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MURPH'S 'MOTE: Local grads in MAC battle

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: Toledo at Central Michigan, 10 a.m. Saturday, WPWR

Crystal Lake South graduate and CMU long snapper Nick Adams looks to help Central Michigan pick up a Mid-American Conference win.

Jacobs graduate Adam Kulon and Crystal Lake South graduate Boston Mathews are true freshmen for Toledo.

College football: Western Michigan at Iowa, 11 a.m. Saturday, BTN

Iowa senior tight end and Johnsburg graduate C.J. Fiedorowicz has the Hawkeyes on the right track. 

College football: San Jose State at Minnesota, 11 a.m. Saturday, ESPN2

Marian Central graduate Chris Streveler has moved up the depth chart for at least this week, because of injury, making him the backup quarterback for the Golden Gophers. Multiple media outlets are reporting Streveler, a true freshman, with be the No. 2 man.

Vanderbilt at UMass, 11 a.m., ESPNews

Crystal Lake South graduate Jake Bernstein is a member of the offensive line for Vanderbilt.

College football: Maine at Northwestern, 2:30 p.m., Saturday, BTN

Cary-Grove graduate Hayden Baker is listed as the backup right guard for the Wildcats.

College football: South Dakota State at Nebraska, 2:30 p.m. Saturday, BTN

South Dakota State senior and Crystal Lake South graduate Vince Benedetto will try to help keep the Jackrabbits undefeated.

Benedetto forced a fumble in the second game of the season against North Dakota starting quarterback Ryan Bartels, a Sycamore graduate.

Pro hockey: Columbus at Pittsburgh, 3 p.m. Saturday, NHL Network

Crystal Lake's Jared Boll recently agreed to a three-year contract with the Blue Jackets.

College football: Wyoming at Air Force, 9:15 p.m. Saturday, ESPNU

Marian Central graduate Kurtis Stirneman will be on the sideline for Wyoming.

College football: Utah at BYU, 9:15 p.m., ESPN2

Island Lake native Jake Ziolkowski plays for BYU.

Women's college soccer: Michigan at Iowa, noon, Sunday, BTN

Jacobs graduate and freshman midfielder Kylie Dennison is part of the Iowa program. 


Pro football: Bears at Pittsburgh, 7:30 p.m. Sunday, NBC

Not a fan of the Emmys? Try some football.

I like the Bears' chances against the Steelers. Ben Roethlisberger looks old, compared to Jay Cutler, even though Cutler is only a year younger.


Pro hockey: Blackhawks at Detroit, preseason, 5 p.m. Sunday, NHL Network

Still trying to get over your Stanley Cup hangover? Well, here's the cure. More hockey. Yes, it's preseason. But you know why you should watch? Because it's the Hawks. Also get a chance to check out West Dundee native Ryan Hartman (38) for the Hawks.


WNBA: Sky at Indiana, playoffs, first round, Game 2, 2 p.m. Sunday, ESPN2

Elena Delle Donne and Sylvia Fowles should help carry the Sky onto the next round of the playoffs.

• Agree? Disagree? Is someone from the Northwest Herald coverage area going to be on TV? Let Kevin Murphy know at

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