Why are there no college football games on New Year’s Day 2023?

COLUMBUS, OHIO - NOVEMBER 26: Donovan Edwards #7 of the Michigan Wolverines is tackled by Kourt Williams II #2 of the Ohio State Buckeyes during the fourth quarter of a game at Ohio Stadium on November 26, 2022 in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Ben Jackson/Getty Images)
COLUMBUS, OHIO - NOVEMBER 26: Donovan Edwards #7 of the Michigan Wolverines is tackled by Kourt Williams II #2 of the Ohio State Buckeyes during the fourth quarter of a game at Ohio Stadium on November 26, 2022 in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Ben Jackson/Getty Images) /
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Watching college football on New Year’s Day is a time-honored tradition for many sports fans. It’s a chance to kick off the new year with some exciting and competitive football action, and to celebrate the end of one year and the start of another.

On New Year’s Day, several college football bowl games are typically held, featuring some of the top teams in the country. These games can be watched on television or streamed online, and are often accompanied by a festive atmosphere, with bands and cheerleaders adding to the excitement.

One of the most popular college football bowl games on New Year’s Day is the Rose Bowl, which is held in Pasadena, California. This game has been played annually since 1902 and features two of the top teams in the country, chosen by a selection committee. The Rose Bowl is known for its high-scoring offenses and exciting finishes, and is often the site of some of the most memorable college football games of the year.

Other popular college football bowl games on New Year’s Day include the Sugar Bowl, held in New Orleans, Louisiana, and the Orange Bowl, held in Miami, Florida. These games feature top-ranked teams from across the country and are always highly anticipated events, which are must-see which is perhaps why it’s so shocking that there won’t be a single college game airing on Jan. 1, 2023.

What college football games are on Jan. 1, 2023?

While New Year’s Day often brings a wave of college football games for fans to enjoy, there will not be any games airing on Jan. 1 this year. Instead, the college bowl games will be airing on Dec. 31 and Jan. 2 with the following games lined up for the two days:

  • Dec. 31 – Music City Bowl: Iowa vs. Kentucky, ABC, 12 p.m. ET
  • Dec. 31 – Sugar Bowl: Kansas State vs. Alabama, ESPN, 12 p.m. ET
  • Dec. 31 – Fiesta Bowl: Michigan vs. TCU, ESPN, 4 p.m. ET
  • Dec. 31 – Peach Bowl: Georgia vs. Ohio State, ESPN, 8 p.m. ET
  • Jan. 2 – ReliaQuest Bowl: Illinois vs. Mississippi State, ESPN2, 12 p.m. ET
  • Jan. 2 – Cotton Bowl: Tulane vs. Southern California, ESPN, 1 p.m. ET
  • Jan. 2 – Citrus Bowl: Purdue vs. LSU, ABC, 1 p.m. ET
  • Jan. 2 – Rose Bowl: Utah vs. Penn State, ESPN, 5 p.m. ET

Why aren’t there any college football games on Jan. 1?

On most years, there are always a handful of college football games to watch on New Year’s Day. However, there won’t be any games airing on Jan. 1 this year due to the fact that Jan. 1 falls on a Sunday and Sunday is reserved for NFL coverage.

Because the NFL games will be airing on Sunday, Jan. 1, the college football games had to be shifted to a different day of the week — or in this year’s instance, days. In order to avoid competition with the NFL, this year’s bowl games will be held on Dec. 31 and Jan. 2.

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