The Lineup: Saturday & Sunday, October 5-6

Saturday October 5th, 2013


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Pregame Reads

  • All that pink you see at NFL games may not be benefitting breast cancer awareness as much as you think, reportd Ryan Basen of Sports on Earth.
  • Pat Forde of Yahoo! Sports thinks that the Ole Miss football coach should have less tolerance for intolerance by his players.
  • Former NFL special teams coach Mike Westoff says the "Touchback Era" is ruining football as we know it.


College Football #4 Ohio State vs. #16 Northwestern, 8:00p.m. (ABC)

One day I got home from a long bus trip into downtown San Francisco to notice that some stranger had placed a "Welcome to Chicago" sticker on my bookbag. A few hours later, I got a phone call saying that I had been accepted into the Northwestern journalism school. There was some magical force sending me a message that day. But then I got into Columbia, so I said "Screw fate" and moved to New York instead. That's my story about Northwestern.



MLB Playoffs


Tampa Bay Rays vs. Boston Red Sox, 5:30p.m. (TBS)

Detroit Tigers vs. Oakland Athletics, 9:00p.m. (TBS)


St. Louis Cardinals vs. Pittsburgh Pirates, 4:30p.m. (TBS)

Atlanta Braves vs. L.A. Dodgers, 8:00p.m. (TBS)

WNBA Finals

Game 1: Atlanta Dream vs. Minnesota Lynx, 8:30p.m. Sunday (ESPN)

NFL (Coverage Map)

New England Patriots vs. Cincinnati Bengals, 1:00p.m. (CBS)

Baltimore Ravens vs. Miami Dolphins, 1:00p.m. (CBS)

Kansas City Chiefs vs. Tennessee Titans, 1:00p.m. (CBS)

Jacksonville Jaguars vs. St. Louis Rams, 1:00p.m. (CBS)

Detroit Lions vs. Green Bay Packers, 1:00p.m. (Fox)

Seattle Seahawks v.s Indianapolis Colts, 1:00p.m. (Fox)

New Orleans Saints vs. Chicago Bears, 1:00p.m. (Fox)

Philadelphia Eagles vs. New York Giants, 1:00p.m. (Fox)

Carolina Panthers vs. Arizona Cardinals, 4:05p.m. (Fox)

Denver Broncos vs. Dallas Cowboys, 4:25p.m. (Fox)

Houston Texans vs. San Francisco 49ers, 8:30p.m. (NBC)

San Diego Chargers vs. Oakland Raiders, 11:35p.m. (NFL Network)

The A's playoff game has pushed the kickoff of this game until near midnight, prompting fake outrage from East Coasters who probably wouldn't have watched a snap anyways. If the NFL Network is on point, it'll seize the opportunity to produce a cool time lapse of the stadium being changed like this one from the Staples Center a couple years ago.

College Football (Blue Indicate Top 25 Team)

Air Force vs. Navy, 11:30a.m. (CBS)

This game almost didn't happen because of the government shutdown. Any injured players better hope Obama keeps the Affordable Care Act intact.

#7 Louisville vs. Temple, 12:00p.m. (ESPN3)

#25 Maryland vs. #8 Florida State, 12:00p.m. (ESPN)

#20 Texas Tech vs. Kansas, 12:00p.m. (Fox Sports 1)

Penn State vs. Indiana, 12:00p.m. (BTN)

Illinois vs. Nebraska, 12:00p.m. (ESPNU)

Ball State vs. Virginia, 12:00p.m. (ESPN3)

Eastern Michigan vs. Buffalo, 12:00p.m. (ESPN3)

Lehigh vs. Fordham, 12:00p.m. (CBS Sports)

Michigan State vs. Iowa, 12:00p.m. (ESPN2)

Rutgers vs. Southern Methodist, 12:00p.m. (ESPNEWS)

North Carolina vs. Virginia Tech, 12:30p.m. (ESPN3)

Army vs. Boston College, 1:00p.m. (ESPN3)

Central Michigan vs. Miami (OH), 1:00p.m. (ESPN3)

South Alabama vs. Troy, 1:00p.m. (ESPN3)

Ohio vs. Akron, 2:00p.m. (ESPN3)

Western Michigan vs. Toledo, 3:00p.m. (ESPN3)

#3 Clemson vs. Syracuse, 3:30p.m. (ABC or ESPN2)

#6 Georgia vs. Tennessee, 3:30p.m. (CBS)

Georgia Tech vs. #14 Miami (FL) 3:30p.m (ESPNU)

Minnesota vs. #19 Michigan, 3:30p.m. (ABC or ESPN2)

Kansas State vs. #21 Oklahoma State, 3:30p.m. (ABC & ESPN3)

North Carolina State vs. Wake Forest, 3:30p.m. (ESPN3)

Massachusetts vs. Bowling Green, 3:30p.m. (ESPN3)

Rice vs. Tulsa, 3:30p.m. (CBS Sports)

Northern Illinois vs. Kent State, 3:30p.m. (ESPN3)

Washington State vs. California, 4:00p.m. (4:00p.m.)

UCF vs. Memphis, 4:30p.m. (ESPN3)

#2 Oregon vs. Colorado, 6:00p.m. (Pac 12 Network)

#10 LSU vs. Mississippi, 7:00p.m. (ESPN)

TCU vs. #11 Oklahoma, 7:00p.m. (Fox)

Arkansas vs. #18 Florida, 7:00p.m. (ESPN2)

#24 Ole Miss vs. Auburn, 7:00p.m. (ESPNU)

Cincinnati vs. South Florida, 7:00p.m. (ESPN3)

Texas State vs. Louisiana-Lafayette, 7:00p.m. (ESPN3)

Kentucky vs. #13 South Carolina, 7:30p.m. (ESPN3)

#22 Arizona State vs. Notre Dame, 7:30p.m. (NBC)

Missouri vs. Vanderbilt, 7:30p.m. (ESPN3)

Louisiana Tech vs. UTEP, 7:30p.m. (CBS Sports)

West Virginia vs. #17 Baylor, 8:00p.m. (Fox Sports 1)

#15 Washington vs. #5 Stanford, 10:30p.m. (ESPN)

Not to be outdone by rival Oregon, Stanford unveiled it's own stupidly-expensive football facility. Actually, they were totally outdone by Oregon. I guess Silicon Valley money isn't quite as good for football as Nike money.

Cowardly Cop-out of the Week: Georgia State vs. #1 Alabama, 12:21p.m. (ESPN3)

The Tide has built a dynasty out of playing mid-season non-conference against cupcakes. The Panthers of Georgia State look for their first win after dropping games to Chattanooga, Samford, and Jacksonville State. Alabama is a 55-point favorite.

Canadian Football


Montreal Alouettes vs. Edmonton Eskimos, 3:30p.m. (ESPN3)

Winnipeg Blue Bombers vs. Calgary Stampeders, 6:30p.m. (ESPN3)

High School Football

Mount Carmel (IL) vs. Loyola (IL), 2:30p.m. Saturday (ESPN3)



Detroit Red Wings vs. Boston Bruins, 7:00p.m. (NHL Network)

The folks over at Stanley Cup of Chowder have been counting down a list of Bruins fans' 29 most-hated teams in the NHL. The winner (or loser) is the Montreal Canadiens, a team the blog has celebrated with multiple hate-filled posts, including the top five greatest fights between the two teams. Among them is this one, which features Patrice Bergeron taking it to Josh Gorges' dome.

Ottawa Senators vs. Toronto Maple Leafs, 7:00p.m.

Philadelphia Flyers vs. Montreal Canadiens, 7:00p.m.

Columbus Blue Jackets vs. New York Islanders, 7:00p.m.

Buffalo Sabres vs. Pittsburgh Penguins, 7:00p.m.

Tampa Bay Lighting vs. Chicago Blackhawks, 8:00p.m.

Florida Panthers vs. St. Louis Blues, 8:00p.m.

Washington Capitals vs. Dallas Stars, 8:00p.m.

Anaheim Ducks vs. Minnesota Wild, 8:00p.m.

Edmonton Oilers vs. Vancouver Canucks, 10:00p.m.

Phoenix Coyotes vs. San Jose Sharks, 10:30p.m.


Philadelphia Flyers vs. Carolina Hurricanes, 5:00p.m.

Anaheim Ducks vs. Winnipeg Jets, 8:00p.m.

Vancouver Canucks vs. Calgary Flames, 8:00p.m.



New England Revolution vs. New York Red Bulls, 7:00p.m.

Toronto FC vs. Philadelphia Union, 7:30p.m.

Sporting KC vs. Columbus Crew, 7:30p.m.

FC Dallas vs. Real Salt Lake, 9:00p.m.

Seattle Sounders vs. Colorado Rapids, 10:00p.m. (NBC Sports & Live Extra)


Chivas USA vs. LA Galaxy, 5:00p.m. (Unimas)

Portland Timbers vs. Vancouver Whitecaps, 8:00p.m.

English Premier League


Manchester City vs. Everton, 7:45a.m. (NBC Sports & Live Extra)

Liverpool vs. Crystal Palace,9:45a.m. (NBC Sports & Live Extra)

Fulham vs. Stoke City, 10:00p.m. (Live Extra)

Hull City vs. Aston Villa, 10:00a.m. (Live Extra)

Cardiff City vs. Newcastle United, 10:00a.m. (Live Extra)

Sunderland vs. Manchester United, 12:30p.m. (NBC Sports & Live Extra)


Norwich City vs. Chelsea, :30a.m. (NBC Sports & Live Extra)

Northampton vs. Swansea City, 8:30a.m. (Live Extra)

West Bromwich Albion vs. Arsenal, 11:00a.m. (NBC Sports & Live Extra)

Tottenham Hotspur vs. West Ham United, 11:00a.m. (Live Extra)



Brazil League: Botafogo vs. Gremio, 5:25p.m. (ESPN3)

NCAA Men's: Notre Dame vs. Clemson, 7:00p.m. (ESPN3)


NCAA Women's: Maryland vs. North Carolina, 1:00p.m. (ESPN3)

NCAA Women's: Auburn vs. Florida, 2:00p.m. (ESPN3)

NCAA Women's: Texas vs. Kansas, 2:00p.m. (ESPN3)

NCAA Women's: Kentucky vs. Vanderbilt, 2:00p.m. (ESPN3)

NCAA Women's: South Carolina vs. Tennessee, 3:00p.m. (ESPNU)



American Le Mans Series at Vir, 2:00p.m. (ESPN3)

IndyCar: Grand Prix of Houston, 3:00p.m. (NBC Sports & Live Extra)

NASCAR Nationwide Series at Kansas, 3:30p.m. (ESPN)


American Le Mans Series at Vir, 5:30p.m (ESPN2)

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at Kansas, 2:00p.m. (ESPN)

Mystik Lubricants TerraCross - HayDays, 7:00p.m. (CBS Sports)

Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series - Pro 4 and Pro Buggy, 8:00p.m. (CBS Sports)

Auto-Plus NHRA Nationals, 8:00p.m. (ESPN2)


President's Cup, 8:00a.m. Saturday & 12:00p.m. Sunday (NBC)

Cricket: CLT20

Semifinal:Trinidad & Tobago vs. Mumbai Indians, 10:20a.m. Saturday (ESPN3)

Final: Teams TBD, 10:20a.m. Sunday (ESPN3)


Eastbound & Down, 10:00p.m. Sunday (HBO)

Eric & Jessie: Game On, 10:00p.m. Sunday (E!)

Eric Decker apparently looked at the track record of athletes on reality TV (Hank Baskett, Kris Humphries, Lamar Odom) and said, "That's something I would like to invite into my life."



Mario Lemiux, NHL Hall of Fame Center, 48

Grant Hill, Former NBA Forward, 41

Cody Zeller, Charlotte Bobcats Forward, 21

Patrick Roy, Colorado Avalanche Coach, 48

Barry Switzer, Former NFL Head Coach, 76

Trent Cole, Philadelphia Eagles Linebacker, 31


Tony Dungy, Former NFL Player and Coach, 58

Ricky Hatton, Professional Boxer, 35

Rebecca Lobo, Former WNBA Center, 40

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