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. MLB postseason! On Friday, all four of the Division Series played. There are two games each Saturday and Sunday, with the National League at 5:30 p.m. ET (Cubs @ Nats) and 9 p.m. ET (D-backs @ Dodgers) on TBS on Saturday and the American League at 2:30 p.m ET (Astros @ Red Sox) and 7:30 p.m. ET (Indians @ Yankees) on Sunday on FS1. Which will you watch? (Trick question, you should spend all day Saturday and all day Sunday at a sports bar so you don't miss anything.)
2. Mark Richt has lost control of this sentence. Since Georgia fired beloved longtime head coach Mark Richt before last season, the Bulldogs have gone through one rebuilding season before exploding into the top five this year. But don't forget about Richt. His Miami Hurricanes -- did you hear Richt went to school there? -- are 3-0, ranked No. 13 and have a chance to make a huge statement against Florida State on ESPN at 3:30 p.m. ET Saturday. Florida State is off to a slow start, and the Hurricanes could be coming across them at just the right time. If Miami can win this road game, the field is wide open: The toughest games left on the schedule are home against Virginia Tech and Miami before what could be an epic ACC title game tilt against Clemson. A win here, and Mark Richt and Georgia are gonna be in the top 10. And, since it's that time (and Illinois played last night) time for the prediction for the one team I follow that's playing in Week Five:
Also, as we do every week, predictions for the two college football teams I personally follow:
Iowa 34, Illinois 13. The Illini make the switch to Jeff George Jr. this week, who has the decision-making ability of his father but not the arm. He still throws better than Chayce Crouch, the man he's replacing. Iowa is off to an 0-2 Big Ten start and will be eager to move on from those negative memories by crushing my Illini.
Georgia 33, Vanderbilt 7. Georgia lost at home to Vanderbilt last season, and if you say that sentence aloud here in Athens, Georgia, you get thrown in jail. Expect to see some more Jacob Eason in this game, by the way.
3. Your Week 4 Sunday NFL Matchup rankings.
1. Carolina at Detroit
2. Green Bay at Dallas
3. Seattle at LA Rams
4. Kansas City at Houston
5. Buffalo at Cincinnati
6. Baltimore at Oakland
7. Jacksonville at Pittsburgh
8. Arizona at Philadelphia
9. Tennessee at Miami
10. NY Jets at Cleveland
11. LA Chargers at NY Giants
12. San Francisco at Indianapolis
4. Which NFC upstart is for real? Carolina missed the playoffs last year even though many people thought they were still one of the best teams in the conference. Detroit made the playoffs even though no one thought they belonged there. They're a combined 6-2 this year and eager to show they're legit contenders. They face off Sunday at 1 p.m. ET on FOX. I've learned by the way that there are millions of fans below the Mason/Dixon Line who will still just think of this game as Auburn (Cam Newton) against Georgia (Matthew Stafford.)
5. NBA Preseason! If you're not in the mood to watch more football on Sunday night and need a break from the baseball -- I can't imagine anyone having either problem, but hey, life's a rich pageant -- you can sneak in some lateish-night basketball on Sunday. It's Kings-Lakers on ESPN at 9 p.m. ET on Sunday, which is sort of basketball but mostly just a chance for the world to stare at the Ball family some more. Don't feel self-conscious about it, they don't mind.
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