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Week-5 NCAA Football Games to Watch

Week 5 NCAA Football Games to Watch:

Nebraska at Wisconsin – This will be a well matched game take place at Camp Randall this Saturday.  The ninth-ranked Cornhuskers will take their first swing at the eighth-ranked Badgers.

The Cornhusker’s offense coach, Bo Pelini, focuses on two key things when on the field: 1) running the ball 2) running the ball some more. Their rushing offense is very impressive. The Huskers are led by mobile quarterback Taylor Martinez who has an impressive 63 carries for 421 yards AND seven touchdowns.

While Nebraska has the impressive running game, Wisconsin is still expected to be the victor of this game as they have the best offense in college football with Russell Wilson’s arm.

Clemson at Virginia Tech – This will be a hot game.  This will be the third week in a row that the Tigers will face a Top 25 team.  Clemson has come out victories in every one of these games which include Florida State, Auburn, Wofford and Troy.  The Hokies have not faced such tough hurdles yet.  They’ve only been paired with Appalachian State, East Carolina, Arkansas State and Marshall thus far.  Clemson is expected to come out as the victor by a narrow margin.

Northwestern at Illinois – Two very competitive Big 10 Illinois teams will face off on Champaign campus.  The Illini are expected to narrowly beat out the Wildcats.

Utah State at BYU – These teams have a strong rivalry and will make for an exciting Friday night game.  Utah has been getting progressively stronger and better as a team; expect them to give BYU a run for their money.

Iowa State at Texas – While the Cyclones have a perfect record thus far, the Longhorns should make quick work of that.

Navy at Air Force - Two military teams pitted against each other always makes for exciting game watching.  Navy is expected to easily take down Air Force.

Nevada at Boise State – The Broncos are still miffed about missing their chance at the Rose Bowl last year.  Boise State is on a quest this year, they won’t be rolling over for anyone. 

Michigan State at Ohio State – OSU seems to be like a lost puppy without Terrelle Pryor.  MSU should easily sweep last year’s Champion team.

LSU at Kentucky – LSU is expected to continue to dominate all other teams for good long while. 

Arkansas at Texas A&M – As the Aggies officially join the SEC Conference this week, their out to prove themselves.  This game is critical for both teams who want to bounce back after their tough loses last week.  

Alabama at Florida - Both teams have very strong defensive games, but Alabama could face some big problems as they encounter Florida’s two dominant running backs, Chris Rainey and Jeff Demps.  The Crimson Tide and the Gators have previously shown their strength against formidable teams; Arkansas and Kentucky.

Top Weekend Events Septemeber 23 – 25

Hooray Wednesday!

I’m going to go ahead and call it that the summer concert season is officially dead.  In its place, officially, is College Football!

There are certainly some exciting games this weekend!  The top game everyone seems to want to attend is the West Virginia vs. Louisiana State game.  These two teams are competitively matched.  LSU has an absolute top notch defense, but the Mountaineer’s quarterback, Geno Smith, is a formidable opponent.

The Fight Irish vs. Panthers game is surely another tough call on who would win.  Pitt’s offense and defense have a good balance, but is it enough to show up Notre Dame?

Colorado is expected to sweep Ohio State, particularly with their star QB, Tyler Hansen, and RB Rodney Stewart.

Boise State is certainly another team to keep a keen eye on.  Since the Broncos near slaughter of the Georgia Bulldogs at the start of the season, they’re on a fast track in the national title race.   QB, Kellen Moore, is one of the best and most effectual quarterbacks currently playing in the NCAA and is expected to shatter multiple records, including most touchdowns and most wins.

For your non-football related activities this week, the hot one is definitely the 3-day i Heart Radio Festival in Las Vegas.  The festival will feature top acts like LADY GAGA ,  JAY-Z , COLDPLAY , STEVEN TYLER, THE BLACK EYED PEAS,  KENNY CHESNEY, ALICIA KEY,  JENNIFER LOPEZ, CARRIE UNDERWOOD, JANE’S ADDICTION, NICKI MINAJ , DAVID GUETTA, RASCAL FLATTS, BRUNO MARS, KELLY CLARKSON, SUBLIME WITH ROME With special guest performances by USHER, STING and JEFF BECK.  It is one FULL line-up!!

Jeff Dunham is in the same field as Terry Fator.  They are both master ventriloquistsTime Magazine wrote about his puppet characters, “All of them are politically incorrect, gratuitously insulting and ill tempered.” 

 Top Weekend Events 09/23/2011 – 09/25/2011

1.)    WVU vs. LSU, Mountaineer Field, Morgantown, WV – Saturday, September 24

2.)    Tulsa vs. Boise State, Bronco Stadium, Boise, ID – Saturday, September 24th

3.)    I Heart Radio Music Festival, MGM Grand, Las Vegas, NV – Friday, September 23rd

4.)    MSU vs. CMU, Spartan Stadium, Lansing, MI – Saturday, September 24th

5.)    South Carolina vs. Vanderbilt, William-Brice Stadium, Columbia, SC – Saturday, September 24th

6.)    Auburn vs. Florida Atlantic, Jordan-Hare Stadium, Auburn, AL – Saturday, September 24th

7.)    Michigan vs. San Diego State, Michigan Stadium, Ann Arbor, MI – Saturday, September 24th

8.)    OSU vs. Colorado, Ohio Stadium, Columbus, OH – Saturday, September 24th

9.)    Pittsburgh vs. Notre Dame, Heinz Field,  Pittsburgh, PA – Saturday, September 24th

10.) Jeff Dunham, Horseshoe Casino – The Venue, Hammond, IN – Saturday, September 24th

Top Weekend Events 09/16 – 09/18

Welcome to your Wednesday top weekend events post!  This list is absolutely dominated by college football games.  A couple other things snuck in there, but for the most part, NCAA Football games are what’s drawing the fan’s eye these days.

The top event for this weekend, however, is not football, but the Austin City Limits Festival.  The Austin City Limits originally started as a live celebration of Texas music recorded American Public television music program by the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS).   It later evolved into the Austin City Limits Music Festival featuring regional, national and international artists with a wide range of musical styles including jazz, alt. rock, alt. country, folk and jam band.  The ACL Festival is an annual three-day festival with over 130 acts!  Over 70,000 fans attend each day.   Some of the big names for this year include Coldplay, Sara Bareilles, Cold War Kids, Foster the People, Kanye West,  Young the Giant, Stevie Wonder, My Morning Jacket, Alison Krauss, Social Distortion, Randy Newman, Airborne Toxic Event and Arcade Fire.  Not a bad line-up!

The Red Sox also make another appearance after a long absence.  They’ll be taking on the Tampa Bay Rays.  The Red Sox are expected to with the AL Wild Card this year.

Outside of that, it’s football, football, football!  The top NCAA Football game is the Florida State Seminoles versus the Oklahoma Sooners.  These two teams are two of the most talked about and followed programs in the history of the game.  This will be their first face-off in nearly a decade.  This game could send FSU back into the national spot light it so famously controlled or it could prove the Landry Jones was just what Oklahoma needed to send them to the National Championship.   While Oklahoma seemed to struggle a bit with their first game win against Utah State, FSU easily dominated Samford with a 59-6 win, a nice feat for Coach Jimbo Fisher’s debut.  This should be a very exciting game!

 

Top Weekend Events 09/16 – 09/18

1.)    Austin City Limits, Zilker Park, Austin, TX – Friday, September 16th

2.)    FSU vs. Oklahoma, Doak Campbell Stadium, Tallahassee, FL – Saturday, September 17th

3.)    Iowa State vs. UConn, Rentchler Field, Hartford, CT – Friday, September 16th

4.)   Boise State vs. Toledo, Glass Bowl, Toledo, OH – Friday, September 16th

5.)    BYU vs. Utah, Lavell Edwards Stadium,  Provo, UT – Saturday, September 17th

6.)    Washington vs. Nebraska,  Memorial Stadium, Lincoln, NE – Saturday, September 17th

7.)    Temple vs. Penn State, Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia PA – Saturday, September 17th

8.)    Tampa Bay Rays vs. Boston Red Sox, Fenway Park, Boston, MA – Saturday, September 17th

9.)    Southeast Missouri State vs. Purdue, Ross-Ade Stadium, West Lafayette, IN – Saturday, September 17th

10.) Alabama vs. North Texas, Bryant Denny Stadium, Tuscaloosa, AL – Saturday, September 17th

Top Weekend Events 09/09-09/11

Well, it’s Thursday.  I totally blew is and forgot about Labor Day and my week’s been all messed up.  So, your Wednesday Top Weekend Events post is coming to you one day late.  Happy Thursday!

The top weekend event is the US Open Tennis – Session 24 which is the Men’s Semifinals.  The US Open has been plagued by rainy conditions.  Top players Andy Roddick, Rafael Nadal and Andy Murray were infuriated with the United States Tennis Association for starting their matches in a light mist yesterday.  Their matches were halted after a mere 15 minutes.  The players stated that they didn’t feel “protected” and that the Association was solely after money.  The four players are rescheduled to play today, weather permitting, and whoever comes over the victor will go on to play this weekend in the Quarterfinals tomorrow and semifinals on Saturday and Sunday.

Of course, not to be out shown, NCAA Football is large and in charge on the top weekend list.  The top game this weekend is Penn State vs. Alabama, which kind of seems like an odd pairing; a Big-Ten team versus an SEC Team.  Alabama is ranked #3 and Penn State at #23.  If Penn State upsets the Crimson Tide, it would be a momentous occasion. 

The Notre Dame vs. Michigan game should be of no surprise to draw huge interest.  Both teams draw huge crowds on their own, but since it’s drivable distance between the two, the interest is even greater. Even more so, this game will be played under the lights of Michigan Stadium and both teams will be wearing retro uniforms.

For your concert news and events, Grace Potter will take the stage this Sunday in Nashville.  Her celebrity has really increased a lot after her discovery by Kenny Chesney on You Tube.  That’s not the bands only claim to fame, they have written many tracks for One Tree Hill, performed at 2009 Bonnaroo Music Festival and opened for Dave Matthews Band in 2008.  Keep your eye on Grace Potter and the Nocturnals!

In summation, things to keep your eye on in the coming future NCAA Football (obviously), NFL Football, MLS Soccer, and Jason Aldean.

Top Weekend Events 09/09/2011 – 09/11/2011

1.)    US Open Tennis – Session 24, Arthur Ashe Stadium, Flushing, NY – Saturday, September 10th

2.)    Penn State vs. Alabama, Beaver Stadium, University Park, PA  – Saturday, September 10th

3.)     Notre Dame vs. Michigan, Michigan Stadium, Ann Arbor, MI – Saturday, September 10th

4.)    Grace Potter and the Nocturnals, Ryman Auditorium, Nashville, TN – Sunday, September 11th

5.)    Texas vs. BYU, DKR Memorial Stadium, Austin, TX – Saturday, September 10th

6.)     Boston College vs. Central Florida, Bright House Networks Stadium, Orlando, FL – Saturday, September 10th

7.)    Rice vs. Purdue, Rice Stadium , Houston, TX – Saturday, September 10th

8.)    North Carolina vs. Wake Forest, BBT Field, Winston-Salem, NC – Saturday, September 10th

9.)    Central Arkansas vs. Louisiana Tech, Jose Aillet Stadium, Ruston, LA – Saturday, September 10th

10.) Mississippi State vs. Auburn, Jordan-Hare Stadium,  Auburn, AL – Saturday, September 10th

2011 Season NFL Predictions

With the preseason getting under way  to see how NFL teams are shaping up, it’s now time for the 2011 Season predictions!

2011 Season NFL Top Spot Predictions by division:

AFC West: San Diego Chargers, though they have a difficult schedule, they should be able to pull ahead.

AFC South: Indianapolis Colts.  Peyton Manning’s health an issue (neck injury) and could possibly be the Colts undoing this season.  Perhaps too much stock is put solely into Manning.

AFC North:  Pittsburgh Steelers or Baltimore Ravens.  Ravens have a great schedule; most of the tough games are home games.  For the Steelers, they have a few tough games lined up against Baltimore and a home game against the Patriots.  This division will be a tough win.  Other possible competitors include the Cleveland Browns with Colt McCoy as their quarterback.  The Cincinnati Bengals will probably compete with the Detroit Lions for the worst record in the league and they get rid of talent to meet their salary cap.

AFC East: Obviously the New England Patriots have the best record.  Tom Brady will resume play at QB this season after being out on the disabled list for the majority of the season last year.  The New York Jets are best positioned and hungry to take that title from the Patriots however.  Their two key players, Santonio Holmes and Antonio Cromartie, will come back from another season.  While this probably won’t be the Buffalo Bills year again, they will be in a great position to get one of the top quarterbacks next season.

Wild card: the Jets and the Steelers would make an awesome duo to knock-off the Colts and the Chargers.

NFC West: Seattle Seahawks. This shouldn’t come as much of a surprise as the Seahawks have won five of the last seven divisional titles.  Their roster is still being overhauled, but they should still take the top spot again.

NFC South: Atlanta Falcons.  The Falcons have banked on Julio Jones being their go-to guy at the expense of many draft picks.  Ray Edwards on defense should also be formidable.  Just behind the Falcons are the New Orleans Saints.  They will be an improved team this year, but probably not enough to overtake the Falcons.

NFC North: Tough to predict, but probably the Green Bay Packers.  The Packers resigned most of their key free agents therefore having much of the same guys as on their 2010 Super Bowl Championship team.  The Chicago Bears are right behind them, although they might have too much stock in their Dallas Cowboys pickups, Roy Williams, Marion Barber and Sam Hurd.

NFC East: Philadelphia Eagles.  While this division is one of the most competitive, the Eagles should easily take the top spot with their great talent and large salary cap to add more key players.

Wild card: Saints vs. Seahawks and Packers vs. Falcons.

Superbowl: Ravens over Eagles

MVP: Michael Vick

Defensive Rookie of the Year: Patrick Peterson, CB Arizona Cardinals

Offensive Rookie of the Year: Mark Ingram, RB New Orleans Saints.

Predictions by Bleacher Reports