The Stack is a little thin today after a little Halloween bash and our NBA preview post from yesterday. Let that not deter you though from reading this one today though so let's get right to it and see what made "the stack" for today, Thursday, November 1:
At the urging of NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg, the NBA has decided to postpone tonight's Brooklyn Nets home opener in the brand new Barclays Center agains the New York Knicks. The destruction from Hurricane Sandy is just too much to overcome in order to put the game on. Public transportation is not at full speed and the area where the Barclays Center lies does not handle heavy traffic well. Sure it's disappointing, but there are far more important things going on right now in New York City and the surrounding area. Smart move by the NBA to postpone this game and say that they will honor all tickets when the game is played at a date to be announced. Thoughts continue to be with those affected by Sandy.
Kansas City Chiefs @ San Diego Chargers 8:20 PM ET NFL Network
This won doesn't scream must watch by any stretch of the imagination. The Chiefs have been awful this year. In fact, they have never led in a game this year. Their only win came on a game-winning field goal in overtime against the New Orleans Saints. So they don't scream "watch me!" And the Chargers season has gone down the toilet following two blown fourth quarter leads on the road at New Orleans and at home against the Denver Broncos, and the inexplicable loss to the Cleveland Browns. Sure they'll win a few more games, but I don't think they'll make the playoffs, let alone win the division. Still though, it's NFL football and people will watch. I'll watch. And I'll watch a Chargers win though the Chiefs winning won't stun me.
Prediction: Chargers 27 Chiefs 17
College football's biggest matchups this weekend
There are a few really intriguing, important and what should be very good games on the college football schedule for week ten. #3 Notre Dame should win against Pittsburgh, but this is a trap game after Notre Dame's big win over Oklahoma last week. Here are a look at the three biggest matchups:
#24 Oklahoma State @ #2 Kansas State 8:00 PM ET ABC
Collin Klein will continue to add to his Heisman Trophy resume and he should be able to do that against OK State. Klein is really, really good. He can both run and throw and he will lead Kansas State to a victory.
#4 Oregon @ #17 USC 7:00 PM ET FOX
The Ducks haven't faced a real tough test in the Pac 12 yet this year. The Trojans are that first test, but after USC lost last week to Arizona, they're not nearly as good as we thought they were. Still, in Collesium, this will be a good game, but Oregon's offense and maybe more important, their defense will lead the way to a victory. I like Oregon in this game.
#1 Alabama @ #5 LSU 8:00 PM ET CBS
Oh what a game this should be. Then again, maybe not. Remember what happened in the national championship game last year? Alabama blanked LSU. And LSU's offense, particularly their quarterback play, has not been good or consistent this year. Even with two weeks to prepare, do we really think that LSU has figured out an offensive gameplan to crack Alabama's defense? LSU's defense will keep them in this game for a while and it would be great to see LSU pull off the upset, but I don't see that being very likely. I like Alabama to win this game.
Coming up Friday: NFL Week 9 preview and predictions