What to watch this weekend (Nov 13-15)

The curtain is closing on college football’s regular season. The top three teams in the nation are all double-digit road favorites (Florida at South Carolina, Alabama at Mississippi State, Texas at Baylor), but they are slowly running out of opportunities to stumble. Nobody expects them to lose but stranger things have happened. The NFL is starting to provide fans with a little separation between the playoff-bound and the also-rans. This Sunday, we’ll witness a key clash between the top two teams in the NFL’s best division as well as two legendary quarterbacks squaring off once again.

noel-devine(25) West Virginia at (5) Cincinnati – (Friday, 8:00 pm – ESPN – Cincy minus 9)

Cincinnati just might do it. With three games left, they might make it through a perfect season. Pittsburgh might have something to say about that on December 5, but so will Noel Devine and West Virginia this Friday. Devine is second in the Big East in rushing, averaging over 112 yards a game. Zach Collaros has filled in admirably for the injured Tony Pike. Collaros will start but Pike is expected to see some playing time after being out a month. Cincinnati hasn’t lost at home in two years. The last team to beat them there? The Mountaineers.

terrelle-pryor1(10) Iowa at (11) Ohio State – (Saturday, 3:30 pm – ABC – OSU minus 16.5)

This game would have meant a lot more to Hawkeye fans had Iowa not lost last week, but trust me, it still means a lot to those in Columbus. The victor brings home the Big Ten title. Iowa had been skating on thin ice all season long, beating both Michigan and Michigan State by only two points. Now they’re about to run into an Ohio State team that looked sharp against Penn State. Terrelle Pryor finally emerged as the player we all expected him to be, throwing for two touchdowns and rushing for another. Since the winner of Saturday’s contest is Rose Bowl bound, expect 103,000 scarlet clad Buckeyes fans to be carrying roses into the stadium.

andy-dalton-tcu(16) Utah at (4) TCU – (Saturday, 7:30 pm – TCU minus 19.5)

This just might be the biggest game in TCU’s history. They’re on the cusp of possibly playing for a national championship but they still must wow voters, as well as have two of the top three lose, to have a chance. A home victory over ranked Utah would be one more step in the right direction. Quarterback Andy Dalton is lighting it up. He’s thrown for ten touchdowns and no interceptions in his last four games. This game is for the Mountain West championship but for the Horned Frogs, the stakes are a little bit higher.

rashard-mendenhall1Bengals (6-2) at Pittsburgh (6-2) – (Sunday, 1:00 pm – CBS – PIT minus 7)

It’s put up or shut up time for the Bengals. As expected, the Steelers are atop the AFC North, but no one expected them to be tied with Cincinnati. The Steelers are coming off an impressive home win over the Denver Broncos. The Bengals are coming off a season sweep of Baltimore and have already beaten Pittsburgh in Week Three. The Steelers will be looking to avenge that loss and remind the Bengals who’s boss in that division. Coming off his 155 yard rushing performance on Monday night, Rashard Mendenhall has become the Steelers number one tailback. He’ll have his hands full against the Bengals, the NFL’s second best rushing defense.

philip-riversEagles (5-3) at Chargers (5-3) – (Sunday, 4:15 pm – FOX – SD minus 2)

The Chargers are coming off an emotional, last-possession victory over the New York Giants. This Sunday, they look to remain perfect against the NFC East with a victory over the schizophrenic Philadelphia Eagles. With every Denver loss, San Diego climbs closer to the top of the AFC West Standings where most thought they’d be resting comfortably all season. Phillip Rivers has been lights out lately, throwing for 11 touchdowns and 3 interceptions in his last five games. Meanwhile, the Eagles need a win to keep up in their division.

Giants Cowboys FootballDallas (6-2) at Packers (4-4) – (Sunday, 4:15 pm – FOX – DAL minus 3)

It wasn’t long ago that these two teams were among the NFC’s elite. They combined to win four of five Super Bowls between 1993 and 1997. Unfortunately for fans of both teams, Brett Favre and Troy Aikman are no longer behind center as neither has won a Bowl since. After a shaky 2-2 start, the Cowboys have won four straight. On the other hand, the Packers have lost their last two. At 4-5, this could be an elimination game for Green Bay as another Lambeau loss will make the post-season very tough to reach.

randy-moss-tom-bradyPatriots (6-2) at Colts (8-0) – (Sunday, 8:20 pm – NBC – IND minus 3)

When is a Pats-Colts game not worth watching? Answer…. never. They have accounted for four of the last eight Super Bowls and five of that last seven times these two have played in the regular season, one of them has been undefeated. This time around, it’s Indianapolis. These two are led by the league’s best two quarterbacks, Peyton Manning and Tom Brady who are once again second and third in the league in passing yards. Their two favorite targets, Reggie Wayne and Randy Moss are also top five in receiving yards. This game could eventually decide a home game tiebreak if they meet again in the playoffs, another game that would be worth watching.

12 thoughts on “What to watch this weekend (Nov 13-15)

  1. Dude,what about that big Tilt going on with Miss St and Bama? My upset special is WV will beat Ciny tonight to end their run at the championship. Ej

  2. Brotha E…

    I stopped watching Mississippi State games after they let go of you know who.

    I also like the Mountaineers to pee in Cincinnati’s Wheaties tonight but you beat me to the punch. Nice call.

  3. Big 10 = Joke

    A so-called top-10 team (Iowa) getting 16.5 in a conference game! And it ain’t like they’re playing a national power, either!

  4. Chris

    So this is it for the big boys of the college game this weekend. Someone will bend , someone could very buck & bow. But as to which someone could break ? Well, that’ll be in the hands of the college football gods.

    In the midst of finishing off my piece on the Pacquiao Cotto bout Saturday night. But here’s something of a spirited piece on the NBA. This was done in light of Stern’s speech prior to the start of the NBA season.

    What’s A Billion Dollars ($1,000,000,000)Amongst Friends ? In The NBA It’s Not A Lot …………

    Alan Parkins

  5. Well, Han, I think the spread is that high because their starting QB is out for the game, although even if healthy, the spread would probably have been close to double digits.

  6. Chris….You may want to mosey on over to SRM and make a pick for the Packers-Cowboys game. You left it off.

    Oh yeah, Pac-10 also = Joke.

  7. Chris

    Which is worse at this juncture ? Having your nuts placed in a vice or watching both the Trojans and the Irish have their heads handed to them on a silver platter ?

    And can someone please tell Jay Cutler to shut the __ck up ! No one wants to hear anything he has to say at this juncture . I wanna see Schlereth , Jaworski and Hoge go brokeback on Cutler’s a_s !

    The 1,000lb Gorilla In The Room Charlie Weis ……….

    Alan Parkins

  8. Chris

    I won’t really bother with a follow up piece on the bout. As I think the evidence says it all.

    Pacquiao was far too strong for Cotto and it showed. And needless to say was I not right in my assumption about Cotto and the fact that he cuts too easily ?

    Pacquiao stops Cotto to win seventh title

    By TIM DAHLBERG, AP Boxing Writer 7 minutes ago

    Buzz up!

    LAS VEGAS (AP)—Manny Pacquiao’s speed and power were way too much for Miguel Cotto’s heart.

    Pacquiao put on yet another dominating performance Saturday night, knocking down Cotto twice and turning his face into a bloody mess before finally stopping him at 55 seconds of the 12th round.

    The Filipino star used his blazing speed and power from both hands to win his seventh title in seven weight classes and cement his stature as the best pound-for-pound fighter in the world. Cotto took such a beating that his face was a river of red from the fury of Pacquiao’s punches but he refused to quit even as his corner tried to throw in the towel after the 11th round.


    So no one wants to hang Charlie Weis out to dry as of yet ? How much worse has it got to get before Jim Swarbrick and the the other a_sholes there in South Bend pull their fingers out of each others’ sphincters and fire Charlie Weis. It’s been excuse after excuse. And I’ve had some apologist write that it’s been about the recruiting. F_ck that ! He’s been there five god damn years , what’s he building the Tower of Babel or a friggin’ football team ?

    I’m glad Pitt waxed their a_s ! And even though the score (27-22) doesn’t bear it out . It wasn’t really as close as it looked.

    Alan Parkins

  9. Paqcuiao was nice, man. Really the first complete bout I’ve ever seen him fight.

    He’s so strong, fast and unorthodox, I can see where he’d be a nightmare in the ring.

    Let’s hope there’s not too much fooling around going into the Mayweather negotiations and that both sides can agree to get it done.

    Re: Weis, I agree with you, man. They have to be more over him than Gator fans were over the Zooker.

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