Northwest Herald sports copy editor Kevin Murphy picks his top sporting events to watch on TV this weekend with a spotlight on local graduates:
Southern Illinois at Illinois, 11 a.m. Saturday, BTN
McHenry's Jake Howe will likely earn a starting position on the defensive line for the Illini. Richmond-Burton graduate Tim Clary is buried on the depth chart but could see time at fullback.
Bryce Beschorner (Huntley) and Josh Jahnke (Crystal Lake South) are true freshmen for the Salukis.
Johnsburg graduate Thomas Kinney could see the most playing time for the Salukis as their kicker. The Winona State transfer has impressed coach Dale Lennon, according to the Southern newspaper.
UMass at Wisconsin, 11 a.m. Saturday, BTN
Working as tight ends coach as a student for Wisconsin, Marian Central graduate Jon Budmayr will assist the Badgers this season.
Also, any time the Badgers are on TV this season, be sure to check the helmets. UW players will wear a decal in the memory of Marian Central graduate and former Wisconsin student manager Kevin "Otis" Green. The decal will be a green sticker with the name, “Otis” in white letters on the back of the Badgers’ helmets.
Central Michigan at Michigan, 2:30 p.m. Saturday, BTN
The Central Michigan Chippewas won at Iowa last season. They look to defeat another Big Ten team on the road again.
Watch for Crystal Lake South graduate and CMU longsnapper Nick Adams.
Northern Illinois at Iowa, 2:30 p.m. Saturday, BTN
Iowa was one of N. Illinois' two losses last season, but the Huskies have revenge on their mind (see page C4).
Johnsburg graduate C.J. Fiedorowicz is looking to make sure that doesn't happen for the Hawkeyes. He's a preseason All-Big Ten pick at tight end.
Huskies to watch for: Prairie Ridge's Sean Folliard and Marian Central's Scott Taylor.
BYU at Virginia, 2:30 p.m. Saturday, ESPNU
Island Lake native Jake Ziolkowski is a redshirt freshman defensive back for BYU.
Wyoming at No. 18 Nebraska, 7 p.m. Saturday, BTN
Marian Central graduate Kurtis Stirneman, a true freshman offensive lineman, is listed fourth at the left guard spot on the depth chart entering fall camp for Wyoming.
Northwestern at California, 9:30 p.m., Saturday, ESPN2
Northwestern looks to continue a winning tradition, and brothers Quinn and Hayden Baker (Cary-Grove graduates) look the help the Wildcats in their season opener.
College football: No. 5 Georgia at No. 8 Clemson, 7 p.m., ABC
Saturday's game is pretty on paper. Two top-10 teams on the opening weekend of college football? Thank you football planning geniuses.
SET THE DVR
College football: No. 1 Alabama at Virginia Tech, 4:30 p.m. Saturday, ESPN
The two-time defending national champions Crimson Tide will likely roll over competition. NFL scouts will at least need to set the DVR for scouting for Alabama and potential NFL talent.
CATCH THE HIGHLIGHTS LATER
College football: Kentucky vs. Western Kentucky at LP Field in Nashville, Tenn., 6 p.m. Saturday, ESPNews
WKU, a program on the rise, looks to beat its nondirectional Commonwealth State university for the second straight year. Last year, it was the Hilltoppers over the Wildcats (32-31 in OT).
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