There are so many sports every weekend that it can be nearly impossible to keep track of them all. Here is a weekly guide to the five games/events/experiences that you will be in danger of missing if you make the mistake of going outside.
1. College Football is here! It's here! It's here! There are so many games to watch, and you should immediately read Matt Brown's comprehensive season preview while you still have time. But it's time for some game rankings. The best five:
1. Alabama vs. Florida State, 8 p.m. ET Saturday, ABC
2. Michigan vs. Florida, 3:30 p.m. ET Saturday, ABC
3. Texas A&M at UCLA, 7:30 p.m. ET Sunday, FOX
4. Georgia Tech vs. Tennessee, 8 p.m. ET, Monday, ESPN
5. North Carolina State vs. South Carolina 3 p.m. ET Saturday, ESPN
And while I have you, in a regular occurrence in this column throughout the season, predictions for the two college football teams I personally follow:
Illinois 35, Ball State 21. It's going to be a long season for Lovie Smith's gentlemen, but a necessary one: More than half the players on the roster are freshmen and sophomores, and that'll pay off in the long run. For now, though, wins like this will be rare. Enjoy this while you can, gents.
Georgia 34, Appalachian State 17. App State is a scary team to play in your first game, and not just because of their history of causing trouble to big-name programs. This is an experienced team with an up-and-coming coach, playing a Georgia team that should take a big step forward from Kirby Smart's first season but might need a week to get everything put together. Here's guessing it's a slow, sluggish first quarter before Nick Chubb and company run away in the second half.
2. U.S. Open! I've been away from New York City, where I lived for 13 1/2 years, for four years now, and the sporting even I miss most is the U.S. Open. (And it's not just all the Honey Deuces we all drank.) Now I've gotta watch it on TV like everybody else, but that's OK: It's on all day Saturday, Sunday and Monday. The third round and Round of 16 is Saturday through Monday on ESPN from 11 a.m. - 7 p.m. ET and on ESPN2 in primetime. All it's missing is Serena. For now.
3. Your Weekly MLB matchup rankings:
1. Mets at Astros
2. Diamondbacks at Rockies
3. Red Sox at Yankees
4. Nationals at Brewers
5. Royals at Twins
6. Angels at Raneres
7. Blue Jays at Orioles
8. Dodgers at Padres
9. Braves at Cubs
10. Indians at Tigers
11. A's at mariners
12. Cardinals at Giants
13. Phillies at Marlins
14. Rays at White Sox
15. Reds at Pirates
4. The Astros come home. It was a pleasant surprise to learn that the Astros would in fact be able to come back to Minute Maid Park this weekend, and what a welcome they are sure to receive. For all the talk of sports in general being frivolous -- because, yes, we understand that in the grand scheme -- distractions are not without their merits. No one in Houston will mind having the Astros in town. So Houston will host the Mets in a doubleheader starting at 2:10 p.m. ET Saturday, and then will go at it again at 2:10 p.m. ET Sunday, both on MLB.tv.
5. Some more World Cup qualifying matches. The USMNT team doesn't play until Tuesday after last night's game, but you can still catch some qualifying, globally. The most fun game is probably Spain-Italy at 2:45 p.m. ET on Saturday on BeinSport. Italy has had a wobbly qualifying start, but this game could get them right back on track. Just for fun, you should go to college football bars and request this game at this precise time Saturday. Particularly really crowded ones.
Dive Into Five is a weekly guide to the weekend's activities of sport. Make sure I don't miss anything great by emailing me firstname.lastname@example.org.