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The top 10 things to look for in sports from Colorado Springs next week, starting Monday

By: JIM O'CONNELL The Gazette
December 31, 2017
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Alabama's Derrick Henry runs for a touchdown during the first half of the NCAA college football playoff championship game Monday, Jan. 11, 2016, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

No. 10 The annual Jan. 1 NHL outdoor game is Monday with Buffalo at the New York Rangers at Citi Field

No. 9 Men's college basketball highlights include Tuesday's TCU at Baylor and Texas Tech at Kansas, Wednesday's North Carolina at Florida State, Thursday's Arizona State at Colorado, Saturday's North Carolina at Virginia, Oklahoma at West Virginia, Kentucky at Tennessee, Kansas at TCU and Arizona at Colorado, and Sunday's Florida State at Miami

No. 8 Prep highlights include the resumption of winter events Tuesday and the Rampart hoops classic at World Arena Thursday to Saturday

No. 7 The Denver Nuggets host the Suns Wednesday and Jazz Friday before visiting the Kings Saturday

No. 6 The Colorado Avalanche host the Wild Saturday including Milan Hejduk's jersey retirement, the Jets Tuesday and Blue Jackets Thursday

No. 5 Air Force men's basketball hosts Nevada on Saturday

No. 4 Air Force hockey hosts Mercyhurst Friday and Saturday with Colorado College off

No. 3 The U.S. Figure Skating Championships, with area competitors, finish up on the weekend in San Jose, Calif.

No. 2 The NFL's four wild-card playoff games take place on Saturday and Sunday

No. 1 The college football FBS semifinals are Monday with Oklahoma vs. Georgia and Clemson vs. Alabama, with the final Jan. 8

Also receiving votes:

The junior world hockey championships conclude in Buffalo, N.Y.

Local college home highlights include Air Force women's gymnastics Saturday

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