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The Week Ahead
Amanda Cherrin
September 19, 2005
What to watch and watch for
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September 19, 2005

The Week Ahead

What to watch and watch for

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SI PICK OF THE WEEK

SATURDAY 9/17

Orange Crush

Welcome to the SEC, Urban Meyer! Florida's new coach gets his first conference challenge when the No. 6 Gators (2--0) host the defending SEC East champs, No. 5 Tennessee (1--0). Meyer's spread-option offense (SI, Aug. 15), which Utah rode to an undefeated season in 2004, will be put to the test. The Volunteers' D has eight returning starters, including defensive end Parys Haralson (above, right), who was fifth in the conference with seven sacks. Meyer can't even bank on a home field advantage: After losing seven straight at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium, Tennessee has won its last two visits to the Swamp. CBS 8 p.m

SUNDAY 9/18

New England at Carolina

Before Sunday this rematch of Super Bowl XXXVIII looked like it could be a preview of Super Bowl XL. Hampered by injuries, the Panthers limped home with a 7--9 record last year. Buoyed by the return of running back Stephen Davis, who missed most of last year with a knee injury, and the arrival of free-agent cornerback Ken Lucas (left) from Seattle, the Panthers had high hopes. But a Week 1 loss to New Orleans had an all-too familiar feel: defensive tackle Kris Jenkins tore his ACL and will miss the season. Getting back on track won't be easy: The champs will be well-rested after last Thursday's win over Oakland. CBS 1 p.m.

Nextel Cup Sylvania 300

Now that the field has been set for the Chase for the Cup (page 100), NASCAR returns to the one-mile New Hampshire International Speedway--which is good news for Tony Stewart and Kurt Busch. Stewart, the series leader, won on the track in July; Busch, the defending Nextel Cup champ, was runner-up to Stewart and swept the track's two races in 2004. TNT 1 p.m.

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