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Best Bets Oct. 5/6: What to watch

10/5/2011

WEDNESDAY, OCT. 5

  • TELEVISION

COPA SUDAMERICANA

Velez Sarsfield (Argentina) at Universidad Catolica (Chile)

Fox Deportes, 3 p.m.


Velez is the No. 1 seed for South America's No. 2 club competition after winning the Argentine title. Catolica has lost just twice at home in 2011.

Also

Vasco da Gama (Brazil) at Aurora (Bolivia), Fox Deportes, 5:30 p.m.

COLLEGE MEN

Akron at UC Santa Barbara

Fox Soccer Channel, 7 p.m.

The defending NCAA champs visit Goleta, where awaits a huge crowd and the struggling Gauchos, who are coming off back-to-back losses to fellow UCs Riverside and Irvine. Replay: Midnight

  • ON LOCAL FIELDS

COLLEGE MEN

UC Irvine at Cal State Fullerton

Titan Stadium (Fullerton), 7 p.m.


The OC rivals meet in a can't-lose (although a tie might be workable) showdown in just the second week of the Big West? That's what surprise losses in conference openers will do, although the No. 7 Anteaters bounced back to win at UC Santa Barbara.

Also

Vanguard at Concordia (Irvine), 3 p.m.

Cal Lutheran at Occidental (Eagle Rock), 4 p.m.

Whittier at Pomona-Pitzer (Claremont), 4 p.m.

Caltech at Claremont-Mudd-Scripps (Claremont), 7 p.m.

La Verne at Redlands, 7 p.m.

Hope International at Biola (La Mirada), 7 p.m.

College women

Claremont-Mudd-Scripps at Chapman (Orange), 5 p.m.

Occidental at Cal Lutheran (Thousand Oaks), 7 p.m.

Pomona-Pitzer at Whittier, 7 p.m.

Redlands vs. La Verne at Damien High School (La Verne), 7 p.m.

THURSDAY, OCT. 6

  • TELEVISION

MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER

Real Salt Lake at Vancouver Whitecaps

MLS Direct Kick, 6:30 p.m.


RSL has lost three in a row but seems unlikely to lose its hold on the No. 3 spot in the West, especially with a win over the lowly 'Caps. Question is: Does RSL really want to finish third? That means Seattle in the playoffs. Dropping to fourth would add one must-win game to the schedule, but the Eastern Conference bracket will be much more pliable.

COLLEGE WOMEN

Portland at BYU

Fox Soccer Channel, 6 p.m.

The Pilots, a struggling-at-the-moment national powerhouse, welcomes BYU to the West Coast Conference. Replay: midnight

  • ON LOCAL FIELDS

COLLEGE WOMEN

San Diego at Pepperdine

Tari Frahm Rokus Field (Malibu), 3 p.m.


The eighth-ranked Waves are unbeaten heading into their West Coast Conference schedule, thanks to stingy defense and the play up front of Fresno-area products Anisa Guajardo and Lynn Williams.

Also

UC Davis at UC Riverside, 7 p.m.

College men

Caltech at La Sierra (Riverside), 7 p.m.