Your weekend viewing guide - The best games of the weekend and why you should watch.
The Triple-Dub: October 22nd-23rd
-Saturday Oct. 22nd
Air Force Falcons (3-3) @ #5 Boise State Broncos (6-0) (Bronco Stadium – Boise, ID) 3:30 PM ET – Versus
Despite Air Force’s somewhat disappointing start to the season I’m really excited to watch this game. The Bronco D-line gets some help with the return of DT Ricky Tjong-A-Tjoe but it will be interesting to see how the defense handle’s Air Force’s zone based offense. Boise State’s defense is very aggressive and likes to get after the quarterback which could play right into the Falcons’ hands if they can’t stick to their assignments. On the other side of the ball, Kellen Moore and Doug Martin should put up excellent numbers against a banged up Falcons defense that ranks 103rd in total defense and 111th in scoring defense. I’m not sure their defense is good enough to pull off the upset but quarterback Tim Jefferson and the Air Force offense should score some points on the Bronco defense Saturday afternoon.
USC Trojans (5-1) @ Notre Dame Fighting Irish (4-2) (Notre Dame Stadium – South Bend, IN) 7:30 PM ET – NBC
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You would think with these records and their storied traditions one if not both teams would be ranked but neither team deserves to be ranked at this point in the season (nice job voters). Anyway, these two teams have been playing each other since 1926 and is one of the best rivalries in college football. The teams evenly matched statistically but the Trojans have a slight advantage in turnover margin -.33 to -1.17. Both teams have good quarterbacks – Matt Barkley (USC) & Tommy Rees (ND) – great wide receivers – Robert Woods (USC) & Michael Floyd (ND) – but the Irish seem to have the advantage at running back with Cierre Wood. Notre Dame is a nine point favorite but I’m not really sure what to expect – I could see the Irish winning by a couple touchdowns or USC winning a close one. Regardless, it should be a pretty good game under the lights in South Bend.
#6 Wisconsin Badgers (6-0) @ #16 Michigan State Spartans (5-1) (Spartan Stadium – Lansing, MI) 8:00 PM ET – ESPN
Neither team has played a particularly tough schedule so far this season – the Badgers’ best win was against Nebraska and the Spartans best was against Michigan last week – but should test each other on Saturday. The Badgers have added a completely different dimension to their offense with quarterback Russell Wilson but the Michigan State defense should provide their toughest competition of the season. It might take a couple possessions but I think eventually the Badgers offense will get going against the Spartan’s defense so Kirk Cousins and the offense better start well for them to have a chance in this one. Michigan State’s standout defensive end William Gholston will miss the game after punching a Michigan lineman last week – we’ll see how much of an impact this has on Saturday night.
#25 Washington Huskies (5-1) @ #8 Stanford Cardinal (6-0) (Stanford Stadium – Palo Alto, CA) 8:00 PM ET – ABC/ESPN3
Andrew Luck and the Cardinal have been rolling along, taking care of the bottom half of the Pac-12 but things should get tougher starting this weekend. The Huskies have been pleasant surprise starting 3-0 in the conference and have looked good to start the post-Locker era. Both teams play a physical brand of football but Stanford is one of the most physical teams in the country – we’ll see if Washington can match their physicality for four quarters. The Cardinal have started slow all season in the first half but have blown everyone out in the second half. We’ll find out if Washington is a true Pac-12 North contender and/or if Stanford is the real deal.
English Premier League:
-Sunday Oct. 23rd
Manchester United (6-2-0 – 20 pts) @ Manchester City (7-1-0 – 22 pts) (City of Manchester Stadium – Manchester, England) 8:30 AM ET – FSC
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Sunday’s clash between cross town rivals also happens to be between the top two teams in the League. City has only allowed one goal at home this year while United has two wins and two draws in four matches away from Old Trafford. Since this is better than anything I could conjure – read EPL Talk’s 5 Things to Look for in the Manchester Derby. I’m setting my DVR right now, seriously.
What are you watching this weekend?