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. One amazing college football night. The schedule makers have done you zero favors this week. There's a fairly pedestrian slate during the day Saturday that turns into downright madness on Saturday night. Starting at 7 p.m., you have:
- No. 12 Auburn at No. 9 Clemson, 7 p.m. ET, ESPN
- No. 7 Oklahoma at No. 2 Ohio State, 7:30 p.m. ET, ABC
- No. 15 Georgia at No. 25 Notre Dame, 7:30 p.m. ET, NBC
- No. 14 Stanford at No. 4 USC, 8:30 p.m. ET, FOX
So sleep in on Saturday, hang out with family and loved ones for most of the day, take a nap and get ready. Because the whole college football season is going to shift because of whatever happens starting at 7 p.m. ET Saturday.
Also, as we do every week, predictions for the two college football teams I personally follow:
Illinois 23, Western Kentucky 21. The Hilltoppers are 8 1/2-point favorites on the road against a Big Ten team, which I promise you will never happen again. Illinois didn't look great against Ball State in their Week 1 win, but they're feisty, they play hard and they're just young and dumb enough to do something crazy like beat a Conference USA team at home on a Saturday night. (Oh, this game is the same time as all those other games. Interesting counterprogramming, BTN!)
Notre Dame 24, Georgia 20. I will be at this game Saturday night, my first-ever trip to South Bend. For all the excitement about freshman quarterback Jake Fromm, the Dawgs could really use Jacob Eason in this one, particularly if they fall behind. Fromm can throw the ball … but Eason can really throw the ball. If Georgia has to come from behind late, there could be trouble. Here's betting Notre Dame hangs on, and there are many sad Bulldogs fans leaving the stadium at way past the average Notre Dame fans' bedtime.
2. Your Week 1 Sunday NFL Matchup rankings.
1. Seattle at Green Bay
2. N.Y. Giants at Dallas
3. Oakland at Tennessee
4. Baltimore at Cincinnati
5. Philadelphia at Washington
6. Tampa Bay at Miami
7. Atlanta at Chicago
8. Arizona at Detroit
9. Pittsburgh at Cleveland
10. Carolina at San Francisco
11. NY Jets at Buffalo
12. Jacksonville at Houston
13. Indianapolis at L.A. Rams
3. Seahawks at Packers: Your NFC Championship Game preview? The NFC is odd this year -- and everyone's already assuming whoever wins is getting smashed by New England in the Super Bowl anyway -- but this is the only Week 1 game that feels like it could end up being replayed in January. It's also the FOX doubleheader game, 4:25 p.m. ET Sunday, and it's one of only three late afternoon games. So after the fever of the 1 p.m. slate, settle in for the best contest of the day, in case you fall asleep during NBC's Sunday Night Football. We're all getting into game shape.
4. Top 5 MLB matchups (all on MLB.tv):
1. Brewers at Cubs
2. Rockies at Dodgers
3. Angels at Mariners
4. Orioles at Indians
5. Twins at Royals
5. U.S. Open finals. It has been a gripping tournament on both the men's and women's sides, and even Serena Williams didn't sit this one out, giving birth right around the time of the Round of 16. The women's final between Sloane Stephens and Madison Keys is at 4 p.m. ET Saturday on ESPN, and Rafael Nadal takes on Kevin Anderson to finish up the men's side at 4 p.m. ET Sunday on ESPN.
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.