XFINITY's #5ToFollow - Wednesday, Sept. 4

Jim McIsaac

Vance McCullough, the voice of @XFINITYSports, delivers his analysis of the five key games to watch online, paired with five Twitter follows to give you insider information on the matchup. Have a matchup that you’d like Vance to feature? Tweet @XFINITYSports with the hashtag #5ToFollow.

1. Women’s Singles - #USOpen

Details: Wednesday, September 4 @ 7:00 PM ET – Arthur Ashe Stadium – Flushing, Queens, NY

Watch Here: ESPN2 on XFINITY

Why Watch: Victoria Azarenka keeps winning in the US Open, and that means we’re likely to see Serena Williams waiting for her in this year's women's final. In 2013, we've learned that Serena’s kryptonite could to be Victoria, as Serena has lost two matches to her this season (2/17 Qatar Finals and 8/18 Western & Southern Open Final). The U.S. Open may just become the tennis event of the year, if this heated rivalry squares off on the court this week… don’t miss the Quarterfinal matches on ESPN2.

#5ToFollow Insider: Chris Evert - @ChrissieEvert

The Hall-of-Famer won the #USOpen SIX times, and is now calling the matches from the booth. Make sure to follow Evert, as she’ll be tweeting and broadcasting live from Queens.

Follow: @ChrissieEvert

2. Central Michigan vs. Michigan - #B1G Football in 60

Details: Wednesday, September 4 @ 5:00 PM ET

Watch Here: Big 10 Network on XFINITY

Why Watch: Can’t wait for this weekend’s college football headliner - Notre Dame vs. Michigan? Then you’ve got to watch Wednesday’s #B1G replay, for a demonstration of Michigan’s 2013 version of power football. The Wolverines put up big points against Central Michigan…could we see this type of attach scoring this weekend against Notre Dame? Tune in to get a good look at the Big Blue offense, built on pounding the rock with a dominant run game.

#5ToFollow Insider: Big Ten Network - @BigTenNetwork

Michigan is headlining week two’s headlines with the upcoming game against the Irish, and your best look at them is here on the Big Ten Network. Make sure you're following the Network and the hashtag #B1G for the latest from the conference.

Follow: @BigTenNetwork

3. Detroit Tigers vs. Boston Red Sox

Details: Wednesday, September 4 @ 7:00 PM ET - Fenway Park - Boston, MA

Watch Here: ESPN on XFINITY

Why Watch: Lefty sluggers are on display as David Ortiz and Prince Fielder go to bat on Wednesday night baseball. Tigers’ starter, Rick Porcello, has been missing a lot of bats lately. The right-hander has seven wins in his last 10 starts! But, wins don't come easily on the road, and Boston owns the AL's best home record (45-25). While the Tigers and Sox sit comfortably atop their respected divisions, they'll be fighting for the supremacy of the American League on Wednesday night baseball.

#5ToFollow Insider: Dan Dickerson - @Dan_Dickerson

The Tigers' play-by-play man, Dan Dickerson, is a broadcaster who embraces social media, actively tweeting throughout the game. For trends on the field and a look at the game from a 13-year vet, follow Dickerson.

Follow: @Dan_Dickerson

4. Baltimore Ravens vs. Denver Broncos

Details: Thursday, September 5 @ 8:00 PM ET - Sports Authority Field at Mile High - Denver, CO

Watch Here: NBC on XFINITY

Why Watch: FOOTBALL is back! Thursday night's opener has revenge written all over it, as Denver has had all offseason to think about their heartbreaking double OT playoff loss to the Ravens. Wes Welker and Monte Ball will look to boost the Broncos offensive attack. While the Super Bowl MVP, Joe Flacco, will look to prove that his brilliant 2012 postseason play is his new norm. While we are all enamored with these offenses, the key to this year’s NFL opener is defense. Look for the first defense that forces a turnover to take control Thursday night. Tweet me who you think will make the big play as we'll all be watching #NFLKickoff2013.

#5ToFollow Insider: Andrew Mason - @MaseDenver

Andrew Mason has been covering the Broncos since the ’04 season and has Mile High expectations for the team in 2013. Follow Mason for superb stats on the Broncos and Ravens Thursday night.

Follow: @MaseDenver

5. Sacramento State at Arizona State

Details: Thursday, September 5 @ 10:00 PM ET - Sun Devil Stadium - Tempe, AZ

Watch Here: Pac-12 Network on XFINITY

Why Watch: Sacramento State is 2-0 against Pac-12 opponents in the past two seasons, but will face a major test from Will Sutton and the Sun Devils Thursday night. Sutton hits hard and it’s usually behind the line (2012: 23.5 tackles for loss, 13 sacks). Will Thursday night's showdown in Sun Devil Stadium be another example of the hot streak the FCS is riding, or will the Devils protect their house during their 2013 season opener?

#5ToFollow Insider: Kerry Crowley - @KO_Crowley

Crowley is managing SB Nation's ASU site, House of Sparky, and is excited about the Devils’ season opener Thursday night. For a pitchfork perspective from Thursday night’s Pac-12 game, follow Kerry.

Follow: @KO_Crowley

For more behind the scenes insights from the biggest sporting events and inside information on sports & social media, make sure to follow Vance McCullough, the XFINITY Sports Guy, @XFINITYSports.

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