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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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This weekend on Utah TV: Football, football and more football

We're still caught in the limbo that is television between Christmas and New Year's. There's a whole lot of football this weekend, and not a whole lot else.

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Friday on TV ...

College football: Independence Bowl - Louisiana-Monroe vs. Ohio (noon, ESPN); Russell Athletic Bowl - Rutgers vs. Virginia Tech (3:30 p.m., ESPN); Meineke Car Care Bowl of Texas - Minnesota vs. Texas Tech (7 p.m., ESPN)

NBA (7 p.m., ROOT): L.A. Clippers at Utah Jazz

Men's college basketball (7:30 p.m. P12N): College of Idaho at Utah

American Masters (8 p.m., PBS/Ch. 7): A look at "Joffrey: Mavericks of American Dance."

Back to the Beginning with Christiane Amanpour (8 p.m. ABC/Ch. 4): Amanpour travels to the lands of the Bible to explore the stoies of the Old Testament in the conclusion of this two-part special.

Saturday on TV ...

College football: Armed Forces Bowl - Air Force vs. Rice (9:45 a.m., ESPN); Pinstripe Bowl - Syracuse vs. West Virginia (1:15 p.m., ESPN); Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl - Arizona State vs. Navy (2 p.m., ESPN2); Alamo Bowl - Oregon State vs. Texas (4:45 p.m., ESPN); Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl - Michigan State vs. TCU (8:15 p.m., ESPN)

Women's college basketball (4 p.m., BYUtv): Western New Mexico at BYU

Made in Jersey (7 and 8 p.m., CBS/Ch. 2): Martina confronts Tommy; Martina's off-handed comment results in a client attacking the CEO of a chemical plant.

Men's college basketball (7 p.m., BYUtv): BYU vs. Virgina Tech at EnergySolutions Arena

Big Miracle (10:20 p.m., HBO): Alaskans try to save ice-trapped whales in this 2012 movie. (PG)

Sunday on TV ...

NFL: Houston Texas at Indianapolis Colts (11 a.m., CBS/Ch. 2); Philadelphia Eagles at New York Giants (11 a.m., Fox/Ch. 13); Kansas City Chiefs at Denver Broncos (2 p.m., CBS/Ch. 2); Green Bay Packers at Minnesota Vikings (2 p.m., Fox/Ch. 13); Dallas Cowboys at Washington Redskins (6:20 p.m., NBC/Ch. 5)

NBA (7:30 p.m., ROOT): Utah Jazz at L.A. Clippers

Sister Wives (10 p.m., TLC): The Browns try to get moved into their new houses before Christmas. And then it's Sister Wives: Secrets Revealed (11 p.m., TLC), which is never as exciting as it sounds. The Browns sit around and answer questions.

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