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A Grip on Sports: This weekend’s television viewing may be dominated by who is not there more than who is – The Spokesman

A GRIP ON SPORTS • It’s about to get weird. But not this weekend. This weekend is the eye of the sports hurricane, so to speak. Next weekend the Big Ten begins playing football and all heck will break loose. This weekend? The best televised event might be whatever feed CBS sets up from Nick Saban’s house.


• Is there a USC or Washington fan in the nation who believes Steve Sarkisian is an upgrade for Alabama tomorrow? Didn’t think so.

After all, Sarkisian, who will fulfill the head coaching duties for second-ranked Tide in their SEC showdown with third-ranked Georgia, was basically a .500 coach in his five seasons with the Huskies. And, though better at USC in 18 games, his tenure in Los Angeles ended badly.

But that was a half-a decade ago. And all he is expected to do Saturday is manage the Alabama football machine – not reinvent it. He is the Crimson Tide’s offensive coordinator, so that side of the ball was in his hands already. If the defense can contain the Bulldogs, then all should go well for Alabama.

Let’s hope not. After all, the game is the only one Saturday that features two ranked teams facing off. And it doesn’t start until 5 p.m., meaning the day is full of matchups of questionable quality.

There is the unknown, however, that is always the hallmark of a college football Saturday, made more nebulous this season with the introduction of the pesky coronavirus. We’re not even talking about canceled games. That’s a given in 2020. Heck, even the SEC is not immune as LSU’s trip to Florida has been postponed a week after the Gators’ coach, Dan Mullen, campaigned for more fans in the Gainesville stands. One has to wonder if the virus saw

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