So you want to watch some sports this week but don’t know what you should keep your eye on? Well here is the Sports To Watch Series!
Every Tuesday, you will get the top five things (not in any particular order) you should keep an eye on for the next six to seven days.
Without Further delay, here are the top five things to watch from September 1st to September 7th.
- Jim Harbaugh’s Debut vs Utah
Time: Thursday, September 3rd at 7p.m.
Channel: Fox Sports 1
This game should be exciting for multiple reasons. First and foremost it is by far the biggest game to open the season. Secondly it is the genesis of the Harbaugh Era at Michigan. Finally we will see if Jim Harbaugh can bring the Maize N’ Blue back to prominence and see if his former success at San Diego St., Stanford and San Francisco will continue with his alma mater. Utah is coming into the game feeling disrespected as most of the talk has been about Michigan and they should rightfully feel so. Utah comes off a season in which they finished a 9-4 season by winning the Las Vegas Bowl against Colorado State. But Michigan will get a majority of the publicity because of the fact that they are in the same boat they were when Brady Hoke took helm of the team: he had junior starters and managed to take the team to a New Years Bowl and win it. Harbaugh is coming into the season with a NFL- caliber style and if he is able to make a quick turn around at Michigan, expect the Big Ten to get very interesting.
2. TCU begins their run for a national championship at Minnesota
Time: Thursday September 3rd at 9p.m.
Channel: ESPN and WatchESPN
If you aren’t going to watch the Michigan v. Utah game or don’t want to see one blowout the other, then this game is for you. This game is going to be interesting as Minnesota is a dark horse in the Big Ten to get to the Conference championship, so seeing how they fair after losing star Tight End Maxx Williams to the draft will be a treat. On the other side, TCU is coming into this season molten hot after getting snubbed for the first college football playoff and demolishing SEC favorite Ole Miss in the Peach Bowl, 42-3. TCU should be interesting to see as they lost 5 starters, most of them on the defensive side. But with potential Heisman favorite quarterback Treyvonne Boykin at the helm, expect this game to be the opening salvo the Horned Frogs fire at the Playoff Committee.
3. UFC 191: Johnson vs Dodson 2
Time: Saturday, September 5th at 8p.m. (PPV portion starts at 10p.m.)
Channel: Prelims on Fox Sports 1; Main Card on PPV
Despite what people will say about the star power of UFC Flyweight Demetrious Johnson, the guy is hands down one of the best fighters in the company to wear gold around his waist. He will face his long-time rival in John Dodson, a man that most people will argue gave Johnson the toughest fight he has ever had as champion 2 years ago. The Co-Main event of the card is a Heavyweight fight that shouldn’t be missed when #10 Frank Mir faces off against #4 Andrei Arlovski. Mir and Arlovski are both coming off big wins, with Arlovski coming off a win that could go down as the greatest first round knockout of 2015 over Travis Browne.
4. The first full saturday of College Football with it ending with Alabama V. Wisconsin in Dallas
Time: All day Saturday, September 5th (Alabama v. Wisconsin at 8p.m.)
Channel: ABC, NBC, CBS and ESPN Networks (Alabama v. Wisconsin on ABC and WatchESPN)
Fellow football fans rejoice! Football is back! Well, college at least. But all jovial praises aside, football is back as we come off 2 days of college football to our first full Saturday, which means getting up early, tailgating, watching ESPN College Gameday and enjoying football brunch( hotdogs, ribs and burgers for breakfast). Some of the biggest games are Notre Dame v. Texas, as the golden homers try to make a move to supremacy against a Texas team that wants to be a threat in the Big 12. We also have Northwestern v. Stanford, as both teams try to make some noise in the Big Ten and Pac 12. There is also Louisville v. Auburn, as the Cardinals look to make a move in the ACC, while Auburn looks to show why they are the favorite in the SEC. Finally there Arizona St. taking on Texas A&M with both teams trying to gain a big win for consideration in the college football playoff.
The big game of the day is Alabama vs Wisconsin in the Advocare Classic at AT&T Stadium. This is the 7th game in the series, with Alabama coming back after winning in this opening game three years ago against Michigan. This game is important for multiple reasons: the first being that Alabama wants to get off to a hot start after being embarrassed by Ohio State in the semifinal of the 2015 College Football Playoff. The second is because if Wisconsin wins, it would the second win in a row against an SEC opponent, as the Badgers beat the Auburn Tigers in the Outback Bowl last year. Finally, this game is important due to the implications this game has on the pecking order of power five conferences. If Wisconsin beats Alabama, it would mean that the Big Ten has beaten the top team in the SEC not once, but twice. Can the Badgers put the Big Ten back in supremacy talks or will Alabama quiet those rumors?
5. Ohio State faces its first big challenge in a matchup vs Virginia Tech
Time: Monday, September 7th at 8p.m.
Ohio State, the champion of last year comes into the new season facing by far its biggest challenge. They take their high powered offense into Blacksburg, Virginia to take on the team that is favorited to win the ACC in Virginia Tech. While Virginia Tech doesn’t seem like much of a challenge against the Buckeyes, remember that in Ohio State’s run to the national championship, the only team to beat them last season was Virginia Tech. Va Tech has an extremely dangerous defense that can not be trifled with. Ohio State prides itself on moving the ball through the air, and that will be difficult against that stout secondary of the Hokies. Ohio State also faces the difficulty of not picking a true starter at quarterback, and the fact that they are coming into the season with multiple players either out due to injury or due to suspension. If you are a Buckeye fan and thought this game would be a cakewalk, be careful because the first week of the college football season might end with the number one team falling, and hard.
Well those are the top 5 of this week, enjoy the sports and remember to come back next Tuesday to see what you should be checking out for next week!