(CNN)In the immortal words of legendary sportscaster Keith Jackson: “We’re gonna play football…YIPPEE!”
This Saturday marks the return of college football to the sporting calendar. But instead of a full-on smorgasbord of games, the NCAA is offering up a tapas-sized portion of pigskin — two games to tease our summer-starved appetites. As football opens, the US golf season closes. The FedEx Cup Playoffs final weekend will crown a champion and hand out a record bounty. The Little League Baseball World Series — an International showdown pitting mostly 12-year-olds whose love for the game is infectious — will also conclude.If you’re in the mood for fun and love smooth swag (like these “Office” themed cleats), don’t miss Major League Baseball’s Players’ Weekend. It’s when players toss out tradition and inject a bit of levity into the game.Read MoreYou can also catch a few soccer champs on Sunday when when the two top NWSL teams square off.Here’s your weekend sports guide:College Football It’s back! And has us like…
— West Virginia Football (@WVUfootball) November 14, 2018 The last time we saw this sport, the Clemson Tigers, led by “no way he is only a freshman” quarterback Trevor Lawrence, crushed Alabama in the National Championship inside the futuristic Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia.Trevor Lawrence (#16) of the Clemson Tigers takes off against the Alabama Crimson Tide in the CFP National Championship game.Saturday sees two games on the docket — highlighted by top tenner Florida Gators vs their in-state rival Miami Hurricanes. “Rival” is a generous description of the game considering the two programs haven’t faced each other since 2013. Believe it or not, Miami has won five out of the last six games. The Hurricanes (7-6 in 2018) are starting anew after head coach Mark Richt retired this off season — defensive coordinator Manny Diaz takes over. The Gators (10-3 in 2018) will hope quarterback Feleipe Franks will again lead Florida to a 10+ win season. The 6-foot-6 junior started every game last season — tossing 24 touchdowns and only six interceptions.
— CampingWorldStadium (@CWStadium) August 22, 2019 Watch it:Saturday: Miami v #8 Florida, 7:00 p.m. ET on ESPN Saturday: Arizona v Hawaii, 10:30 p.m. ET on CBSSNInternational viewers check local listingsTOUR ChampionshipLet’s address the elephant — er — not in the room.Tiger Woods didn’t qualify for the conclusion of the FedEx Cup Playoffs and is absent from the final tournament of the season.The final stop on the PGA Tour season will end with the winner accepting $15 million check Admittedly, the sports world will miss Tiger as 30 other golfers compete for the season-ending title — and a big check. Even PGA Tour employees, in their own way, have admitted to missing the Tiger-factor this week — by releasing an gobsmackingly good look-back to last years Woods win. The TOUR Championship teed off Thursday with a new, much-debated scoring system but its Brooks Koepka’s body that has everyone talking. Koepka is one of the athletes to pose for the upcoming ESPN Body Issue. The world #1 has a physique atypical for a weekend duffer — hence all the hullabaloo.Koepka was asked this week about all the (naked) heat he was receiving on social media, to which he confidently replied: “It’s one of those things where all these people talk crap whatever on social media. They don’t have the balls to do it. And they wouldn’t have the balls to do it. And they won’t look that good. So…(smiling).” The champion will be extra happy come Sunday night — earning a whopping $15 million. Wouldn’t it be great if it came down to a putt like this?
— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) August 22, 2019 Watch it:Saturday: 12:30 p.m. ET on the Golf Channel then switches to NBC at 2:30 p.m. ET Sunday: 12 p.m. ET on Golf Channel then switches to NBC at 1:30 p.m. ET International viewers check local listingsLittle League Baseball World SeriesThe crown jewel of youth sports will name a world champion this weekend to culminate its 73rd season. According to officials, approximately 2 million boys and girls in the United States and more than 80 countries play Little League. Curious how many of these kids make it to “the show?” More than 55 LLBWS graduates have grown up and earned a spot on a Major League Baseball team.Team Japan will play in the International final on Saturday at the Little League World Series We certainly aren’t looking to put undue pressure on Reece Roussel, but this kid is one to watch. The Louisiana slugger hasn’t seen a baseball he doesn’t want to smack — going 13-for-17 (.765) with seven RBIs during the tournament — including a grand slam that booked his team into Saturday’s US final.
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) August 23, 2019 It’s not always big bats that have big leaguers watching the LLBWS in their clubhouses. On display has been plenty of leather work too.
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) August 21, 2019 As usual, this event isn’t all baseball, all the time. Half the joy of watching is witnessing all the fun these kids are having OUTSIDE the white lines. Whether it be sliding down the famous Lamade Stadium outfield hill or dancing like no one is watching, the Little League World Series is just plain fun.
Venezuela's RBI celebration though 🤝👏🤜🤛 pic.twitter.com/7kc1fukqjH
— ESPN (@espn) August 19, 2019 Sixteen teams started but only four remain with a chance to be crowned World Champions. And in case you missed it, tip your cap to the Rowan Little League team from Salisbury, North Carolina, who won the Little League Softball World Series.
— Little League (@LittleLeague) August 15, 2019 Watch it: Saturday: International final – Japan vs. Caribbean, 12:30 p.m. ET on ABCSaturday: United States final – West vs. Southwest, 3:30 p.m. ET on ABCSunday: World Series final – International vs. United States, 3 p.m. ET on ABCInternational viewers check local listingsMLB Players’ WeekendSpeaking of humans having fun playing baseball, the third annual Major League Baseball Players’ Weekend will showcase individuality and charisma for a sport known for its distinguished tradition. For starters, each player gets to choose nicknames that adorn the backs of their jerseys — including emojis.
Brad Boxberger wins Players Weekend pic.twitter.com/HlsukNvsbh
— Pete Blackburn (@PeteBlackburn) August 9, 2018 Each team will be wearing monochrome uniforms that will accentuate those players who choose to wear loud socks, wristbands and custom painted cleats. Watch it:Saturday: New York Yankees vs. Los Angeles Dodgers, 4:05 p.m. ET on FS1; Colorado Rockies vs. St. Louis Cardinals, 7:15 p.m. ET on FS1Sunday: Washington Nationals vs. Chicago Cubs, 2:20 p.m. ET on TBS; Yankees vs. Dodgers, 7:05 p.m. ET on ESPNInternational viewers check local listingsUS Women’s National SoccerSimply put — if this game equals the first time Portland Thorns FC and Chicago Red Stars met this season — we are in for a treat.
— NWSL (@NWSL) August 22, 2019 But a lot has happened since April, including the United States lifting the World Cup trophy.The two top teams in the standings go head-to-head with rosters full of players who dominated this summer in France. Chicago has Julie Ertz, Tierna Davidson and Alyssa Naeher. Meanwhile, the Thorns feature Tobin Heath, Lindsey Horan, Emily Sonnett and Adrianna Franch. Julie Ertz celebrates during the U.S. Women’s national team victory parade Oh. And don’t sleep on the Red Stars Australian World Cup veteran Sam Kerr — who leads the league in goals (13).
Sam Kerr with the lovely nutmeg and easy finish to the back of the net! pic.twitter.com/fAhZDTcoH5
— ESPN (@espn) July 21, 2019 Watch it:Sunday: Portland Thorns FC host Chicago Red Stars Sunday 3 p.m. ET on ESPNEWSInternational viewers check local listings