Sports

College Football (CC). Notre Dame at Florida State (Channel 7 at noon); Iowa at Michigan (ESPN at noon); Miami at West Virginia (ESPN2 at noon); North Carolina at Wake Forest (CSN at noon); Virginia at Georgia Tech (Channel 7, 3:30); Georgia at Kentucky (Channel 9, 3:30); Nebraska at Texas A&M (TBS at 7); Stanford at UCLA (CSN at 7); Wisconsin at Michigan State (ESPN2 at 7); Alabama at Tennessee (ESPN, 7:45).

Horse Racing (CC). The Breeders' Cup from Arlington Heights, Ill. (Channel 4 at 1).

Golf (CC). Third round of the Buick Challenge from Pine Mountain, Ga. (ESPN at 4).

World Series (CC). Game 6: San Francisco at Anaheim (Channel 5, 7:30).

Hockey. Washington at Florida (Channel 50 and NewsChannel 8, 7:30).

Teen Show

It's Academic. Montgomery Blair, Laurel and Watkins Mill high schools compete (Channel 4 at 10 a.m.).

Public Affairs

Think Tank With Ben Wattenberg. Ron Haskins, a former adviser to George W. Bush, and the American Enterprise Institute's Doug Besharov look at the next round of welfare reform (Channel 26 at 11 a.m.).

Weekend Live With Tony Snow. "Son of Sam" detective and "NYPD Blue" Executive Producer Bill Clark discusses the sniper; former assistant defense secretary Frank Kramer talks about Iraq (FNC at noon).

Novak, Hunt & Shields (CC). Sen. Paul Sarbanes (D-Md.) discusses the sniper arrests (CNN, 5:30).

The Beltway Boys. AFL-CIO Political Director Steve Rosenthal talks about what unions are doing to help Democratic candidates (FNC at 6).

To the Contrary With Bonnie Erbe. Topics include Hillary Rodham Clinton's intentions about running for the White House, plus a look at feminist author Phyllis Chesler's "Woman's Inhumanity to Woman" (Channel 32, 6:30; repeats tomorrow on Channel 26 at 6 a.m. and Channel 22 at 11:30 a.m.).

Reliable Sources. An assessment of media coverage of the sniper with The Washington Post's Carol Morello, WUSA's Mike Buchanan and WRC's Chris Gordon (CNN, 6:30).

Fox News Watch. Topics include the sniper coverage and Mad magazine's 50th birthday (FNC, 6:30).

Inside Washington With Gordon Peterson. Topics include the sniper arrests, President Bush's stumping for GOP candidates and Iraq (Channel 9 at 7).

The Capital Gang (CC) interviews Rep. Tom Davis (R-Va.) on the sniper and Election 2002; Washington Post TV critic Tom Shales discusses his new book about "Saturday Night Live"; and Kevin Landrigan of the Nashua Telegraph looks at the New Hampshire Senate race (CNN at 7).

This Is America With Dennis Wholey. The topic is fear in America; with Robert Lichter of the Center for Media and Public Affairs, clinical psychologist Dorree Lynn, author Brad Meltzer and American University communications professor Leonard Steinhorn (Channel 32, 7:30 and 11).

Fox Wire With Rita Cosby interviews David Berkowitz, the convicted killer known as "Son of Sam" (FNC at 10).

Prime-Time Movies

The Rainmaker (1997) (CC) (R). A rookie lawyer (Matt Damon) takes on big-time attorneys in this adaptation of the John Grisham novel. Three hours (Channel 4 at 8).

Backdraft (1991) (CC) (R). New York firefighters are on the trail of a sadistic arsonist. Three hours (Channel 7 at 8).

Saint Sinner (2002). A 19th-century monk unwittingly lets loose on modern-day society two female demons who feed on those who fall prey to their charms. Two hours (Sci Fi at 9).

Series

Survivor: Thailand (CC) repeats Thursday night's entire episode, part of which was preempted by breaking news (Channel 9 at 2).

Touched by an Angel (CC). A woman whose daughter is dying seeks out her crabby, long-lost father (Channel 9 at 8).

The District (CC). Kevin's brother, a priest, is shot during a funeral (Channel 9 at 9).

The Agency (CC) learns that a rogue agent has been holding an Iraqi prisoner for six years (Channel 9 at 10).

Late Night

Saturday Night Live (CC) re-airs portions of last week's program, hosted by Sen. John McCain, which was preempted by sniper coverage; the regularly scheduled program, featuring Halloween skits, follows (Channel 4, 11:30).

Mary Mara, left, and Rebecca Harrell play demons unwittingly unleashed on modern-day society in "Saint Sinner" on the Sci Fi Channel at 9 p.m.