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NFL, college football, MLB season finales pack weekend sports schedule

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NFL, college football, MLB season finales pack weekend sports schedule
Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Mookie Betts celebrates with teammates in the dugout after hitting a solo home run against the San Diego Padres on Wednesday at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles. Photo by Jim Ruymen/UPI | License Photo

MIAMI, Oct. 1 (UPI) -- The conclusion of the 2021 MLB regular season, dozens of college football and NFL games, NASCAR's Cup Series Playoffs, UFC fights and soccer games fill this weekend's live sports schedule.

MLB's regular season ends Sunday, and the postseason starts Tuesday with an American League Wild Card game. Six of the MLB's 10 postseason spots are clinched, but several teams get a chance to reach the playoffs this weekend.

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In the American League, the Tampa Bay Rays, Houston Astros and Chicago White Sox clinched playoff berths.

In the National League, the San Francisco Giants, Milwaukee Brewers, Atlanta Braves, Los Angeles Dodgers and St. Louis Cardinals clinched the five available playoff slots. The Dodgers and Giants can still determine their postseason opponents based on how they finish out the regular-season.

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The New York Yankees are first in the American League Wild Card chase. The Boston Red Sox and Seattle Mariners are tied for the second spot. The Toronto Blue Jays are one game back in the Wild Card standings.

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The Yankees host the Tampa Bay Rays at 7:05 p.m. EDT Friday on MLB Network. The Dodgers host the Brewers at 10:10 p.m. EDT Friday on MLB Network.

The Yankees host the Rays again at 1:05 p.m. EDT Saturday on MLB Network. The Giants host the San Diego Padres on the same station at 4:05 p.m. EDT Saturday in San Francisco.

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Fox will air two games at 7:15 p.m. EDT Saturday. The Cardinals host the Chicago Cubs and the Braves host the New York Mets in those matchups.

The Dodgers host the Brewers in their final regular season game at 3:10 p.m. EDT Sunday on TBS.

Football matchups

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A total of more than 115 college football and NFL games air from Friday through Sunday. The slate includes several college football matchups between Top 10 teams and NFL division face offs.

Iowa, the No. 5 team in the Coaches Poll, faces Maryland at 8 p.m. EDT Friday on FS1. No. 2 Georgia takes on No. 11 Arkansas at noon EDT Saturday on ESPN.

No. 7 Notre Dame hosts No. 8 Cincinnati at 2:30 p.m. Saturday on NBC. No. 1 Alabama battles No. 12 Ole Miss at 3:30 p.m. on CBS.

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No. 4 Oklahoma faces Kansas State at 3:30 p.m. EDT Saturday on Fox. No. 3 Oregon faces Stanford at 3:30 p.m. Saturday on ABC.

No. 18 Oklahoma State battles No. 24 Baylor in another matchup between ranked teams. That Big 12 game kicks off at 7 p.m. EDT Saturday on ESPN2.

In the NFL, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and New England Patriots face off in one of the most-anticipated matchups of the season.

Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady will make his first appearance as a visiting player Sunday at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass. The Sunday Night Football game kicks off at 8:20 p.m. EDT on NBC.

Sunday's NFL schedule also features nine games at 1 p.m. EDT, two at 4:05 p.m. EDT and two games at 4:25 p.m. Week 4 ends when the Los Angeles Chargers host the Las Vegas Raiders at 8:15 p.m. on ESPN's Monday Night Football.

The undefeated Carolina Panthers (3-0) face the Dallas Cowboys (2-1) at 1 p.m. on Fox. Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs (1-2) battle the Philadelphia Eagles (1-2) at 1 p.m. on CBS.

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The San Francisco 49ers (2-1) host the Seattle Seahawks in an NFC West matchup at 4:05 p.m. on Fox. The 3-0 Arizona Cardinals also battle the 3-0 Los Angeles Rams at 4:05 p.m. on Fox.

NASCAR Playoffs

NASCAR's Cup Series Playoffs continues with the second Round of 12 race Sunday at Talladega Superspeedway in Talladega, Ala. The YellaWood 500 starts at 2 p.m. EDT Sunday and airs on NBC.

Denny Hamlin is the favorite for the 188-lap race. He won the first race in the Round of 12 last weekend in Las Vegas. Joey Logano, Ryan Blaney, Chase Elliott, William Byron, Kyle Larson, Brad Keselowski, Kyle Busch and Kevin Harvick are among the other favorites.

Hamlin will start first, followed by Busch, Elliott, Blaney and Larson.

The Round of 12 continues with the Bank of America ROVAL 400 on Oct. 10 in Concord, N.C. Four drivers will be eliminated for the Playoffs after that race. William Byron, Harvick, Alex Bowman and Christopher Bell are the four drivers most at risk for being eliminated as they sit outside the Top 8 in the rankings.

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NASCAR's Xfinity Series and Truck Series Playoffs also air this weekend from Talladega. The Truck Series Chevrolet Silverado 250 airs at 1 p.m. EDT Saturday on FS1. The Xfinity Series Sparks 300 at Talladega airs at 4:30 p.m. EDT Saturday on NBCSN.

Friday

MLB

Rays at Yankees at 7:05 p.m. EDT on MLB Network (Out of market only)

Brewers at Dodgers at 10:10 p.m. EDT on MLB Network (Out of market only)

College football

Houston at Tulsa at 7:30 p.m. EDT on ESPN

Iowa at Maryland at 8 p.m. EDT on FS1

BYU at Utah State at 9 p.m. EDT on CBSSN

Saturday

Soccer

Premier League: Everton at Manchester United at 7:30 a.m. EDT on NBCSN

Bundesliga: FC Augsburg at Borussia Dortmund at 9:30 a.m. EDT on ESPN+

Premier League: Southampton at Chelsea at 10 a.m. EDT on USA

Serie A: Juventus at Torino at noon EDT on beIN Sports

Premier League: Arsenal at Brighton at 12:30 p.m. EDT on NBC

La Liga: Barcelona at Atletico Madrid at 3 p.m. EDT on ESPN+

MLS: Salt Lake at Austin at 3:30 p.m. EDT on ESPN+

MLS: Atlanta at Montreal at 7 p.m. EDT on ESPN+

MLS: New York Red Bulls at Cincinnati at 7:30 p.m. EDT on ESPN+

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MLS: DC United at Orlando at 7:30 p.m. EDT on ESPN+

MLS: Minnesota at Dallas at 8 p.m. EDT on ESPN+

MLS: San Jose at Vancouver at 10 p.m. EDT on ESPN+

College football

Georgia vs. Arkansas at noon EDT on ESPN

Wisconsin at Michigan at noon EDT on Fox

North Carolina vs. Duke at noon EDT on ESPN2

Texas at TCU at noon EDT on ABC

Coastal Carolina vs. UL Monroe at 2:30 p.m. EDT on ESPN+

Cincinnati at Notre Dame at 2:30 p.m. EDT on NBC

Alabama vs. Ole Miss at 3:30 p.m. EDT on CBS

Oklahoma at Kansas State at 3:30 p.m. EDT on Fox

Ohio State at Rutgers at 3:30 p.m. EDT on Big Ten Network

Texas Tech at Virginia Tech at 3:30 p.m. EDT on ESPN2

Oregon at Stanford at 3:30 p.m. EDT on ABC

Nevada at Boise State at 3:30 p.m. EDT on FS1

Florida at Kentucky at 6 p.m. EDT on ESPN

Louisiana Tech at NC State at 6 p.m. EDT on ACC Network

Texas A&M vs. Mississippi State at 7 p.m. EDT on SEC Network

Iowa State vs. Kansas at 7 p.m. EDT on FS1

Baylor at Oklahoma State at 7 p.m. EDT on ESPN2

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Penn State vs. Indiana at 7:30 p.m. EDT on ABC

Clemson vs. Boston college at 7:30 p.m. EDT on ACC Network

Western Kentucky at Michigan State at 7:30 p.m. EDT on Big Ten Network

Auburn at LSU at 8 p.m. EDT on ESPN

Arizona State at UCLA at 10:30 p.m. EDT on FS1

Fresno State at Hawaii at 11 p.m. EDT on CBSSN

MLB

Rays at Yankees at 1:05 p.m. EDT on MLB Network (Out of market only)

Padres at Giants at 4:05 p.m. EDT on MLB Network (Out of market only)

Cubs at Cardinals at 7:15 p.m. EDT on Fox

Mets at Braves at 7:15 p.m. EDT on Fox

NASCAR

Truck Series Silverado 250 at 1 p.m. EDT on FS1

Xfinity Series Sparks 300 at Talladega at 4:30 p.m. EDT on NBCSN

UFC Fight Night on ESPN+

Alexander Hernandez vs. Mike Breeden at 7 p.m. EDT

Aspen Ladd vs. Macy Chiasson after first fight

Misha Cirkunov vs. Krzysztof Jotko after second fight

Alex Oliveira vs. Niko Price after third fight

Kevin Holland vs. Kyle Daukaus after fourth fight

Thiago Santos vs. Johnny Walker after fifth fight

Sunday

Soccer

Ligue 1: PSG at Stade Rennais at 7 a.m. EDT on beIN Sports

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Premier League: Aston Villa at Tottenham Hotspur at 9 a.m. EDT on Peacock Premium

La Liga: Real Madrid at Espanyol at 10:15 a.m. EDT on ESPN+

Bundesliga: eintracht Frankfurt at Bayern Munich at 11:30 a.m. EDT on ESPN+

Premier League: Manchester City at Liverpool at 11:30 a.m. EDT on NBCSN

MLS: Nashville at NYCFC at noon EST on ESPN+

MLS: Columbus at Philadelphia at 4 p.m. EDT on ESPN+

MLS: Houston at Kansas City at 4 p.m. EDT on ESPN+

MLS: Chicago at Toronto at 4 p.m. EDT on ESPN+

MLS: Miami at Portland at 5:30 p.m. EDT on ESPN+

MLS: LAFC at Los Angeles Galaxy at 8 p.m. EDT on ESPN

MLS: Colorado at Seattle at 10 p.m. EDT on ESPN+

NFL

Titans at Jets at 1 p.m. EDT on CBS

Chiefs at Eagles at 1 p.m. EDT on CBS

Panthers at Cowboys at 1 p.m. EDT on Fox

Giants at Saints at 1 p.m. EDT on Fox

Browns at Vikings at 1 p.m. EDT on CBS

Lions at Bears at 1 p.m. EDT on Fox

Texans at Bills at 1 p.m. EDT on CBS

Colts at Dolphins at 1 p.m. EDT on CBS

Washington at Falcons at 1 p.m. EDT on Fox

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Seahawks at 49ers at 4:05 p.m. EDT on Fox

Cardinals at Rams at 4:05 p.m. EDT on Fox

Steelers at Packers at 4:25 p.m. EDT on CBS

Ravens at Broncos at 4:25 p.m. EDT on CBS

Buccaneers at Patriots at 8:20 p.m. EDT on NBC

NASCAR

Cup Series YellaWood 500 at 2 p.m. EDT on NBC

MLB

Brewers at Dodgers at 3:10 p.m. EDT on TBS (Out of market only)

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