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What to Watch: Week Three (Parts 4 & 5 of 5)

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4. Miami at Louisville
Saturday, September 16 - 2:30 p.m.
ABC/ESPN Gameplan

Miami spoiled Louisville's perfect season in 2004 when the Cardinals finished 11-1. The 'Canes won by a field goal. Louisville started 2005 ranked highly and were in the top 10 when they went to Tampa and got slapped around like a ragdoll by USF (I was at that game by the way.) They still had a pretty good year going 9-3 narrowly losing to West Virginia and losing to Virginia Tech in the Gator Bowl.

The pressure is on Larry Coker and Miami to produce this year. They got humiliated by LSU in the Peach Bowl (it was their worst loss since 1997 when FSU shut them out 47-0.) There have been some offseason incidents (it is Miami afterall) and Coker fired several assistants after the LSU loss last year. It'll be another key game for Miami early in the season (they open against FSU.)

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3. Michigan at Notre Dame
Saturday, September 16 - 2:30 p.m.
NBC

The difficulty just keeps on coming for Notre Dame as they play a quality opponent for the third week in a row. There should be more inspiration to perform than ever for both teams after former Michigan coach Bo Schembechler fanned the flames of this rivalry saying that Michigan should stop playing Notre Dame. His exact words, "We don't need Notre Dame. They need us more than we need them."

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2. Florida at Tennessee
Saturday, September 16 - 7:00 p.m.
CBS

This game has always been an important one in the SEC East race and I don't imagine that this year will be any different. I will never forget their 2004 meeting. I had just moved to Florida, didn't know a soul down there and was watching the game at home. When Tennessee won it in the last few seconds there was a cacophony of expletives and things being thrown in the apartments above mine and to both sides. I was happy to know that they took their football as seriously in Florida as we do in Alabama.

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LSU at Auburn
Saturday, September 16 - 2:30 p.m.
CBS

I guess the networks all chose September 16th as the day to duke it out and see whose contract is the best. There are four phenomenal games on at 2:30 p.m on 9/16 (granted two are split broadcasts on ABC.) Make sure your thumb is in tip-top shape as you will be giving it a workout on the remote control during commercials.

For an Alabama fan, this is obviously the game of the week on TV. Our two main divisional foes battle it out. This is one of those games that has an impact every year. Last year's game was crazy as Auburn's kicker missed five field goals in a game Auburn could've easily won. LSU won by three. If Auburn could've hit just two of those five field goals, they would've gone to the SEC Championship game instead of LSU.

The CBS double header on 9/16 will keep you parked in front of the couch almost all day with two HUGE SEC battles.