The Weekend Line up: What to Watch in Sports this Weekend

*note: all times are in Central Time unless otherwise stated

College Football

#16 TCU @ #6 Oklahoma State

Saturday on ESPN at 2:30 PM (CT)

This is the highest-ranking match-up of the weekend that pits two undefeated BIG 12 teams against each other. TCU had a little bit of trouble for the first 3 quarters against their in-town rival SMU last week, but were able to end the game with a resounding victory. Oklahoma State is coming off a solid thumping of an inferior team in South Alabama. It’s two consistently winning coaches that are looking to capture the BIG 12 Title which should ensure them a spot in the College Football Playoff, and this week will put one team closer. Expect a lot of offense. Oklahoma State is expected to win by 13.5 points.

#17 Mississippi State @ #11 Georgia

Saturday on ESPN at 6 PM (CT)

Another matchup of two undefeated, ranked teams this time in the SEC. The SEC West has been dominating the conference the last couple years, with MSU being one of the top teams. Georgia has a chance to grant the conference some parity with a win on Saturday. Georgia is expected to win by less than 5 points. Hopefully this is a close game.

Other Matchups to watch:

#1 Alabama takes on Vanderbilt, both teams are undefeated, in Nashville. Alabama is a 18.5 point favorite, but watching the best team in the country is never a bad idea, and hey, maybe Vandy pulls out a great game. (2:30 PM on CBS)

#5 USC almost got beat by unranked Texas last week, let’s see how they bounce back against a PAC-12 rival who has yet to lose a game this year in Cal. (2:30 PM on ABC)

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National Football League

Atlanta Falcons @ Detroit Lions

Sunday @ 12 pm (CT)

Two undefeated teams take each other on. The Falcons don’t seem to have any Super Bowl hang over after losing in historic fashion last year. Detroit wants to be taken seriously, and with how much they pay their quarterback, should be. This is a good test to see how good they really are.

Cleveland Browns @ Indianapolis Colts

Sunday @ 12 pm (CT)

Ok I know this is kind of mean, but one of these teams has to win and they are both so terrible. The train wreck is always entertaining for a while.

Sunday Night Game (7:30 pm on NBC)

Oakland Raiders @ Washington Redskins

The go-to game of the week could be interesting. Raiders seem to have picked up where they left off last year when their quarterback got hurt. Redskins look like they still have a chance in their division.

 

 

Major League Baseball

American League

The Twins hold a 2.5 game lead over the Angels and Rangers for the second Wild Card spot. This weekend could be the deciding factor.

Twins @ Tigers

Friday at 6:10 pm             Saturday at 5:10 pm        Sunday at 11:10 AM

Angels @ Astros

Friday at 7:10 pm             Saturday at 12:05 pm     Sunday at 7 PM (ESPN)

Rangers @ Athletics

Friday at 9:05 pm             Saturday at 8:05 pm        Sunday at 3:05 pm

 

National League

Milwaukee is just a game back in the Wild Card from the Colorado Rockies with St. Louis just a half game behind them.

Cubs @ Brewers

Friday at 6:30 pm (ESPN)              Saturday at 12:05 pm     Sunday at 12:35 pm

Rockies @ Padres

Friday at 9:10 pm             Saturday at 7:40 pm        Sunday at 3:40 pm

Cardinals @ Pirates

Friday at 6:05 pm             Saturday at 6:05 pm        Sunday at 12:35 pm

 

NASCAR

New Hampshire Motor Speedway (Sunday on NBCSN at 2 PM)

It’s the second week of the playoff with Martin Truex, Kyle Larsen and Kevin Harvick in the 3 top spots. Jimmie Johnson, always a contender, is in 7th. But a win in this format is all that matters in putting a car through to the next round. Earlier in the year Larson was just beat out in New Hampshire and he has been racing on fire this season.

 

PGA Tour

PGA Tour Championship and Fed Ex Cup Finale (East Lake GC in Atlanta, GA on NBS and The Golf Channel Friday-Sunday)

It’s the last tournament of the year for the Fed Ex Cup which is worth $10 million. Rory McIlroy won it last year but is struggling with injuries now. All the top players are in the mix, Jordan Spieth is leading with Justin Thomas and Dustin Johnson in the next two slots. Winning this weekend will guarantee the Fed Ex Cup. Other than that, it will be how the points play out.

 

 

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