New Year’s Day 2022 means a packed schedule of college football action on ESPN and ABC, and streaming services carry every game.
The two College Football Playoff semifinal games on New Year’s Eve determined the National Championship Game matchup — the Georgia Bulldogs will face the Alabama Crimson Tide on Jan. 10 — but today is arguably even better for college football fans. The first day of 2022 brings five bowl games featuring top-ranked programs like Notre Dame, Ohio State and Penn State.
None of today’s games have playoff implications, but they should all be fun to watch. Three games are on ESPN, one on ESPN2 and one on ABC, and cord cutters can enjoy all of them live, no cable required. Here’s how.
How to watch the College Football Playoff and bowl games
Nearly all of the bowl games and all three playoff games will be broadcast on ESPN. You can stream the games on WatchESPN.com or via the ESPN app, but you will need to prove you have a TV subscription that includes ESPN. If you don’t have a cable or satellite TV subscription, you can use a live-TV streaming service to watch the games live; all the services listed here offer ESPN.