If you’re like us, the weekend is for two things: not working, and watching sports. To make things even easier, we’ve put together the perfect must-watch list for this weekend.
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Manchester City vs. Liverpool
7:30 a.m. ET, NBCSN
If you’re an early riser, this one’s for you, and it’ll be worth it: Liverpool currently sits in second place in the Premier League, while Manchester City sits in fourth. The two teams have combined for 13 goals in six matches so far, which means Saturday morning’s matchup should be as invigorating a wake-up call as your two cups of coffee.
Leicester City vs. Chelsea
10 a.m. ET, NBC Sports Gold
In a showdown between the past two Premier League champions, Chelsea has looked like the better team through three matches, but Leicester’s lone win of the season came at home, and featured a goal in the first minute. For Chelsea, the Blues have bounced back from an opening loss with two sound wins in a row and look on track again.
U.S. Open Women’s Final: Sloane Stephens vs. No. 15 Madison Keys
4 p.m. ET, ESPN
There’s nothing like a meteoric rise story, and Sloane Stephens is rising in a serious way right now. In mid-July, she was ranked No. 957 in the WTA. Less than two months later she beat Venus Williams to reach the U.S. Open final, and if she beats Madison Keys, she’ll have her first Grand Slam title. Oh, and she’s 24 years old. Keys, even younger at 22, also seeks her first slam.
No. 13 Auburn at No. 3 Clemson
7 p.m. ET, ESPN
A high-ranking Southern matchup between two classic programs in Week 2? College football is so good to us. Defending champion Clemson takes on its first major opponent in the post-Deshaun Watson era, while Auburn quarterback Jarrett Stidham is eager to impress on a national stage. Does Dabo Swinney’s squad have the same magic as last year?
No. 5 Oklahoma at No. 2 Ohio State
7:30 p.m. ET, ABC
Two top-five teams clash in a matchup of very hyped quarterbacks with very good names. The Buckeyes’ J.T. Barrett (good name) had a shaky first week showing against Indiana, while Baker Mayfield (great name) completed 95 percent of his passes and looked largely flawless. Points will be scored in this one.
No. 14 Stanford at No. 6 USC
8:30 p.m. ET, FOX
These two Pac-12 powerhouses had very different season openers: where Stanford ran past Rice (287 yards on the ground), USC stumbled through its narrow win over Central Michigan. Heisman favorite Sam Darnold threw two interceptions and will need to play much better against the Cardinal if USC has a chance in this early-season showdown.
Raiders at Titans
1 p.m. ET, CBS
Football is back, and this game should be a perfect way to get right back in the swing. The Raiders’ offense was prolific in 2016, and Oakland added the un-retired Marshawn Lynch to its stable. Meanwhile, Tennessee beefed up its own offense, and it looks like 2017 could be the year Marcus Mariota and the Titans make the leap.
U.S. Open Men’s Final
4 p.m. ET, ESPN
If he gets by Juan Martin del Potro on Friday, Sunday's final will pit Rafa Nadal against someone who is not Rafa Nadal, which means Rafa will probably win. This is good: when Rafa is playing good, confident tennis, he might be the most fun player in the world to watch. He’s wildly athletic, fiery, and has great hair. You should watch Rafa win.
Seahawks at Packers
4:25 p.m. ET, FOX
If your Sunday schedule is filling up with errands, house chores, and a whole bunch of stuff you don’t want to do but have to, this is the one game you should make time for. Watching Aaron Rodgers and Russell Wilson play is always a treat; watching them in the same game feels like a guilty pleasure.
Orioles at Indians
8:00 PM ET, ESPN
Football not exactly your thing? Don’t worry, it’s not a crime. You should flip ESPN on at 8:00 on Sunday because the Indians are (as of Friday) on a 15-game win streak, and the Orioles are a desperate team fighting for an AL wild card spot. The longest win streak, with no ties, in MLB history is 21 games. You don’t want to miss history, right?
Giants at Cowboys
8:30 p.m. ET, NBC
There’s a lot going on in the first installment of Sunday Night Football. Ezekiel Elliott's six-game suspension was upheld, but he's still eligible to play Week 1. Dak Prescott looks to avoid a sophomore slump after his spectacular rookie year. Plus, you should always watch games featuring Eli Manning’s faces.
By: Adam Hermann