Your weekend viewing guide - The best games of the weekend and why you should watch. Usually everything from College Football, to the English Premier League, to the NHL.
The Triple-Dub: Sept. 16th-18th
-Friday Sept. 16th
#4 Boise State Broncos (1-0) @ Toledo Rockets (1-1) (Glass Bowl – Toledo, OH) 8:00 PM ET – ESPN
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Despite being banished to Versus, CBS Sports Network and The Mtn. for much of the foreseeable future — thanks a lot, Comrade Craig –ESPN still loves Boise State and scheduled them for the Friday night game against Toledo — enjoy it Bronco fans. Anyway, don’t be fooled by the Rockets’ 1-1 record — they lost at Ohio State last week 27-22 and were 17 yards away from pulling the upset. Rockets’ wide receiver Eric Page hauled in a cool 12 catches for 145 yards and 2 touchdowns last week and is also a dangerous returner – the Broncos defense will have their eyes on him and you probably should too. That said, the Broncos have had two weeks to prepare for the game and there’s no doubt they’ll be ready after watching the Ohio State game film.
-Saturday Sept. 17th
Tennessee Volunteers (2-0) @ #16 Florida Gators (2-0) (The Swamp – Gainesville, FL) 3:30 PM ET – CBS
This SEC East match-up got a little more intriguing after the Vols beat Cincinnati last week and because of sophomore quarterback Tyler Bray’s sensational start to the season completing 51 of 65 passes for 698 yards, 7 touchdowns and zero interceptions. Meanwhile, Florida running back Chris Rainey is thriving in Charlie Weis’ pro-style offense leading the Gators in rushing (27 carries for 198 yards) and receiving (9 receptions for 110 yard). Rainey was originally recruited for Urban Meyer’s spread offense but said the new system is the best thing that ever happened to him. Even though the SEC has a reputation of playing stout defense, I wont be surprised to see some points scored in the Swamp.
#1 Oklahoma Sooners (1-0) @ #5 Florida State Seminoles (2-0) (Doak Campbell Stadium – Tallahassee, FL) 8:00 PM ET – ABC
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There’s no doubt this the marque game of the weekend with a ton on the line for both teams. The Sooners need a win to remain in the national title hunt and Bob Stoops could use a big road win having struggled as a visitor against top 10 teams. Florida State desperately needs a win if they want anyone to actually believe they’re “back” after several years of mediocrity. The Noles defense — especially cornerbacks Greg Reid and Xavier Rhodes — needs to play well after getting embarrassed by Oklahoma’s quick tempo and 380 passing yards from Landry Jones last year. E.J. Manuel and the FSU offense will also need to put some points on the board for the Noles to have chance at pulling the upset.
Utah Utes (1-1) @ BYU Cougars (1-1) (LaVell Edwards Stadium – Provo, UT) 9:15 PM ET – ESPN 2
The Beehive State neighbors are meeting earlier than usual and both are coming off tough losses. BYU lost to Texas 17-16 and Utah lost to USC 23-14 — the Trojans scored on a blocked field goal to end the game that would have tied it. Neither team has been particularly impressive to start the year and both still seem to be establishing identities on offense. And believe it or not, the Holy War might not continue past the 2012 season so you should probably watch this underrated rivalry game while it’s still around.
English Premier League:
-Sunday Sept. 18th
Liverpool (2-1-1 – 7 pts) @ Tottenham (1-0-2 – 3 pts) (White Hart Lane – London, England) 8:30 AM ET – Fox Soccer Plus
Tottenham has started a little slow this season but it didn’t help having the opener postponed (riots) and then having to face both the Manchester clubs before beating Wolves last week. Liverpool started well — except for last week’s 1-0 loss to Stoke — thanks to great play from Luis Suarez, Charlie Adam and Jordan Henderson who all figure to play a role in Sunday’s match. The best news for the Spurs is that they’ll be playing at home but I think the Reds will make things tough.
Chelsea (3-1-0 – 10 pts) @ Manchester United (4-0-0 – 12 pts) (Old Trafford – Manchester, England) 11:00 AM ET – Fox Soccer Channel
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This is definitely the best EPL game of the weekend with both teams — especially Manchester United — starting the season hot. The Blues haven’t been stellar defensively but got wins against West Brom, Norwich City & Sunderland after drawing Stoke in the opener. Man United has started the campaign on a tear scoring 18 goals including an 8-2 thrashing of Arsenal. Wayne Rooney has been dominant with eight goals including two hat-tricks in just four games for the Red Devils. Even if Chelsea manages to contain Rooney they’ll also need to watch out for Welbeck, Young and/or Hernandez depending upon who Sir Alex decides to deploy. I know all you soccer fans will be watching but if you’re still warming up to the sport this should be a great game to watch.
What are you watching this weekend?