What to Watch For

by The Dartmouth Sports Staff | 9/30/12 10:00pm

Vince Marriott: My What to Watch For picks have centered a lot on college football recently, but I can't think of anything I'd want watch this week more than No. 4 Louisiana State University taking on No. 10 University of Florida on Saturday. LSU keeps slipping in the polls due to some recent close finishes, but this was one of the teams favored to win the national title at the start of the season, and I still think that they have a great shot of going all the way. Florida is no joke, either. That state always seems to produce top talent, and the Gators tend to get the best of it. Even though No. 3 Florida State University seems to be the better team this year, there are too many players and coaches on Florida's sidelines that know how to win to count them out of the national title race just yet. (Saturday, 3:30 p.m., CBS)

Dong Zhao: For as much as they ruined the NFL, I actually miss the replacement referees. Don't get me wrong they were not even close to being competent and I probably would not be saying this if I were a Packers fan, but they certainly added another entertaining storyline to the NFL. Watching an NFL game was like riding a roller coaster for the first time you have no idea how the game is going to turn at any moment. NFL fans will get to enjoy another roller-coaster ride when Tony Romo and Jay Cutler face off on Monday Night Football. Both quarterbacks have driven their fan bases crazy due to their maddeningly inconsistent play, so buckle down and enjoy the ride. (Monday, 8:30 p.m., ESPN)

Jonathan Gault: In an attempt to create more late-season drama, Major League Baseball commissioner Bud Selig added an additional wild card spot in each league prior to the 2012 season. On Friday night, we get to reap the benefits of this new policy, with two intense one-game playoffs. The winner in each will advance to the division series, while the loser's season will end. The National League matchup is pretty much set, with the Braves likely to host the Cardinals. However, the American League matchup is still very much up in the air, with the Yankees, Orioles, Athletics and Angels all battling it out for a spot. In fact, the Yankees or Orioles could end up playing three different teams in three days, as they would play each other in a one-game playoff for the AL East on Thursday should they finish with the same record. The loser would then play the wild card game on Friday, and if it wins that would play Game One of the ALDS on Saturday. There's only one word for that scenario: wild. (Friday, TBS)