Thursday, Oct. 5
College football, Alcorn State at Prairie View A&M (7 p.m., Prairie View, Texas, ESPU/90.1 FM): The Braves go on the road in search of their first SWAC victory.
Friday, Oct. 6
High school football, Wingfield at Forest Hill (7 p.m.): The surprising Falcons face the Rebels in the Battle of South Jackson. … Jackson Prep at Hillcrest Christian (7 p.m., 1240 AM): The Cougars host the Patriots in a possible playoff preview.
Saturday, Oct. 7
College football, West Virginia at Mississippi State (1:30 p.m., Starkville, 105.9 FM): The Bulldogs entertain the No. 4 Mountaineers. This could be ugly. … Jackson State vs. Alabama State (8:30 p.m., Mobile, Ala., CSTV/1400 AM): The Tigers face a huge test in the city by the bay.
Sunday, Oct. 8
Pro football, Tampa Bay at New Orleans (noon, Ch. 40/620 AM): The Saints look to get back on the winning track.
Monday, Oct. 9
Pro football, Baltimore at Denver (7:30 p.m., ESPN/930 AM): The addition of Alcorn State alum Steve McNair has turned the Ravens into a Super Bowl contender.
Tuesday, Oct. 10
Pro baseball, AL Championship Series (7 p.m., Ch. 40): The Twins or the Athletics play the Yankees or the Tigers in Game 1.
Wednesday, Oct. 11
Pro baseball, Playoffs (7 p.m. Ch. 40): You'll see either Game 1 of the NL Championship Series or Game 2 of the AL Championship Series.
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