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What to watch

Mike Christy
Mike Christy / Arizona Daily Wildcat The UA Bookstore provided students and their families with face painting and makeovers for mothers and daughters in celebration of family weekend in 2009.

This weekend, most of the UA and local Tucson sports teams are on the road, so it’s as good a time as any to catch all the college football action on your TV.

In fact, you could watch college football from the first game on Saturday at 6 a.m. all the way until Arizona ends its game with Toledo around 10:30 p.m. There is other stuff to watch, but this is certainly a weekend for college football. Next weekend, the NFL season starts up.


Bear Down Fridays

Get psyched for Rich Rodriguez’s debut a day early at the pep rally. At 4 p.m. you can see ESPN Radio’s “Happy Hour” with host Jody Oehler, the public address announcer for Arizona Stadium, at Main Gate Square. Then at 5 p.m. there will be live music, giveaways and other events.

At 6 p.m. the pep rally starts, which will feature Wilbur and Wilma Wildcat, cheerleaders, the pom squad, the Pride of Arizona Marching Band, twirlers, and flag performers, and will be hosted by men’s basketball head coach Sean Miller. Not too shabby.

No. 24 Boise State at No. 13 Michigan State

Both teams must replace their quarterbacks, but it promises to be a an exciting game. 5 p.m. ESPN

Diamondbacks at Dodgers

See the Dodgers’ shiny new line-up, featuring the likes of Adrian Gonzalez and Shane Victorino, take on the Diamondbacks, who are fighting for a postseason spot. 7 p.m. Fox Sports Net Arizona

Tucson High School at Salpointe Catholic High School

The Tucson high school game of the day sees the Badgers travel up the road to face the Salpointe Catholic Lancers in a game within walking distance from campus. Jake Casteel, Arizona defensive coordinator Jeff Casteel’s son, plays for Salpointe and so does USA Today preseason All-American junior wide receiver Cameron Denson, who is a top recruiting target of schools like UA, Notre Dame and Oklahoma, according to 7 p.m.


Notre Dame vs. Navy (Dublin)

Interestingly, Navy will be the home team as these two squads continue their longstanding rivalry in Dublin. 6 a.m. CBS

Ohio at Penn State

Ohio takes on Penn State in the first game in the not-so “Happy Valley” since NCAA sanctions were dropped on the Nittany Lions following the Jerry Sandusky scandal. 9 a.m. ESPN

Pima soccer vs. South Mountain

Pima Community College hosts a doubleheader, men first followed by women, against South Mountain. It is hot outside, but the price (free) is right. Noon/2:30 p.m. 2202 W. Anklam Rd.

Colorado vs. Colorado State (Denver)

In the best early afternoon game, the Buffaloes battle the Rams in the Rocky Mountain Showdown. 1 p.m. FX

Free tailgating at the mall

The Zona Zoo tailgate will start at 3:30 p.m. and there will be free food at Cherry Ave. and on the Mall. The Coca-Cola Fan Fiesta has relocated from Bear Down Field because of the construction.

Wildcat Walk

Cheer on the Wildcats football team members as they walk to the stadium from their bus before the game at 5:30 p.m at Cherry Ave., next to the Main Library.

Arizona football vs. Toledo

Parking on campus is $5-$10 or free if you have a carpool of four people or more in the Tyndall Ave., Main Gate and Highland Garages. Go to for a map.

There will also be a shuttle from Hi Corbett Field that costs $3, starts two hours before the game and will run for about 45 minutes after the game.

No. 8 Michigan vs. No. 2 Alabama (Arlington, Texas)

UA head coach Rich Rodriguez’s last team, Michigan, faces Alabama, the team that he turned down an offer to coach in 2006. Oh, and the Wolverines and Crimson Tide are pretty good too. 5 p.m. ABC


Arsenal at Liverpool

The biggest soccer game of the weekend finds two of the most successful and popular English teams clashing early in the morning, at least in Arizona. 5:30 a.m. Fox Soccer Channel

Kentucky at No. 25 Louisville

Rivalry games are always fun, especially in the early season when most teams are playing “cupcake” opponents. For example, Oklahoma State, UA’s next opponent, is taking on the world-renowned Savannah State. 12:30 p.m. ESPN


Diamondbacks at Giants

San Francisco hosts the Snakes in a crucial game for Arizona’s NL West and Wildcard races. 1 p.m. Fox Sports Arizona

Georgia Tech @ No. 16 Virginia Tech

Monday Night Football makes an early debut on Labor Day with an ACC match up. 5 p.m. ESPN

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