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This week we get the beginning of the MLB postseason, big college football matchups, and a return to the ice. Here are the top five events you need to watch this week!
Time: Thursday, October 8 at 9p.m.
While I don’t expect Washington to be gangbusters, this game is going to be tough for the Trojans. USC needs to prove something after winning against Arizona State. The loss against Stanford hurt the team and a in-conference win is going to help them out, especially after UCLA lost last weekend. For Washington, they look to make a move in the Pac-12 while also handing USC their second loss of the season.
2. The 2015-16 season kicks off with an opening week cavalcade of great matchups.
Time: Wednesday, October 7 – Monday, October 12
Channel: Fox Sports, NBCSN, TSN
It’s that time again! The weather outside is getting more bitter and that means that hockey is coming back into the limelight. This year multiple teams look to win the Stanley Cup after the Chicago Blackhawks won the cup last year. On the first day of the season, Chicago opens the season against the New York Rangers, in what could be an Original Six matchup that could be a preview of this years Stanley Cup final. The rest of the week features Philadelphia taking on Tampa Bay in a matchup of two of the best Eastern Conference teams, the Toronto Maple Leafs taking on my Detroit Red Wings in an Original Six rivalry that is sure to thrill going into the weekend. This opening week has some great matchups and if you love hockey, this is a week to watch.
3. The MLB Postseason kicks off with two great Wild Card games and a divisional series
Time:Tuesday, October 6 and Wednesday, October 7 at 8p.m. Thursday, October 8 at TBD
Channel: ESPN (on 10/6), TBS (on 10/7), and FS1 (on 10/8)
The MLB postseason kicks off this week with two great matchups. While it doesn’t feel whole because preseason favorites aren’t apart of the postseason hunt, this postseason is definitely going to be on that could turn heads. First Houston, a team that snuck into the playoffs, takes on the New York Yankees, a team that hasn’t been to the playoffs in the last four years. Can Houston shock the world, or will New York win to symbolize that the Bronx Bombers are back?
The second game is a divisional rivalry as the Chicago Cubs, yes the Cubs, take on the Pittsburgh Pirates. Both teams are putting their aces on the mound as they look to not only beat a divisional rival, but earn the right to take on their other rival in the St. Louis Cardinals.
Finally, the Texas Rangers take on the Toronto Blue Jays in a divisional matchup. Can the Texas Rangers get hot away from home or will the Blue Jays start “running through the six” towards a playoff victory?
Time: Saturday, October 10 from 12p.m. to 10p.m.
Channel: ABC, Big Ten Network, Fox Sports 1
This weekends matchups are going to define the season as I consider this week to be the trap week for a lot of teams. First #1 Ohio State takes on Maryland, which a lot of people don’t consider a close game, but after barely beating Indiana last week, the Buckeyes should be weary.
Next Georgia Tech takes on Clemson, as the Tigers looks to tighten its chokehold on the ACC. Georgia Tech shouldn’t be taken lightly, and Clemson should watch out for the sting of the Yellow Jackets as it could drop the ACC out of any chance of getting to the College Football Playoff.
Next is the game I consider the game of the week, as the two best teams in the Big Ten as Northwestern takes on Michigan in the Big House. Both of these teams have top 5 defenses and it could come down to a lucky play like it did a few years ago when Michigan won on a sliding field goal. The winner of this game could be the team that represents the Big Ten in the national title picture.
Later in the night, we have another ACC matchup as Miami, coming off of a loss to Louisville takes on #12 Florida State. Miami could catch-up in the conference race if they beat the Seminoles in Tallahassee but beat the ‘Noles is no easy task.
Finally, Utah takes on California in a late night game that is sure to excite. Utah plays better than most teams at home and their defense is even harder to beat when the sea of red is active. But quarterback Jared Geoff looks unstoppable as he leads the Golden Bears into Salt Lake. Can the Utes defense prove too formidable or will Geoff increase his draft stock by beating the top 5 Utes defense?
Time: Sunday, October 11 and Monday, October 12
Channel: ESPN, CBS, NBC, FOX
While I’m not in a mood to talk about the NFL after week four’s debacle in the Seattle v. Detroit game, next week has some good games. First Seattle takes on Cincinnati, where we will see the Legion of Boom take on Calvin Johnson’s protegé’ in A.J. Green. Can the Seahawks heal up after Detroit threw everything at them, and take on an undefeated Bengals team looking to prove they are legit. Next we have New Orleans taking on Philadelphia in the city of brotherly love as both teams look to gain a second win in their respective divisions. Can Philly right the ship against the “Who Dat” nation or was last weeks win v. Dallas a sign that New Orleans is going to make a deep run?
Next we have the 3-1 Arizona Cardinals going to Detroit to take on the winless Lions. Now while this doesn’t look like a winnable game for the Lions, remember that this defense held a powerful Seattle team to 13 points and short of a bad call, would have won the game. Arizona is coming off a loss where it was shown that their run defense isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. Finally we have San Diego taking on Pittsburgh in a Monday Night game which should be exciting. While the Steelers don’t get Big Ben back, they will get Maitavius Bryant back which could spell trouble for the SuperChargers. Can Phillip Rivers keep his San Diego team in the AFC West title hunt or will Pittsburgh and the terrible towel rain down on San Diego?
Well those are my top five sporting events that are going down this week! Come back next week to see what the top five will be next time on Sports To Watch!