Vance McCullough, the voice of @XFINITYSports, delivers his analysis of the five key games to watch online, paired with five Twitter follows to give you insider information on the matchup. Have a matchup that you’d like Vance to feature? Tweet @XFINITYSports with the hashtag #5ToFollow.
|1. Bayern Munich vs. FC Augsburg|
Details: Wednesday, December 4 @ 2:30 PM ET – SGL Arena – Augsburg, Germany
Watch Here: ESPN3 on XFINITY
Why Watch? FC Bayern may be the best team in the world, but they’ll have to prove it on the road against a highly skilled FC Augsburg club. Don’t miss the matchup between Augsburgh’s star defender, Ragnar Klavan, versus Bayern’s sure-footed striker, Mario Mandzukic, who leads the Bundesliga in goals (9). The German DFB-Pokal Tournament is down to the Round of 16 kicks off, but only one will be named the king of the Bundesliga.
#5ToFollow Insider: Susie Schaaf
Schaaf is the ESPNFC insider for Bayern Munich and will bring you closer to the game in 140-characters or less with her stats and analysis.
|2. Everton vs. Manchester United|
Details: Wednesday, December 4 @ 2:55 PM ET – Old Trafford – Manchester, England, U.K.
Watch Here: NBCSN with XFINITY
Why Watch? It’s been a masterful run for Wayne Rooney, who now has 149 Premier League goals for ManU, after his two goal performance last weekend. Rooney will look to lead the Red Devils to a much-needed three points, but Everton has other plans. The Toffees are undefeated in their last six (3-0-3) with four clean sheets thanks to their American Keeper, Tim Howard. This is a can’t miss, mid-week, Premier League showdown between two teams who are near the top of the table. Make sure you’re streaming #EFC vs. #MUFC with the XFINITY TV Go app!
#5ToFollow Insider: Mike Prindiville
A contributor to NBC Sports Pro Soccer Talk, Prindi is taking Everton in this match and his in-game tweets will be fun to watch during Mourinho against his former club.
|3. Notre Dame vs. Penn State|
Details: Wednesday, December 4 @ 7:30 PM ET – Bryce Jordan Center – University Park, PA
Watch Here: Big Ten Network on XFINITY
Why Watch? When the whistle blows and these two tipoff, its No. 4 Notre Dame versus No. 10 Penn State in the best of the Big Ten/ACC Challenge! The Nittany Lions bring a high scoring senior, Maggie Lucas, who is lighting up opposing defenses with 22 ppg, and a solid team defense that’s allowing 58.2 points per game. While the Lions are roaring on defense, the Irish have one of the nation’s best offenses, scoring 90.7 points per game, behind their sensational sophomore guard, Jewell Loyd (17.2 ppg). Will the Big Ten defense dominate, or will the ACC offense steal the show Wednesday night? Get ready for a great night of hoops with two top-ten teams!
#5ToFollow Insider:Notre Dame WBB
The official account of the #4 ranked Irish will take you behind-the-scenes pre-game and post game, while tweeting to the stats and trends of the game.
|4. North Carolina vs. Michigan State|
Details: Wednesday, December 4 @ 9:00 PM ET – Breslin Center – East Lansing, MI
Watch Here: ESPN on XFINITY
Why Watch? In day two of the Big Ten ACC Challenge two powerhouse programs will faceoff. The biggest question heading into the game is whether or not Tar Heel team will bring their A-game? They’ve played up and down to their competition, but can they rise up against the Spartans? Look for James Michael McAdoo to step it up. He’s been MIA in his last three contests, putting up single digits in points and rebounds. The other #TarHeelProblem – will Marcus Paige be the closer they need? Meanwhile, Michigan State’s key is Keith Appling. Appling is the spark to the Spatrans’ high-low game that has looked unstoppable this season with Adreian Payne in the paint. And don’t forget about the hot hand of Gary Harris – don’t leave him open. The sophomore is making it rain from three-point land and could be the difference maker in Wednesday night’s showdown.
#5ToFollow Insider: Matt Charboneau
Matt Charboneau is on the Michigan State beat for the Detroit News and will be tweeting live from the Breslin Center Wednesday night. Get ready for two top programs with Charboneau’s tweets.
|5. Louisville vs. Cincinnati|
Details: Thursday, December 5 @ 7:30 PM ET – Nippert Stadium – Cincinnati, OH
Watch: ESPN on XFINITY
Why Watch? The college football rivalry games continue with the No. 19 Louisville Cardinals traveling to Cincinnati for the Keg of Nails Trophy. This year the implications are at an all time high as the Cardinals have a shot at reaching a BCS bowl and are leaving the AAC for ACC in 2014. A lot of focus will be on Bridgewater versus Kay and the high-powered offenses, but let’s take a look at the other side of the ball. On defense, Louisville ranks second among FBS teams in total defense, allowing only 242.5 yards per game, while Cincinnati is eighth, allowing 302.4. Look for this one to be tight and come down to the final possession, Thursday night.
#5ToFollow Insider: Mike Rutherford
Rutherford is Cards insider for SB Nation’s CardChronicle and broadcasting live on 680 in the Lou. If you want the inside scoop from the Nipp Thursday night, follow Mike.