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Best Bets Oct. 6/7: What to watch

THURSDAY, OCT. 6

  • TELEVISION

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

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.

  • 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.

FRIDAY, OCT. 7

  • TELEVISION

2012 EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP QUALIFYING

Spain at Czech Republic

ESPN Deportes, 11:40 a.m.

Spain, the reigning champs in this competition as well as the World Cup, has already booked its trip to Poland and the Ukraine. The Czechs are battling Scotland for a spot in a playoff that would determine another berth, and that will surely be decided in Tuesday's qualifying finales.

Also

Sweden at Finland, ESPN Deportes, 9 a.m.

England at Montenegro, ESPN Deportes, 1:55 p.m.

Italy at Serbia, ESPN Deportes, 4 p.m.

International friendly

Brazil at Costa Rica, ESPN Deportes, 6:55 p.m.

MEXICAN PRIMERA DIVISION

Monterrey at Estudiantes Tecos

Galavision, 6:10 p.m.

Monterrey has fallen to 13th place with just one win in its past seven Apertura matches, an unseemly neighborhood for the mighty Rayados. Guadalajara's Owls have been better on the road (four wins) than at home (1-4-0 record).

College men

San Diego at Portland, Fox Soccer Channel, 7 p.m.

Australian A League

Sydney FC at Melbourne Victory, Fox Soccer Channel, 12:30 a.m.

  • ON LOCAL FIELDS

COLLEGE WOMEN

Cal Poly at Cal State Northridge

Matador Soccer Field (Northridge), 7 p.m.

Cynthia Jacobo, the best goalkeeper in the W-League last summer, came up big last week as the Matadors opened Big West Conference play with a win and a tie. Cal Poly, always in the conference title chase, must bounce back from a 6-0 loss to Long Beach State.

Also

UC Santa Barbara at UC Irvine, 7 p.m.