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Weekend Watch: The Sports Salsa Spicy 7 for Oct. 5-8, 2018

A great mix of college football, NFL football, and major league baseball playoffs are on tap the weekend of October 5, 2018. Here's what the team at Sports Salsa will be watching.

A terrific fall sports weekend. Here’s what’s at the top of our viewing list.

1. #19 Texas Longhorns at #7 Oklahoma Sooners
Saturday, Oct. 6, 2018, Noon ET
TV: Fox
Subscription Radio: SiriusXM 200 (Texas), 199 (Oklahoma); TuneIn Premium

Texas has clawed back into the top 25 at 4-1, making this the first time in six years that the two teams meet as ranked opponents. It’s the 113th matchup between the two rivals. Oklahoma comes in at 5-0 and has home field advantage.

2. Major League Baseball Playoffs
Friday, Saturday, Sunday
TV: TBS, Fox Sports 1, MLB Network (Check schedules)
Subscription Radio: SiriusXM Atlanta Braves (187), Boston Red Sox (177), Cleveland Indians (178), Colorado Rockies (186), Houston Astros (179), Los Angeles Dodgers (184), Milwaukee Brewers (185), New York Yankees (176)

The eight remaining teams play a best-of-five series in the division championships to determine the final four teams of the season. The NLDS could extend to Wednesday and the ALDS could go through Thursday. Should be great drama in both leagues as the Rockies take on the Brewers, the Braves challenge the Dodgers, the Indians go up against the Astros and the heated rivalry between the Red Sox and the Yankees intensifies.

3. #5 LSU Tigers at #22 Florida Gators
Saturday, Oct. 5, 2018, 3:30 pm ET
Subscription Radio: SiriusXM 192 (LSU), 190 (Florida); TuneIn Premium

A nice SEC matchup for Saturday afternoon as the undefeated Tigers try to keep pace with the Crimson Tide for the top spot in the West Division. Florida finds itself behind Georgia and Kentucky in the East Division and is like a running back looking for an opening.

4. Washington Redskins at New Orleans Saints
Monday, Oct. 8
Subscription Radio: SiriusXM 226 (Washington), 225 (New Orleans); TuneIn Premium

Two teams with only one loss battle it out in the Big Easy, but the focus of the game is going to be on Saints QB Drew Brees, who has a chance to top Peyton Manning’s all-time passing yardage record of 71,940.

5. Minnesota Vikings at Philadelphia Eagles
Sunday, Oct. 7, 2018, 4:25 pm ET
TV: Fox
Subscription Radio: SiriusXM 383 (Minnesota), 225 (Philadelphia); TuneIn Premium

A rematch of the NFC Championship game of last year, but neither team is playing like they want to get back there. The 1-2-1 Vikings lost to Buffalo and the 2-2 Eagles lost to Tampa Bay and Tennessee. A win helps get either team on the right track.

6. #13 Kentucky Wildcats at Texas A&M Aggies
Saturday, Oct. 6, 2018, 3:30 pm ET
(If NFL) AM-FM Radio: Westwood One (Find affiliate near you)
Subscription Radio: SiriusXM 210 (Kentucky), 190 (Texas A&M); TuneIn Premium

Another SEC matchup we like this weekend. A lot is on the line for the Wildcats as they take their 5-0 record into college station. The Aggies will be trying to get their first victory against a top 25 opponent in three tries.

7. Dallas Cowboys at Houston Texans
Sunday, Oct. 7, 2018, 8:20 pm ET
Subscription Radio: SiriusXM 226 (Dallas), 225 (Houston); TuneIn Premium

The Sunday Night Football game is a battle for the pride of Texas. But more importantly, it’s the battle of two teams who need a victory for a chance to make the playoffs this year. The Cowboys come in at 2-2 and the Texans are 1-3 after a miserable start to the season.

Other storylines to watch this weekend:

• We’re drawn to the Atlanta Falcons at Pittsburgh Steelers game on Sunday for all the wrong reasons. The 1-3 Falcons and 1-2-1 Steelers have to have a win to salvage their season. Or is another tie in the making in the train wreck of a season for both these teams?
• Kansas City Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes is becoming must-see TV every week. This week his 4-0 Chiefs host the 3-1 Jacksonville Jaguars. It’s only the fourth matchup between the two teams since 2010, with the Chiefs winning all three.
• Pundits are breathless about #6 Notre Dame at #24 Virginia Tech, but we’re finding it hard to get excited about a Fighting Irish opponent that lost to Old Dominion.
• #10 Washington goes to UCLA this weekend. Chip Kelly is 0-4 at the start of his Bruins career. On paper, the Huskies should win easily. But we’re going to be channel flipping over to this game until it’s a blowout.
• While their records aren’t great, Texas high school football is always something to keep an eye on. The Bishop Dunne Falcons (3-2) of Dallas are at the St. Pius X Panthers (4-1) of Houston in a game being televised Friday night by ESPNU at 9 pm ET.

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