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The MLB World Series, exciting College Football showdowns and Week 8 of the NFL season are all on the docket for this weekend. Here’s what you should tune in to watch:

Saturday:

Maryland @ Boston College (1:00 PM, ESPN3)

The Eagles return home after three weeks on the road to face off against Maryland, currently at 4-3 and ranked 4th in the ACC Atlantic Division. The Eagles, now at 1-6, were winless on their recent road trip, losing by a combined score of 122 – 55.

The Eagles cannot expect to win games while allowing their opponents to double them up on the scoreboard and the team’s performance this season has shown that improvement on the defensive side of the ball is unlikely to occur. The verdict on this year’s team is in: while the BC offense has shown some life and big play ability, the defense is missing too many pieces to give these Eagles a legitimate chance to win every week.

With five straight losses and another bowl ineligible season looming, something’s got to give—and soon.

Prediction:

Maryland 34

Boston College 17

 

Notre Dame @ Oklahoma (8:00 PM, ABC)

The 5th ranked Fighting Irish are 7-0 and on the road to face the 8th ranked Oklahoma Sooners on Saturday night. While the Irish have already proven their legitimacy against the likes of Michigan State, Michigan and Stanford, this top 10 matchup will attest to the fact that this Notre Dame team is for real and in the hunt for a National Championship.

The Sooners are no pushover, however, with a prolific offense, hard-nosed defense, and hall-of-fame coach on their side. Look for this one to be a relatively high-scoring affair given the skill of the defenses involved, with a key defensive stop determining the outcome of a closely contested game.

Prediction:

Notre Dame 23

Oklahoma 24

 

Sunday

New York Giants @ Dallas Cowboys (4:25 PM, FOX)

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This NFC East rivalry is renewed Sunday afternoon when the Giants travel to Cowboys Stadium in the second game of this season series. In the first game of the series, the Cowboys secured a close win on NFL opening night, beating the defending champion Giants by a touchdown at MetLife Stadium.

This game will most likely yield a different result, as the Cowboys have stumbled to a 3-3 record while a rejuvenated Giants team is riding a 3-game winning streak. Look for this game to be closely contested with two of the better defenses in the league taking the field. If this one comes down to the wire, expect Eli Manning to come through in the clutch yet again.

Prediction:

New York: 27

Dallas: 20

 

San Francisco Giants @ Detroit Tigers (8:00 PM, FOX)

Game 4 of the MLB World Series is on Sunday, where Giants’ ace Matt Cain will be going up against Max Scherzer of the Tigers. The heavily favored Tigers stumbled against Barry Zito and the Giants in Game One, a matchup that saw Pablo Sandoval connect for three home runs in a decisive 8-3 victory.

The Tigers will surely rebound with strong bats like Miguel Cabrera and Prince Fielder waiting in the wings, but the Giants have proven that they are not to be overlooked. By combining a dominant pitching staff with an offense that is peaking at just the right time, this Giants team is starting to look oddly reminiscent to the 2010 Giants that rode a hot streak all the way to a World Series victory.

Behind the arm of their ace, look for the Giants to move one step closer to winning their second World Series in three years.

Prediction:

San Francisco: 6

Detroit: 4

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