NFL: San Francisco 49ers vs. New Orleans Saints Preview, Prediction And Where To Watch Online Live Stream
I can't wait for Sunday.
And, it's not because one of the best teams in the NFL travels to take on one of the hottest teams in the NFL.
I live in the Bay Area and all you hear on sports-talk radio is who should be the starting quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers? Is Alex Smith done? etc.
I understand if you talk about it on Tuesday, the day after Colin Kaepernick destroyed one of the best defenses in the NFL. But, to continually talk about it all day and all night for the entire week is too much.
So instead of telling you who should be the starting quarterback for San Francisco, let's actually dissect one of the best games on Sunday.
The New Orleans Saints started the season 0-4 and everyone was writing them off. Everyone had a good reason to, 183 teams have started 0-4 since the AFL/NFL merger in 1970, and only the 1992 San Diego Chargers made the playoffs. Statistically the Saints have a 0.005% chance at making the playoffs.
Luckily for the Saints, they don't care about stats and the past.
Who would have thought UCLA would be ranked higher than USC heading into their showdown on Saturday?
Okay, I know there isn't much of a difference between No. 17 and No. 18, but everyone thought USC would be favored by double-digits and two wins away from playing in the BCS National Championship.
Funny how things work out in the world of college football.
Just ask Alabama, you can't assume anything.
USC was one of the favorites to win it all this year, now they have to beat UCLA on the road just to win the Pac-12 South.
This is the undoubtedly the biggest rivalry on the West Coast, and it finally has some flare back.
The winner earns a spot in the Pac-12 Championship, and a chance to represent the Pac-12 in the Rose Bowl.
This rivalry hasn't been too competitive of late. USC has won the last five by an average of 24.6 points. The Trojans have won 12 of the last 13 meetings against the Bruins.
However, Jim Mora Jr. has changed the mindset down in UCLA. The (8-2, 5-2) Bruins have been one of the best teams in the Pac-12 this year.
Finally after 19 months we get to see Georges St. Pierre make his Octagon return. GSP has been the king of the welterweight division for nearly five years, but the division has improved tremendously while GSP was on the shelf nursing a torn ACL.
GSP has defended his belt six straight times, but he will get his toughest test this Saturday night against Carlos Condit. "The Natural Born Killer" enters the octagon on a five-fight win streak against some very tough competition.
During his win streak he has knocked off Nick Diaz, Dong Hyun-Kim, Dan Hardy, Rory MacDonald and Jake Ellenberger. Three of those five rank in the top-ten in the ESPN rankings among the welterweight division.
Also on the card, (20-5) Martin Kampmann takes on (13-1) Johny Hendricks to determine who gets the winner of GSP vs. Condit.
Two of the league's best square off on NBC's "Sunday Night Football" in a highly anticipated contest. This could very well end up being an early Super Bowl preview.
This Saturday will be full of fireworks that will shake up the BCS rankings. There are five games tomorrow that feature top-25 teams squaring off.
No. 23 Texas (6-2, 3-2) travels to Lubbock, TX, to take on No. 18 Texas Tech (6-2, 3-2). Whoever is running the scoreboard won't even be able to blink because this game is going to be a good old fashion Texas shootout.
No. 16 Texas A&M (6-2, 3-2) and No. 15 Mississippi State (7-1, 3-1) lock horns in Starkville, MS. Texas A&M is getting their first test in the toughest conference in the nation, but a road win at Davis Wade Stadium would keep the Aggie's alive for a BCS bowl down the road.
No. 2 Kansas State (8-0, 5-0) hosts No. 24 Oklahoma State (5-2, 3-1) and will look to keep their BCS National Championship dreams alive. Kansas State has made it look easy the last two weeks outscoring West Virginia and Texas Tech 110-38. Sophomore quarterback Collin Klein has emerged as the Heisman favorite as we near the end of the regular season and expect his greatness to continue on Saturday.
While these three games are marquee matchups, there are two CAN'T MISS games: