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. Championship Week. Our colleague Matt Brown is all over this this week, but for the sake of a discussion, let's pretend that his eight-team playoff idea were in effect this week. Assuming the favorites all won in the conference title games, that leaves us with five teams in (with the notion that all conference champs get in):
The sixth team would be UCF, as the top Group of Five team. So: Who would the other two be? Alabama, probably. But who's the eighth? One-loss Wisconsin? Two-loss Georgia? Two-loss Penn State?
Anyway, we only have four, which means we will either have clarity on Sunday morning, or total chaos. ESPN's "College Gameday" is in Charlotte for the ACC championship game, but for our money, the action is still in Atlanta for the SEC championship game between Georgia and Auburn at 4 p.m. ET on Saturday on CBS. We will be in the stands for this game. It should be quite the thing. We've been predicting Georgia games all year, so here you are:
No. 6 Georgia 31, No. 4 Auburn 28. We're going with the "Jordan-Hare was so insane that it discombobulated both Georgia and Auburn and it won't happen in a more neutral environment" argument. Everything went wrong for Georgia three weeks ago. It'll be different this time. We're guessing a Rodrigo Blankenship field goal as time expires. And lunacy at the new Mercedes-Benz Stadium … which we will see again this college football postseason.
2. Your Week 13 Sunday NFL matchup rankings.
1. Eagles at Seahawks
2. Panthers at Saints
3. Vikings at Falcons
4. Patriots at Bills
5. Texans at Titans
6. Lions at Ravens
7. Rams at Cardinals
8. Chiefs at Jets
9. Browns at Chargers
10. Colts at Jaguars
11. Giants at Raiders
12. Broncos at Dolphins
13. Buccaneers at Packers
14. 49ers at Bears
3. Another huge Sunday in the NFC. The NFC has been absolutely fascinating this year, with teams like the Saints and Vikings taking huge steps forward, the Panthers and Falcons rebounding and the Eagles dominating everybody. This six best teams in the NFC (excepting the Rams) all play each other Sunday afternoon, and the biggest one might be the Eagles at Seahawks on NBC on Sunday night at 8:30 p.m. ET. The Eagles have been unstoppable, but they're entering their toughest stretch: at Seattle this week and at the Rams next week. If they win both those games, Eagles Fever will take over that town and turn everyone into Mamula Zombies.
4. Crosstown Shootout. Cincinnati is one of the more underrated college basketball cities in the country, and they've got their annual massive rivalry game Saturday, with Cincinnati and Xavier facing off in the Cintas Center at noon ET on FS1. This is always a massive game, but it's even more so this year, with both teams ranked. The Bearcats, in particular, are a sleeper Final Four contender. Plus, you can see downtown Cincinnati, where the family feel-good film The Killing of a Sacred Deer was filmed. You should see that if you want to be deeply disturbed while seeing downtown Cincinnati.
5. Are the Thunder dead? The superteam has been a disaster early, under .500, out of the playoffs and reeling. It gets that much harder for them Sunday night on NBA TV at 7 p.m. ET against the Spurs, who are marching along like they always are. How long until people start blaming Carmelo Anthony's physical existence for Oklahoma City's troubles? Not long, right?
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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.