Friday, August 30, 2013

Weekend watchdog

Some college teams open the season against creampuffs. Virginia Tech takes on the best.
The Hokies battle top-ranked Alabama - the two-time national champions - Saturday in the Chick-fil-A Classic on ESPN at 5 p.m.
The teams met to open the 2009 in Atlanta, and the Crimson Tide won by 10 en route to the first of three national titles in the past four years.
What does 2013 hold for both teams? We'll start seeing this weekend.
ESPN continues the college football slate Friday with Texas Tech-SMU at 8 p.m. while North Dakota State meets Kansas State on FoxSports1 at 8:30 p.m.
Notre Dame football starts its season against Temple Saturday at 3:30 p.m. on NBC.
ABC's primetime schedule opens with Georgia-Clemson. In the afternoon, new ACC member Syracuse plays Penn State while other areas will see Mississippi State battle Oklahoma State. ESPN2 will air the contest you won't have on ABC.
ESPN2 starts its day at noon when Buffalo faces Ohio State, and closes the night showing Northwestern-California at 10:30 p.m. Texas A&M meets Rice at 1 p.m. on ESPN (you'll have to wait until around 3 p.m. to see Johnny Football), and in primetime LSU takes on TCU at 9 p.m. at Cowboys Stadium.
West Virginia hosts William & Mary at noon on FoxSports1. Oregon meets Nicholls State at 4 p.m. and Boise State travels to Washington at 10 p.m.
Maryland opens its final ACC season Saturday at 12:30 p.m., taking on Florida International on Comcast.
MASN2 offers Wofford-Baylor Saturday at 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, Mississippi Valley State plays Florida A&M at 11:45 a.m. before Louisville takes on Ohio at 3:30 p.m. on ESPN.
The Orioles visit the Yankees on the weekend on MASN. TBS offers coverage of Sunday's game nationally.
The Nationals take on the Mets - Friday on MASN2, Saturday at 7 p.m. on MASN and Sunday on ESPN2 at 8 p.m.
NASCAR heads to Atlanta Sunday at 7:30 p.m. on ESPN for the next-to-last contest before the Chase for the Cup. The Nationwide drivers run on ESPN2 Saturday at 7:30 p.m. The Indy Car circuit takes on the streets of Baltimore Sunday at 2 p.m. on NBC Sports network.
It's the middle weekend of the U.S. Open. ESPN2 covers the action Friday at 1 and 7 p.m. CBS has third round play Saturday at 11 a.m., and action continues Sunday and Monday at 11 a.m.
The Fed Ex playoffs continue on NBC Sunday and Monday with the Deutsche Bank championship.
NBC carries the Premier League match between Crystal Palace and Sunderland Saturday at 12:30 p.m. NBC Sports network has a pair of games Saturday - Manchester City-Hull at 7:45 a.m. followed by Cardiff City-Everton - and two more Sunday morning. Liverpool faces Manchester United at 8:30 a.m. and Arsenal takes on Tottenham Hotspur at 11 a.m.
In the MLS, Portland visits Real Salt Lake Friday at 10 p.m. on NBC Sports network and D.C. United takes on the Red Bulls Saturday at 8 p.m.
NBC Sports network carries the Woodward Stakes Saturday at 4 p.m.

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