What We'll See: NFL rookies, BCS title and Baseball Hall

January 5, 2013 

What we'll see

Sunday

Rookie quarterbacks are the flavor of the day in the NFL playoffs. Andrew Luck leads the Indianapolis Colts into Baltimore, where veteran linebacker Ray Lewis will be trying to extend his Ravens career by at least one more game (1 p.m, CBS-27). The late contest features rookies Russell Wilson of Seattle and Robert Griffin III of Washington squaring off in the nation's capital (4:30 p.m., Fox-56). No rookie quarterback has ever led his team to a Super Bowl.

Sunday

The Kentucky women's basketball team returns to the site of one of its most memorable defeats last season when the Wildcats visit Alabama. The Crimson Tide was 11-15 overall and 1-11 in the Southeastern Conference when they stunned the then-seventh-ranked Cats 77-75 last Feb. 17. Kentucky (13-1) comes in with a No. 6 ranking this season but a whole lot more wary, as this Alabama team is off to a 10-4 start. (3 p.m., WLAP-AM 630)

Monday

If the football lives up to the traditions of the two schools competing for the BCS national championship, we might witness a game for the ages. Alabama tries to enhance/repair the reputation of the SEC, while Notre Dame and Coach Brian Kelly attempt to complete the rapid revival of a program many left for dead just three years ago. (8:30 p.m., ESPN)

Wednesday

The subject of steroids moves front and center again as the Baseball Writers Association of America announces voting results for the 2013 class of the Hall of Fame. The first-time candidates include some of the most prominent players linked to performance-enhancing drugs — Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens, Sammy Sosa and to a lesser degree Mike Piazza. The voting totals are likely to say more about perceived guilt or innocence than baseball accomplishment.

Thursday

A lot has changed since Kentucky and Vanderbilt last met in men's basketball. The Commodores handed the Wildcats one of only two losses they suffered all of last season (Indiana delivered the other) — in the Southeastern Conference Tournament championship game. The Cats did not lose another game after that en route to the NCAA title. Since then, both teams have replaced their top six scorers. Judging by Vandy's losses to Davidson, Marist and Middle Tennessee State, among others, Kentucky has done so to greater success thus far. (9 p.m., ESPN)

Mathew Graf

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