The Best In Sports In 7 Days

Doctor S sez: It's here, it's finally here—the second event in the PGA's FedEx Cup. Oh, yeah, and major college football begins, too.

Thursday, Sept. 2
College football, Southern Miss at South Carolina (6:30 p.m., Columbia, S.C., ESPN, 105.1 FM): This is USM's chance to make a big splash. Standing in their way is the best team since coach Steve Spurrier arrived. ... Junior college football, Hinds at Itawamba (7 p.m., Fulton): Not much is expected of either of these teams, so both are hoping to prove the experts wrong. ... NFL exhibition football, New Orleans at Tennessee (7 p.m., Nashville, Tenn., Ch. 11, 620 AM): The reserves and the guys who will be cut this weekend will get most of the playing time in final preseason game.

Friday, Sept. 3
High school football, Madison Central at Murrah (7:30 p.m., Hughes Field, Jackson, 105.9 FM): With the Jaguars in town, it's going to be a long night.

Saturday, Sept. 4
College football, Delta State at Jackson State (4 p.m., Memorial Stadium, Jackson, 95.5 FM, 1180 AM/103.3 FM): Big things are expected of both the Statesmen and Tigers this season. ... Mississippi College at Millsaps (7 p.m., Harper Stadium, Jackson): The Choctaws and Majors renew their bitter rivalry. They hate each other, OK?

Sunday, Sept. 5
NASCAR Sprint Cup auto racing, Emory Healthcare 500 (6:30 p.m., ESPN): With just two races to go until the Chase for the Sprint Cup, the drivers who make left turns better than anybody in the world head to Atlanta to swap paint.

Monday, Sept. 6
Southern League baseball, Mississippi at Birmingham (7 p.m., Birmingham, Ala., 103.9 FM): The M-Braves play their final game of the season. See you next year, fellas. ... College football, Boise State vs. Virginia Tech (7 p.m., ESPN): The 10th-ranked Hokies aim to bust the No. 3 Broncos game at the "neutral" site of Landover, Md.

Tuesday, Sept. 7
Major League baseball, Atlanta at Pittsburgh (6 p.m., SportSouth, 620 AM): This is the perfect opportunity for the Braves to pad their lead in the NL East.

Wednesday, Sept. 8
Tennis, U.S. Open, men's and women's quarterfinals (10 a.m., ESPN2): A band of Euros and some stray Americans battle for tennis' No. 2 prize.

The Slate is compiled by Doctor S, who is sick of watching ads for "Machete."


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