Bowl games highlight the final day of 2010, but New Year's Eve also reminds us to reflect on the year that was.
It was a year that saw the Super Bowl go to the Saints and a year in which we learned Tiger Woods was anything but (a saint). We watched in agony as LeBron James made his "Decision," Brett Favre made a comeback more notable off the field than on it and Armando Galarraga was robbed of a perfect game on the final out.
But there was plenty of good in 2010 as well. Six no-hitters were thrown in baseball. The Lakers and Celtics delivered a classic NBA Finals. Jimmie Johnson defied the odds to snag his fifth Chase for the Cup title. Spain won the World Cup title in South Africa. John Isner outlasted Nicolas Mahut in a marathon match at Wimbledon. And Butler's Gordon Hayward nearly banked in a half-court shot at the Final Four to almost deliver the greatest Cinderella story of all time.
It was a year sports fans would be remiss to forget, but our attention now rightfully shifts to 2011.
Will Tiger reclaim his throne as the world's most dominant athlete? Will the NFL and NBA be marred by lengthy lockouts? Will Coach K pass The General to become college basketball's winningest coach of all time? And will Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather ever meet in the ring?
These questions and more are asked in SI.com's 15 Burning Questions for 2011. But if you can't wait to find out 2011's most pressing answers, check out our predictions for the next calendar year and Steve Rushin's personal prognosis for 2011.
Finish up the year with a little college football. Here's what to watch today (all times Eastern):
Meineke Car Care: Clemson vs. UCF (Noon, ESPN)
Two stingy defenses square off in the first of four bowl games. But two-sport star and Clemson QB Kyle Parker could be the difference maker in this one.
Hyundai Sun: Miami vs. Notre Dame (2 p.m., CBS)
A turbulent season for Notre Dame comes to an end against the transitioning Hurricanes, who will be led by interim coach Jeff Stoutland before Al Golden takes over next season. The Irish's much-improved defense should give Miami all it can handle.
AutoZone Liberty: No. 25 UCF vs. Georgia (3:30 p.m., ESPN)
Two of college football's most electric players meet on the gridiron when Georgia wide receiver A.J. Green and UCF defensive end Bruce Miller meet in the Liberty Bowl. A loss would give the Bulldogs their first losing season in 14 years.
Chick-fil-A: No. 23 Florida State vs. No. 20 South Carolina (7:30 p.m., ESPN)
The final game of 2010 pits two teams destined for big things in 2011. The Chick-fil-A will also feature South Carolina's Steve Spurrier against his old nemesis Florida State for the first time since the Ol' Ball Coach left the Gators.
BY THE NUMBERS
25 - Years since the Army football team won a bowl game before defeating Southern Methodist 16-14 on Thursday in the Armed Forces Bowl. The win also gave the Black Knights their first winning season since 1996.
2 - Weeks Celtics forward Kevin Garnett is likely to be sidelined after straining his right calf in a 104-92 loss to Detroit on Wednesday.