There’s four berths in the new college football playoff.
And three teams in the SEC West in the top four this week, vying for a playoff spot.
The real college playoffs begin Saturday, when No. 4 Mississippi seeks to bounce back from its’ first loss as No. 3 Auburn comes to town. Kickoff is 7 p.m. on ESPN.
Top-ranked Mississippi State takes on Arkansas on ESPN2 at 7:15 p.m. Alabama, ranked sixth in the first poll that will determine the January 1 semifinal matchups, has the weekend off before a big contest with LSU next week.
The top four contenders already have big plans for Thanksgiving weekend. Mississippi and Mississippi State will tangle in the Egg Bowl while Auburn-Alabama try to top last year’s Iron Bowl.
The college weekend starts Thursday in the ACC, with Florida State visiting Louisville at 7:30 p.m. Tulane takes on Cincinnati Friday at 8 p.m.
The Service Academies star in CBS’s triple-header Saturday. Army hosts Air Force at 11:30 a.m., and Navy faces Notre Dame at FedEx Field at 8 p.m. In between, Florida and Georgia battle at 3:30 p.m. in Jacksonville.
ABC brings the Big 12 battle between TCU and West Virginia or Purdue-Nebraska at 3:30 p.m., with the game not seen over-the-air in your area on ESPN2. In primetime, it’s Oklahoma State-Kansas State or Illinois facing Ohio State.
Fifth-ranked Oregon faces Stanford on Fox at 7:30 p.m.
Virginia Tech tries to bounce back at home, facing Boston College at 12:30 p.m. on the ACC network. Other areas will see North Carolina-Miami.
ESPN starts its day at noon with Wisconsin visits Rutgers. Arizona travels to UCLA at 10:30 p.m.
Maryland makes its first Big Ten trip to Penn State at noon on ESPN2 and the night ends at 10:45 p.m. with Wyoming-Fresno State.
Oklahoma State battles Iowa State at noon on FoxSports1, then Kansas visits Baylor at 4 p.m. Action continues from the Big 12 at 7:30 p.m. when Texas takes on Texas Tech, then it’s off to the west coast at 11 p.m. for Utah against Arizona State.
Comcast starts its day at noon with Villanova against Richmond, then North Carolina State visits Syracuse at 3:30 p.m.
NFL Network begins the weekend with Saints-Panthers Thursday at 8:20 p.m. NBC gets to show the AFC North battle between the Ravens and Steelers Sunday at 8:20 p.m., and the Colts meet the New York Giants on ESPN Monday at 8:20 p.m.
The Redskins head to Minnesota Sunday at 1 p.m. on Fox, while CBS shows Chargers against Dolphins at 1 p.m. and the Broncos-Patriots at 4:25 p.m.
It’s the first week of the NBA regular season – 82 games until the real action of the playoffs in April. TNT offers Knicks- Cavaliers Thursday at 8 p.m., followed by the Thunder taking on the Clippers. ESPN has LeBron James and the Cavaliers’ trip to Chicago Friday at 8 p.m. and Clippers-Lakers in the nightcap.
The Wizards continue a Florida road trip Thursday at 7 p.m., facing the Magic on Comcast. The home opener is Saturday at 7 p.m. against the Bucks.
NASCAR heads to Texas this weekend. The flag drops on the Sprint Cup race Sunday at 3 p.m. on ESPN, while the Nationwide racers hit the track Saturday at 3:30 p.m.
The Formula One racers will also be in Texas, with the race Sunday at 3 p.m. on NBC. There’s qualifying Saturday at 1 p.m. and NBC Sports network has the practice Friday at 3 p.m.
For another kind of horsepower, NBC has the Breeders’ Cup Saturday at 8 p.m.
The Capitals host the Coyotes Sunday at 7 p.m. on Comcast. The Islanders visit San Jose on NBC Sports network Saturday at 10:30 p.m.
Notre Dame takes on Vermont Friday at 8 p.m. on NBC Sports network.
The MLS playoffs start Thursday at 8 p.m. on ESPN2, as the Red Bulls and Sporting Kansas City meet in a conference knockout game. Seattle hosts Dallas Sunday at 9 p.m. in the Western Conference semifinals.
Liverpool faces Newcastle United at 8:45 a.m. on NBC Sports network, followed by Chelsea-Queens Park Rangers. Sunday’s action starts with Manchester City battling Manchester United at 8:30 a.m., then Aston Villa takes on Tottenham Hotspur.
On the college pitch, Clemson hosts North Carolina State Friday at 7 p.m. on Comcast.
Miami meets North Carolina State in women’s volleyball Sunday at 1 p.m. on Comcast.
ESPN2 shows the New York City marathon Sunday at 9 a.m.
A wild World Series heads to the west coast this weekend.
Wild cards Kansas City and San Francisco continue the Fall Classic from McCovey Cove Friday on Fox at 8 p.m. The teams split the first two games in Kansas City.
Eight played a big part for both teams entering the series. The Royals won their first eight games this postseason, while the Giants have won eight straight postseason series – including the World Series in 2010 and 2012.
Game 4 is Saturday at 8 p.m., with Game 5 Sunday at 8 p.m. If necessary, the series returns to Kansas City Tuesday and Wednesday.
How about those Cowboys? The Redskins will find out Monday night, when they visit the division leaders on ESPN.
The run of Thursday night games on CBS ends when the Chargers visit the Broncos at 8:20 p.m. NBC shows the Packers and Saints Sunday at 8:30 p.m.
There’s breakfast-time football this Sunday, as the Lions meet the Falcons in London on Fox at 9:30 a.m. Most of Virginia will catch the 4 p.m. game between the Eagles and Cardinals, while the Fishersville area is scheduled to get Bears-Patriots.
The AFC North leading Ravens take on the Bengals at 1 p.m. Sunday, followed by Colts-Steelers.
Another Thursday night and another Hokie game – this time at home to Miami at 7:30 p.m. on ESPN.
Cincinnati hosts South Florida Friday at 7 p.m. on ESPN2, and BYU battles Boise State at 9 p.m. on ESPN. Oregon travels to California at 10 p.m. on FoxSports1.
Virginia looks to bounce back against North Carolina Saturday at 12:30 p.m. on the ACC network.
Top-ranked Mississippi State heads to Kentucky at 3:30 p.m. on CBS.
ABC spends the day in the Big Ten, with Michigan-Michigan State at 3:30 p.m. followed by Ohio State visiting Penn State at 8 p.m.
Fox offers Texas Tech against TCU at 3:30 p.m. FoxSports1 has a Conference USA matchup between Marshall and Florida Atlantic at 3:30 p.m. and a top-20 contest in the Pac-12 with USC against Utah at 10 p.m.
ESPN starts its day at noon when Texas travels to Kansas State, then West Virginia takes on Oklahoma State at 3:30 p.m. Primetime starts at 7:15 p.m. with Mississippi-LSU before Arizona State and Washington close out the night at 10:45 p.m.
Rutgers meets Nebraska at noon on ESPN2 and Oregon State faces Stanford at 3:30 p.m. Alabama meets Tennessee at 7:30 p.m.
MASN has a pair of contests, with Maine-Rhode Island at noon before Charleston Southern meets Coastal Carolina. Rice faces North Texas at noon on MASN2.
Delaware faces William & Mary on Comcast at 12:30 p.m.
On the high school gridiron, Cedar Hill battles Desoto at 8 p.m. Thursday on ESPN2.
NASCAR is down to its final four races, with only eight contenders left for the championship. Martinsville hosts this week’s race Sunday at 1:30 p.m. on ESPN. The truck series takes the track Saturday at 1:30 p.m. on FoxSports1.
Capitals continue their west coast swing, meeting Calgary Saturday at 10 p.m. and Vancouver Sunday at 9:30 p.m. on Comcast.
On the college ice, Notre Dame hosts Niagara Saturday at 7 p.m. on NBC Sports network.
The road to the women’s World Cup in Canada next year continues on FoxSports1, as the United States meets Mexico in the semifinals of CONCACAF Friday at 7:30 p.m. The championship match will be Sunday at 6 p.m., after the third place contest at 3 p.m.
It’s another day of matches in the Europa League on FoxSports1, with Everton against Lille Metropole at 1 p.m. before Tottenham Hotspur faces Asteras Napoli at 3 p.m.
NBC brings Leicester-Swansea Saturday at 12:30 p.m., then Manchester United plays Chelsea Sunday at noon. NBC Sports network starts its Premier League action Saturday at 7:45 a.m. when West Ham United meets Manchester City. Sunderland plays Arsenal at 10 a.m. and Everton takes on Burnley Sunday at 9:30 a.m.
Seattle tangles with the Galaxy Saturday at 2:30 p.m. on NBC. Houston clashes with Chicago Thursday at 8 p.m. on NBC Sports network while ESPN2 has Kansas City against the Red Bulls Sunday at 8:30 p.m.
Virginia faces Wake Forest in men’s soccer on Comcast Friday at 6:30 p.m.
North Carolina hosts Florida State in women’s soccer Thursday at 7 p.m. on Comcast.
In women’s volleyball, Syracuse meets Georgia Tech Friday at 8:30 p.m. on Comcast. Nebraska and Wisconsin clash on ESPN2 Sunday at 5 p.m.
Comcast shows the Marine Corps marathon Sunday at 7 a.m.
Virginia Tech and Virginia both had byes last weekend, and head into the second half of the season 4-2.
Can they be contenders in the ACC’s Coastal Division?
The Hokies kick off the college weekend Thursday, visiting Pittsburgh at 7:30 p.m. on ESPN. Both teams stand 1-1 in conference play, with losses in the division.
Virginia won its first two conference games, and heads to Duke Saturday at 12:30 p.m. on ACC network. The Cavaliers closed the first half with a win over Pittsburgh, while the Blue Devils – defending division champion – dropped their first conference tilt.
FoxSports1 has Pac-12 action Thursday at 10 p.m., as Utah faces Oregon State.
Boise State plays Fresno State Friday at 8 p.m. on ESPN.
There’s a big battle in Tallahassee Saturday at 8 p.m., with the Seminoles hosting Notre Dame on ABC. In the afternoon, the offerings are Rutgers-Ohio State or UCLA at California, with ESPN2 showing the game not over the air in your area.
Texas A&M travels to Alabama at 3:30 p.m. on CBS.
ESPN starts its day at noon with Kansas State against Oklahoma, and Indiana hosts Michigan State at 3:30 p.m. Mississippi faces Tennessee at 7 p.m. followed by Stanford against Arizona State at 10:30 p.m.
Maryland meets Iowa on ESPN2 at noon. Missouri plays Florida at 7 p.m. before Nevada takes on BYU at 10:15 p.m.
West Virginia hosts Baylor at noon on FoxSports1. Oklahoma State travels to TCU at 4 p.m. before Washington faces Oregon at 8 p.m.
Comcast offers Towson-Delaware at 12:30 p.m.
The Redskins host the Titans on CBS Sunday at 1 p.m. Fox has the doubleheader action, with Falcons-Ravens early before the Giants take on the Cowboys.
CBS has the Patriots and Jets Thursday at 8:20 p.m., with Denver taking on the 49ers Sunday night on CBS. The Texans travel to Pittsburgh on ESPN Monday night.
North of the border, Ottawa plays Hamilton Friday at 7 p.m. on ESPN2 and Edmonton battles Saskatchewan Sunday at 4 p.m.
Kansas City clinched the American League berth in the World Series Wednesday, await the National League champ for Tuesday’s Game 1.
San Francisco hosts St. Louis in Game 5 of the National League championship series Thursday at 8 p.m. on FoxSports1. If necessary, the series returns to Busch Stadium Saturday and Sunday.
NASCAR’s Chase for the Cup reaches the end of its second elimination round, with four more drivers ousted from the chase after Talladega Sunday. ESPN has coverage Sunday at 2 p.m. after Fox shows the Truck Series Saturday at 1 p.m.
The Capitals host New Jersey Thursday at 7 p.m. on Comcast and Florida comes to town Saturday at 7 p.m.
Notre Dame plays Lake Superior State in college ice hockey Friday at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday at 6 p.m. on NBC Sports network.
Portland plays Real Salt Lake Friday at 10 p.m. on NBC Sports network while Dallas battles Colorado Saturday at 3 p.m. ESPN2 offers Houston against New England Thursday at 8 p.m. and Galaxy-Sounders Sunday at 8:15 p.m.
In Premier League play, Manchester City meets Tottenham Hotspur Saturday at 7:45 a.m. followed by Crystal Palace-Chelsea. There’s two more games on Sunday, as Queens Park Rangers faces Liverpool at 8:30 p.m. and Stoke City clashes with Swansea City at 11 a.m.
NBA preseason play continues Friday at 7 p.m. with Charlotte visiting the Wizards on Comcast.
Boston College meets Louisville in college field hockey Friday at 3 p.m. on Comcast.
Clemson hosts Pittsburgh in college volleyball Sunday at 1 p.m. on Comcast.
One series to go in each league until the World Series.
The American League championship series starts Friday at 8 p.m. on TBS, with the Orioles hosting Kansas City at Camden Yards. Neither team has been to the World Series since the mid-1980s, and the Royals are making their first postseason appearance since the championship season of 1985.
Game 2 will be Saturday at 4 p.m. The series shifts to Kansas City Monday at 8 p.m.
Action in the National League starts Saturday at 8 p.m. on Fox, as the Cardinals host San Francisco. The teams have alternated making the World Series since 2010, with the Giants claiming two crowns and the Cardinals winning in 2011 before falling to the Red Sox last season.
Game 2 will be Sunday at 8 p.m. on Fox before heading to the Bay Area Tuesday.
The NFL weekend begins Thursday on CBS with the Colts visiting the Texans at 8:20 p.m. NBC brings the NFC East battle between the Giants and Eagles Sunday night, and the 49ers take on the Rams Monday on ESPN.
Sunday’s slate includes Ravens at Tampa Bay on CBS at 1 p.m. Fox has the doubleheader, bringing the Packers at Miami at 1 p.m. before the Redskins head to the desert to battle the Cardinals at 4:25 p.m.
BYU visits Central Florida Thursday at 7:30 p.m. on ESPN to start the college football weekend. Stanford hosts Washington State Friday at 9 p.m. on ESPN.
Notre Dame’s ACC schedule continues Saturday at 3:30 p.m. when North Carolina comes to town on NBC.
ABC brings the Red River rivalry between Texas and Oklahoma at noon, and at 3:30 p.m. offers Michigan State-Purdue or TCU against Baylor. ESPN2 shows the game not seen over the air in your area.
It’s SEC doubleheader weekend on CBS, with Georgia against Missouri at noon before second-ranked Auburn battles Mississippi State at 3:30 p.m. Fox offers Oregon against UCLA at 3:30 p.m.
Top-ranked Florida State visits Syracuse at noon on ESPN. Alabama tries to bounce back against Arkansas at 6 p.m. before Mississippi meets Texas A&M at 9 p.m.
Wisconsin hosts Illinois at noon on ESPN2. It’s back to the Big Ten at 7 p.m. when Penn State clashes with Michigan and Southern Cal travels to Arizona at 10:30 p.m.
FoxSports1 offers Oklahoma State visiting Kansas at 4 p.m.
Duke clashes with Georgia Tech on the ACC network at 12:30 p.m.
Comcast brings CAA action Saturday at 12:30 p.m., with Towson taking on James Madison. Boston College battles North Carolina State at 3:30 p.m.
William & Mary tackles New Hampshire at 3:30 p.m. on NBC Sports network.
NASCAR has its final night race, with ABC covering the Sprint Cup action from Charlotte Saturday at 7:30 p.m. The Nationwide racers go Friday at 7:30 p.m. on ESPN2, with qualifying for the Sprint Cup race Thursday at 7 p.m. on ESPN2.
Formula One racers visit Russia Sunday at 6:30 a.m. on NBC Sports network. There’s qualifying Saturday at 7 a.m. after practice Friday at 6 a.m.
Ice hockey season begins Thursday on Comcast, with the Capitals hosting Montreal at 7 p.m. The Capitals travel to Boston Saturday at 7 p.m.
NBC Sports network offers the Avalanche at Wild Thursday at 9 p.m.
The Wizards have a preseason contest with Detroit Sunday at 1 p.m. on Comcast.
Vancouver visits Seattle in MLS play on NBC Sports network Friday at 10 p.m. Dallas takes on the Galaxy Sunday at 7 p.m. on ESPN2.
The road to Euro2016 continues Thursday at 2:30 p.m. when Spain faces Slovakia on ESPN2. There’s an international friendly between Honduras and Mexico Thursday at 8:55 p.m. on ESPN2, and the United States meets Ecuador Friday at 6:40 p.m. on ESPN. Mexico meets Panama on ESPN2 Sunday at 4:55 p.m.
Louisville takes on Florida State in ACC women’s volleyball Friday at 7 p.m. on Comcast.
Baseball has released the schedule for the rest of the division round.
Right now, we know there will be at least two games Monday – but could be four.
Don’t lock in your plans until Sunday night, but here’s an idea what’s ahead.
Since the Orioles and Tigers is the only series without a west coast contestant, they get the early times each day.
Orioles fans who are complaining need to blame the Pirates.
Two teams from Los Angeles and two teams from the Baltimore-Washington area topped the major leagues all season long.
Will they continue their dominance in October?
With the wild-card games done, the 2014 Major League Baseball postseason continues Thursday at 5:37 p.m. on TBS, with the Orioles hosting the Tigers. Baltimore won its first division crown since 1997, while the Tigers have four straight AL Central titles.
Anaheim, winner of the most games this season, takes on wild-card winner Kansas City at 9:07 p.m. The Royals won Tuesday in their first postseason appearance since 1985.
There’s four games Friday, starting noon on TBS with the Orioles and Tigers. The Nationals, fresh off their second NL East crown in three years, host the Giants on FoxSports1 at 3 p.m.
The Cardinals and Dodgers start their series at 6:30 p.m. on FoxSports1, and it’s Game 2 of the Angels and Royals on TBS at 9:30 p.m.
The second games in the National League will be Saturday. FoxSports1 has the Nationals and Giants at 5:30 p.m. before MLB network carries the Cardinals and Dodgers.
Both American League Series change venues Sunday, with Detroit hosting the Orioles at 3:30 p.m. on TBS before Royals takes on the Angels at 7:30 p.m.
The best-of-five series continue through Thursday, if necessary.
The Vikings and Packers start the NFL weekend Thursday at 8:25 p.m. on CBS. The Redskins and Seahawks close the week’s action Monday night on ESPN.
CBS has the Sunday doubleheader, starting at 1 p.m. with Ravens-Colts before the Chiefs travel to San Francisco. Fox will show Falcons against the Giants at 1 p.m., and the undefeated Bengals battle New England at 8:20 p.m. on NBC.
ESPN has a college football twinbill Thursday, with Central Florida against Houston at 7 p.m. followed by second-ranked Oregon hosting Arizona at 10:30 p.m. MASN2 offers Florida Atlantic against FIU at 7 p.m.
ACC newcomers meet Friday at 7 p.m., with Louisville traveling to Syracuse before Utah State battles BYU at 10:15 p.m.
Virginia Tech plays North Carolina Saturday at 12:30 p.m. in the ACC network game of the week.
Maryland makes its Big Ten home debut on ABC at noon, taking on Ohio State. Top-ranked Florida State takes on Wake Forest at 3:30 p.m., while other areas of the country will see Baylor-Texas. It’s back to the Big Ten for primetime, with Nebraska at Michigan State at 8 p.m.
Notre Dame meets Stanford on NBC at 3:30 p.m. while CBS brings Alabama-Mississippi.
Fox offers Oklahoma against TCU at 3:30 p.m., followed by Arizona State meeting Southern Cal at 7:30 p.m.
ESPN starts its day at noon with Texas A&M taking on Mississippi State. In primetime, LSU clashes with Auburn at 7 p.m. followed by Utah against UCLA at 10:30 p.m.
Illinois meets Purdue on ESPN2 at noon, followed by Wisconsin-Northwestern at 3:30 p.m. Then its’ off to the ACC for Miami battling Georgia Tech at 7:30 p.m.
Oklahoma State tangles with Iowa State at noon on FoxSports1.
Virginia hosts Pittsburgh Saturday at 7:30 p.m. on Comcast, after Stony Brook meets Towson at 3:30 p.m.
MASN has Marshall against Old Dominion at noon followed by the Big 12 contest between Kansas and West Virginia.
North of the border, ESPN2 brings Calgary and Saskatchewan at 10 p.m.
ESPN2 has high school football from Georgia Friday at 7 p.m., with Norcross meeting North Gwinett.
NASCAR’s Chase for the Cup enters its second round this weekend, with 12 racers still in the chase at Kansas. The flag drops Sunday at 2 p.m. on ESPN, and the Nationwide racers hit the track Saturday at 3:30 p.m. on ESPN.
NBC Sports network has the Japanese Grand Prix Sunday at 1:30 a.m. There’s qualifying Saturday at 1 a.m. and practice Friday at 1 a.m.
The Capitals close out the preseason against the Flyers Thursday at 7 p.m. and Hurricanes Sunday at 3 p.m. on Comcast.
Philadelphia faces Chicago in MLS play Thursday at 8 p.m. on ESPN2.
D.C. United hosts Sporting Kansas City Friday at 8 p.m. on NBC Sports network, and there’s a pair of contests Saturday – Houston against the Red Bulls at 6 p.m. and Portland battling San Jose at 11 p.m.
Aston Villa meets Manchester City Saturday at 12:30 p.m. on NBC. Liverpool takes on West Bromwich Albion Saturday at 10 a.m. on NBC Sports network, and there’s two more Premier League games Sunday – Manchester United facing Everton at 7 a.m. before Chelsea-Arsenal.
Europa League action resumes Thursday on FoxSports1, with Krasnodar vs. Everton at noon before Tottenham Hotspur meets Besiktas at 3 p.m.
Virginia Tech visits North Carolina in women’s soccer Friday at 4 p.m. on Comcast.
Duke takes on Louisville in college field hockey on Comcast Friday at 6 p.m.
NBC offers the Bourbon Stakes from Kentucky Sunday at 5 p.m.