Weekend Watchdog: The Hunt for Mr. October
There’s two more games and two more teams in the hunt for the 2012 World Series championship.
The first meeting between wild-card teams takes place Friday on TBS. Defending champion St. Louis made the field as the second wild-card, and take on Atlanta at 5 p.m. The American League contest between the Orioles and Rangers will be at 8:30 p.m.
The Division Series start Saturday, with Detroit hosting Oakland at 6 p.m. and San Francisco taking on Cincinnati at 9:30 p.m. The wild-card winners host the first game of the other division series on Sunday, along with game 2 from Detroit and San Francisco. TBS carries both Saturday games and three Sunday, with the other game on the MLB network.
The NFL weekend begins Thursday with the unbeaten Cardinals and Rams on NFL network at 8:20 p.m. Another unbeaten – Houston – visits the Jets Monday night on ESPN, while NBC shows Drew Brees trying to get the Saints in the win column against the Chargers Sunday night.
The Redskins host the Falcons Sunday at 1 p.m. on FOX. CBS has the doubleheader, with the Ravens heading to Kansas City at 1 p.m. before Peyton Manning and Tom Brady meet in New England at 4:15 p.m.
ESPN starts the college football weekend Thursday with Southern Cal visiting Utah at 9 p.m. Friday features a twinbill, with future ACC foes Pittsburgh and Syracuse meeting in a Big East clash at 7 p.m. Utah State meets BYU at 10:15 p.m.
Want to see scoring? Fox has West Virginia’s visit to Big 12 foe Texas Saturday at 7 p.m. after Arizona plays Stanford at 3 p.m. Miami takes on Notre Dame from Chicago at 7:30 p.m. on NBC, and ABC’s primetime game matches Nebraska and Ohio State.
ESPN starts the day in the Big Ten with Northwestern against Penn State. It’s off to the ACC at 3:30 p.m. with Clemson meeting Georgia Tech, then Georgia battles South Carolina at 7 p.m. The nightcap has Washington taking on Oregon. ESPN2 brings Arkansas-Auburn at noon, with the coverage of the game not on your ABC station at 3:30 p.m. Florida State meets N.C. State at 8 p.m.
On Fx, Kansas State takes on Kansas at noon.
MASN starts its day at noon with the Big East contest between South Florida and Temple. Liberty hosts Big South foe Gardner-Webb at 3:30 p.m., followed by UNLV taking on Louisiana Tech at 7 p.m.
Towson battles James Madison at 1 p.m. on NBC Sports network.
For your CFL action, NBC sports network shows Hamilton at Edmonton Friday at 9 p.m.
NASCAR heads to Talladega for the weekend, with the Chase for the Cup Sunday at 1 p.m. on ESPN.
The WNBA playoffs continue Thursday on ESPN2, with Minnesota hosting Los Angeles at 8 p.m. Indiana plays Connecticut Friday at 8 p.m., and it’s Game 2 of Minnesota-L.A. Sunday at 3:30 p.m. on ABC.
D.C. United hosts Toronto Saturday at 1 p.m. on Comcast. NBC offers the Red Bulls against Chicago Saturday at 3:30 p.m. NBC Sports network caps the night with Real Salt Lake at the Galaxy at 9 p.m. ESPN brings Seattle against Portland Sunday at 9 p.m.
Comcast has ACC women’s soccer Thursday at 8 p.m. with Boston College taking on North Carolina. Men’s action includes N.C. State hosting Duke Friday at 6:30 p.m. and Maryland Sunday at 1 p.m.
In college volleyball, Virginia meets Clemson Friday at 8:30 p.m. on Comcast.
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