Three weekend ago was the weekend of the summer. It was the first weekend of college football, the third week of the NFL preseason, the weekend of epic Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor fight, and had the season finale of Game of Thrones to cap it off. While it’s hard to get much better than that, this weekend is close. There’s a huge boxing match, a full slate of college football, and Week 2 of the NFL season. Let’s go through some of the big, key events going on throughout Saturday and Sunday.
Louisville vs. Clemson (Saturday, 8:00 PM ET on ABC)
The past two weeks of the college football season had two great top-five matchups on ABC (Alabama vs. Florida State and Oklahoma vs. Ohio State). This one might be the closest. Last season, Louisville nearly pulled the upset against Deshaun Watson and Dabo Swinney in Clemson Memorial Stadium, and the game is at Louisville this time around. While Louisville is outside the top ten, they arguably have the best player in college football and arguably should be in there. They will be there if they pull of the win against the Tigers this week in what truly might end up being the game of the year.
USC vs. Texas (Saturday, 8:30 PM ET on FOX)
On paper, this probably isn’t going to be an extraordinary game. But it’s the first matchup between these two blue-blood college football programs since Vince Young and Texas’ stunning Rose Bowl win over the Trojans in 2006. The history alone makes this worth watching, but top NFL prospect Sam Darnold also makes it intriguing. We won’t have to wait another decade-plus to see these two teams face off again, as this is a home-and-home series—still, it should be watched.
Canelo Alvarez vs. Gennady Golovkin (Saturday night on HBO)
This is not getting the hype of Mayweather-McGregor—which turned out to be a great and very entertaining fight, all things considered. Canelo versus Triple G might end up being an even better match. Alvarez’s only career loss was to the aforementioned all-time great, Floyd Mayweather; while Golovkin has not lost a professional fight in his career. We’ll see some good boxing in this one on HBO.
Packers vs. Falcons (Sunday, 8:30 PM ET on NBC)
Obviously, like with college football Saturdays, NFL Sundays are always awesome. The highlight of the day is certainly the night-cap, as the Falcons open the roof of their stunning new Mercedes-Benz Stadium for their first game that counts in the stadium. Mercedes-Benz Stadium might be the best in the entire NFL, and the energy will be crazy in Atlanta. The game between two Super Bowl contenders led by two former MVPs shouldn’t be too bad either.