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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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(Trent Nelson | The Salt Lake Tribune) Real Salt Lake's Kyle Beckerman (5) and Nick Rimando (18) hold the Western Conference trophy after defeating the Portland Timbers, MLS soccer Sunday November 24, 2013 in Portland.
This weekend on TV: RSL and USU are playing for championships

A pair of Utah teams - a professional soccer team and a college football team - will be battling for championships on Saturday.

At 2 p.m. on ESPN, Real Salt Lake will be at Sporting Kansas City fighting for the MLS Cup. This is a single-game final; if it's tied at the end of regulation, we'll go to overtime and, possibly, a shoot-out. Which is how RSL won the Cup in 2009.

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And at 8 p.m. on CBS/Ch. 2, Utah State will be at Fresno State fighting for the Mountain West football championship. The Aggies are the underdogs, but you can't count them out.

Friday on TV ...

College football (6 p.m., ESPN2): MAC championship - Bowling Green vs. Northern Illinois

Bones (7 p.m., Fox/Ch. 13): A murdered gymnast was leading a double life.

The Carrie Diaries (7 p.m., CW/Ch. 30): Carrie struggles with writer's block.

NBA (8 p.m., ROOT): Utah Jazz at Portland Trail Blazers

Grimm (8 p.m., NBC/Ch.5): Renard deals with family issues.

Raising Hope (8 and 8:30 p.m. Fox/Ch. 13): Burt thinks the new neighbors are murderers; Virgnia and Burt try to spice up Jimmy and Sabrina's marriage.

Nikita (8 p.m., CW/Ch. 30): Alex is captured by the CIA.

Grammy Nominations Concert (9 p.m., CBS/Ch. 2): LL Cool J hosts; Drake, Macklemore, Robin Thicke and Keith Urban are scheduled to perform.

Dracula (9 p.m., NBC/Ch. 5): Browning tries to expose Grayson.

Saturday on TV ...

Men's college basketball: BYU at UMass (11:30 a.m., CBSSN); Fresno State at Utah (3 p.m., P12N)

College football: SEC championship - Auburn vs. Missouri (2 p.m., CBS/Ch. 2); Pac-12 championship - Arizona State vs. Stanford (5:45 p.m., ESPN); ACC championship - Duke vs. Florida State (6 p.m., ABC/Ch. 4); Big Ten championship - Michigan State vs. Ohio State (6 p.m., Fox/Ch. 13)

Atlantis (7 and 10 p.m., BBC America): After insulting Heptarian, Jason and his friends are sentenced to compete in bull leaping.\

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

Saturday Night Live (10:35 p.m., NBC/Ch. 5): Paul Rudd hosts; One Direction performs.

Sunday on TV ...

NFL: Detroit Lions at Philadelphia Eagles (11 a.m., Fox/Ch. 13); Tennessee Titans at Denver Broncos (2 p.m., CBS/Ch. 2); Seattle Seahawks ta San Francisco 49ers (2:25 p.m., Fox/Ch. 13); Carolina Panthers at New Orleans Saints (6:20 p.m., NBC/Ch. 5

The Amazing Race (7 p.m., CBS/Ch. 2): The teams race to the finish, and one pair of contestants wins the $1 million prize in this two-hour episode.

Once Upon a Time (7 p.m., ABC/Ch. 4): Joy over Henry's return is short-lived.

The Simpsons (7 p.m., Fox/Ch. 13): Lisa tries to help Krusty with his financial problems.

Bowl Selection Show (7 p.m., ESPN): We'll find out for sure who BYU is playing in the Fight Hunger Bowl and where Utah State is going and who the Aggies will be playing.

Bonnie & Clyde (7 and 9 p.m., Lifetime; 10 p.m. A&E and History): First half of this two-parter about the notorious bank robbers/murders - which would have been better if it had been shorter. (Concludes Monday)

Revenge (8 p.m., ABC/Ch. 4): As the wedding approaches, Emily finales her plan.

The Mentalist (9 p.m., CBS/Ch. 2): A computer programmer disappears.

Betrayal (9 p.m., ABC/Ch. 4): Jack takes Sara on a romantic trip.

Treme (10 p.m., HBO): Lambreaux learns that his cancer has spread.

Homeland (10 p.m., Showtime): Brody's loyalty is tested in Tehran - is he turning again?

Masters of Sex (11 p.m., Showtime): Masters accepts Libby's offer of help.



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