Once again we are back with another week of great sports to see! After last week’s insane series of games, what are we in store for this week? Welcome to this weeks Sports To Watch! This week we have the beginning of a new hockey season, two big games in college football and a rivalry game in a jam packed NFL schedule. Lets get to it.
Time: Thursday, October 13th, at 8:30p.m.
Channel: CBS, NFL Network, NFL Twitter app
Analysis: Last Sunday morning, I would not have pegged this game as one that both the Denver Broncos and the San Diego Chargers needed to win. But after Denver’s shootout loss to Atlanta and San Diego pretty much missing a kick to win against Oakland, niether of these teams can afford a loss as they could drop to 3rd in the AFC West. Can Paxton Lynch or Trevor Siemian lead the Broncos to a victory or will the Chargers bounce back from a subpar season so far?
We also have multiple great match ups in the NFL this week. First Philadelphia looks to bounce back after their loss to Detroit against Washington to get back into first place in the NFC East. Carolina and New Orleans face each other as both teams are now looking for their second win this season. Cincinnati and New England do battle as the Bengals look to rebound from their loss to Dallas and keep a returning Tom Brady from tearing the NFL a new one, and finally Kansas City and Oakland duke it out in the Black Hole for control over the AFC West.
Time: Saturday, October 15th at 3:30p.m.
Analysis: This game, like the Wisconsin-Michigan game two weeks ago, could be one that we see twice in one season, as these two could be playing for the SEC Championship and the right to go into the college football playoff. Now this game is important for two reasons. First, Tennessee needs this game as their loss last week to Texas A&M, combined with a loss this week could kick them out of the running for the SEC East crown. If they lose this game and Florida, despite them beating them keeps winning their games, Florida could jump them for a chance to go to Atlanta and play for the SEC crown.
Secondly, Alabama needs this game. After beating a mudhole into Arkansas, they now are running a two game guantlet, as they now have to face a never-say-die Tennessee and a Texas A&M team with one of the most stout defenses in the country. Alabama cannot overlook the Vols in preparation for the Aggies. Many teams have done that, and everytime they do, that team gets smoked by them. If Alabama allows these Vols to hang around, you can expect the Vols to make the polls change at the top.
Time: Wednesday, October 12 starting at 8p.m. and Thursday, October 13 starting at 7p.m.
Channel: NBC Sports Network, local affliates
Analysis: We are going back to the ice! Its that time again, to see which hockey team can prevail in one of the greatest sports in American history and capture Lord Stanley’s Cup. Last year, the Penguins of Pittsburgh took home the trophy, but now they look to defend it. Can Chicago return to dominance in the West, or will they get the Blues from St. Louis? Can the L.A. Kings run the west or will the San Jose Sharks sink their teeth into the Western crown? And in the East, can any team stop Pittsburgh? Will the Maple Leafs and Rangers put a stop to Sidney Crosby? Will the Capitals finally win one with Ovechikin? And will the Red Wings continue their playoff streak with a group of homegrown young stars? All these questions and more will be answered this season, and I cant wait to watch it all.
Time: Saturday, October 15th at 8p.m.
Channel: ABC and the WatchESPN app
Analysis: Wisconsin, like Tennessee in their match up against Alabama, could shake up the top 5 rankings before the weekend finishes. If they beat Ohio State, not only does it give them a leg up in the Big Ten West, but it also drops Ohio State a game behind Michigan in the Eastern division. Wisconsin cannot afford to lose this game because they are already one game back of Nebraska in the West and they could have already played the winner of the West in this matchup or in their game against Michigan or Ohio State.
Now this game is going to literally come down to when Ohio State has the ball. Can Wisconsin’s defense cap JT Barrett and that Buckeye offensive attack, or will the Buckeyes run the badgers out of town? We will have to find out.
Well those are 4 things you should be looking out for this week. Come back next week to see what we should be watching in Sports.