Sports to Watch: October 13 – October 20

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 week we have multiple college inter-state rivalries, some wild NFL games a big match-up in the baseball postseason, and the NHL season keeps firing on all cylinders in the early beginnings of the season.

1. Two California teams duke it out for Pac-12 supremacy to kickoff Week seven of the college football seasonhttp---ci-platform.silverchalice.co-v3-images-contents-561c934fe4b0d603f1db2348

Time: Thursday, October 15 at 10:30p.m.

Channel: ESPN

This game in the Pac-12 is big for multiple reasons. First UCLA is looking to bounce back after losing big to Arizona State 38-23 on their home field. They now look to do this against a tough Stanford team, who are undefeated in conference play. Can Josh Rosen prove he isn’t a flash in the pan or will Kevin Hogan and the Cardinals establish their dominance in the Pac-12?

2. The Race to Lord Stanley Continues with multiple playoff-caliber teams facing each otherabs100915_672

Time: Thursday, October 15 – Sunday, October 18

Channel: NHL Network, Local Fox Sports Channels, CBC

The second week of the NHL season has already had some great matches played and this week will be no different. There are a ton of great games to choose from, such as Minnesota taking on the Los Angeles Kings or the Buffalo Sabres taking on the reigning NHL Eastern Conference Champions Tampa Bay Lightning. You also have the Detroit Red Wings taking on the Montreal Canadiens and the Chicago Blackhawks taking on the Colombus Blue Jackets. All in all, this a great week of hockey, as the quest for the Stanley Cup reaches its second week.

3. The American League Championship kicks off with an all-blue match-up.

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Time: Friday, October 16 at 8p.m. and Saturday, October 17 at 4p.m.

Channel: Fox and Fox Sports 1

This is going to be a great match-up. Both teams are coming off of game 5 wins that were monumental. Toronto is coming off an emotional win vs the Texas Rangers and are looking to continue to win. Kansas City is coming off a highly emotional win against Houston. Which team will strike first towards the World Series?

4. Lets not kid ourselves, the biggest event this week is Little Brother vs. Big Brother11735959-standard

Time: Saturday, October 17 at 3:30p.m.

Channel: ESPN

We could bring up how Alabama looks to climb back into the top 5 by beating #9 Texas A&M in Texas A&M’s backyard. We could also bring up the fact that #19 Oklahoma looks to rebound after a horrible loss to Texas by going up against Kansas State, a team that came 14 points shy of beating #2 TCU. Or even the huge match-ups that take place later that day.

But come on, we all know what the big game is Saturday.

Michigan. Michigan State. Big Brother v. Little Brother. Harbaugh vs Dantonio.

At the beginning of the season, there is no way you could have convinced me that in the seventh week of the season, the wolverines would be a favorite to not only beat the spartans, but possibly win the Big Ten. Looks like had you told me that, I could have also been fooled into investing in Donald Trump’s politics.

But Michigan is back, and a lot sooner than we all thought. Can the Wolverines cement their first year in the Harbaugh Era by beating in-state rival Michigan State? This game is going to be one for the ages and you can bet that it is going to have MAJOR repercussions on the College Football Playoff.

5. The NFL ends its sixth week with an AFC Championship rematchbraluck

Time: Sunday, October 18

Channel: NFL Network, FOX, CBS, NBC

This week is full of great games for any fan to enjoy. First, red-hot Arizona takes on the Pittsburgh Steelers in the Big Ketchup Bottle, Heinz Field. Can the Cards steal a win from the Steel Curtain? We also have Detroit v. Chicago in a NFC North rivalry game. Can the Chicago Bears climb higher in the division or will the Lions finally secure their first win and keep their winning streak against the Bears alive?

Later in the day, we have the second biggest game as the Carolina Panthers take on the Seattle Seahawks in Seattle. These two met last year in the NFC Divisional Playoffs, will history repeat itself or will Cam Newton finally get a win over the Seahawks?

Finally, the big game of the week is the undefeated Super Bowl champion New England Patriots take on the Indianapolis Colts. Will New England keep the undefeated streak going or will the Colts be the first to “deflate” the 0 in the Patriots loss column? Tune in this Sunday to find out!

Well, thats my top 5 for this week! Hope you all enjoy the games this weekend and stay tuned for next week’s edition of Sports To Watch!

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