 4-7 and BYU was 6-5. We would have cared who won when they played each other this weekend.

But in the new college football reality, we have a couple of game not much of anybody cares about. On Friday, it's Utah at Colorado (1 p.m., FX).

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And on Saturday, BYU at New Mexico State (1:30 p.m.) isn't even on broadcast or cable TV. You'll have to watch it online at ESPN3.com.

The one local game that does mean something is Idaho at Utah State (Saturday, 1:30 p.m., Altitude). A win gives USU an outright WAC championship, but Idaho is so dreadful the game is not expected to be competitive - USU is about a 40-point favorite.

Friday on TV ...

Men's college basketball (5 p.m. P12N): Central Michigan at Utah

Women's college volleyball (6 p.m., P12N): Colorado at Utah

Last Man Standing (7 p.m., ABC/Ch. 4): Ed wants to get back together with his ex-wife.

NBA (7 p.m., ROOT): Sacramento Kings at Utah Jazz

Malibu Country (7:30 p.m., ABC/Ch. 4): Reba is furious with her ex-husband when he gives their son a sports car.

It's a SpongeBob Christmas! (8:30 p.m., CBS/Ch. 2): New stop-motion animation special.

Jungle Gold (11 p.m., Discovery): George risks it all in a dangerous gold hustle.

Saturday on TV ...

College basketball: Cal State-Northridge at BYU (7 p.m., BYUtv); Wright State at Utah (7:30 p.m., P12N)

Made in Jersey (7 p.m., CBS/Ch. 2): Nolan and Martina represent a woman who is acting as a surrogate for her comatose sister.

NBA (8 p.m., NBATV and ROOT): Utah Jazz at Sacramento Kings

Wedding Band (8 and 9 p.m., TBS): Tommy is supposed to look after Eddie's children.

The New Normal (10 p.m., Ch. 30): Shania and Bryan adopt all the turkeys at the farm.

Sunday on TV ...

NFL: Denver Broncos at Kansas City Chiefs (11 a.m., CBS/Ch. 2); Minnesota Vikings at Chicago Bears (11 a.m., Fox/Ch. 13); San Francisco 49ers at New Orleans Saints (2 p.m., Fox/Ch. 13); Green Bay Packers at New York Giants (6:20 p.m., NBC/Ch. 5)

The Amazing Race (7 p.m., CBS/Ch. 2): The teams race to Amsterdam.

Once Upon a Time (7 p.m., ABC/Ch. 4): Cora tries to steal the compass from Emma and Mary Margaret.

The Simpsons (7 p.m., Fox/Ch. 13): Lisa tries to win Homer a MyPad.

The Walking Dead (7, 8 and 10 p.m., AMC): A new guest at the prison forces Rick's hand.

The Good Wife (8 p.m., CBS/Ch. 2): Alicia's mother (Stockard Channing) visits for Thanksgiving.

Revenge (8 p.m., ABC/Ch. 4): In a flashback, Victoria is visited by her mother (Adrienne Barbeau).

Apollo Live (8:30 p.m. Centric; 11:30 p.m. BET): Debut of this new singing talent show, taped at the Apollo Theater in Harlem.

The Mentalist (9 p.m., CBS/Ch. 2): A real estate agent with gang ties is killed.

Boardwalk Empire (10 p.m., HBO): Nucky and Eddie seek refugre with Chalky.

666 Park Avenue (9 p.m., ABC/Ch. 4): Jane disappears.

Dexter (10 p.m., Showtime): Dexter scrambles to track down Isaak.

Sister Wives (10 p.m., TLC): Kody and the wives all attend -parent-teacher conferences for their kids.

Treme (11 p.m., HBO): Davis says goodbye to the musician's life. (Season finale)

Homeland (11 p.m. Showtime): Carrie and the CIA are scrambling to locate Brody.



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