Cavaliers in prime time

Last season, the win over Miami was a lone bright spot in Virginia’s dismal season.
Thanks to that, they get a prime time slot on ESPN Thursday night. We’ll see if they’re worthy.
The Cavaliers and Hurricanes kick off the college football weekend on ESPN and ESPN3D Thursday at 8 p.m. Both have beaten Georgia Tech in the past two weeks, but Virginia followed that up with a 28-14 loss to North Carolina State.
The ACC network brings home the Hokies this week, with the trip to Duke on Saturday at 12:30 p.m.
Comcast gives ACC fans Boston College taking on Maryland Saturday at 3 p.m. On ABC in primetime, undefeated Clemson takes on Georgia Tech.
Elsewhere in the country, ESPN’s Friday night game matches BYU and TCU at 8 p.m.
A week before the big SEC showdown, CBS has the battle between Georgia and Florida Saturday at 3:30 p.m.
Notre Dame tries to bounce back against Navy Saturday at 3:30 p.m. on NBC.
ABC’s afternoon slate includes Baylor-Oklahoma State, Illinois taking on Penn State and West Virginia at Rutgers. ESPN2 will carry one of the games not on the air in your area. In primetime, Stanford at Southern Cal will go to areas not getting Clemson-Georgia Tech.
ESPN begins its day at noon with Michigan State heading to Nebraska, followed by a top 10 matchup between Oklahoma at Kansas State. The primetime matchup has Wisconsin facing Ohio State.
On ESPN2, Purdue goes to Michigan at noon. South Carolina tries to stay in front of its division at Tennessee at 7:15 p.m.
MASN starts the day with Syracuse at Louisville at noon, then goes to the Big South for Presbyterian at Liberty. At the conclusion of that game, it’s off to the WAC for the finish of Hawaii vs. Idaho.
Comcast offers the CAA Saturday with James Madison at Old Dominion at noon.
FX has Missouri at Texas A&M at noon.
Wednesday’s rain in St. Louis pushed Game 6 of the World Series to Thursday. If the Cardinals win, Game 7 will be Friday at 8 p.m. on FOX.
The Redskins head north of the border Sunday, meeting Buffalo on FOX at 4 p.m. CBS has the doubleheader coverage, with the winless Dolphins at the Giants at 1 p.m., followed by New England taking on Pittsburgh.
NBC offers the Cowboys against the Eagles Sunday night, while the Chargers head to Kansas City for ESPN’s Monday Night Football Halloween night.
It’s a short time until the end of the NASCAR, so let’s visit the short track at Martinsville. The racers are on ESPN Sunday at 1 p.m. Carl Edwards maintains the lead in the Chase for the Sprint Cup as October finishes.
The MLS playoffs start this weekend. ESPN2 has Philadelphia taking on Houston Sunday at 4 p.m.
The Capitals are out west this weekend, meeting Edmonton Thursday at 9:30 p.m. on Comcast and Vancouver Saturday at 10:30 p.m.
Comcast has ACC women’s soccer Thursday at 7 p.m., as Virginia hosts Virginia Tech. Friday, the men takes the spotlight as Maryland visits Clemson.
The Professional Bull Riders hold their World finals this weekend. Versus has coverage starting at 9 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday, while NBC covers the final day Sunday at 4 p.m.
The Pan American Games close out this weekend in Mexico. ESPN2 has coverage Thursday at 8:55 p.m. and Friday at 8 p.m.
The final of the WTA championships will be Sunday at 1 p.m. on ESPN2.
It’s ACC volleyball Sunday at 1 p.m., with Virginia Tech taking on Miami.


Fall Classic time

Can you imagine? A Fall Classic that ends in October.
The World Series got underway Wednesday and – unlike last year – will not last into November.
The National League’s win in the All-Star game gives the wild-card Cardinals the home-field advantage – wonder if they’ll thank Prince Fielder for that. FOX has Game 2 Thursday at 8 p.m., then the scene shifts to Texas for the weekend. Games start Saturday and Sunday at 8 p.m., and Monday is Game 5 if necessary.
If the teams return to St. Louis for the final two, they will be Wednesday and Thursday at 8 p.m.
For the second straight year, the NFL puts a Sunday night game against a World Series game – and again it’s from New Orleans. The Saints play the flailing Colts at 8:15 p.m., and the ESPN Monday night game matches Baltimore and Jacksonville.
The Redskins will try to stop Cam Newton and the Panthers Sunday at 1 p.m. on FOX. Most of the nation will get to see the undefeated Packers visit Minnesota in the second game, while CBS in Washington offers the Steelers’ trip to Arizona.
The college football weekend begins Thursday when UCLA visits struggling Arizona on ESPN at 9 p.m. The Big East provides the action Friday at 8 p.m., with West Virginia meeting Syracuse on ESPN while Rutgers tackles Louisville on ESPN2.
NBC puts Notre Dame in prime time Saturday, when the USC Trojans visit South Bend at 7:30 p.m.
Top-ranked LSU hosts Auburn Saturday at 3:30 p.m. on CBS, while ABC offers three options in the time slot – Maryland vs. Florida State, Nebraska-Minnesota and Texas A&M taking on Iowa State. ESPN2 will have one of those games that your ABC affiliate doesn’t show.
On ABC in primetime, Stanford hosts Washington while Texas Tech heads to Oklahoma.
The ACC network offers Wake Forest at Duke at 12:30 p.m.
Virginia Tech hosts Boston College Saturday at 3 p.m. on Comcast. The PAC-12 game between Oregon State and Washington State follows at 10:30 p.m.
ESPN starts its day in the ACC, with North Carolina taking on Clemson at noon followed by Georgia Tech’s trip to Miami at 3:30 p.m. In primetime, Wisconsin battles Michigan State. ESPN2 has Illinois battling Purdue at noon, then has Tennessee’s trip to Alabama at 7:15 p.m.
MASN offers three games Saturday, starting with Connecticut at South Florida at noon. The WAC game between Louisiana Tech and Utah State will be joined in progress at 3:30 p.m., and at 7 p.m. it’s the Big South matchup between Gardner-Webb and Coastal Carolina.
FX offers Oklahoma State at Missouri at noon, while Versus has Yale at Pennsylvania to start the day. At 3:30 p.m., it’s Air Force at Boise State in a Mountain West contest that could move to the Big East in the future.
Did you know the UFL is still playing? And in Virginia?
Comcast has the Destroyers’ game with Omaha Friday at 7 p.m.
NASCAR brings the excitement of Talladega to ESPN Sunday at 2 p.m.
The Capitals visit the Flyers Thursday on Comcast, and host the Red Wings Saturday at 7 p.m.
It’s the final weekend of the MLS regular season. New York tries to hold onto the spot in the playoffs against Philadelphia, which stands second in the east, Thursday at 8 p.m. on ESPN2.
ESPN2 has women’s volleyball Sunday at 1 p.m., with Michigan taking on Penn State.


NASCAR at night

It’s halfway through the NASCAR playoff run – time for the final night race of the year.
With Jimmie Johnson lurking in third place, the Sprint Cup racers will hit the track at Charlotte Saturday at 7:30 p.m. on ABC. Johnson’s win at Kansas brought him within four points of leader Carl Edwards, keeping alive his shot at a sixth straight championship.
The Nationwide racers will hit the track Friday at 7:30 p.m. on ESPN2.
It’s off to Las Vegas for the Indy Car racers, who end their season Sunday at 3 p.m. on ABC.
We will have our World Series teams in place by Monday at the latest. The Brewers and Cardinals battle in Game 4 Thursday night on TBS, and Friday it’s Game 5 from St. Louis. If necessary, Game 6 will be Sunday in Milwaukee and Game 7 Monday.
The American League series continues on FOX Thursday afternoon with Game 5 from Detroit. If necessary, Game 6 will be Saturday at 8 p.m. and Game 7 Sunday.
A week after unbeaten teams took the NFL spotlight, struggling teams play in primetime this week. The 1-4 Vikings visit Chicago Sunday night on NBC, while the winless Dolphins battle the Jets on ESPN Monday night.
The Redskins come off their bye to face the Eagles at home on FOX at 1 p.m., followed by the Cowboys visit to New England. CBS in Washington shows the Ravens’ game with the Texans at 4 p.m.
The college football weekend starts Thursday at 9 p.m. when Southern Cal takes on California on ESPN. Friday, it’s more West Coast action with Hawaii meeting San Jose State.
Saturday, CBS offers top-ranked LSU at Tennessee at 3:30 p.m., while ABC shows either Oklahoma State at Texas or Ohio State-Illinois (ESPN has the game that’s not over the air in your area).
The ACC network goes with Miami at North Carolina at 12:30 p.m.
ESPN starts the day in Michigan, with the Wolverines battling the Spartans at noon. ESPN2 also has the Big Ten at noon, as Indiana visits Wisconsin. ESPN2 has Alabama facing Mississippi at 6 p.m. followed by Oklahoma-Kansas. ESPN offers Florida at Auburn at 7 p.m. before heading west for Arizona State meeting Oregon.
FX has Baylor vs. Texas A&M – on the field, not in the court room – Saturday at noon
Comcast starts the day in the CAA, with New Hampshire taking on William & Mary at noon. Then it’s off to Conference USA, when South Florida plays SMU at 3:30 p.m.
MASN has a Big East doubleheader Saturday, starting with Louisville at Cincinnati at noon. South Florida visits Connecticut at 3:30 p.m.
Versus starts its day in the Ivy League at 3:30 p.m. – Pennsylvania at Columbia – before showing Stanford at Washington State at 7:30 p.m.
The Capitals visit Pittsburgh Thursday at 7 p.m. on Comcast, then host Ottawa Saturday at 7 p.m.
As the MLS season winds down, ESPN2 shows Real Salt Lake at Colorado Friday at 10:30 p.m. Sunday, Chivas USA meets Los Angeles at 9 p.m. on ESPN.


Enjoy pro basketball while it lasts

The WNBA championship could be decided this weekend.
Then it might be a long time until there’s pro basketball on TV.
While the start of the NBA season is delayed by lockout, the Dream and Lynx battle for the WNBA championship on ESPN2. Minnesota won the first two games at home, and Game 3 is Friday at 8 p.m. If the Dream win, Game 4 tips Sunday at 4 p.m. from Atlanta.
If necessary, Game 5 will be Wednesday from Minnesota. Then it might be a long time until pro basketball tips again.
The baseball playoffs enter the League Championship round this weekend. FOX has the American League series, starting Saturday with the Rangers facing either the Yankees or Tigers. They battle Thursday on TBS at 8:30 p.m. in the deciding game of their series.
The National League championship round starts Sunday on TBS after a pair of Game 5 contests Friday. Milwaukee faces Arizona at 5 p.m., then the Phillies host St. Louis at 8:30 p.m.
It’s the first week of byes in the NFL, with six teams getting the week off – including the Ravens and Redskins. CBS has the doubleheader Sunday, with Tennessee going to Pittsburgh at 1 p.m. followed by the Jets’ visit to New England. FOX in Washington shows the Seahawks facing the Giants.
NBC gets the Packers’ visit to Atlanta on Sunday night, while ESPN visits Detroit Monday night for the game with the Bears.
The NHL season gets underway this weekend, as the Capitals host Carolina Saturday at 7 p.m. on Comcast. Versus opens its coverage Thursday at 7 p.m. when the Stanley Cup champion Bruins face Philadelphia. In the nightcap, Vancouver hosts Pittsburgh. The New York Rangers have to head east to face California teams on Versus – the Kings Friday and the Ducks Saturday at 1 p.m. from Stockholm.
The college football weekend begins Thursday at 9 p.m. with California taking on Oregon. Friday, Boise State faces Fresno State at 9 p.m. on ESPN.
CBS brings top-ranked LSU against Florida Saturday at 3:30 p.m., while NBC offers Air Force at Notre Dame.
ABC gets its day started with the Red River rivalry Saturday at noon, as Texas and Oklahoma play in Dallas. At 3:30 p.m., ACC country will watch the Hokies try to bounce back against Miami. Other areas will see Iowa at Penn State or Missouri-Kansas State, with ESPN showing one of those games in our area.
In primetime, Ohio State limps into Lincoln for a Big Ten matchup with Nebraska.
ESPN has Minnesota at Purdue at noon, while ESPN2 shows Louisville taking on North Carolina. Both networks go to the SEC at 7 p.m., with Auburn at Arkansas on ESPN and Georgia-Tennessee on ESPN2.
FX brings Texas A&M facing Texas Tech at 7 p.m., while Versus shows Stanford hosting Colorado at 7:30 p.m.
The ACC network brings Wake Forest vs. Florida State Saturday at 12:30 p.m. Comcast has ACC action Saturday at 3 p.m. with Boston College going to Clemson, then it’s off to the PAC-12 at 11 p.m. when Washington State battles UCLA.
MASN has the Big East game of the week Saturday at noon, with West Virginia hosting Connecticut. It’s off to the Big South at 7 p.m. when VMI travels to Coastal Carolina.
Like some high school football? ESPN2 goes to Texas Thursday at 8 p.m. to show Allen vs. Plano East.
NASCAR heads to Kansas Sunday at 2 p.m. on ESPN, while the Nationwide racers go Saturday at 3:30 p.m. on ESPN2.
Virginia soccer hosts Maryland Friday at 7 p.m. on Comcast.
Comcast has ACC women’s soccer Thursday at 8 p.m. with Clemson taking on North Carolina.
ESPN2 has Big Ten volleyball Sunday at 1 p.m., with Indiana facing Nebraska.