While, once again, the top weekend events list is dominated by college football, a few other events did manage to make the list.
First and foremost being the UFC Fight taking place between BJ Penn and Nick Diaz in Vegas. This will the Diaz’s first fight since 2006. His supporters say that he has transformed from a mediocre boxer to one of the best strikers in the division. The fight was originally supposed to be between Diaz and Georges St- Pierre until St-Pierre sprained his knee. This fight has had so many ups and downs already, that it should prove to be a very interesting event.
In other non-NCAA related football happenings, Corey Smith will be playing in Jacksonville, FL. The country singer has shown up on the top events weekend list before. His booze-driven lyrics are very popular with the college-aged crowd. He’s one to watch. Of the oddball singers to appear on this list is Roger Hodgson, the British musician and songwriter and former co-front man of the band Supertramp. He has been performing solo since 1984.
The top college football game this weekend is Auburn vs. Ole Miss…two strong Southern teams will take on each other. While neither is in any contention for the SEC championship title (who can compete against the LSU tigers anyways?), it should still be a fun game. There’s still a slim possibility of the the Auburn Tigers getting ranked, if all the cards and starts align.
Obviously, Big-Ten teams always draw a huge crowd and fans flock to see the games. This is a pivotal game for Illinois, as this could set the tone for the remainder of their season, particularly since they lead the Big Ten in rushing yardage per game. Penn State is still expected to come out ahead in this game though.
Top Weekend Events 10/28/2011 – 10/30/2011
1.) UFC 137 Penn vs. Diaz, Mandalay Bay Events Center, Las Vegas, NV – Saturday, October 29
2.) Auburn vs. Ole Miss, Jordan-Hare Stadium, Auburn, AB – Saturday, October 29
3.) Penn State vs. Illinois, Beaver Stadium, University Park, PA – Saturday, October 29
4.) Georgia vs. Florida, EverBank Field, Jacksonville, FL – Saturday, October 29
5.) Corey Smith, Florida Theatre, Jacksonville, FL – Friday, October 28
6.) Roger Hodgson, Salle Wilfrid Pelletier, Montreal, QB – Saturday, October 29
7.) Steelers vs. Patriots, Heinz Field, Pittsburgh, PA – Sunday, October 30
8.) Michigan vs. Purdue, Michigan Stadium, Ann Arbor, MI – Saturday, October 29
9.) Oklahoma State vs. Baylor, Boone Pickens Stadium, Stillwater, OK – Saturday, October 29
10.) Minnesota vs. Iowa, TCF Bank Stadium, Minneapolis, MB – Saturday, October 29
Have a fun and safe Halloween, everyone!