The weekend is here…and that means FOOTBALL! Here are the games that I think will be the ones to watch:

#1 ALABAMA (8-0) AT #5 LOUISIANA STATE (7-1) 6 p.m. on CBS
Last year, these two teams gave us the two most anticipated games of the year, and this season isn’t much different. Alabama and LSU boast two of the top defenses in the game, ranking first and third, respectively, in total defense. The Crimson Tide have a slight edge on offense, with quarterback A.J. McCarron leading the nation in pass efficiency. However, while Alabama has blown away the opposition by an average of over 37 points per game, they have played just one ranked team and aren’t as battle-tested as an LSU squad that is playing its fourth consecutive ranked opponent and has had a bye week to prepare. Last year’s matchups turned on key mistakes (Alabama’s missed field goals in the first game and LSU’s fourth-quarter fumble that set up a Trent Richardson touchdown in the BCS title game). With both defenses playing at such a high level, this game could once again come down to which offense makes the fewest mistakes.


Carolina Panthers (1-6) at Washington Redskins (3-5) 11a.m. on FOX
My two fantasy football quarterbacks meet at FedEx Field. Carolina hopes second-year starter Cam Newton can find his targets against a Redskins defense that ranks last in the NFL against the pass. Washington sends Robert Griffin III out to attack the Panthers’ defense. The Redskins can be very effective when Griffin and Alfred Morris are create pressure on the defense with the running game.