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.

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