October is the time of year when sports really start to get interesting, so let's get into it.

College football

Top 10 as of October 5, 2017

1. Alabama

2. Clemson

3. Oklahoma

4. Penn State

5.  Georgia

6. Washington

7. Michigan

8  TCU

9. Wisconsin

10. Ohio State

The Big Ten leads the way with 4 teams in the top ten, followed by the SEC, and Big 12 , with 2 teams each. The PAC 12 and ACC have one team each.

Notable October games

  1. Alabama vs Tennessee 10/21: although Tennessee doesn't look like a strong team now, the Third Saturday in October tends to be a close rivalry game. This game will be played in Tuscaloosa.
  2. Oklahoma vs Texas 10/14: The Tom Herman era in Texas isn't off to the best start, but after a strong showing against USC, Texas should at least make this game interesting.
  3. Penn State vs Michigan 10/21: Both teams will most likely be ranked in the top ten going into this game. Michigan dismantled Penn State 49-10 last year
  4. Penn State vs Ohio State 10/28: Penn State doesn't get any breaks in late October as it plays Ohio State right after Michigan. Ohio State will be looking to get a quality win after losing to number 5 Oklahoma. Penn State won this game last year on a blocked field goal that was returned for a touchdown .

MLB Playoffs

American League Division Series 

Boston Red Sox (AL East champs) at Houston Astros (AL West champs), Game 1, 10/5

New York Yankees (wild-card) at Cleveland Indians (AL Central champs), Game 1, 10/5

Red Sox at Astros, Game 2, 10/6

Yankees at Indians, Game 2, 10/6

Astros at Red Sox, Game 3, 10/8

Indians at Yankees, Game 3, 10/8

National League Division Series

Chicago Cubs (NL Central champs) at Washington Nationals (NL East champs), Game 1, 10/6

Arizona Diamondbacks (wild-card) at LA Dodgers (NL West champions) Game 1, 10/6

Cubs at Nationals, Game 2, 10/7

Diamondbacks at Dodgers, Game 2, 10/7

Nationals at Cubs, Game 3, 10/9

Dodgers at Diamondbacks, Game 3, 10/9

NFL

AFC East

Surprisingly, the Bills are in the lead for the division, with the Jets and the defense-challenged, Super Bowl–champion Patriots tied for second place with 2-2 records.

AFC West

The Chiefs, the only undefeated team in the NFL, are in first, followed by the Broncos at 3-1. 

AFC North

The Steelers are in first with a 3-1 record, having beaten the second-place Ravens (2-2) this past weekend. 

AFC South

The Titans, Jaguars, and Texans--all with 2-2 records--are in a three-way tie for first.  

NFC East

The 3-1 Eagles lead the division; the Cowboys and Redskins are tied for second with matching 2-2 records.

NFC West

It's a big surprise to see the Rams in the lead at 3-1; the Seahawks (2-2) and Cardinals (2-2) are tied for second.

NFC West

It's a big surprise to see the Rams in the lead at 3-1; the Seahawks (2-2) and Cardinals (2-2) are tied for second.

NFC North

The Lions and Packers are tied for first with matching 3-1 records; the Vikings (2-2) are in second.

NFC South

The Panthers and Falcons are atop the division with identical 3-1 records, while the 2-1 Buccaneers are sporting a 2-1 record.

Birmingham Bulls Return

In their first season since 2001, the Birmingham Bulls minor league hockey team returns to the state of Alabama. The Bulls will be playing at the Pelham civic center, which is only a few minutes from the school. The team's first home game will be on November 3rd against the Knoxville Ice Bears.

--Josh Ragsdale '18