What to Watch Fri. 11/7 – Sun/ 11/9

All times are PST.

Friday November 7th

Memphis at Temple – 4:30pm ESPNU: No really. This is actually one of the better football games of the weekend. Temple is 11th in points against and Memphis is 22nd. Both teams are 5-3 in the very competitive American Conference.

Washington Capitals at Chicago Blackhawks – 5:30pm NHLN: Stars galore in this match up of top tier clubs.

UFC Fight Night: Bisping vs Rockhold – UFC Fight Pass: Michael Bisping doesn’t really get along with anyone it seems and Luke Rockhold is no exception.

Saturday November 8th

Liverpool vs Chelsea – 4:45am NBCSN: Liverpool has got to turn it around but the last time they played Chelsea at Anfield Jose Mourinho ‘parked the bus’ and walked away with a win.

Baylor at Oklahoma – 9am FS1: Baylor still has a slim chance to make it into the College Football Playoff but in order to do so they have to pour it on against Oklahoma in Norman. Not an easy task.

DC United vs NY Red Bulls – 11:30am NBC: Second leg and DC is down two goals but now they are in the friendly confines of RFK.

Notre Dame at Arizona State – 12:30pm ABC: Big boost towards the Playoff with a win. A loss puts both teams in a second tier Bowl game.

Kansas State at TCU – 4:30pm FOX: Most people bet that the Baylor v Oklahoma game was going to decide the Big 12 at the beginning of the season. It won’t, but this one will.

Alabama at LSU – 5pm CBS: This game rarely disappoints.

Ohio State at Michigan – 5pm ABC: These are the two best teams in the Big 10. The winner, if they run the table, should get consideration for the Playoff.

Golden State Warriors at Houston Rockets – 5pm NBA League Pass: Yes it’s early in the season but this is match up of two unbeaten teams.

Oregon at Utah – 7pm ESPN: This is going to be a tough test for Oregon. Utah is a nightmare at home for anyone.

Sunday November 9th

Miami Dolphins at Detroit Lions – 10am CBS: When did this become the game of the day? 5-3 vs 6-2? Look out now.

San Francisco 49ers at New Orleans Saints – 10am FOX: Boy do both teams need this one.

San Jose Sharks at Chicago Blackhawks  – 4pm WGN: It’s always a fun matchup.

LA Galaxy vs Real Salt Lake – 4:30pm ESPN2: It’s winner takes all in LA. Will this turn out to be Landon Donovan’s last game?

Chicago Bears at Green Bay Packers – 5:30pm NBC: It’s one of the best rivalries in all of sports.

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Weekend Viewing Guide Fri. 1/3-Sun. 1/5

By Brad Hubbard | @bradhubbard

For those of you in frigid temperatures and shoveling snow just remember,  there is plenty of sports on TV this weekend to keep you warm.

Friday January 3rd

Cotton Bowl: Missouri vs Oklahoma State – 5pm FOX: Possible shootout factor here is very high. We’ll see if both teams can recover from heartbreaking season finale losses that kept them out of a major BCS payday. Mizzou still has one of the better front four’s in all of football and is worth checking out. Gus Johnson is also announcing the game which makes it even better.

Orange Bowl: Ohio State vs Clemson – 5:30pm ESPN: Two years ago Clemson gave up 70 points in this game to West Virginia. Ohio State may be able to do that to them but Clemson might be able to do it to Ohio State too.

Los Angeles Clippers @ Dallas Mavericks – 5:30pm NBA League Pass/Regional: Top teams out West square off in Dallas. Could be close late even if the Orange Bowl isn’t.

Saturday January 4th

BBVA Compass Bowl: Houston vs Vanderbilt – 10am ESPN: Vandy is good and Houston is a team that can give people fits. If Vandy doesn’t come in ready to play it could be a long day in Birmingham for the Commodores. It might also be James Franklin’s last game as the Vandy head coach.

Michigan State @ Indiana – 11am CBS: An early Big Ten road test for Sparty. Assembly Hall is one of the toughest places to play in the country regardless of how good Indiana is.

Kansas City Chiefs @ Indianapolis Colts – 1:30pm NBC: The NFL Playoffs kick off in Indy. It may not be the sexiest game on paper but Colts QB Andrew Luck is notorious for come from behind victories and Alex Smith is still looking for validation after all these years.

New York Rangers @ Toronto Maple Leafs – 4pm NHLN: The Leafs return to the warmer confines of Air Canada Center to take on old rivals. Rangers need to get on the good foot if they want to get into the playoff picture.

Los Angeles Clippers @ San Antonio Spurs – 5:30 NBA League Pass/Regional: It doesn’t get any easier for the Clippers as they now have to take on the ageless Spurs. This could be a Western Conference Final preview and a good game too.

New Orleans Saints @ Philadelphia Eagles – 5:30pm NBC: It will be cold in Philly but not as cold as it is right now. Will that effect Drew Brees and the Saints enough to slow them down or are the Eagles the dark-horse team in the NFC to make it to the Super Bowl?

Sunday January 5th

San Diego Chargers @ Cincinnati Bengals – 10am CBS: Chargers are one of the more exciting teams in the league. Bengals have been unbeatable at home lately. Turnovers could very well decide this game.  Shootout possibility factor – high.

San Diego State @ Kansas – 1:30pm CBS: One of the few battles between top 25 teams in the college basketball this weekend. It’s a tall order for SDSU to head to Lawrence and come out with a win but something they could very well pull off.

San Francisco 49ers @ Green Bay Packers – 1:30pm FOX: Yeah, it will be cold in Green Bay and only get colder as the night goes on. Good news for San Francisco is that their QB played at Nevada -Reno, their kicker played in Cleveland his entire career and their defense is still really good no matter what the weather. Aaron Rodgers wasn’t very sharp last week against the Chicago Bears but he still got the job done. Expect a heavy dose of Packers RB Eddie Lacy. Should be a very close game.

San Jose Sharks @ Chicago Blackhawks – 5pm NBCSN: Two of the top teams in the NHL go head to head. The question is which Sharks team will show up? The ones that beat the Anaheim Ducks 3-1 earlier this week or the ones who lost 6-3 in the rematch a few days later? The Blackhawks are the best team in the league plain and simple but the Sharks are one of the teams that could give them a run for their money.

What To Watch Thurs. 12/5 – Sun. 12/8

By Brad Hubbard | @bradhubbard

It might not be as festive as last weekend but the next four days have no shortage of sports drama.

THURSDAY 12/5

San Jose Sharks @ Pittsburgh Penguins – 4pm Regional Broadcast: Believe it or not this is a very dynamic match up of leaders in their divisions. The Sharks head east with 43 points to their name while the Pens have 39 points and have yet to hit on all cylinders.

Louisville @ Cincinnati – 4:30pm ESPN: One of the final times (probably) to see Teddy Bridgewater as a collegiate QB. He and the Cardinals have to win if they want a chance at another BCS Game. Cincy still has a chance at a BCS berth but this game is really for the Keg of Nails and a piece of the conference championship.

FRIDAY 12/6

MAC Title Game: Bowling Green State vs Northern Illinois – 5pm ESPN 2: Time for the MAC title game and it’s usually really, really good. Northern Illinois escaped last year beating #18 ranked Kent State in 2 OTs. The goal this year, DO THE SAME THING. NIU wins and they get into the BCS for the second straight year. QB Jordan Lynch also gets to improve his Heisman Trophy chances. Bowling Green and Head Coach Dave Clawson look to get to a 10 win season. Something even Urban Meyer couldn’t do at BGSU.

SATURDAY 12/7

Oklahoma @ Oklahoma State – 9am ABC: Bedlam. They call it that for a reason and both teams had two weeks to get ready for this one. OU can spoil the Cowboys possible Big 12 title and BCS Berth. OU owns the overall series but Oklahoma State won in Stillwater two years ago and last years game went into OT. Again, Bedlam.

Texas @ Baylor – 12:30pm FOX: Baylor wins and they get the Big 12 title and a spot in the BCS along with Texas Head Coach Mack Brown possibly losing his job. Texas wins and they can go to the BCS with a Big 12 title if their old rival Oklahoma can bring home another Bedlam victory.

Sporting KC welcome Jason Kries and Real Salt Lake to Blue Hell
Sporting KC welcome Jason Kries and Real Salt Lake to Blue Hell

MLS CUP: Real Salt Lake @ Sporting KC – 1pm ESPN: It’s MLS Cup in one of the best venues in all of MLS. It’s two of the best teams led by two of the best coaches representing two of the best run organizations. Should be an absolute dandy. WELCOME TO BLUE HELL.

Big Ten Title Game: Ohio State vs Michigan State – 5:15pm FOX: It’s for all the marbles. Ohio State wins and they’re in the National Title game. Easier said then done as they have to go through one of the best defenses the Big Ten has ever seen in Michigan State.

Mountain West Title Game: Utah State @ Fresno State – 7pm CBS: Laugh all you want. Two amazing coaching jobs and two of the best teams you haven’t seen all year. End your night with what promises to be a good ole fashion wild west shootout.

SUNDAY 12/8

Detroit Lions @ Philadelphia Eagles – 10am FOX: The Eagles found their wings with QB Nick Foles. The man has yet to throw in interception this season. But the Lions find the end zone like kids finding candy on Halloween.

Seattle Seahawks @ San Francisco 49ers – 1pm FOX: Seattle wrapped up a playoff berth with their dismantling of the New Orleans Saints on Monday Night Football. They win this and they pretty much lock up the NFC West and get home field advantage throughout the playoffs. But it’s the Seahawks Head Coach Pete Carroll vs the 49ers Head Coach Jim Harbaugh. This rivalry goes back to their USC vs Stanford days. Harbaugh is not going down without a fight and the 49ers have looked really good over the last two weeks.

Carolina Panthers @ New Orleans Saints – 5:15pm NBC:  It’s a fight for supremacy in the NFC South. This is the first of two games between two potential playoff teams over the next three weeks. Get ready.

What To Watch Thursday 11/28-Monday 12/1

By Brad Hubbard | @bradhubbard

Thursday November 28th

Green Bay Packers @ Detroit Lions – 9:30am FOX: It’s the only game on but it’s also a battle for first place in the NFC North. The Lions have not won on Thanksgiving since 2003 when they beat, you guessed it, the Pack.

Texas Tech @ Texas – 4:30pm FS1: No conference title game but this has big implications for the BCS. If Texas can win out and get an Oklahoma State loss somewhere along the way they could be Big 12 champs. The Red Raiders have other plans.

Friday November 29th

Iowa @ Nebraska – 9am ABC: Nothing is on the line except for a decent bowl bid, jobs and pride. It sure beats battling the crowds on Black Friday.

East Carolina @ Marshall – 9am CBS Sports Network: It’s a battle for first place in the Eastern standings of Conference USA. Teams 17-5 overall.

Fresno State @ San Jose State – 12:30pm CBS Sports Network: You have a chance to watch a potential BCS buster in Fresno State. San Jose State is no slouch at home and could give the Bulldogs all they want.

Washington State @ Washington – 12:30pm FOX: It’s the Apple Cup and for the first time in a long time both teams are bowl eligible and pretty darn good. This is always one of the best rivalry games in the country and nobody seems to talk about it.

Pittsburgh Penguins @ Tampa Bay Lightning – 1pm Regional Coverage: Two damn good hockey teams. Again, it’s better than the crowds.

Saturday November 30th

Duke @ North Carolina – 9am ESPN2: No it’s not a basketball game. Duke is now a football school with a chance to go to the ACC title game. UNC is on a 5 game winning streak. Let’s do this.

Alabama @ Auburn – 12:30pm CBS: Who are we kidding, this is the game of the weekend besides the Saints vs Seahawks on Monday Night.

Clemson @ South Carolina – 4pm ESPN2: Again, another big rivalry that most of the country doesn’t talk about. Clemson has been getting it’s tail served to them since the Ole Ball Coach took over at South Carolina. Will this year be different? A BCS at large bid is on the line for both schools.

Toronto Maple Leafs @ Montreal Canadiens – 4pm NHLN: It’s a hockey night in Canada.

UCLA @ USC – 5pm ABC: This is just going to be a fun game to watch.

Arizona @ Arizona St – 6:30pm PAC-12 Network: The Territorial Cup is on the line and believe it or not this is the 87th meeting between the two schools. Not only that, both schools are coming off huge wins and if Arizona State wins then they will host the PAC-12 Title game.

Sunday November 31st

Tennessee Titans @ Indianapolis Colts – 10am CBS: Battle for playoff position in the AFC South. Titans are without their starting QB and the Colts are not playing well.

Denver Broncos @ Kansas City Chiefs – 1:25pm CBS: The AFC West got really good over the last year. Three teams could make the playoffs and these two are two of them.

Monday December 1st

New Orleans Saints @ Seattle Seahawks – 5:25pm ESPN: The other game of the long holiday weekend. Drew Brees in the loudest, toughest place to play in the NFL. The Seahawks have this game then at San Francisco the following week. They have to win one of these or the road to the Super Bowl in the NFC will not run through the Pacific Northwest. 

 

What To Watch 11/15-11/17

By Brad Hubbard @bradhubbard

FRIDAY NOVEMBER 15th

Washington Capitals @ Detroit Red Wings – NHLN 4:30pm: Friday night is hockey night in Detroit.

Washington @ UCLA – ESPN2 6pm: Huskies need to get a signature win and knocking off the Bruins would do it. This is easier said than done though.

SATURDAY NOVEMBER 16th

Indiana @ Wisconsin – ESPN2 9am: Indiana can score points and could sneak up on the Badgers. The Badgers 6th ranked scoring defense will be put to the test.

Oklahoma St @ Texas – FOX 12:30pm: Texas has turned it around and proven that they can score too. Oklahoma State has two tough games in a row, at Texas then home to Baylor. It’s now or never for Oklahoma State.

Miami @ Duke – ESPNU 12:30pm:  Duke has a chance to go to the ACC title game but so does Miami. It is a must win for both teams.

UFC 167: Georges St-Pierre vs Johny Hendricks – PPV 7pm: This really could be the toughest test of GSPs’ career. Hendricks is a former all american wrestler at Oklahoma State and has knockout power in both hands.

Houston @ Louisville – ESPNU 4pm: Houston gets turnovers. It’s a fact. Teddy Bridgewater needs to be careful.

SUNDAY NOVEMBER 17th

Baltimore Ravens @ Chicago Bears – 10am CBS: Ravens are still in the playoff hunt but the Bears, while hit by injuries, are still playing really, really well.

US Grand Prix – NBC 11am: Formula 1 returns to Austin, TX. If you haven’t seen these guys drive then check this out.

San Francisco 49ers @ New Orleans Saints – FOX 1:25pm: 49ers got the better of the Saints last year when they went down to the Bayou. Then again, Drew Brees didn’t have his head coach Sean Payton their for that game. 49ers have to be able to throw the football which they couldn’t last week.

Kansas City Chiefs @ Denver Broncos – NBC 5:25pm: Peyton Manning is not 100%. Denver is without their head coach. KC is coming off a bye week. Could the Chiefs stay undefeated?