In matchups usually reserved for New Year’s...

In matchups usually reserved for New Year’s Day, USC and UCLA will face the best of the Big Ten today in a unique football double-header on ABC.

The 12th-ranked Trojans play host to 25th-ranked Ohio State in the opener at 12:30 p.m., while 24th-ranked UCLA meets fifth-ranked Michigan at 5 p.m. (7)(3)(10)(42).

In pro football, the Raiders travel to Denver Sunday for a 1 p.m. game (4)(36)(39).

Meanwhile, the Angels take their long-shot pennant hopes into Cleveland for a pair of televised games, both at 10:30 a.m. on Channel 5.

The legion of Chicago Cub fans will get two chances this weekend to watch their favorites close in on only their second championship of any type since 1945. The Cubs meet the Pittsburgh Pirates on NBC’s Game of the Week today at 11:15 a.m. (4)(36)(39) and on cable superstation WGN at the same time Sunday.