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What I’m Watching: the Frogs Go Buffalo Hunting

Plus: the Rangers try for their first series win (or sweep) in four attempts, while FC Dallas takes on the best the West has to offer.
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Sonny Dykes and TCU begin their quest to return to the College Football Playoff against the talk of college football. Chris Jones-USA TODAY Sports

The Rangers did not snap their losing streak in Monday’s series opener against Arizona. It ballooned to a whopping eight games before Texas finally earned a win Saturday. (The vibes are pretty rough these days.) The Wings dropped both games in their home-and-home against Minnesota before pulling back into the win column against Phoenix over the weekend. And the Cowboys’ preseason finale was overshadowed by a shocking trade for former third-overall pick Trey Lance, which you can read about here.

Here’s what I’m watching this week:

Wednesday, 8/30—Rangers at Mets5:40 p.m., Bally Sports Southwest

Can the Rangers win their first series in four tries? After taking the opener in dramatic fashion on Monday, that question might be answered this evening with Andrew Heaney on the hill for the second game. But if Texas loses its 10th game in 12, then Dane Dunning will take the mound tomorrow in hopes of winning the rubber match. If Heaney and Co. do deliver, Texas will have a shot at sweeping its first series since doing so in back-to-back three-game sets against Miami and the Chicago White Sox to open the month.

Wednesday, 8/30—FC Dallas at St. Louis City SC7:30 p.m., AppleTV+

It’s hard to top an exhilarating, last-gasp win over your interstate rival like the one FC Dallas notched in the 97th minute over Austin FC on Saturday, but defeating the best team in the Western Conference would be a nice place to start. For that to happen, a goal-starved group will need to muster some offense against St. Louis keeper and captain Roman Burki, who ranks third in MLS in save percentage.

Saturday, 9/2—TCU versus Colorado11:00 a.m., FOX

College football technically began last week, but it’s called Week Zero for a reason. The real action begins Saturday, and all eyes will be on the Horned Frogs as they begin life without Heisman runner-up Max Duggan by taking on the biggest offseason story in the sport: Deion Sanders’ overhauled Colorado Buffaloes.

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