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. 2nd-5th
Chances are you don’t need any extra reasons to watch this weekend – we’ve already been waiting 234 days – but in case you do, here you go!
-Friday Sept. 2nd
#14 TCU Horned Frogs (0-0) @ Baylor Bears (0-0) (Floyd Casey Stadium – Waco, TX) 8:00 PM ET – ESPN
Photo via madduxsports.com
Quarterback Casey Pachall takes over for the departed Andy Dalton in what should be a fairly difficult first start for the sophomore. On the other side of the ball, TCU’s re-built defense with only a handful of returning starters should be tested by Baylor’s athletic quarterback Robert Griffin. I think TCU’s defense – anchored by linebackers Tank Carder and Tanner Brock – will be just enough to slow down the Bears on Friday night.
-Saturday Sept. 3rd
#3 Oregon Ducks (0-0) vs #4 LSU Tigers (0-0) (Cowboys Stadium – Arlington, TX) 8:00 PM ET – ABC
If you’re a college football fan you’ve probably known about this game for months matching Oregon’s speedy offense against LSU’s nasty defense. The Ducks struggled with Auburn’s D-line in the BCS Championship Game last year and the Tigers could give them similar problems in the opener. The match-up on the other side of the ball should be interesting too – LSU is without starting QB Jordan Jefferson and WR Russell Shepard (both suspended) which should make Les’ offense even more interesting and Oregon is without star CB/PR Cliff Harris. Aside from LaMichael James, keep your eye on Oregon freshmen running back DeAnthony Thomas and tight end Colt Lyerla – I’m not sure how much either will play but they’ve both reportedly been killing it in practice. I’m rooting for the Ducks but expect it to be a close, hard fought game.
#5 Boise State Broncos (0-0) @ #19 Georgia Bulldogs (0-0) (Georgia Dome – Atlanta, GA) 8:00 PM ET – ESPN
Photo via obnug.com
Why ESPN/Disney scheduled these two games at the same time is beyond me.. I had to get my splitter out so I can watch them simultaneously. Anyway, the Broncos head deep into SEC country to take-on Mark Richt’s rejuvenated Bulldogs. The Boise State offense has a few question marks at wide receiver meaning Kellen Moore – with help from running back Doug Martin – will need to be sharp from the start. Georgia QB Aaron Murray is too talented not to have some success but he should have his hands full with the Bronco defense (especially the D-line). That said, the Boise State defense will need to limit Murray’s ability to scramble and better know where dynamic TE Orson Charles is at all times. The Bulldog’s biggest advantage is in the kicking game with perhaps the best kicker-punter duo in the country with Blair Walsh and Drew Butler. Here’s a more comprehensive preview with a prediction.
-Monday Sept. 5th
Miami Hurricanes (0-0) @ Maryland Terrapins (0-0) (Byrd Stadium – College Park Maryland)
Honestly, this one could be a snoozer – Miami will be without eight players including quarterback Jacory Harris, Maryland has perhaps the worst unis ever, and both teams have new head coaches Randy Edsall at Maryland and Al Golden at Miami. Who am I kidding – there’s no doubt I’ll be watching on Monday night. COLLEGE FOOTBALL IS BACK!!!!
-Friday Sept. 2nd
Costa Rica @ United States – International Friendly – (The Home Depot Center – Carson, CA) 11:00 PM ET – ESPN2
Jurgen Klinsmann’s second game in-charge of the U.S. National Team should result in some exciting, attack minded-soccer. The team should look more comfortable in Klinsmann’s system now and Landon Donovan might be playing the traditional No. 10 position behind the striker(s) which I would love to see. Here are a bunch of notes from US Soccer about the roster, coaches and more. I’m just excited to see how the team is coming along under Klinsmann’s guidance – sounds like it should be entertaining.
English Premier League:
Sorry, no games this weekend as the players are on an international break.
What are you watching this weekend?