Sports to Watch: Sept. 8 – Sept. 14

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!

Now while this week is an absolute explosion of football, that isn’t the only major thing happening in the sports world. Lets look at the top five events happening over the next seven days!

  1. The Williams Sisters face-off in the U.S. Open

    Pictured courtesy of Getty Images
    Pictured courtesy of Getty Images

Channel: ESPN

Time: September 8th at 7p.m.

Now while I’m not the biggest tennis fan, I can’t overlook great matchup, especially when its between Venus and Serena Williams. This matchup has a combined 13 grand slams between them, and a multitude of championships as well. But this matchup has a extra caveat as Venus looks to be the only person capable of stopping the tennis powerhouse that is her sister Serena. But does she want to play spoiler and stop her sister Serena from completing the “Calendar Slam”? This shall be a matchup that will define their rivalry, and I can’t wait to see who comes out as the victor.

2. Michigan State takes on Oregon in a top 10 matchup to end the second week of College Football

Chris Pietsch /Associated Press
Chris Pietsch /Associated Press

 

Channel: ESPN, Fox, Fox Sports 1, CBS and ABC(MSU v. Oregon on ABC)

Time: Friday, Sept. 11 at 8p.m. and Saturday Sept. 12 from noon to 11p.m. (MSU v. Oregon at 8p.m.)

Last weekend had one of the best opening college football weekends we have ever seen. This weekend should be no different. Some of the games that highlight this week are a few rivalry games. The first is a in-state battle as Utah State takes on Utah, who is coming off the huge win against Michigan. . Also we have Notre Dame v. Virginia and an SEC matchup as Georgia plays at Vanderbilt. But the big games are between the Big Ten v. the Pac 12, or rather the state of Michigan v. the state of Oregon as Michigan plays its first home game in the Harbaugh Era against Oregon State and Michigan State plays the high powered Oregon Ducks in the primetime game. The latter is the first big top ten matchup and could be a deciding factor into the college football playoff.

3. Tom Brady returns to the Pats as they kickoff the season against the Pittsburgh Steelers

Jared Wickerham of Getty Images
Jared Wickerham of Getty Images

 

Time: Thursday, September 10th at 8:30p.m.

Channel: NBC

Now originally I had this matchup as the second best thing happening this week, but after the whole Deflate-Gate incident, I could care less about anything involving the Patriots. I get the feeling that a majority of this game while focus on the controversy, which at this point no fan cares about because they hear it on every sports news broadcast. But to the game, I get the feeling that Pittsburgh feels disrespected as they haven’t been mentioned in the matchup. Now while this should be a good game, I get the feeling it will be bogged down by the controversy.

4. The Ultimate Fighter: Team McGregor vs Team Faber

Courtesy of UFC
Courtesy of UFC

 

Time: Premieres Sept. 9 at 9p.m.(every week on Wednesday at 9p.m.)

Channel: Fox Sports 1

This might be the second highest watched season since the Ronda Rousey/Meisha Tate season. Conor McGregor alone is enough to sell the show, but the fact that Urijah Faber is going to be coaching will make the show even more interesting. This season it is two teams of lightweights, with Conor and Urijah coaching a European Team(Mcgregor) against a American Team(Faber). This season will also be interesting as during this season, both fighters will be training for huge fights later this year at UFC 194 as Conor faces off with Jose Aldo for the unified UFC Featherweight Championship and Faber goes up against Frankie Saenz.

5. The NFL returns with some of the best kickoff matchup’s. 

Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images
Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images

 

Time: Sunday, September 13 from 1p.m. to 8p.m. and Monday, September 14 from 6:30p.m. to 12a.m.

Channel: Fox, CBS, NBC and ESPN(Monday Night Football)

Are you ready for some football? Finally, the NFL regular season has come back and week one starts off with some great matchup’s. After the kickoff game on Thursday, we start with a NFC North rivalry game when Green Bay faces off against Chicago. We also will see how the Carolina Panthers deal with life without Kelvin Benjamin as they take on Jacksonville Jaguars, and how well St. Louis looks against reigning NFC Champion Seattle.

The second slate of games features the Detroit Lions taking on the San Diego Chargers, two teams who look to take over their division and will look to start off with a win for their current campaign. The second biggest matchup is between Tennessee and Tampa Bay as we will see the top two quarterbacks from the 2015 NFL Draft in Marcus Mariota and Jameis Winston face-off for the second time this year as Mariota won the first game against Winston when the played in the semifinal of the College Football Playoff. We will also see Baltimore go back up to Colorado and play against Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos. These two teams will be gunning to prove they deserve to be in the SuperBowl conversation and can do it with a win over each other. Finally, look at the picture for this number. Dallas v. New York Giants will be the biggest game as Dallas looks to gain revenge on the Giants. Now your probably thinking, “what could they want revenge for, they won the game last year?” But remember that the win was overshadowed by the catch of the year as Odell Beckham Jr. made one of the biggest catches possible and against the teams biggest rival. Will Dallas gain revenge and silence some of their critics or will New York prove that Dallas’ magical season was nothing more than a fluke?

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!

 

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