Buckle up because this is going to be an action-packed weekend of sports action. #BOWLSZN begins on Saturday, the NFL plays on both days, there are two CBB matchups featuring top-20 teams squaring off and so much more.
What should you watch this weekend? Here are just a few of the top games you can sample.
Villanova vs. Kansas
The weekend kicks off with No. 17 Villanova traveling to Allen Fieldhouse to face off against the No. 1 team in the country, the undefeated Kansas Jayhawks. The Wildcats won the last meeting between these two teams back in March in the Final Four, but Villanova lost its last game and three in total so far this season. Will Kansas keep rolling and exact some revenge or will Nova find a way to beat the Jayhawks in yet another big game?
Trend to know: Villanova is 5-1 ATS in the last 6 meetings
Las Vegas Bowl
The best matchup of the first set of bowl games is Arizona State taking on No. 21 Fresno State in Las Vegas. The Sun Devils surprised many this season, earning a bowl bid under new head coach Herm Edwards. However, Edwards and ASU will have a hard time against one of the best defenses in the nation, especially without star wide receiver N’Keal Harry. Fresno State is hoping their defense — which has only allowed 13.7 points per game — can keep Eno Benjamin and the Sun Devils in check en route to their first ever 12-win season.
Trend to know: Fresno State is 1-6 ATS in their last 7 Bowl games
Gonzaga vs. North Carolina
No. 4 Gonzaga visits No. 12 North Carolina in a matchup of two of the highest-scoring offenses in college basketball. Gonzaga is No. 3 in the nation in scoring, averaging 94.1 points per game. North Carolina is No. 5 in the nation, averaging 93.3 points per game. Get ready for some fireworks.
Trend to know: North Carolina is 1-4-2 ATS in their last 7 home games
Browns vs. Broncos
In case you forgot, like I always seem to every season, Saturday Night Football is back! The two-week stretch of Saturday NFL games begins this week with Texans vs. Jets, but that’s not the best game of the day. The Browns and Broncos are both theoretically alive in the AFC playoff picture and they basically play an elimination game here. If you’re in the playoffs in your fantasy football league, the running backs in this game may be of particular interest to you as well.
Trend to know: The over is 5-2 in the last 7 meetings
Cowboys vs. Colts
Don’t overlook this matchup on Sunday. Both of these teams are feeling pretty good about themselves after slow starts to the season. The Cowboys look primed to win the NFC East and roll into the playoffs on the back of a strong defense, Ezekiel Elliott on the ground and Amari Cooper through the air. The Colts just beat the AFC South-leading Texans last week and are trying to claw into a wild card spot as Andrew Luck continues his comeback-player-of-the-year campaign. These two teams don’t play often and this game is very meaningful to both.
Trend to know: Cowboys are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games
Patriots vs. Steelers
This matchup of two AFC titans could be a preview of the AFC Divisional round. Or maybe it won’t be, because neither team is feeling all that dominant right now. The Patriots are coming off a brutal loss to the Dolphins on the road last week. As bad as that was at least they didn’t lose to the Raiders, right? Well that’s what the Steelers did and they need a win here or missing the playoffs becomes a real possibility. The combination of star power and teams desperate to win makes this a must-see matchup.
Trend to know: Patriots are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 meetings in Pittsburgh
Lightning vs. Jets
This is about as good as it gets. You have the best offense in hockey and the best team in the league in Tampa Bay taking on the fourth-best offense in hockey and the third-best team in the league in Winnipeg. There’s star power, offensive fireworks, two top goaltenders. This has Stanley Cup preview written all over it.
Raptors vs. Nuggets
Although no one really believes they’ll end the season this way, this is a matchup of the top team in the East vs. the top team in the West. Both teams are clicking on all cylinders and this should be a rather exciting game on a Sunday with an underwhelming slate of basketball action.
Eagles vs. Rams
The weekend caps off with this Sunday Night Football matchup. The Eagles are clinging to their slim playoff hopes with Nick Foles as their starter. The Rams are pissed off, getting completely shut down by the Bears last week. Will the Eagles show that they can persevere for the second straight season without Carson Wentz or will this be their last stand? Can the Rams offense get back on track or will the Saints and Bears pass them by as NFC favorites?
Trend to know: Eagles are 10-1 ATS in their last 11 meetings