Your weekend viewing guide - The best games of the weekend and why you should watch.
The Triple-Dub: October 28th-29th
-Friday Oct. 28th
BYU Cougars (6-2) vs TCU Horned Frogs (5-2) (Cowboys Stadium – Arlington, TX) 8:00 PM ET – ESPN
I was surprised to see BYU is 6-2 (it certainly doesn’t seem like it) but they’ve won five straight after the 1-2 start. TCU has looked better since the overtime loss to SMU, handling San Diego State and absolutely destroying New Mexico last week. Friday night at Jerry’s World should give us a pretty good idea of where both teams are after shaky starts to the season – TCU got lit up by Baylor and BYU was embarrassed by Utah. The bad news for the Cougars is that they are nearly two touchdown underdogs and have lost the last three games against TCU by a combined score of 101-17. BYU fans have been quick to jump off the Jake Heaps bandwagon and onto Riley Nelson’s – it should be interesting to see how he performs against the Horned Frog defense.
-Saturday Oct. 29th
#9 Oklahoma Sooners (6-1) @ #8 Kansas State Wildcats (7-0) (Bill Snyder Family Stadium – Manhattan, KS) 3:30 PM ET – ESPN
This was supposed to be the game Oklahoma might stumble in but instead they decided to do it last week against Texas Tech. Kansas State is quietly undefeated thanks to Bill Snyder but will face a tough finish to the season starting this weekend. The Sooners figure to be fired up and will be looking to bounce back after last week’s flop but don’t expect the Wildcats to make it easy for them. How well will Stoops’ team play and will they start to panic if Kansas State keeps it close into the second half?
#22 Georgia Bulldogs (5-2) vs Florida Gators (4-3) (EverBank Field- Jacksonville, FL) 3:30 PM ET – CBS
The Bulldogs have won five straight after the 0-2 start and are in contention to win the SEC East but this is pretty much a must win for Mark Richt. Georgia’s head coach is an abysmal 2-8 in The World’s Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party games against Florida. A win would put them in great position to win the East if South Carolina slips up but if the favored Bulldogs don’t win, the fan base will be calling for Richt’s head. Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray will also be out to redeem himself after throwing three interceptions in the game last year including one in overtime. Florida has lost three straight (to Bama, LSU & Auburn) without injured quarterback John Brantley but he’s expected to be back and start on Saturday. I’m looking forward to watching the Gators defense against Murray and freshman running back Isaiah Crowell who are helping the Bulldogs to score 32.3 points per game. An interesting side note is that Florida head coach Will Muschamp is a Georgia alum.
#6 Stanford Cardinal (7-0) @ USC Trojans (6-1) (Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum – Los Angeles, CA) 8:00 PM ET – ABC/ESPN 3
Washington was supposed to be Stanford’s first real test of the season last week but we all seemed to forget that
the Huskies Nick Holt’s defense had to slow down Andrew Luck and the Cardinal’s mauling offensive line – whoops. Provided USC doesn’t revert back to their early season form, they should give Stanford their first real challenge on Saturday night. Matt Barkley and the Trojan offense were firing on all cylinders last week against Notre Dame gaining 224 yards through the air and rushing for a surprising 219 yards. The problem for USC will be stopping or even slowing down Andrew Luck and Stanford’s offense. The good news is that the Trojan defense actually looked semi-decent forcing three turnovers against the Irish. Will USC be able to build on the momentum from last week or will Stanford keep rolling like have been all season? This should be a good one on Saturday night.
English Premier League:
-Saturday Oct. 29th
Arsenal (4-1-4 – 13 pts) @ Chelsea (6-1-2 – 19 pts) (Stamford Bridge – London, England) 7:45 AM ET – ESPN2
After the horrendous start, Arsenal has won three of their last for Premier League matches and should even have a chance to finish in the top four. Robin van Persie and Gervinho are playing well together and the defense has has been good enough. Meanwhile, Chelsea’s 1-0 loss to QPR last week ended a three game winning streak but the Blues are an obvious title contender. Fernando Torres should be back for the after a three game suspension for his red card against Swansea in September. Saturday’s match should give us an idea of how far Arsenal has come since August and if they’re a true contender this season.
What are you watching this weekend?