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. BEDLAM. We're consistently amused by the FS1 commercials for the Oklahoma State-Oklahoma game at 4 p.m. ET Saturday on FS1. The hype video for the game is fine enough, but they keep defining the word "bedlam," which is basically the hackiest lede in the world of words and images. It would be like me starting this column with "column: a regular feature or series of articles in a newspaper, magazine, or the like, usually having a readily identifiable heading and the byline of the writer or editor, that reports or comments upon a particular field of interest." And then I just went right into the column. Anyway, the loser is out of the national championship race.
Also, as we do every week, predictions for the two college football teams I personally follow:
Purdue 21, Illinois 17. I still think Illinois is going to sneak out one more win this season, and all told, this is probably its best chance. (The Illini even looked a little better last week against Wisconsin.) I just can't bring myself to do it.
No. 1 Georgia 24, South Carolina 10. This game has letdown written all over it, with the big, emotional win over Florida last week, the huge game against Auburn next week and the fresh No. 1 ranking. It's won't be enough for Georgia to lose, but keep an eye on this one.
2. Your Week 9 Sunday NFL matchup rankings.
1. Atlanta at Carolina
2. Kansas City at Dallas
3. Denver at Philadelphia
4. LA Rams at NY Giants
5. Tampa Bay at New Orleans
6. Washington at Seattle
7. Baltimore at Tennessee
8. Indianapolis at Houston
9. Cincinnati at Jacksonville
10. Oakland at Miami
11. Arizona at San Francisco
3. The NFC South survival game. The Falcons and Panthers are the past two Super Bowl participants from the NFC, and both had high expectations for this year. But suddenly, with New Orleans playing so well and both teams struggling, this looks like a potential elimination game. The Panthers are a one point favorite in their game at 1 p.m. ET Sunday on Fox, and if the Falcons lose, they're at .500, with games coming up against Dallas, Seattle, Tampa Bay and Minnesota.
4. Magic. No, the other one. The team. The Orlando Magic have been one of the most surprising teams in the NBA in the early going, but they'll face an early home test at 6 p.m. Sunday, available locally and on NBA League Pass, against those Boston Celtics. The Celtics have overcome the awful loss of Gordon Heyward in the first game of the season and might be the best team in the East and the best challenger to Cleveland we've had since LeBron James returned to town. This paragraph might seem pretty funny in five months when the Magic have won only 30 games.
5. Columbus tries to keep the franchise alive. One of the stirring things you might have missed while the World Series was going on was the Columbus Crew, a team whose owner is threatening to move to Austin in the offseason, hosting NYCFC in the MLS playoffs and wiping them out 4-1. The home-and-home heads to Yankee Stadium for the second leg at 5 p.m. ET Sunday on ESPN. If Columbus wins -- at least doesn't lose by more than two -- it'll head to the Eastern Conference Finals … and give its fans another chance to maybe say goodbye.
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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.