We have now officially entered the fall season and while the weather outside might be getting colder, we are just warming up with Sports To Watch! This week we look at a rivalry in the Big 12 that is prime to have another classic game, the return of one of the greatest NFL quarterbacks in league history, the MLB postseason, and a fight that is seven years in the making. Welcome to this week’s Sports to Watch.
Time: Saturday, October 8th at noon
Channel: Fox Sports 1
Analysis: This game finally means something like it used to when I was a wee lad. Both teams are looking for a much-needed win in order to move higher not only in the rankings but in the Big 12 conference. Bake Mayfield leads a confident Oklahoma Sooners team to battle Charlie Strong’s Longhorns who are looking for a win after their big loss to the Oklahoma State Cowboys last week in Stillwater. Also on tap, we have #3 Clemson, who after their shootout game against Louisville, looks to keep the pedal pushed down and take on a game Boston College. We also have Florida taking on LSU, who look to stay intact two weeks after firing Les Miles after the loss to Auburn. Can the Tigers keep some momentum going or will Florida chomp down on defense and silence the Tigers in the swamp.
Later in the day we have big matchups going down as first Michigan State takes on BYU. After two big losses in the Big Ten to both Wisconsin and Indiana, the Spartans look to rebound against the Cougars in a big time match up. We also have Tennessee taking on Texas A&M, and if the game against Georgia is any proof, this game will be one you should definitely keep your eye on. Finally we have #5 Washington, the biggest under the radar team in college football, traveling to Autzen Stadium to take on the Oregon Ducks, who look to silence the Huskies chances at getting into national championship contention. These are just a few of the great games we have this week, so trust me when I say that finding a tv, a couch and snacks this Saturday will be a major key.
Time: Thursday, October 6th at 8p.m., Sunday October 9th at 1p.m., 4:25p.m. and 8p.m. and Monday, October 10th at 8:30p.m.
Channel: CBS, NFL Network, ESPN, Fox, and the WatchESPN app
Analysis: So we know the games that are coming on this weekend. Arizona looks to get a second win against the Niners, Detroit looks to bring Carson Wentz and the Eagles back to earth, Jameis Winston and Cam Newton do battle on Monday Night Football, Dallas takes on Cincinnati and Minnesota takes on Houston in a defensive battle, but we all know what the big story is this week: Tom Brady. Brady comes back to his 3-1 New England Patriots looking to tear the league a new one after his suspension due to DeflateGate and short of injury, nothing is going to stop him. What makes it worse? He gets an easy return to the game by playing the Cleveland Browns in Cleveland. Best believe that the Browns have officially become Roger Goddell’s sacrificial lamb and I seriously feel sorry for them.
Time: Saturday, October 8th at 8p.m. (Prelims) 10p.m.(PPV)
Channel: Prelims on FS1/Fox, Main Card on PPV
Analysis: This fight has been a long time coming and I can assure you, no one is anticipating this more than the two men in the main event, Dan Henderson and current UFC Middleweight Champion, Micheal “The Count” Bisping. Ever since that historic knockout at UFC 100, Bisping has wanted nothing more than to redeem that loss. Henderson unfortunately would never give him that opportunity, so Bisping decided to face the best in the world and is on a 4 fight winning streak, culminating in knocking out Luke Rockhold at UFC 199. Now with the belt around his waist, Bisping has become a target for Henderson, as he wants this fight, his last fight, to be the one where he finally wins the UFC championship. For Bisping, not only is this a shot a erasing a loss on his record, but he gets to defend his newly – cemented crown in his hometown of Manchester, England.
Also on this card we have two humongous title contender fights. First Gegard Mousasi takes on Vitor Belfort in a fight that could be crowned the fight of the night. Both of these men are in the top ten of the middleweight rankings and want to use this fight as their claim to a title opportunity. Mousasi brings a level of fighting skills that we haven’t seen in the middleweight division, while Vitor Belfort is defying father time and finding new ways to stop in the top of the division. In our second title contention fight, we have Ovince Saint Preux taking on Jimi Manuwa in the light heavyweight division. Both of these men want to be the next man up for the title, and looking at their skills, neither care who has the belt. Saint Preux, better known as OSP, just came off a grueling loss to Jon Jones where not only did he show he can go the distance but survive with an injury as he broke his arm in the fight. With both of them having extreme athleticism and great striking, this one will be a definite highlight fight.
Time: Starts October 6th
Channel: MLB Network, TBS, Fox, Fox Sports 1
Analysis: While I could care less about this year’s playoffs as my Detroit Tigers are not in it this year (Thanks Brad Ausmus) the postseason has a lot of great storylines this year. First we have to talk about the great pitching duel between the Dodgers and the Nationals as Clayton Kershaw will be doing battle with Max Scherzer. Then we have the Cubs, yes the Chicago Cubs, looking to make it to the World Series and finally win the big one. We also have the Cleveland Indians, trying to be the second team in a calendar year to win a title for their city. But finally we have the Boston Red Sox, who want to win a World Series title for Big Papi David Ortiz in his final season playing baseball. While I might not have a dog in this fight, it has enough storylines to make any baseball fan pay attention.
Well those are my Sports to Watch for this week. Now unfortunately, there will be no picks this week, but we will have a special editorial for you, and if you follow me on Twitter and Facebook, you should know what this is. This Saturday, before the Red River Rivalry game kicks off, come back here and im going to tell you why in a boxing match, Floyd Mayweather would lose to UFC star Conor McGregor. Excited? Well come back here Saturday and check it out, and have a great week with all the Sports to Watch!