Shaw Media sports copy editor Kevin Murphy picks his top sporting events to watch on TV this weekend with a spotlight on local graduates:
College football: Northern Illinois at UMass, 11 a.m. today, WPWR
The undefeated Huskies (8-0) get another easy opponent this week in UMass (1-7) after blowing out Eastern Michigan, 59-20. What does that mean for local viewers? A chance to see more local graduates, like Geneva graduate Matt Williams and Aurora Christian graduate Joel Bouagnon.
Bouagnon scored the first touchdown of the game last week in the first quarter on a 10-yard pass from NIU quarterback Jordan Lynch. Williams caught his first career touchdown pass, a 36-yard grab from NIU quarterback Matt McIntosh, in the third quarter.
Geneva graduate Michael Santacaterina had two tackles, a sack and quarterback hurry for the Huskies.
College football: Illinois at Penn State, 11 a.m. today, ESPN
St. Charles East graduate Tim Russell is the place-holder for the Illini, and has thrown multiple touchdowns this season for the Illini on 2-point conversions, including one in a loss to Wisconsin.
Russell will graduate as an agricultural engineering (technical systems management) major in December.
College football: Michigan at Michigan State, 2:30 p.m. today, ABC
Marmion’s Ryan Glasgow, Graham Glasgow and St. Francis’ Kyle Bosch look to help the Wolverines pick up a win. Graham Glasgow and Bosch, a true freshman, started on the offensive line together as the Wolverines racked up 248 yards on the ground against Indiana two weeks ago.
“Bosch played well, I though,” said Michigan senior offensive lineman Taylor Lewan in the postgame news conference. “My first Big Ten game as a freshman was against Indiana, and I remember coming out thinking, ‘Oh my god, this is the Big Ten.’ Bosch did a great job. I think for the first few series he was a bit starry-eyed. He knows what his weaknesses are and his strengths and so do I. I’ve had the opportunity to play with him here and there. We didn’t just throw him in there; he’s had snaps with the first unit. I just tried to help him out as best I could.”
College football: Minnesota at Indiana, 2:30 p.m. today, BTN
Bobby Hess, a Geneva graduate, is a walk-on with the Hoosiers.
Women’s college volleyball: Penn State at Michigan State, 7:30 p.m. today, BTN
Geneva graduate and Michigan State senior outsider hitter Lauren Wicinski has been a force the Spartans. Wicinski, who spent her first two years at Northern Illinois, has helped the Spartans to a 17-5 start to the season before Friday’s match.
St. Francis graduate and senior setter Kristen Kelsay owns 2,687 career assists, good for sixth place at MSU all-time.
Men’s college soccer: Wisconsin at Northwestern, 2 p.m. Sunday, BTN
Marmion graduate and Northwestern sophomore Mick Maley has played in two matches this season.
Pro basketball: Bulls at Philadelphia, 6:30 p.m. today, WGN, NBATV
For the first time this season, the Bulls will play a team that didn’t qualify for last year’s playoffs.
SET THE DVR
NHL: Calgary at Blackhawks, 7:30 p.m. Sunday, CSN
This is the second game of a back-to-back. It is the third time the Hawks have played back-to-back-games this season.
CATCH THE HIGHLIGHTS LATER
College football: Miami (Fla.) at Florida State, 7 p.m. today, ABC
Florida State opened up as a 21-point favorite earlier in the week. Yikes. And the Hurricanes barely edged Wake Forest last week. Expect the “tomahawk chop” early and often.
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