From the drawers of the Top Secret Fyles:
March Madness is four months away, but the bevy of nonconference and later conference games in college basketball can produce plenty of excitement and drama for fans.
Theres a tasty menu of games before conference postseason tournaments begin in mid-March.
Here are dates to circle for cant-miss, regional-flavored games in the coming months:
n Dec. 3 Indiana at Syracuse and Michigan at Duke;
n Dec. 14 Arizona at Michigan; Kentucky at North Carolina;
n Dec. 21 Georgetown at Kansas;
n Dec. 28 Villanova at Syracuse; Louisville at Kentucky;
n Jan. 11 North Carolina at Syracuse;
n Jan. 18 Pittsburgh at Syracuse;
n Feb. 1 Duke at Syracuse;
n Feb. 12 Syracuse at Pittsburgh;
n Feb. 22 Syracuse at Duke;
n Feb. 23 Michigan State at Michigan;
n March 1 Kansas at Oklahoma State; Louisville at Memphis;
n March 2 Ohio State at Indiana;
n March 8 Connecticut at Louisville; North Carolina at Duke; Georgetown at Villanova; Kentucky at Florida;
n March 9 Michigan State at Ohio State.
Channel surfing: With the NFL season heading toward the three-quarters pole, its recommended viewing to check NFL RedZone, channel 311 on area Time Warner Cable systems.
Its seven hours of commercial-free football, beginning at 1 p.m. on Sundays during the regular season.
Host Scott Hanson does a wonderful job guiding viewers to the quickest updates of multiple games.
The RedZone channel a product of the NFL Network is at its best when tight games that began at either 1 or 4:25 p.m. are nearing conclusion, and viewers can immediately learn the final outcome.
Innovative technology, along with betting, fantasy leagues and controlled aggression are big reasons why the NFL is the No. 1 most-watched sport in this country.
Richie Richs Top 10 in college football: 1. Alabama; 2. Florida State (close to becoming 1A); 3. Ohio State; 4. Baylor; 5. Oregon; 6. Auburn; 7. Clemson; 8. Missouri; 9. Oklahoma State; 10. Texas A&M.
Richie Richs Top 10 in the NFL: 1. Seahawks; 2. Broncos; 3. Saints; 4. Patriots (played Monday night); 5. Chiefs; 6. Panthers (played Monday night); 7. 49ers; 8. Bengals; 9. Colts; 10. Eagles.
Times sports copy editor Richard Fyle can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org