What to watch during Thursday’s sports equinox

What a difference a week makes.

As sports fans prepared for the past few weeks to watch the Washington Commanders take on the Chicago Bears on Thursday night, we’ve done our best to offer our readers alternative options.

This Thursday, however, is something completely different.

As stressed by ESPN’s Field Yates, October 20 offers something for all sports fans. As? It is only the 26th “sports equinox” in history as all four major sports leagues are in action. Fans can watch playoff baseball, NFL football, and preseason games in the NHL and NBA.

That’s not all! There’s also college football, MLS playoffs and more.

Everything that could be an epic sports night is available here tonight.

MLB playoffs

Game 2 of the ALCS is tonight between the New York Yankees and the Houston Astros. The Astros won Game 1 with a final score of 4-2, setting the stage for a crucial Game 2 before the series moves to New York. Luis Severino is under his belt for the Yankees tonight while Framber Valdez gets the start for the Astros. The first pitch is planned 7:37 p.m. ET, with coverage on TBS.

NFL Thursday night soccer

We get it, Thursday night games this season have been a boring affair. Remember we tried to warn you last week. Tonight’s game between the Arizona Cardinals and the New Orleans Saints could be similar as the teams go into it with tied 2-4 records. But Arizona is bringing DeAndre Hopkins back from his suspension tonight, and he looks ready:

If you need an introduction to watch Thursday night soccer you’re in luck with Amazon Prime!

Regular NHL Season

The NHL regular season runs 12 games on Thursday nights. The list of games includes the New Jersey Devils, who take on the New York Islanders 7:30 p.m. ET on ESPN+ and Hulu. The other 11 games are all available on ESPN+ or through the NHL Power Play package. You can find the game schedule for Thursday evening here.

Regular NBA Season

While Thursday offers a light NBA schedule, there are still two games worth keeping an eye on, if not fully, depending on your interests. A big preseason kicks off in the Eastern Conference early Thursday night when the Philadelphia 76ers host the Milwaukee Bucks. This is the season opener for Milwaukee while Philadelphia go into action with a 1-0 record after Tuesday’s loss to the Boston Celtics. Insurance coverage begins at 7:30 p.m. ET on TNT.

Later that night, the Crosstown rivals will square off as the Los Angeles Clippers take on the Los Angeles Lakers. The Lakers go into tonight with a 0-1 record after failing to defeat the Golden State Warriors on opening night in what is the Clippers’ first game of the season. Insurance coverage begins at 10:00 p.m. ET on TNT.

MLS playoffs

The playoffs of the Audi MLS Cup are in the conference semi-finals with two games on Thursday evening. The Eastern Conference semifinals begin first, with the top seeded Philadelphia Union hosting FC Cincinnati, fifth-seeded. Insurance coverage begins at 8:00 p.m. ET on FS1/ESPN Deportes.

Later Thursday night, the Western Conference Semifinals will begin, pitting Los Angeles Football Club against the LA Galaxy in a rivalry called “El Trafico.” This game starts at 10:00 p.m. ET on FS1/ESPN Deportes.

college football

There are also two FBS level college football games tonight. On ESPN, Georgia Tech hosts Virginia in an ACC duel while the Yellow Jackets try to keep up with North Carolina in the ACC Coastal Division. Georgia Tech is 3-3 this season while the Cavaliers go with a disappointing 2-4 record. The game starts at 7:30 p.m. ET on ESPN.

Then, two sun-belt teams are in action as South Alabama hosts Troy in this gathering of conference and geographic rivals. The stakes are high in this year’s Battle for the Belt as South Alabama go Thursday night with a 5-1 record overall and a 2-0 conference record. That puts the Jaguars at the top of the Sun Belt’s West Division, but the Trojans are right behind as Troy enters the conference with a 5-2 record and 3-1. The game starts at 7:30 p.m. ET on ESPNU.

This game will go a long way in determining who will represent the West Division in the conference championship game.

So there you have it, an epic sports night indeed. Do your best to see as much as possible.



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