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What To Watch This Weekend: MLB Playoffs, Bank of America 500, & More

by Taylor Zarzour
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Friday Night
Game 1 of the NLCS between the Cardinals and Dodgers starts just after 8pm on TBS. I’ve never thought of the boys in LA as “Americas Team” but given the recent success of the Cardinals, it feels like most people would like to see the Dodgers win the series. I expect them to get it done in 6 games.

Saturday
Oklahoma vs Texas in Dallas at Noon on ABC. This is almost certainly Mack Brown’s last season as the head coach of the Longhorns, but will it become official after his team loses again to the Sooners? I expect that answer to be yes.

Game 1 of the ALCS between the Red Sox and Tigers at 8pm on FOX. I picked the Tigers to win the World Series before the season started, so it wouldn’t make sense to turn back now given their dominant pitching and their unmatched power hitting. Or would it? The Sox have the kind of chemistry that brought them a title in 2004, and I have a feeling they ride that to a 6 game series victory.

The Bank of America 500 at 8pm on ABC. Jeff Gordon was added to the chase just two days before it started, after the sport’s integrity was severely compromised by Michael Waltrip Racing. Now Gordon is very much a contender to win the championship, and is sitting on the pole Saturday night. I think he wins the race and makes things only that much more interesting.

Sunday
Panthers at Vikings at 1pm on FOX. The Panthers haven’t proven they can sustain any kind of consistency on offense, and play their worst when adversity strikes. I don’t anticipate that changing in Minneapolis. Vikes 27, Cats 17.

TZ

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