MIAMI, October 15 (UPI) – Major League Baseball’s 2021 ALCS and NLCS, dozens of football games and the first weekend of the NHL season topped the weekend sporting calendar. NASCAR playoffs and football games are also broadcast Friday through Sunday.
The PGA Tour CJ Cup also kicked off Thursday and ends in Las Vegas on Sunday.
But this weekend’s main event will involve the last four teams remaining in the MLB playoffs. The Houston Astros, Boston Red Sox, Atlanta Braves and Los Angeles Dodgers will begin their respective championship series this weekend to determine which teams will advance to the World Series.
The Astros host the Red Sox in ALCS Game 1 at 8:07 p.m. EDT Friday at Minute Maid Park in Houston. The first playoff game of the weekend airs on Fox. Best of Seven Series Game 2 is Saturday in Houston.
Left-handed pitcher Framber Valdez is expected to start for the Astros. The Red Sox are expected to start right-hander Nathan Eovaldi.
The Astros are the big favorites of the series. They went 95-67 in the regular season to win the American League West Division title. The Astros beat the Chicago White Sox in four games to advance to the ALCS.
The Red Sox finished second in the American League East and beat rivals the New York Yankees in the American League Wild Card Game to advance to the ALDS.
They then eliminated the Tampa Bay Rays, who posted a 100-62 record, the best in the American League, in four games to qualify for the ALCS.
The Dodgers face the Braves in the NLCS opener Saturday in Atlanta. Game 2 of this series takes place Sunday in Atlanta. The NLCS is broadcast on TBS.
The Braves beat the Milwaukee Brewers in four games to reach the NLCS. The Dodgers beat the St. Louis Cardinals in the National League Wild Card Game. They then edged their rivals San Francisco Giants in five games in the NLDS.
The NLCS and ALCS could continue until next weekend. The World Series begins on October 26 and could run until early November.
Two teams ranked in the Top 25 in the College Football Coaching Survey enter the field Friday to begin the weekend program.
Oregon’s No.10 greets California at 10:30 p.m. EDT on ESPN. San Jose State hosts San Diego State # 24 at 10:30 p.m. on CBSSN.
Several other top-ranked teams play on Saturday. The Michigan State No.9 faces Indiana in a Big Ten clash at noon Saturday on FS1. The Florida No.17 faces LSU in a noon SEC clash on ESPN. The Arkansas No.19 faces Auburn in another noon SEC game on CBS.
No. 3 Cincinnati hosts UCF at noon on ABC. The No.12 Oklahoma State faces Texas at noon on Fox.
No. 1 Georgia host No. 11 Kentucky in the only ranked clash this weekend. This game will air Saturday at 3:30 p.m. on CBS.
No. 2 Iowa hosts Purdue at 3:30 p.m. on ABC. Alabama’s No.5 takes on Mississippi State at 7 p.m. on ESPN. No. 3 Oklahoma hosts TCU at 7:30 p.m. on ABC.
In the NFL, the Jacksonville Jaguars (0-5) will leave the country and try to win their first game of the season on Sunday in London. They will face the Miami Dolphins (1-4) at 9:30 a.m. EDT on CBS.
Seven more games will air at 1 p.m. Sunday on CBS and Fox. The Cleveland Browns (3-2) host the Arizona Cardinals (5-0) at 4:05 p.m. Sunday on Fox.
The Denver Broncos (3-2) take on the Las Vegas Raiders (3-2) at 4:25 p.m. Sunday on CBS. The New England Patriots (2-3) face the Dallas Cowboys (4-1) at 4:25 p.m. Sunday on the same network.
Ben Roethlisberger and the Pittsburgh Steelers (2-3) host DK Metcalf and the Seattle Seahawks (2-3) in the final NFL game of the weekend. This Sunday night football the game will air at 8:20 p.m. on NBC.
The Pittsburgh Penguins beat defending Stanley Cup champion Lightning Tampa Bay 7-2 in Game 1 of the 2021-22 NHL season Tuesday in Tampa, Fla. The Vegas Golden Knights also beat the Seattle Kraken 4-3 on opening night.
Ten more teams started their season on Wednesday and 11 more teams started on Thursday. The remaining six NHL teams play Friday and Saturday.
The Chicago Blackhawks face the New Jersey Devils at 7 p.m. EDT Friday on NHL Network. The Buffalo Sabers host the Arizona Coyotes at 1 p.m. EDT Saturday on the same network.
The Blackhawks will also face the Penguins at 7 p.m. Saturday on NHL Network. The Ottawa Senators host the Dallas Stars at 5 p.m. EDT Sunday on NHL Network.
Weekend schedule (EDT)
Ligue 1: Angers at PSG at 3 p.m. on beIN Sports
CJ Cup: Second round from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. EDT on Golf Channel
Clemson in Syracuse at 7 p.m. on ESPN
California to Oregon at 10:30 p.m. on ESPN
San Diego State to San Jose State at 10:30 p.m. on CBSSN
ALCS Game 1: Red Sox at Astros at 8:07 p.m. on Fox
Premier League: Liverpool to Watford at 7:30 am on Peacock Premium
Bundesliga: Mainz at Borussia Dortmund at 9:30 am on ESPN +
Premier League: Manchester United at Leicester City at 10 a.m. in the USA
Premier League: Burnley at Manchester City at 10 a.m. on Peacock Premium
Premier League: Chelsea in Brentford at 12:30 p.m. on NBC
MLS: Philadelphia in Montreal at 1 p.m. on ESPN +
MLS: San Jose at LAFC at 3:30 p.m. on ESPN +
MLS: Inter Miami in Columbus at 6 p.m. on ESPN +
MLS: Chicago to New England at 7 p.m. on ESPN +
MLS: Nashville at DC United at 7:30 p.m. on ESPN +
MLS: Orlando in Cincinnati at 7:30 p.m. on ESPN +
MLS: Atlanta in Toronto at 7:30 p.m. on ESPN +
MLS: Seattle to Houston at 8:30 p.m. on ESPN +
MLS: Minnesota to Austin at 9 p.m. on ESPN +
MLS: Colorado to Real Salt Lake at 9:30 p.m. on ESPN +
Portland at the Los Angeles Galaxy at 10:30 p.m. on ESPN +
Michigan State to Indiana at noon on FS1
Florida at LSU Noon on ESPN
Auburn, Arkansas at Noon on CBS
Texas A&M in Missouri at noon on the SEC network
UCF in Cincinnati at noon on ABC
Nebraska, Minnesota at noon on ESPN2
Oklahoma State Texas at Noon on Fox
Kentucky, Georgia at 3:30 p.m. on CBS
Purdue in Iowa at 3:30 p.m. on ABC
Miami, North Carolina at 3:30 p.m. on ESPN, ESPN2, or ACC Network
Pittsburgh at Virginia Tech at 3:30 p.m. on ESPN, ESPN2, or ACC Network
Fresno State, Wyoming at 3:30 p.m. on Fox, FS1, or FS1
BYU in Baylor at 3:30 p.m. on ESPN
Alabama at Mississippi State at 7 p.m. on ESPN
Ole Miss in Tennessee at 7:30 p.m. on SEC Network
Iowa State at Kansas State at 7:30 p.m. on ESPN2
TCU in Oklahoma at 7:30 p.m. on ABC
NC State at Boston College at 7:30 p.m. on the ACC network
UCLA in Washington at 8:30 p.m. on Fox
Air Force at Boise State at 9 p.m. on Fox, FS1, or FS2
Arizona State in Utah at 10 p.m. on ESPN
Xfinity Series playoffs: Andy’s Frozen Custard 335 at 3 p.m. on NBC
CJ Cup: Third round from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. EDT on Golf Channel
ALCS Game 2: Red Sox at Astros at 4:20 p.m. on Fox / FS1
NLCS Game 1: Dodgers at Braves at 8:07 p.m. on TBS
Premier League: West Ham at Everton at 9 a.m. on NBCSN
Bundesliga: Bayern Munich at Bayer Leverkusen at 9:30 am on ESPN +
Premier League: Tottenham Hotspurs in Newcastle at 11:30 am on NBCSN
MLS: NYCFC at the New York Red Bulls at 1 p.m. on ESPN
Serie A: AS Roma at Juventus at 2:45 p.m. on beIN Sports
La Liga: Valencia to Barcelona at 3 p.m. on ESPN +
MLS: Kansas City in Vancouver at 10 p.m. on ESPN +
Dolphins at Jaguars at 9:30 a.m. on CBS
Chefs in Washington at 1 p.m. on CBS
Rams at Giants at 1 p.m. on Fox
The Texans at Colts at 1 p.m. on CBS
Bengals at the Lions at 1 p.m. on Fox
Packers at Bears at 1 p.m. on Fox
Chargers at Ravens at 1 p.m. on CBS
Vikings at Panthers at 1 p.m. on Fox
Cardinals at Browns at 4:05 p.m. on Fox
Raiders at Broncos at 4:25 p.m. on CBS
Cowboys at Patriots at 4:25 PM on CBS
Seahawks at Steelers at 8:20 p.m. on NBC
Playoffs Cup Series: Autotrader EchoPark Automotive 500 at 2 p.m. on NBC
NLCS Game 2: Dodgers at Braves at 7:37 p.m. on TBS
CJ Cup: Fourth round from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. EDT on Golf Channel