Football, golf, soccer, baseball and basketball? Yeah, it’s pretty much the perfect time of the year for sports, and this weekend is a great example. Football is in full swing on both sides of the pond, the PGA Tour season wraps up, MLB heads down the final stretch, a WNBA Finals rematch is ready to tip off. So, with this packed slate, you might be asking yourself, “What should I watch this weekend?” Well don’t fret. We’ve got you covered.
Soccer: Atlético Madrid vs. Sevilla – Saturday, 7:00 a.m. ET (beIN Sports)
It's a No. 2 vs. No. 3 matchup in Spain. While Barcelona leads La Liga after its perfect 5-0-0 start, Sevilla is just two points back, and Atlético Madrid two behind them. Sevilla have let in just one goal so far this season, while Atleti have scored 10. It's also a chance to check out the new home of Atleti, the 67,000-capacity Wanda Metropolitano, which was named the site of the 2019 UEFA Champions League Final this past week.
GOLF: The Tour Championship – Saturday, 11:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m. ET; Sunday, 11:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. ET (NBC, Golf Channel)
There’s $10 million on the line at East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta. Will Jordan Spieth hold on to his No. 1 spot and win the FedEx Cup? Or will other stars such as Justin Thomas, Dustin Johnson or Rickie Fowler make a weekend push to win the huge purse?
COLLEGE FOOTBALL: No. 6 Oklahoma State (3-0) vs. No. 16 TCU (3-0) — Saturday, 3:30 p.m. ET (ESPN)
Oklahoma State quarterback Mason Rudolph is No. 4 in the nation with 378.3 passing yards per game, tied for No. 2 in passing TDs with 11, and No. 5 in passing efficiency at 210.3. So yeah, he’s kinda good. But TCU has a top-20 offense as well, scoring 49 points per game (No. 7 in the country) to the Cowboys’ 54 (No. 4). This’ll be a shootout, where one late defensive stop could decide the game.
COLLEGE FOOTBALL: No. 1 Alabama (3-0) vs. Vanderbilt (3-0) — Saturday, 3:30 p.m. ET (CBS)
On one hand, Vanderbilt has the stingiest defense in the country, allowing just 198.3 yards per game, and only two touchdowns this season. The Commodores’ opponents have averaged 4.3 points per game this year. Four. Point. Three. On the other hand, well, we’re still talking about Alabama. The No. 1 team in the nation has mastered the art of blowing open close games, and they definitely aren’t intimidated by Vanderbilt’s 14-7 upset of then-No. 18 Kansas State last week. Either way, this’ll be worth watching (at least for the beginning).
COLLEGE FOOTBALL: No. 11 Georgia (3-0) vs. No. 17 Mississippi State (3-0) — Saturday, 7 p.m. ET (ESPN)
It’s time for the Bulldog showdown. Junior quarterback Nick Fitzgerald leads the No. 9 scoring offense in the country (47.7 points per game) into Athens, one week after Mississippi State pulled off a huge upset in Starkville, scoring 30 unanswered to topple then-No. 12 LSU. Can first-year starter Jake Fromm thwart Mississippi State’s upset hopes and push Georgia to its second 4-0 start since 2012?
NFL: Atlanta Falcons vs. Detroit Lions — Sunday, 1:00 p.m. ET (FOX)
With Week 3 of the NFL season underway, there are nine undefeated teams left. Two of them are playing each other this weekend, and they just happen to be two of the most impressive teams this far into the season. The Falcons’ introduction to the new Mercedes-Benz stadium went quite well, as Atlanta walked away with a 34-23 win over Green Bay last week, while Detroit has won both of its games by double digits. Something’s got to give Sunday.
MLB: Chicago Cubs vs. Milwaukee Brewers — Sunday, 2:20 p.m. ET (TBS)
The Brewers have played their way right into the thick of the NL Wild Card race, just one game behind Colorado as of Friday. And depending on how the Friday and Saturday games go in this series, the NL Central gap could be down to a couple games, or the Cubs could be playing for a division title. Either way, this one's going to have some major October implications.
WNBA: Finals Game 1: Minnesota Lynx vs. Los Angeles Sparks — Sunday, 3:30 p.m. ET (ABC)
The Lynx and Sparks are back at it again, facing off in the WNBA Finals a year after the Sparks came out on top of a thrilling winner-take-all Game 5, 77-76. If you somehow missed that ending, do yourself a favor and check it out:
Now, the two dynasties go head to head in the best of five series, with the winner capturing its fourth WNBA title. There’s a lot on the line here.
By: Daniel Wilco