The NFL returns this weekend with many intriguing games, but with a full slate of good college football games on Saturday, this weekend is going to be epic. While every weekend in the fall is packed with football, this one feels different since UVA will be playing late on Saturday, allowing me to actually see the other NCAA games, and the Skins play at night freeing up the Sunday NFL schedule.
2pm – Miami (OH) vs Eastern Michigan – ESPN3 – Hopefully my only cousin and his RedHawks can recover from their loss at the Swamp last week and beat the Eagles in their home opener.
3:30pm – Miami @ Ohio State – ESPN – This game probably will not be as good as their BCS title matchup eight years ago when the Hurricanes had what seemed like 15 NFL players and the Buckeyes were led Maurice Clarett, who had more arrests than NFL carries.
3:30pm – Michigan @ Notre Dame – NBC – I’m only watching to see how many players can get injured for the year and which team will be absurdly ranked in the top #5 after winning two games. Hopefully the fight songs only come out during field goals in a dreadful 6-3 game.
7pm – Penn State @ Alabama – ESPN – Old Man Joe Paterno and his Nittany Lions travel to defending champ Crimson Tide in a clash of two of the simplest jerseys/color schemes in college football.
10:30pm – UVA @ USC – Fox Sports/Comcast - The Wahoos did not embarrass themselves against a D-II school last week against Richmond unlike the previous two seasons, while the Trojans looked average last week, in a season full of sanctions. The Cavs should “Bring the Payne” (sorry, I had to) against a Southern Cal defense that allowed 588 yards and 31 first downs in their opener versus Hawaii. Hopefully the result will be closer than when Mark Sanchez came to Charlottesville on my 25th birthday two years ago.
Since the Skins play at night, we get three NFL games shown locally. (Silly US Open preventing two double headers). Here is a cool map that shows which region gets which games each week.
1pm – Carolina @ New York Giants - FOX – The post Delhomme era vs Bloody Faced Eli
4 pm – Green Bay @ Philadelphia - FOX – The post McNabb era Eagles vs 6 receiving TD’s for Greg Jennings
8pm – Dallas @ Washington – NBC – Way too many subplots in this one besides the obvious Cowboys vs Skins. Snyder vs Jones in a Papa Johns commercial, Big Fat Al vs Shanahan, McNabb vs aging, and Miles Austin’s new contract vs belief.
There are even two Monday Night games this week, doubling the fun.
7pm – Baltimore @ New York Jets – Ray Lewis and his Old Spice Commercial vs. Revis Island and Hard Knock’s Rex Ryan
10pm – San Diego @ Kansas City – Rookie RB superstar Ryan Mathews’s 6 rushing TDs vs. nobody on the Chiefs D
Where does that leave the Browns and Colts? Luckily we just got the Red Zone Channel, so I’ll be seeing all of Harrison’s 6 rushing tds and Peyton’s 6 passing TDs live. Sweet.