Thursday, Jan. 4
Women's college basketball, Ole Miss at Auburn (7 p.m., Auburn, Ala., FSN South): The Lady Rebels face one of their biggest rivals in their Southeastern Conference opener.
Friday, Jan. 5
High school basketball, Murrah at Provine (girls, 6 p.m.; boys, 7:30 p.m., Jackson): North Jackson meets South Jackson in a spicy JPS rivalry.
Saturday, Jan. 6
Pro football: The NFL playoffs begin with a pair of wild-card games, Kansas City at Indianapolis (3:30 p.m., Ch. 3) and Dallas at Seattle (7 p.m., Ch. 3. … College basketball, Kentucky at Ole Miss (7:30 p.m., Oxford, FSN South/97.3 FM): Doctor S goofed in the print edition, this game is in Oxford. Sorry. … Alcorn State at Jackson State (7:30 p.m., Jackson, 1400 AM): The Tigers and Braves renew their Southwestern Athletic Conference rivalry.
Sunday, Jan. 7
Men's college basketball, Mississippi State at Tennessee (3 p.m., Knoxville, Tenn., Ch. 12/105.9 FM): The Bulldogs begin SEC play in the mountains of Tennessee.
Monday, Jan. 8.
College football, GMAC Bowl, Southern Miss vs. Ohio (7 p.m., Mobile, Ala., ESPN/1180 AM/103.3 FM): The last time Ohio coach Solich saw the Golden Eagles, they kicked Nebraska's butt, and he lost his job. … College basketball, Southern at Jackson State: ESPNU is coming for this doubleheader (women, 3:30 p.m.; men, 6:30 p.m. along with 1400 AM). Too bad nobody here gets ESPNU. … College football, BCS Championship, Ohio State vs. Florida (7 p.m., Ch. 40): As much as it pains me, "Go Gators!"
Tuesday, Jan. 9
Movie, "Dodgeball" (7 p.m., FX): It's Vaughn vs. Stiller in a hit-or-miss comedy.
Wednesday, Jan. 10
Men's college basketball, Ole Miss at Mississippi State (7 p.m., Starkville, 105.9 FM/97.3 FM): Isn't it a little early for a big rivalry game like this one?
The Slate is compiled by Doctor S, who is not retiring.