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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

Big 10 Tournament Stats and Info

Ah, the Big 10.  Perhaps it’s because I’m a graduate of Indiana University, a Hoosier forever at heart, but I find the Big 10 to be the most inspiring conference of them all.

The tournament will be held in Conseco Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, Indiana and will begin on Thursday.

The tournament will tip off at 2:30 p.m. ET on Thursday, March 10, as No. 8 Northwestern (7-11) takes on No. 9 Minnesota (6-12) on ESPN2. The second game will feature No. 7 Michigan State (9-9) vs. No. 10 Iowa (4-14) on ESPN2. The final game of the day will be between No. 6 Penn State (9-9) and No. 11 Indiana (3-15), broadcast on the Big Ten Network.

Let’s take a quick peek at the teams. The Fighting Illinis look great going into the Big Ten Tournament. They hold down the number five seed, but they play the number four Michigan Wolverines on Friday. In the last matchup between the two teams on February 16th, it took two late free throws to finally take down the Wolverines.

Most of the media outlets like ESPN and CBS Sports are expecting Ohio State to take the top spot this tournament and nationally.  They recently annihilated the Wisconsin Badgers, 93-65, and this had fueled their fire. Senior guard Jon Diebler is unstoppable. In his last 2 games, Diebler has shot 17 of 20 from 3 point range. If Diebler continues to play like this, the other teams won’t stand a chance.

The 13th ranked Badgers are spearheaded by Jon Leuer (18.9 PPG, 7.3RPG) and Jordan Taylor (18.2 PPG, 4.8 APG, 4.2 RPG).  This team is speculated to be the only ones to give the Buckeyes a run for their money.

The Purdue Boilermakers have great potential and have won against the two best teams in the league. Their erratic play is perplexing and therefore not speculated to win the Big Ten Championship after being defeated by one of the Big Ten’s worst teams.(Iowa).

Stats:

(1)  Ohio State Buckeyes (29-2, 16-2)

(2)    (3) Wisconsin Badgers (23-7, 13-5)

(3)    (3) Purdue Boilermakers (25-6, 14-4)

(4)    Michigan Wolverines (19-12, 9-9).

(5)    Illinois Illini (19-12, 9-9)

(6)    Michigan State (17-13, 9-9)

First Round (Thursday, March 10)

Game 1: No. 8 Northwestern vs. No. 9 Minnesota, 2:30 p.m., ESPN2

Game 2: No. 7 Michigan State vs. No. 10 Iowa, 25 minutes following Game 1 conclusion, ESPN2

Game 3: No. 6 Penn State vs. No. 11 Indiana, 7:30 p.m., Big Ten Network

Second Round (Friday, March 11)

Game 4: No. 1 Ohio State vs. Game 1 Winner, Noon, ESPN

Game 5: No. 4 Illinois vs. No. 5 Michigan, 25 minutes following Game 4 conclusion, ESPN

Game 6: No. 2 Purdue vs. Game 2 Winner, 6:30 p.m., Big Ten Network

Game 7: No. 3 Wisconsin vs. Game 3 Winner, 25 minutes following Game 6 conclusion, Big Ten Network

Semi-Finals Round (Saturday, March 12)

Game 8: Game 4 Winner vs. Game 5 Winner, 1:40 p.m., CBS Sports

Game 9: Game 6 Winner vs. Game 7 Winner, 25 minutes following Game 8 conclusion, CBS Sports

Championship Game (Sunday, March 13)

Game 10: Tournament Championship, 3:30 p.m., CBS Sports

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