It’s going to be a great weekend in sports, with the MLB League Championship Series, great NCAA Football action and competitive NFL matchups all on tap. Here’s what you can look forward to watching this weekend:
San Francisco Giants @ St. Louis Cardinals (8:00 PM FOX)
Game 5 of the NLCS will be at Busch Stadium, where the Cardinals enter the game with a 3-1 lead in the series and a chance to represent the NL in the World Series for the second year in a row. The Giants are hoping to even the series up at 2-2 Thursday evening, avoiding a deciding game on the road and bringing the series back to San Francisco's AT&T Park for the remainder of the NLCS.
New York Yankees @ Detroit Tigers (4:00 PM TBS if nec.)
The Yankees are looking to achieve a miracle by completing a backdoor sweep after falling down 0-3 in the ALCS to the Detroit Tigers. They must begin by winning their first game of the series on Thursday—a tall order given the lackluster performance of their highly paid superstars. Detroit can clinch a berth in the World Series with a win at home Thursday afternoon.
Boston College @ Georgia Tech (3:00 PM ESPN 3)
We all know Boston College has not had the best season thus far, but there is still reason to show your support by tuning into this game. The Eagles have shown that they can perform on offense, although the defense has struggled to keep opposing teams from lighting up the scoreboard. Remember, these Eagles were a first down away from claiming victory in the game against Army and they were beaten by a national championship contender in Florida State that was fresh off an upset loss to NC State. Keep the faith.
South Carolina @ Florida (3:30 PM CBS)
This is the premiere NCAA Football matchup of the week, with two top 10 teams going at it for supremacy in the SEC East. The Florida Gators, ranked second in the nation, have been downright dominant this season, with a 6-0 record and a noteworthy victory over the then-fourth ranked LSU Tigers. The South Carolina Gamecocks, ranked seventh, have looked similarly impressive with a statement win over the then-fifth ranked Georgia Bulldogs. The only blemish on the Gamecock’s record is a two-point loss suffered last week at the hands of the LSU Tigers. Look for this one to be a defensive battle with two top-10 defenses squaring off.
Baltimore Ravens @ Houston Texans (1:00 PM CBS)
This AFC matchup features the only two teams with a winning record in the conference. The Texans are coming off their first defeat of the season due to a dominant performance by Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers. They are looking to rebound in this game after an unusually poor display by their typically stout defense. The Ravens, coming off a close win against the Dallas Cowboys, are dealing with some serious injury problems on defense heading into this game. They have lost Ray Lewis and Ladarius Webb to season-ending injuries, and Haloti Ngata is questionable after spraining his MCL. Look for the running backs to dominate this game, as Arian Foster of Houston and Ray Rice of Baltimore are two of the best coming out of the backfield.
New York Jets @ New England Patriots (4:25 PM CBS)
The Jets and the Patriots are both 3-3 entering this contest and are battling for the lead in an unusually competitive AFC East. The Patriots are coming off a bad performance in their game against the Seattle Seahawks, giving up a 13 point lead in the fourth quarter resulting in a 24-23 loss. The Patriots’ woes this season are inexplicable, but three losses by two points or less is something to keep in mind. The Jets have looked terrible this season, but have somehow managed to find three wins despite the Sanchez-Tebow controversy. Shonn Greene had a breakout performance last week, so look for the Jets to continue feeding him the ball to avoid putting the game in Mark Sanchez’s hands. The Patriots are at home, so expect their no-huddle, dual threat offense to be in full effect.