Spicy 7 – 9/28 to 9/30
What to watch this weekend
The baseball regular season comes to an end, the NHL season starts and there are some great football games to watch. We’ve narrowed the list down to seven must-see events you should pay attention to this weekend.
1. #4 Ohio State at #9 Penn State
Saturday, Sept. 29, 7:30 pm ET
Subscription Radio: SiriusXM 84 (Ohio State), 195 (Penn State); TuneIn Premium
A crucial Big 10 matchup that will have a critical impact on the conference’s hope to be in the national championship playoff. The Nittany Lion faithful will provide a hostile environment for the Buckeyes. For those with no stake in the game, it should be a great game to watch.
2. #7 Stanford at #8 Notre Game
Saturday, Sept. 29, 7:30 pm ET
Subscription Radio: SiriusXM 198 (Stanford), 129 (Notre Dame); TuneIn Premium
There will lots of channel flipping and picture-in-pictures engaged as this game goes head to head with Ohio State-Penn State. This is the reason NBC paid a big contract for Notre Dame games. The winner gets a leg up in the national championship playoff picture.
3. St. Louis Cardinals at Chicago Cubs
Friday-Sunday, Sept. 28-30
TV: Friday (ESPN), Saturday (FOX)
Subscription Radio: SiriusXM 865 (Cardinals), 183 (Cubs)
The Cubs are hanging on to dear life to keep the division lead since July as the Brewers continue their effective offensive, and get to feast on the Detroit Tigers while the Cubs have to face their fiercest rivals. This is the series to watch this weekend, though we have to also pay attention to the Dodgers-Giants and the Rockies-Nationals. The outcome of all four of these series will have a big impact on the playoff schedule. Since the season ends on Sunday, the NFL preempts any coverage, so if you’re a baseball fan, it’s MLB-TV for you!
4. Miami Dolphins at New England Patriots
Sunday, Sept. 30
Subscription Radio: SiriusXM 384 (Miami), 226 (Patriots); TuneIn Premium
New England usually plays its best ball at the end of the season, but a 1-2 record that includes a loss to the Detroit Lions has many concerned about the Patriots. Miami flies in with a 3-0 record and a win here would put Tom Brady’s team in a 3-game deficit.
5. Ryder Cup
Friday-Sunday, Sept. 28-30; 2 am-1pm ET Friday and Saturday; 5:30 am-12:30 pm ET
Subscription Radio: SiriusXM 92
Can a resurgent Tiger Woods and his teammates come away with a U.S. win against the Europeans in Paris? It will be great competition, but casual fans will have to make sure they understand the different types of play in the tourney—and get up early!
6. Kansas City Chiefs at Denver Broncos
Monday, Oct. 1
Subscription Radio: SiriusXM 226 (Chiefs), 225 (Broncos); TuneIn Premium
Several pundits liked the Chargers and Raiders to be on the top of the AFC West when the season started, but after 3 games, the Chiefs and Broncos both find themselves 1-2. A Chiefs win solidifies their grip on the division. They’ve been an offensive juggernaut at the start of 2018, and the Broncos looked lackluster in Baltimore last week after two wins. A nice Monday night matchup.
7. #12 West Virginia at #25 Texas Tech
Saturday, Sept. 29, Noon ET
Subscription Radio: SiriusXM 202 (West Virginia), 220 (Texas Tech); TuneIn Premium
Two strong programs provide a nice matchup to get your Saturday going. The Mountaineers are undefeated and the Red Raiders pounded Oklahoma State last week to go to 3-1.
Other Story-lines to watch this weekend:
- There are two other top 25 matchups that probably won’t get the attention they deserve. But keep an eye on #19 Oregon at #24 Cal and #20 BYU at #11 Washington.
- Two Pac-12 programs apparently going in different directions play Friday night as Colorado hosts UCLA.
- Who would have guessed that the Cleveland Browns (1-1-1) would have a significantly better record than the Raiders (0-3) at this stage in the season. How will fans, who know this is the last season in Oakland, react?
- The Cowboys and Lions have identical 1-2 records. Detroit is coming off a big victory over New England. Do they have momentum?
- The Bills stunned the Vikings last week after hearing comments they were the worst in the league and the Packers got beat down by the Redskins. Which versions of the Bills and Packers will show up at Lambau Field?
- Ready for hockey? There’s a few games we like on this weekend’s schedule: Detroit at Toronto play a home-and-home series. Then there’s Los Angeles at Las Vegas (Friday), Philadelphia at Boston (Saturday) and St. Louis at Washington (Sunday).