Fall Classic

The Fall Classic returns to McCovey Cove.
The San Francisco Giants, fresh off three straight wins to clinch the National League Championship Series, host Detroit in game 2 of the 2012 World Series Thursday at 8 p.m. on Fox. They took a 1-0 lead in the series with an 8-3 victory in the opener.
San Francisco’s AT&T Park is hosting its third World Series by the Bay. The Giants lost to Anaheim in 2002, and then won their first title since moving west in 2010.
The scene shifts to Detroit Saturday for Game 3 at 8 p.m. Game 4 is Sunday, with Game 5 Monday at 8 p.m. if necessary.
The Redskins head to Pittsburgh Sunday on Fox at 1 p.m., with the second game featuring the Giants at Cowboys. The Ravens have the weekend off, so CBS in Washington offers the Raiders at Chiefs at 4 p.m. Other parts of Virginia will see the Patriots take on the Rams from London at 1 p.m.
The NFL weekend begins Thursday when Tampa Bay heads to Minnesota on NFL network. The Broncos host the Saints Sunday night on NBC, then ESPN has the NFC West battle between the 49ers and Cardinals Monday at 8:30 p.m.
ESPN starts the college football weekend Thursday at 7:30 p.m. when Wake Forest hosts Clemson. Cincinnati takes on Louisville Friday at 8 p.m.
Notre Dame continues its quest for a major bowl Saturday, visiting Oklahoma at 8 p.m. on ABC. In the afternoon, it’s either USC-Arizona or Michigan State against Wisconsin. The game that doesn’t air on ABC in your area will be on ESPN2.
Georgia and Florida have their annual battle in Jacksonville Saturday at 3:30 p.m. on CBS. Fox offers Kansas State hosting Texas Tech at 3:30 p.m.
N.C. State meets North Carolina Saturday at 12:30 p.m. on the ACC network.
ESPN starts its day at noon with Tennessee heads to South Carolina. Ohio State visits Penn State at 5:30 p.m. and Alabama takes on Mississippi State at 8:30 p.m. On ESPN2, it’s Iowa-Northwestern at noon. There’s more Big Ten at 8 p.m. with Michigan’s contest with Nebraska.
MASN’s Big East game of the week Saturday features Temple at Pittsburgh at noon. Rutgers hosts Kent State at 3:30 p.m., while MASN2 shows Liberty’s visit to Coastal Carolina at 3:30 p.m.
NBC Sports network goes to the CAA at noon for Delaware taking on Old Dominion. Fx has UCLA at Arizona State at 3 p.m.
Brad Keselowski continues to lead the Chase for the Cup, and tries to hold off Jimmie Johnson at Martinsville Sunday at 1 p.m. on ESPN.
The MLS regular season closes on NBC Sports network with a pair of matches Saturday. D. C. United visits Chicago at 4 p.m., followed by San Jose at Portland. NBC shows New York at Philadelphia Saturday at 1:30 p.m. while ESPN closes the weekend with the Galaxy at Seattle Sunday at 9 p.m.
The countdown to the NBA season continues on TNT Thursday, with the preseason matchup between the Clippers and Nuggets at 10 p.m. ESPN2 has a twinbill Friday, with the Hornets at Heat at 8 p.m. followed by Nuggets-Suns.
The tennis year ends in Istanbul, with the WTA championship Sunday at 2 p.m. on ESPN2.


Return to the Swamp

The first BCS rankings came out this week, and the SEC holds four of the top eight spots. Two of those challengers battle on Saturday.
Steve Spurrier’s South Carolina Gamecocks, ranked in the top three before last week’s loss, face Florida at 3:30 p.m on CBS. Spurrier won a national title with the Gators in 1996, and will try to gain the lead in the SEC East.
Notre Dame tries to stay in the national title hunt, playing BYU at 3:30 p.m. Fox has a battle among top contenders in the Big 12 at 7 p.m., with West Virginia hosting Kansas State. At 3 p.m., Stanford faces California.
Virginia Tech takes on Clemson Saturday at noon on ABC in ACC country, while most of the nation gets Purdue at Ohio State. ESPN2 airs that game in ACC areas. At 3:30 p.m., most of the country gets Texas Tech against TCU. Others will see Nebraska-Northwestern on ABC, with that game on ESPN2 in the southeast. In primetime, it’s either Florida State-Miami or Baylor taking on Texas.
Virginia tries to halt its five-game losing streak against Wake Forest Saturday at 12:30 p.m. on ACC network.
ESPN opens the weekend Thursday when Oregon heads to Arizona State at 9 p.m. Friday it’s off to the Big East as Connecticut meets Syracuse. LSU’s trip to Texas A&M starts the day Saturday at noon. Alabama takes on Tennessee at 7 p.m., while ESPN2 has a pair of games in the evening – Middle Tennessee at Mississippi State at 7 p.m. followed by Utah-Oregon State.
Fx brings Iowa State at Oklahoma State Saturday at noon.
Comcast goes to the CAA Saturday at noon, with New Hampshire at Maine. James Madison travels to Richmond at 3:30 p.m.
Temple hosts Rutgers in the Big East game of the week at noon on MASN. There’s more Big East at 3:30 p.m. when Pittsburgh meets Buffalo from the MAC, then it’s off to the WAC for Idaho facing Louisiana Tech.
MASN2 shows Liberty against Concord from the West Virginia Conference Saturday at 3:30 p.m.
It’s a twinbill on NBC sports network, starting at noon with Penn at Yale. UNLV tackles Boise State on the blue turf at 3:3o p.m.
A battle for the top of the NFC West kicks off the NFL weekend – the Seahawks at 49ers on NFL Network Thursday at 8:20 p.m. The AFC North takes centerstage Sunday on NBC, as the Steelers play the Bengals. ESPN has the NFC North contest between the Lions and Bears on Monday night.
The Redskins visit the Giants Sunday at 1 p.m. on Fox. CBS has the doubleheader, with the first game matching Houston against the wounded Ravens. The Jets head to New England in the nightcap.
NBC Sports network heads north of the border Friday at 10 p.m., with Edmonton meeting British Columbia in CFL play. In high school football, ESPN2 has Sandalwood battling Deland from Florida.
Rain pushed back Game 4 of the American League championship series to Thursday at 4 p.m. on TBS. If the Yankees win, there will be Game 5 in Detroit Friday.
It’s Game 4 of the National League championship series from St. Louis Thursday, with the Cardinals meeting the Giants on Fox at 8 p.m. Game 5 will be Friday, with Game 6 if necessary Sunday on Fox.
Indiana hosts Game 3 of the WNBA Finals Friday at 8 p.m. on ESPN2. Game 4, if necessary, will be Sunday at 8 p.m. on ESPN2.
NASCAR is down to the final five races in the Chase for the Cup, running this weekend at Kansas. ESPN has coverage at 1 p.m. Sunday, after the Nationwide race goes Saturday at 3 p.m.
As the MLS season winds down, D.C. United hosts Columbus at 7:30 p.m. Saturday on Comcast. Philadelphia plays Houston Saturday at 7:3o p.m. on NBC Sports network and Seattle meets Dallas Sunday at 9 p.m. on ESPN.
On the college pitch, Virginia Tech takes on Virginia Friday at 6:30 p.m. on Comcast.
Florida State faces Georgia Tech in women’s volleyball Friday at 8:30 p.m. on Comcast. The Jackets host Miami Sunday at 1 p.m., while ESPN2 shows Nebraska against Illinois.


Getting to baseball’s final four

The Division Series are winding down, and soon baseball’s final four will be set in the final battle before the World Series.
The American League championship series starts Saturday on TBS, with Game 2 Sunday. Fox has the National League championship series beginning Sunday.
A battle of the Beltway teams is still possible, although the Nationals will need to rebound from a 2-1 deficit. They play the Cardinals Thursday at 4 p.m. on TBS, with Game 5 Friday at 8:30 p.m. if necessary. Game 4 for the Orioles and Yankees is Thursday at 7:30 p.m., with a Game 5 set for Friday at 5 p.m.
There will be a pair of Game 5s Thursday – between the Reds and Giants Thursday at 1 p.m. on TBS and Tigers-A’s at 9:30 p.m. on TNT.
It’s a week for Redskin fans to agree with Ravens fans – beat the Cowboys. Dallas comes to Baltimore Sunday at 1 p.m. on Fox, followed by the Redskins meeting the Vikings. CBS will offer the Colts and Jets in Washington, D.C., while most of Virginia will see the Raiders meet unbeaten Atlanta.
NFL network starts the weekend with Steelers going to Tennessee Thursday at 8:20 p.m. Peyton Manning and the Broncos visit San Diego on ESPN Monday night, while the Texans try to stay unbeaten Sunday night when they face the Packers on NBC.
ESPN goes to the Pac-12 Thursday at 9 p.m., with Arizona State meeting Colorado. Navy travels to Central Michigan Friday at 8 p.m. on ESPN2.
It’s time for the Red River Rivalry on ABC, with Texas meeting Oklahoma at noon Saturday. There’s three games at 3:30 p.m., featuring West Virginia at Texas Tech. Other areas will see either Illinois-Michigan or Oregon State against BYU. ESPN will air one of the games not seen on ABC in your area.
Notre Dame hosts Stanford at 3:30 p.m. on NBC, while CBS offers top-ranked Alabama at Missouri. Fox has a doubleheader from the Pac-12, with Utah going to UCLA at 3 p.m. USC faces Washington at 7 p.m.
Virginia Tech tries to bounce back at home against Duke, with ACC network coverage starting at 12:30 p.m. Maryland meets Virginia at 3 p.m. on Comcast-plus.
ESPN starts its day at noon with Iowa against Michigan State. Third-ranked South Carolina takes on LSU at 8 p.m. ESPN2 has Northwestern facing Minnesota at noon. It’s off to the ACC at 5:30 p.m. with Boston College playing Florida State, then Tennessee tackles Mississippi State at 9 p.m.
Comcast goes to the CAA at noon with New Hampshire meeting Maine. James Madison heads to Richmond at 3:30 p.m.
Brown travels to Princeton at noon on NBC Sports network, followed by Fresno State’s contest with Boise State. Kansas State takes on Iowa State at noon on Fx.
MASN starts the day with the Big East game of the week between Syracuse and Rutgers at noon. It’s off to the WAC at 4 p.m. with Utah State against San Jose State. MASN2 goes to the Big South at 1:30 p.m. for Liberty facing Presbyterian.
It’s halfway through NASCAR’s Chase for the Cup, and ABC covers the action from Charlotte Saturday at 7 p.m. The Nationwide racers hit the track Friday at 7 p.m. on ESPN.
NBA preseason action begins on Comcast Thursday at 7 p.m., with the Knicks at the Wizards.
Over in the WNBA, Indiana and Connecticut battle in the decisive game of the Eastern Conference final Thursday at 8:30 p.m. The winner advances to play Minnesota in the WNBA Finals Sunday at 8 p.m. on ESPN2.
The NHL may be on lockout, but college ice hockey gets going Friday on NBC Sports network. Maine faces Notre Dame in the Ice Breaker tournament at 7:30 p.m., followed by Army vs. Nebraska-Omaha. The final will be Saturday at 7:30 p.m.
D.C. United meets Columbus at 7:30 p.m. Saturday on Comcast.
Comcast has ACC men’s soccer Friday, with Maryland at Duke at 7 p.m. Russia and Portugal play a World Cup 2014 qualifier on ESPN2 Friday at 10:55 a.m.
ESPN2 has college volleyball between Minnesota and Nebraska Sunday at 3 p.m.


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.
CBS starts Saturday at 11:30 a.m. with a service academy battle between Navy and Air Force. Florida travels to LSU at 3:30 p.m. ABC offers Oklahoma at Texas Tech or Illinois-Wisconsin at 3:30 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.
Virginia Tech tries to bounce back on the ACC game of the week, traveling to North Carolina at 12:30 p.m. Virginia goes to Duke at 3 p.m. on Comcast, which adds North Texas at Houston at 7 p.m.
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.