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Thursday, December 30, 2010
Updated: January 25, 10:26 AM ET
Thank God it's Thursday


Yes, it's Thursday, but it feels like a Saturday with all the college football bowl action we've got today. If that's not enough, we've got a huge women's basketball game and the top two teams in the NBA tipping off. Not a bad way to spend the final Thursday of 2010.

Women's college basketball: It's the game of the night and arguably the game of the year as No. 1 and undefeated UConn heads to Maples Pavilion at Stanford to take on the No. 8 ranked Cardinal (9 p.m. ET, ESPN2). In case you haven't heard because you're living under a rock, UConn is 90-0 in its last 90 games. And the last team to beat the Huskies was Stanford, in the national semifinals back in 2008. For more on this showdown of women's basketball juggernauts, check out Mechelle Voepel's preview story.

College football: It's a quadruple-header of college football bowl games on ESPN starting at 12 noon ET today. We understand if you can't watch them all. Here's the rundown of bowl games:

• Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl, Army (6-6) vs. Southern Methodist (7-6) (12 noon ET). The game is in Dallas at Gerald Ford Stadium, which is SMU's home field. Army makes its first bowl appearance since 1996. For more, check out the full preview.

• New Era Pinstripe Bowl, Kansas State (7-5) vs. Syracuse (7-5) (3:20 p.m. ET). The Wildcats and Orangemen kick off the first ever Pinstripe Bowl from Yankee Stadium, the first postseason college football game in the Bronx since 1962. For more, check out the full preview.

• Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl, North Carolina (7-5) vs. Tennessee (6-6) (6:40 ET). The Tar Heels and Volunteers meet on the football field for the first time since 1961. For more, check out the full preview.

• Bridgepoint Education Holiday Bowl, No. 18 Nebraska (10-3) vs. Washington (6-6). The Cornhuskers came within 3 points of a BCS bowl and instead find themselves in San Diego for a rematch against senior quarterback Jake Locker and the Huskies. For more, check out the full preview.

Men's college basketball: It's a Big Five game as Temple (9-2) (ranked just outside the Top 25) visits Philadelphia rival No. 8 Villanova (10-1) (7 p.m. ET, ESPN2).

NBA: Two key games highlight the schedule. First it's the Knicks (18-13) at Orlando (20-12) (7 p.m., TNT). At 9:30 p.m. ET, the top two teams in the league (and Western Conference) tip off as San Antonio (27-4) heads to Dallas (24-6), who will be without star forward Dirk Nowitzki because of a knee injury.