Sports to Watch: September 13th – September 19th

Welcome back to the weekly series blog, Sports to Watch, here on Sports by Jaytezla.  I know, I know, I missed last week, but I was incredibly busy and knew that I had let you all down by not telling you the great sporting events that happened. But this week is different and we are going to move on. There are a ton of sporting events to watch this week, ones with huge ramifications and the beginning of a tournament that is long overdue. Lets start with this week’s Sports to Watch!

1. The World Cup of Hockey returns, signaling the return of pro hockey on ESPNwch2016_header_en

Time: September 17th to October 1st, starting at 3:30p.m. on September 17th

Channel: ESPN, ESPN2 and the WatchESPN app.

Analysis: Finally we have pro hockey on ESPN! Its been a long time coming and we get to see the worlds best play not only for notoriety, but the opportunity to be known as the best hockey country in the world. In this tournament, eight teams will battle it out over two and a half weeks to decide who takes home the trophy and this week we get some great weekend matchups. First, The United States plays Europe in a group opening match, while the night-cap for the first day has Canada play the Czech Republic. The second day of the tournament has Russia play Sweden, and to end the week, Russia will play North America, the team made of the young upstarts in hockey from both the U.S. and Canada. This tournament is sure to be a hockey lover’s dream and the games will be must see action.

2. Chad Kelly and the Ole Miss Rebels look to make it a threepeat against SEC rival Alabamamaxresdefault-1

Time: Saturday, September 17th at 3:30p.m.

Channel: CBS

Analysis: If the last two meetings between these two schools has proven anything, this game is going to be absolutely bananas. Ole Miss is coming off a devastating loss to Florida State, while Alabama is riding high after smoking Western Kentucky and demolishing USC. But for the last two years, Ole Miss has had Alabama and coach Nick Saban’s number. Something about them has caused them to lose close meaningful games. And this year could be no different. Sure Alabama has the Qb to win, but against an experienced defense, a potent offense and a quarterback in Chad Kelly who is looking to increase his draft stock, this game could be one for the ages.

 

3. Week Two of the NFL Season is highlighted by early rivalry games, including the Cincinnati Bengals vs the Pittsburgh Steelerspittsburgh_cincinnati_week_2_4

Time: Thursday, September 15th at 8:30p.m. and Sunday, September 18th at 1:00p.m.

Channel: CBS, Fox, NBC, ESPN, NFL Network, ESPN and the WatchESPN app

Analysis: After last week’s amazing opening day of games, everyone is hoping we get the same level of excitement this week. And let me reassure you, it looks like matchup wise we will. First we have an AFC East rivalry on Thursday night as the New York Jets battle the Buffalo Bills to get their first win of the season. Then on Sunday, we have multiple rivalry matchups with two AFC North battles as Cincinnati goes to the Steel City to take on the Steelers, while Baltimore travels to Cleveland, who is now searching for answers after RG3 went down for multiple games in Week 1. We then have Miami battle a New England who are soaring high after their huge win against Arizona. We also have great games in Detroit taking on Tennessee,  Houston versus Kansas City, Indianapolis against Denver and Green Bay facing NFC North rival Minnesota in the Sunday nightcap. This weekend should be jam-packed with highlights, intrigue and more as the second week of the NFL is coming.

 

4. Louisville looks to shock the world as they take on rival Florida State 

 

Credit: Glenn Beil-USA TODAY Sports
Credit: Glenn Beil-USA TODAY Sports

Time: Saturday, September 17th, at noon

Channel: ABC or the WatchESPN app

Analysis: Every football fan should be watching this game. No seriously, they all should. This game has so much riding on it, it might as well be a commuter bullet train on the way to either upset city or championship town. Lets break down how much this game means. If Louisville wins, they automatically vault into the top 5 in the country, or at least close to Houston until they play later in the season. A Florida State loss puts them out of the final four and makes their game against Clemson  the chance to play spoiler and get back in the conversation. Vice Versa, if Louisville loses, they can say goodbye to any national championship aspirations and Heisman hopes. A Florida State win, along with certain teams above them losing, means they could become the overall number one for the third time in four years. This game has so much riding on it, including the NFL draft stock as both teams have boatloads of drafting capabilities with Davin Cook, Jackson from Louisville and Travis Rudolph to name a few. Either way, it’s going to be a barn burner and one to watch.

 

Well that is this week’s Sports to Watch, but wait there is more! This week, I’m going to unveil a new editorial series “Picks”. I will go through the week’s biggest games, explain why they are important and who wins. Its going to be one for the ages, stay tuned and enjoy this week and weekends games!

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