Sports To Watch: Sept. 29 – Oct. 6

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!

This weekend we enter the second quarter of an exciting college football season, end the first of a confusing NFL season, and prepare as a fight goes big!

1. Two AFC North rivals face-off as both look to keep their seasons alive

Mitch Stringer- USA TODAY Sports
Mitch Stringer- USA TODAY Sports

Time: Thursday, October 1 at 8:30p.m.

Channel: CBS/ NFL Network

This game could be the lynch pin as to what happens in the AFC North. Pittsburgh and Baltimore both loss last week, despite what both of their records say. Baltimore is winless on the season, and without Terrell Suggs, this team looks lost in the water. And despite the Steelers being 2-1, the Black and Yellow Brigade is without their franchise quarterback Ben Roethlisberger for multiple weeks. While Cincinnati is climbing with an undefeated record, both of these teams look to make a statement in the division with a win over the other. For both of them, it might be their last chance at the playoffs.

2. The UFC kicks off its “Go Big” Campaign with a battle in HoustonUFC-192-Cormier-vs-Gustafsson-750

Time: Saturday, October 3 at 8:00p.m. (main event starts at 10p.m.)

Channel: Prelims on Fox Sports 1, Main Event on Pay-Per-View

This event is, coincidentally, big. The prelims have two big fights as Joseph Benavidez takes on Ali Bagautinov in a Flyweight bout and Rose Namajunas looks to climb the women’s Strawweight charts with a bout against Angela Hill.

The Main event, however has four multiple championship implication fights. First, Jessica Eye looks to rebound from her loss to Miesha Tate against Julianna Pena, who wants a shot at the upper echelon in the Women’s Bantamweight division. Also Johny Hendricks takes on Tyron Woodley as both look to be the next in line for a championship in the brutal Welterweight division. We also have two Light Heavyweight fights that could change-up the division. First Ryan Bader takes on Rashad Evans, as both look to make a statement coming up. Finally Daniel Cormier defends his Light Heavyweight championship against Alexander Gustafsson. Can Cormier prove his reign isn’t a paper reign or will “The Mauler” prove that there is more to him than his loss to Jon Jones, who is closer to returning than most people thought? A lot could be decided tonight, leading toward an excellent future in the UFC.

Harry How Getty Images
Photo Courtesy of Harry How/Getty Images

3. Week 5 of the College Football Season highlights some big primetime games

Time: Saturday, October 3 from 3:30p.m. to 8:00p.m.

Channel: ABC, ESPN, ESPN2, Big Ten Network, Fox, Fox Sports 1

This week is going to be filled with great football games. Our big early games are directly from the Big 12, as TCU takes on in-state rival Texas and West Virginia travels to Oklahoma for a Big 12 battle to be remembered.

But our biggest games happen later in the day. First Texas Tech looks to bounce back from last weeks loss and knock off an explosive #5 Baylor Bears team that wants the Big 12 crown. We then have a SEC battle as #8 Georgia looks to hand #13 Alabama its second loss of the season and plummet them from any Championship aspirations.

We then take our gaze and look at 5 big primetime games. First #3 Ole Miss looks to continue itself SEC dominance by beating #25 Florida in the swamp. We then have #14 Texas A&M taking on #21 Mississippi State as both look to climb the SEC ladder. Go further west, we have Arizona State, coming off a big loss to USC taking on #7 UCLA, who behind freshman QB Josh Rosen, look unbeatable. We then go to the south as #6 Notre Dame looks to hold itself together as they take on #12 Clemson in an ACC matchup. Finally, we have a #22 ranked Michigan (Yes Michigan) going into Maryland and taking on the Terrapins in the first in-conference game in the Jim Harbaugh Era.

4. Week 4 of the National Football League ends its Sunday night with two teams in need of a winsaints-vs-cowboys

Time: Sunday, October 4 from 9a.m. to 8:30p.m.

Channel: Fox, CBS, NBC (London game on CBS, SNF on NBC)

Well this is interesting. Four weeks into the new season and a lot of teams look different. Multiple teams with no wins, Arizona, Green Bay, Cincinnati and New England are on top. This week has a boat load of great matchups, starting with a AFC East rivalry taking place across the pond in London as the New York Jets take on the Miami Dolphins in the first International game of the season. We also have a in-state game as the New York Giants look to gain their second win against the vaunted Buffalo Bills. We also have the Oakland Raiders taking on a Chicago Bears team that is searching for a win of some kind and hope that a trip to the Black Hole will get them that. Our final game of the day has the 0-3 New Orleans Saints taking on the Dallas Cowboys. Will Dallas prove they can win without Dez Bryant and Tony Romo, or will the Who Dat Nation finally get a win, even without Drew Brees at the helm?

5. The Detroit Lions look to shock the world as they take on the Seattle Seahawks

 AP Photo by Rick Osentoski
AP Photo by Rick Osentoski

Time: Monday, October 5 at 8:30p.m.

Channel: ESPN

Now, I know a lot of you all are going to call me a homer for thinking that the Detroit Lions have any resemblance of a chance in this game. And if we are going off the last three games, you would be absolutely right. But if we look at this game, it’s not so far-fetched to see the either team lose this game. Seattle just came off being winless and was gifted a Chicago Bears team with no receivers, a defense that is abysmal, and Jimmy Clausen. Detroit comes in with a healthy receiving core, and the hope that DeAndre Levy, the much-needed heart of the Lions defense, will be returning for this needed game. We also have to look at the fact that one of Seattle’s biggest weapons, Marshawn Lynch, is possibly out of this game. So lets look at it like this: Detroit has its back against the wall going up against a Seattle team that beat a worthless Chicago team and might not have Beast Mode. Sounds like something I’d watch.

Well those are my things to watch this week! Enjoy the sports and be sure to check back here next week for my first quarter review of the NFL season.

 

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