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: October 1st-2nd
-Saturday Oct. 1st
Nevada (1-2) @ #4 Boise State (3-0) (Bronco Stadium – Boise, ID) 2:30 PM ET – Versus
Surely you remember watching Kyle Brotzman miss the potential game winning field goal and then another in overtime last year when Boise State was upset by Nevada, right? I know I do and have been waiting 308 days for revenge. This year’s Nevada team has little resemblance to last year’s having lost Kaepernick, Taua, Green, Moch and others but they have been tested with games at Oregon and Texas Tech. That said, Chris Ault apparently isn’t happy with his quarterback play and could use a three QB system on Saturday. Two other things to keep your eye on this weekend – other than Kellen Moore of course – are both teams’ running game. The Broncos are averaging just 3.4 yards per carry, rank 76th nationally in yards per game and have yet to get the running game going. Nevada is averaging 285 rushing yards per game (7th in the country) and should be a tough test for a banged up Bronco defense. Defensive tackle Chase Baker didn’t play last week while DT Billy Winn and DE Tyrone Crawford both left the game injured (but did return). I can’t wait for Saturday afternoon!
#13 Clemson (4-0) @ #11 Virginia Tech (4-0) (Lane Stadium – Blacksburg, VA) 6:00 PM ET – ESPN
Clemson is off to their best start in four years with back-to-back wins over #21 Auburn and #11 Florida State but all four wins have been in Death Valley. Sophomore quarterback Tajh Boyd (1,255 yds, 66.2% comp, 13 TDs, & 1 Int) and freshman wide receiver Sammy Watkins (28 rec, 433 yds, 6 TDs) have played a huge role in the Tigers’ impressive start. However, the Tigers are a dismal 3-7 on the road the last two seasons and Lane Stadium isn’t the easiest place to play – we’ll see if Clemson is for real on Saturday night.
#3 Alabama (4-0) @ #12 Florida (4-0) (The Swamp – Gainesville, FL) 8:00 PM ET – CBS
Alabama is coming off a 38-14 thumping of Arkansas thanks in-part to 17 carries for 126 yards, three receptions for 85 yards and 1 touchdown for Trent Richardson. The Gators have been progressing nicely under Will Muschamp (and Charlie Weis) with both the offense and defense ranked in the top 15 in scoring. Florida running back Chris Rainey still leads the team in rushing (411 yards, 2 TDs) and receiving (214 yds, 2 TDs) and could give the Tide some trouble Saturday night. This should be Bama’s toughest test yet especially considering that this is the first time in 8 years that the Gators have been underdogs in the Swamp (HT KegsnEggs).
#8 Nebraska (4-0) @ #7 Wisconsin (4-0) (Camp Randall Stadium – Madison, WI) 8:00 PM ET – ABC
These two have racked up wins against Chattanooga, Fresno State, Washington, Wyoming, UNLV, Oregon State, Northern Illinois and South Dakota – not exactly murderer’s row. Wisconsin quarterback Russell Wilson has Badgers fans thinking national championship but I’m not sold on their defense just yet. You know the Cornhuskers will be fired up for their inaugural Big Ten trip to Camp Randall – we’ll see if Taylor Martinez and Nebraska can give the Badger defense any trouble. An interesting note: 30,000 Nebraska fans are expected in Madison this weekend – that’s ridiculous.
English Premier League:
-Sunday Oct. 2nd
Arsenal (2-1-3 – 7 pts) @ Tottenham (3-0-2 – 9 pts) (White Hart Lane – London, England) 11:00 AM ET – FSC
The Spurs sit two points ahead of the Gunners despite playing one less match to start the campaign. Last week Tottenham beat Wigan 2-1 after destroying Liverpool 4-0 the week before. Arsenal has managed to win three straight matches (EPL, CL, & Carling Cup) including a 3-0 defeat of Bolton last week perhaps gaining some confidence and momentum. Injuries are a concern for the Gunners – when aren’t they? – with Jack Wilshere, Thomas Vermaelen, Theo Walcott, Gervinho, Laurent Koscielny and others dealing with various ailments so we’ll see who plays on Sunday. The North London Derby began in 1913 and is one of the best rivalries in the Premier League with the clubs separated by less than five miles – I might actually get up to watch this one live.
What are you watching this weekend?