Northwest Herald sports copy editor Kevin Murphy picks his top sporting events to watch on TV this weekend with a spotlight on local graduates:
College football: Western Illinois at Minnesota, 11 a.m. Saturday, BTN
Marian Central graduate Chris Streveler will be roaming the sidelines as third-string quarterback for the Gophers, although he could see playing time in this game.
Crystal Lake South graduate and Western Illinois redshirt freshman Eddie Atkinson was the Scout Team Offensive Player of the Year for the Leathernecks last season. Atkinson played in the season opener for the Leathernecks. Also Dundee-Crown's RJ Schmidt is on the WIU roster.
College football: Washington vs. Illinois at Soldier Field, 5 p.m. Saturday, BTN
Illinois junior defensive lineman Jake Howe, who played for McHenry, and Illinois sophomore fullback Tim Clary, a Richmond-Burton graduate, will get to play in front of family and friends. Illini graduate assistant coach Drew Nystrom (Prairie Ridge) will get the same opportunity.
College football: Iowa at Iowa St., 5 p.m. Saturday, FS1
Iowa senior tight end and Johnsburg graduate C.J. Fiedorowicz has the Hawkeyes on the right track. Fiedorowicz led the Hawkeyes last week with three catches for 31 yards in their win over Missouri State.
College football: Vanderbilt at South Carolina, 6 p.m. Saturday, ESPNU
Crystal Lake South graduate Jake Bernstein might start at guard on the offensive line for the Commodores.
College football: Western Michigan at Northwestern, 8 p.m. Saturday, BTN
Cary-Grove graduate Hayden Baker is listed as the backup right guard for the Wildcats.
Women's soccer: Team USA – Return to London: Women's soccer semifinal vs. Canada, 7 p.m. Sunday, CSN
Who could forget this match at the London Olympics? What a thrilling finish for the Americans. Alex Morgan became a national hero. And Prairie Ridge graduate Amy LePeilbet, a defender, was there to keep the Americans in the match as the U.S. went on to win the gold medal.
NFL: Minnesota at Bears, noon Sunday, Fox
The Vikings have All-Pro Adrian Peterson, but then again Christian Ponder is the quarterback. And let's face it, I won't be worrying as much about the Bears' chances to win in Week 2 as I was in Week 1.
SET THE DVR
College football: Alabama at Texas A&M, 2:30 p.m., Saturday, CBS
Yahoo Sports reported Wednesday five SEC players received improper benefits during their college careers, including former Alabama offensive tackle D.J. Fluker. Add with returning Heisman Trophy winner and Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel playing, you can bet that the NCAA will be watching this game.
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Golf: PGA Tour, BMW Championship, final round, at Conway Farms in Lake Forest, 12:30 p.m. Sunday, NBC
Will Tigers Woods be in the hunt? Woods has finished out of the top 20 only one time in 15 tournaments in the Chicago area, including the 2003 U.S. Open at Olympia Fields. His last time in the Chicago suburbs was not memorable, posting a 0-3-1 record at Medinah last year in the Ryder Cup.
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