This will be the last weekend without NFL action until after the start of the new year. Even without the NFL, we have some great sports action coming up this weekend. We have a full slate of college football games, and a lot of major league baseball games with playoff implications. Let’s take a look at the top action for the upcoming sports weekend!
Top Sports Events for This Weekend – August 27 – August 28
College Football Kickoff!
Even though we had a few college football games last weekend, this is the official kickoff weekend of the 2022-23 college football season! We have a slate of college football games returning this weekend, highlighted by three games pitting ranked teams against each other.
This weekend’s top game will take place in Columbus, Ohio, as the second-ranked Ohio State Buckeyes will host the 8th-ranked Fighting Irish of Notre Dame. Marcus Freeman will be making his head coaching debut for Notre Dame. All eyes will be on the Notre Dame defense, as they’ll be faced with stopping CJ Stroud and the powerful offense of Ohio State. Ryan Day brought Jim Knowles in from Oklahoma State to fix the Ohio State defense, so we’ll see if the Buckeyes have improved in that area or not. This one should be a fun one to watch!
In Atlanta, first-year head coach Dan Lanning will be facing his former team, as Lanning’s Oregon Ducks will fly south to take on the defending national champions, the Georgia Bulldogs. Lanning has a lot of talent at Oregon, and we’ll get to see if they’re ready for the SEC powerhouse.
One of last year’s College Football Playoff teams, the Cincinnati Bearcats, will open up their season with a huge road game, as they travel to Fayetteville to take on one of the top teams in the SEC, the Arkansas Razorbacks. Arkansas is looking to keep pace with Alabama, and a big win over Cincinnati would be a great way to start the season.
The Playoff Races are Heating Up!
With over 30 games left in the Major League Baseball season, the pennant races are heating up! We have some potential playoff matchups this weekend, and some key games that could play a part in whether a team makes the playoffs or not.
While the Los Angeles Dodgers have all but locked up the NL West, their opponent this weekend, the San Diego Padres, are still fighting for a wild card spot. These two will meet in Los Angeles this weekend. The Padres know that every game is key for them the rest of the way.
The Minnesota Twins come to Chicago to take on the White Sox this weekend. Both of them are trying to keep pace with the Cleveland Guardians in the AL Central. The Twins are just one game behind Cleveland, while the White Sox are four back of the Guardians. These games are especially important for the White Sox, as the Twins could really distance themselves from Chicago.
Speaking of Cleveland, they’ll be hosting the Seattle Mariners this weekend. Seattle is currently fighting for one of the wild card spots in the American League. The Mariners can’t afford to hit a dry spell, because if they do, they could see themselves on the outside of the playoff race looking in.