There is only a month left in the Major league Baseball season and the races for the Wild Card slots are as tight as ever. In the National League Atlanta and St. Louis are in a virtual tie for the top slot. Pittsburgh is a half game behind and Los Angeles is 1 1/2 games back. This weekend Atlanta hosts Philadelphia and St. Louis will continue their series with the Nationals in Washington. St. Louis lost to Washington 8-1 last night. Pittsburgh will be at Milwaukee and Los Angeles will host Arizona this weekend.
The American League Wild Card chase is just close. Oakland and Baltimore are tied for the two wild card spots. Tampa Bay is 1 1/2 games back, Detroit is 3 games back, and Los Angeles is 3 ½ games back. This weekend Oakland will host Boston, Baltimore will travel to New York to play the Yankees. The Orioles are only 3 games behind New York in the A.L. East. In another series that has wild card and divisional implications Detroit will have AL leading Chicago coming in. Detroit is 3 games behind the White Sox in A.L. Central. Tampa will be Toronto and Los Angeles will travel to Seattle.
The big game in college football this weekend will have Michigan playing Alabama in Dallas. Michigan is coming off their best season since 2006. Alabama is the defending BCS champion. This game will come down to if the Crimson Tide defense can contain Heisman Trophy candidate Denard Robinson. Alabama had some serious losses on the defensive side of the ball. Another game to keep an eye on will also be played at a neutral site. Clemson will play Auburn in Atlanta. Both teams are close to breaking through on the national level a win for either team could propel them to an outstanding season.
Other games to watch will be Ohio at Penn State and Navy playing Notre Dame in Dublin, Ireland. This will be the first game for new head coach Bill O’Brien as he tries to rebuild the Nittany Lion program after the Jerry Sandusky situation. Ohio is coming off a 10-4 season and is considered the favorites in the Mid-American Conference. Navy could give favored Notre Dame problems because of their multiple set wishbone offense. The Irish can’t afford to slip up because of the difficult schedule that lies ahead in 2012.