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 Purdue, 11 a.m. today, ESPN2
The Huskies can’t afford another slow start, especially on the road. Purdue is no Idaho, or Eastern Illinois, for that matter. See today’s Daily Chronicle NIU wrap for more coverage of today’s game.
College football: Iowa at Minnesota, 2:30 p.m. today, ABC
Former DeKalb football player and Iowa freshman running back LeShun Daniels Jr. finished with a career-high 54 yards rushing against Western Michigan last week.
“[Daniels] just handled things pretty well and, unfortunately, had a turnover the other day,” Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz said in a news conference. “He wasn’t being sloppy with the football. It was one of those things, and maybe in some ways it’s a blessing that it happened and we didn’t have to pay a price for it, because those things are going to happen. LeShun is a guy that’s been very attentive, grabs concepts really well. He’s really picked up things very quickly, amazingly quickly. He just doesn’t seem to be overwhelmed with anything, whether it was on the practice field in August, and now that the games have begun, he just seems really comfortable doing what he does. He always kind of looks the same, which is good. That’s a positive.”
Former NIU coach Jerry Kill takes the field with Golden Gophers in a Big Ten opener.
Pro football: Bears at Detroit, noon Sunday, FOX
Can the Bears start the season 4-0 with a win against the their NFC North rivals? They’ll have to slow down Matthew Stafford and Calvin Johnson.
The Lions (2-1) are one of only five teams in the NFC with a winning record.
The Bears lost Henry Melton for the season with a torn ACL, but Detroit’s Reggie Bush sat out last week’s win against Washington with a sprained knee.
SET THE DVR
College football: Mississippi at Alabama, 5:30 p.m. today, ESPN
Ole Miss is 3-0 for the first time since 1989 and coming off a dominant road victory over Texas two weeks ago.
That means the Rebels have had plenty of time to prepare for the No. 1 Crimson Tide (3-0).
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NHL: Preseason, Washington at Blackhawks, 7 p.m. today, CSN+
The Hawks look to put on the finishing touches before the regular season starts Tuesday.
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