As the calendar turns to November, the top college teams eye their bowl destinations.
The action in Florida is already heating up.
CBS brings “The World’s Biggest Cocktail Party” from Jacksonsville Saturday at 3:30 p.m., as Georgia and Florida have their annual clash.
In primetime, ABC brings another battle for the top of the ACC – Miami at second-ranked Florida State.
These teams will find a spot among the 35 postseason bowls – just depends where.
The college football weekend begins Thursday at 7 p.m. as South Florida visits Houston on ESPN. FoxSports1 offers Rice-North Texas at 7:30 p.m., and Arizona State battles Washington State at 10:30 p.m. on ESPN.
It’s a Pac-12 showdown Friday at 9 p.m. with Southern Cal facing Oregon State on ESPN2.
Virginia Tech tries to bounce back Saturday at noon, heading to Boston College on ABC. Other areas will see Wisconsin-Iowa (ESPN2 carries the game not seen over-the-air in your area), and it’s back to the Big Ten at 3:30 p.m. for Michigan against Michigan State.
Navy visits Notre Dame at 3:30 p.m. on NBC. Fox has a top 20 showdown between Oklahoma State and Texas Tech at 7 p.m.
ESPN starts its day in the Big Ten, as Illinois takes on Penn State at noon. Virginia meets Clemson at 3:30 p.m. then Tennessee takes on Missouri at 7 p.m.
In primetime, ESPN2 has Auburn against Arkansas at 6 p.m. before UTEP-Texas A&M at 9 p.m.
FoxSports1 heads off to the Big 12 at 3:30 p.m. for Iowa State-Kansas State, then Colorado tackles UCLA at 7:30 p.m.
Comcast brings Wake Forest at Syracuse at noon, followed by James Madison-Villanova.
Temple takes on Rutgers on MASN at noon, then VMI goes to Liberty. On MASN2, Middle Tennessee plays Alabama-Birmingham at 1 p.m.
CBS has a Sunday NFL doubleheader, with the Chargers visiting Washington at 1 p.m. before the Ravens play the Browns. Fox offers Eagles at Raiders at 4 p.m.
The weekend begins Thursday at 8:25 p.m. with the Bengals at Dolphins. Sunday night on NBC, the struggling Texans face the Colts while the Bears meet the Packers Monday on ESPN.
NASCAR has three races left before crowning its champion. ESPN has coverage from Texas Sunday at 3 p.m.
The Nationwide race goes Saturday at 3:30 p.m. on ESPN2 and the Truck race will be on FoxSports1 Friday at 8:30 p.m.
Formula One heads to the Middle East, with the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix Sunday at 8 a.m. Qualifying is Friday at 9 a.m.
For a different kind of horsepower, it’s time for the Breeder’s Cup. NBC has the final races Saturday at 8 p.m. NBC Sports network has coverage Friday at 4 p.m. and Saturday at 3:30 p.m.
The Wizards have their home opener Friday at 7 p.m. on Comcast, as the 76ers come to town. They travel to Miami Sunday at 6 p.m.
TNT has a Halloween NBA doubleheader, with Knicks-Bulls at 8 p.m. followed by Warriors-Clippers. ESPN offers the Heat visiting Brooklyn at 8 p.m., with the Spurs facing the Lakers in the nightcap.
The Capitals host Florida Saturday at 7 p.m. on Comcast.
Northeastern faces Boston College Friday at 8 p.m. on NBC Sports network.
It’s time for the MLS playoffs. NBC has the Red Bulls against a play-in winner Sunday at 3:30 p.m. Houston meets Montreal in a play-in contest Thursday at 8 p.m. on NBC Sports network. There’s two more games on NBC Sports network, with Kansas City at New England at 8 p.m. before Portland meets Seattle at 10:30 p.m.
ESPN brings the Galaxy against Real Salt Lake Sunday at 9 p.m.
In the Premier League, Arsenal faces Liverpool Saturday at 1:30 p.m. on NBC. Sunday, Cardiff City meets Swansea City at 11 a.m.
Florida State hosts Notre Dame in women’s soccer Thursday at 8 p.m. on Comcast.
The best runners in the world hit the streets of New York for the New York marathon Sunday at 9 p.m. on ESPN2.
Tim McCarver was catcher on a pair of St. Louis World Series champions in the 1960s.
He gets to close his career announcing with 19th appearance in the Fall Classic.
Game 2 of the World Series will be Thursday at 7:30 p.m. on Fox from Fenway Park. After Friday’s off day, the series heads to St. Louis Saturday at 7:30 p.m. Sunday’s Game 4 will be at 8 p.m., with Game 5 if necessary Monday night.
Boston and St. Louis have meet in some memorable Fall Classics, including the 1967 series that McCarver and the Cardinals won in seven games.
The teams last met for the championship in 2004, with the Red Sox winning four straight for their first title since 1918.
The Redskins get their chance to stop Peyton Manning and the Broncos in the second game on FOX Sunday. The Cowboys visit Detroit in the early game, while CBS offers Patriots-Dolphins at 1 p.m.
Carolina’s visit to Tampa Bay starts the NFL weekend Thursday on NFL network. NBC shows Packers-Vikings Sunday night at 8:30 p.m. while the Seahawks face the Rams on ESPN Monday night.
The college football weekend begins Thursday at 7:30 p.m. when Kentucky travels to Mississippi State. FoxSports1 has Marshall against new conference foe Middle Tennessee at 7:30 p.m.
BYU faces Boise State on ESPN Friday at 8 p.m.
Top-ranked Alabama hosts Tennessee Saturday at 3:30 p.m. on CBS, while Fox offers Texas Tech at Oklahoma at 3:30 p.m.
In primetime, Ohio State battles Penn State on ABC. The afternoon ABC choices are N.C. State traveling to Florida State or Michigan State-Illinois, with the game not seen in your area will be on ESPN2.
ESPN starts its day in the Big Ten at noon with Nebraska against Minnesota. Maryland takes on Clemson at 3:30 p.m. before a Pac-12 doubleheader – UCLA meeting Oregon at 7 p.m. followed by Stanford-Oregon State.
Louisville visits South Florida on ESPN2 at noon, then Missouri battles South Carolina at 7 p.m. The night closes at 10:30 p.m. with Fresno State playing San Diego State.
FoxSports1 offers West Virginia against Kansas State at 3:45 p.m., and two more games in primetime – Texas taking on TCU at 7:30 p.m. and California-Washington at 11 p.m.
Virginia tries to bounce back against Georgia Tech at 12:30 p.m. on the ACC network.
Towson takes on Richmond on Comcast at noon, then Boston College heads to North Carolina at 3:30 p.m.
MASN shows Oklahoma State against Iowa State at noon, while MASN2 offers Connecticut-Central Florida.
North of the border, Winnipeg visits Toronto on NBC Sports network Thursday at 7:30 p.m.
Jimmie Johnson’s quest for another Sprint Cup championship continues at Martinsville Sunday at 1:30 p.m. on ESPN.
Formula One heads to India this weekend, with the Indian Grand Prix on NBC Sports network Sunday at 5:30 a.m. Practice is Friday at 4:30 a.m. and qualifying Saturday at 4:30 a.m.
It’s the final weekend of the MLS season, and NBC shows D.C. United against Houston Sunday at 1:30 p.m. There’s a pair of games on NBC Sports network Saturday afternoon – Kansas City-Philadelphia at 3 p.m. before Dallas goes against San Jose. ESPN shows Seattle against the Galaxy Sunday at 9 p.m.
In the Premier League, NBC Sports network starts the day at 7:45 a.m. with Crystal Palace against Arsenal. Manchester United faces Stoke City at 10 p.m. before Southampton meets Fulham. Sunday, Newcastle United takes on Sunderland at 9:30 p.m. followed by Chelsea-Manchester City.
ESPN2 has the Mexican League contest between Monarcas and Chivas de Guadalajara Friday at 8:25 p.m.
On the college pitch, Comcast shows Boston College at Clemson Friday at 6:30 p.m. The Duke women play Pittsburgh Sunday at 1 p.m.
The Capitals continue their road trip in Edmonton Thursday at 9:30 p.m. on Comcast, then face Calgary Saturday at 10 p.m.
Massachusetts faces Maine in college ice hockey on NBC Sports network Friday at 8 p.m.
On the race track, MASN heads to Keeneland Saturday at 4:30 p.m. for the Hagyard Fayette race.
Wake Forest hosts Miami in college volleyball Friday at 8:30 p.m. on Comcast. ESPN has Big Ten play Thursday at 9 p.m. between Ohio State and Penn State.
No one has been able to stop Peyton Manning this season.
Will his former mates?
Manning and the Denver Broncos visit Indianapolis on NBC’s Sunday night game at 8:25 p.m. Manning won one Super Bowl during his 14-year tenure with the Colts. His quest for a second title has gotten off to a good start, with 22 touchdown passes in six wins.
Andrew Luck took the Colts to the playoff after taking over Manning’s quarterback slot, but his team enters the contest off a Monday night loss to San Diego.
In the afternoon, the Redskins host the Bears on Fox at 1 p.m. CBS has the doubleheader, with Patriots-Jets at 1 p.m. before the Ravens head to Pittsburgh at 4:25 p.m.
Seattle travels to Arizona for the Thursday night game on NFL network. The winless Giants host Minnesota Monday at 8:30 p.m. on ESPN.
Detroit hosts Game 5 of the American League championship series Thursday at 8 p.m. on Fox. Games 6 and 7 will be Saturday at 4:30 p.m. and, if necessary, Sunday.
The National League series returns to St. Louis Friday for Game 6 at 8 p.m. on TBS. If the Dodgers win, Game 7 will be Saturday.
The college football weekend begins Thursday with Miami taking on North Carolina at 7:30 p.m. Louisville hosts Central Florida Friday at 8 p.m.
CBS offers an SEC doubleheader Saturday, as Georgia meets Vanderbilt at noon before Auburn takes on Texas A&M at 3:30 p.m.
The ACC has a pair of teams in the top five – Clemson and Florida State – and they meet on ABC at 8 p.m. In the afternoon, it’s either Ohio State-Iowa or UCLA playing Stanford, with ESPN2 showing the game not seen over-the-air in your area.
Notre Dame meets Southern Cal on NBC at 7:30 p.m. and Fox goes early with TCU-Oklahoma State at noon.
ESPN starts and ends the day in the SEC. South Carolina meets Tennessee at noon, and Alabama battles Arkansas at 7 p.m. In between, Oklahoma plays Kansas at 3:30 p.m.
Minnesota takes on Northwestern at noon on ESPN2. The primetime doubleheader starts at 7 p.m. with LSU-Mississippi, then Oregon State goes to California at 10:30 p.m.
West Virginia welcomes Texas Tech at noon on FoxSports1, and Oregon hosts Washington State at 10 p.m.
Virginia hosts Duke at 3:30 p.m. on Comcast, after the CAA contest between Villanova and New Hampshire at noon.
MASN brings SMU at Memphis at noon, while MASN2 features Southern Mississippi taking on East Carolina.
ESPN has the BCS countdown show Sunday at 8:30 p.m.
There’s high school football from New Jersey Friday at 8 p.m. on ESPN2, with Don Bosco Prep meeting Paramus Catholic. FoxSports1 heads to Florida for Cypress Bay at St. Thomas Aquinas at 7 p.m.
With five races left in the Chase for the Sprint Cup, NASCAR visits Talladega Sunday at 1 p.m. on ESPN. FoxSports1 has the truck race Saturday at 4 p.m.
Indy Car concludes its season in California Saturday at 8 p.m. on NBC Sports network.
The Capitals face Columbus Saturday at 7 p.m. on Comcast.
D.C. United travels to Kansas City Friday at 8 p.m. on NBC Sports network.
Dallas hosts Seattle on NBC Saturday at 2:30 p.m. while the Galaxy head to San Jose on ESPN Sunday at 9 p.m.
In the Premier League, NBC shows West Ham against Manchester United Saturday at 12:30 p.m. Newcastle United faces Liverpool at 7:45 a.m. on NBC Sports network, followed by Manchester United-Southampton. Sunday at 11 a.m., it’s Aston Villa-Tottenham Hotspur.
On the college pitch, Syracuse plays North Carolina on Comcast Friday at 6:30 p.m. There’s women’s action Sunday on Comcast, as Syracuse meets N.C. State at 1 p.m. and Wake Forest goes against Clemson.
The Wizards gear up for the NBA season Thursday, facing the Knicks at 7 p.m. on Comcast.
From Keeneland, MASN offers the Raven Run at 4:30 p.m. Saturday.
Iowa State takes on Texas in women’s volleyball Saturday at 7 p.m. on MASN2. Comcast brings Duke against Georgia Tech Friday at 8:30 p.m. after ESPN2 shows Michigan State against Minnesota Thursday at 8 p.m.
After six weeks of the NFL season, 22 of the 32 teams have been seen on Sunday afternoon regional contests.
Ten await a chance to shine in the sunshine – Thursday, Sunday and Monday night games don’t count in this collection.
Three are AFC – Cincinnati, Cleveland and Jacksonville – and the other seven are NFC – Chicago, Minnesota, Carolina, Tampa Bay, Arizona, St. Louis and Seattle.
Several of these will make the cut before December.
I doubt I’ll be seeing Jacksonville this year.
Fox starts its postseason coverage Saturday, with Tim McCarver in the booth for the final time.
McCarver and crew will be in Boston for the Red Sox against either the Tigers and A’s. Those teams battle Thursday at 8 p.m. on TBS in the deciding fifth game.
Saturday’s game marks the start of the road to McCarver’s 23th World Series in the announcing booth – along with those he played for St. Louis in the 1960s.
TBS brings the National League series between Dodgers and Cardinals starting Friday at 8 p.m. It’s Game 2 on Saturday.
Washington visits the Cowboys for the NBC Sunday night contest. In the afternoon, the Ravens host Green Bay in the Fox early game. The Saints head to New England at 4:25 p.m., while CBS shows the winless Steelers against the Jets.
The winless Giants head to Chicago on NFL Network Thursday night, while the Colts take on the Chargers on ESPN Monday night.
The college football weekend begins Thursday with the final conference meeting between Rutgers and Louisville at 7:30 p.m. on ESPN. Arizona meets Southern Cal on FoxSports1 at 10:30 p.m.
Temple takes on Cincinnati Friday at 8:30 p.m.
ABC brings the Red River Rivalry between Texas and Oklahoma Saturday at noon. In the afternoon, third-ranked Clemson takes on Boston College and Northwestern travels to Wisconsin. The game not on the air in your area will be on ESPN2.
Florida meets LSU on CBS at 3:30 p.m. while Fox shows Baylor at Kansas State.
The ACC network brings Navy against Duke at 12:30 p.m.
Georgia hosts Missouri on ESPN Saturday at noon, with Michigan-Penn State at 5 p.m. and Texas A&M battling Mississippi at 8:30 p.m.
ESPN2 brings Indiana-Michigan State at noon, and top-ranked Alabama takes on Kentucky at 7 p.m. The night closes with California against UCLA at 10:30 p.m.
FoxSports1 starts its day in the Big 12 at noon with either Iowa State taking on Texas Tech or Kansas-TCU. Second-ranked Oregon battles Washington at 4 p.m., followed by Tulsa-UTEP.
NBC Sports network has Lehigh-Columbia at noon before heading to the CAA for James Madison hosting Richmond at 3:30 p.m. and Villanova against Towson at 7 p.m.
Delaware battles Albany at noon on Comcast, followed by Syracuse-N.C. State.
MASN brings the contest between South Florida and Connecticut at noon. There’s Big 12 action on MASN2, as Kansas goes to TCU at noon.
Minnesota can clinch the WNBA title Thursday at 8:30 p.m. on ESPN2. If Atlanta wins, they will host Game 4 Sunday at 8 p.m.
It’s the fifth of 10 races in the Chase for the Sprint Cup, showing on ABC Saturday at 7 p.m. Matt Kenseth holds a slim lead over Jimmie Johnson. The Nationwide racers go on ESPN2 Friday at 7:30 p.m.
NBC Sports network covers the Japanese Grand Prix Sunday at 2 a.m. There’s practice Friday at 1 a.m. and qualifying Saturday at 1 a.m.
The Capitals host Carolina Thursday and Denver Saturday at 7 p.m. on Comcast.
Notre Dame faces Western Michigan in college ice hockey Friday at 8 p.m. on NBC Sports network.
The road to Brazil continues with World Cup qualifying between the United States and Jamaica Friday at 6 p.m. on ESPN. Germany faces Ireland on ESPN2 Friday at 2:30 p.m.
Portland takes on Seattle in MLS action Sunday at 9 p.m. on ESPN.
Virginia hosts Maryland in ACC men’s soccer Friday at 7 p.m. on Comcast. In women’s play, Notre Dame faces Virginia Tech at 1 p.m.
Florida State takes on Pittsburgh in women’s volleyball Sunday at 2 p.m. on Comcast.
The Dew Tour holds its City Championships in San Francisco this weekend. NBC has coverage Saturday and Sunday at 4 p.m., with more action on NBC Sports network Saturday at 11 p.m. and Sunday at 10 p.m.
It’s time for baseball’s postseason.
In past years, that’s meant Yankee games in prime time in the divisional round. They only missed one playoff appearance since 1995.
Make that two.
With Yankee Stadium dark and the wild card games done, the Divisional round begins Thursday on TBS. The Dodgers take on the Braves at 8:30 p.m. after the Cardinals host Pirates at 5 p.m.
The two American League series kick off Friday in Boston and Oakland. The Red Sox face Tampa Bay on TBS at 3 p.m., while the A’s and Tigers battle at 9:30 p.m. MLB Network has Game 2 of Cardinals-at 1 p.m. and the Braves and Dodgers meet at 6 p.m.
TBS carries Game 2 of the American League series at 5:30 and 9 p.m. on Saturday, and the National League contests head to Pittsburgh and Los Angeles Sunday.
NFL network has the Bills at Browns Thursday night, and adds a late night Sunday special – Chargers at Raiders – due to the A’s playoff game.
The Redskins have a bye this week, so Fox will show Giants-Eagles at 1 p.m. CBS brings Ravens against Dolphins at 1 p.m., with Peyton Manning and the Broncos in Dallas for the 4:25 p.m. contest.
NBC offers the Texans at 49ers Sunday night, while Atlanta hosts a primetime game for the second straight week when the Jets come calling.
The college football weekend begins in the Big 12 with Texas taking on Iowa State at 7:30 p.m. on ESPN. FoxSports1 offers the PAC-12 battle between Utah and UCLA at 10 p.m.
Nevada tackles San Diego State Friday at 9 p.m. on ESPN.
CBS brings a doubleheader Saturday, starting with Air Force-Navy at 11:30 a.m. before Georgia meets Tennessee at 3:30 p.m.
Clemson visits Syracuse on ABC at 3:30 p.m., with other parts of the country getting either Michigan-Minnesota (on ESPN2 in ACC territory) or Kansas State at Oklahoma State. In primetime, Ohio State travels to Northwestern.
Fox heads to the Big 12 for TCU-Oklahoma at 7 p.m., while Notre Dame faces Arizona State on NBC at 7:30 p.m.
Virginia Tech hosts North Carolina for the ACC game of the week at 12:30 p.m.
ESPN starts its Saturday in the ACC with Maryland meeting Florida State at noon. In primetime, LSU heads to Mississippi State at 7 p.m. and Washington takes on Stanford at 10:15 p.m.
Michigan State plays Iowa on ESPN2 at noon, and it’s Arkansas against Florida at 7 p.m.
The Big 12 gets featured on FoxSports1 at noon, as Texas Tech takes on Kansas. It’s out west at 4 p.m. for Washington State-California, then the Big 12 battle between Baylor and West Virginia at 8 p.m.
Virginia tries to bounce back against Ball State at noon on Comcast, followed by N.C. State against Wake Forest.
MASN brings the AAC contest between Louisville and Temple at noon. MASN2 offers Eastern Michigan at Buffalo at noon before the C-USA battle between East Carolina and Middle Tennessee State.
ESPN2 has high school action from Louisiana, with St. Augustine meeting John Curtis Friday at 8 p.m.
NASCAR visits Kansas Sunday at 2 p.m. on ESPN, after the Nationwide racers go Saturday at 3:30 p.m. on ESPN.
The IndyCar racers are in Houston, with races on NBC Sports network Saturday at 3 p.m. and Sunday at 1 p.m.
Formula One racers head to Korea, with coverage Sunday at 2 a.m. on NBC Sports network, after qualifying Saturday at 1 a.m. and practice Friday at 1 a.m.
The Capitals start their home schedule Thursday at 7 p.m. on Comcast, facing Calgary. They travel to Dallas Saturday at 8 p.m.
NBC Sports network has the Kings at Wild Thursday at 8 p.m.
The best golfers gather in Ohio for the President’s Cup. NBC has coverage Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at noon.
Atlanta meets Minnesota in Game 1 of the WNBA finals Sunday at 8:30 p.m. on ESPN
D.C. United takes on Chicago Friday at 8 p.m. on NBC Sports network, and Seattle meets Colorado Saturday at 10 p.m.
There’s three Premier League games on NBC Sports network Saturday, starting with Manchester City-Everton at 7:45 a.m. Liverpool battles Crystal Palace at 10 a.m., followed by Sunderland against Manchester United.
Sunday, Chelsea faces Norwich City at 8:30 a.m. before Arsenal plays West Bromwich Albion at 11 a.m.
Comcast offers ACC women’s soccer between Maryland and North Carolina Sunday at 1 p.m.
Indiana meets Penn State in women’s volleyball Thursday at 7 p.m. on ESPN2.