We’ll be ringing in the new year with a weekend full of great sports action! We have the start of the College Football Playoffs, some big games with playoff implications in the NFL, and a great Saturday night game in the NBA. Let’s take a look at some of the final sporting events of 2022, and some of the first ones to take place in 2023.
Top Sports Events for This Weekend – December 31 – January 1
We’re finally ready to see the return of some meaningful college football games. Saturday marks the semifinal games of the College Football Playoffs. In the first game of the day, the #2 Michigan Wolverines will take on the #3 TCU Horned Frogs in the Fiesta Bowl. Jim Harbaugh is looking to get to his first National Championship game. The former head coach of the San Francisco 49ers has also made a trip to the Super Bowl. He would be the only head coach in history to play for a Super Bowl title and a National Championship.
In the second game of the day, the top-seeded Georgia Bulldogs will play the 4th-seeded Ohio State Buckeyes in the Peach Bowl in Atlanta. Ohio State has one of the top offenses in the country led by CJ Stroud. Georgia has one of the best defenses in the country, so this should be a great matchup. If Ohio State’s defense comes to play, this should be a good game. If the Georgia offense gets rolling, the Buckeyes could be in a lot of trouble.
We also can’t forget to mention that the Alabama Crimson Tide will face off against the Kansas State Wildcats in the Sugar Bowl. We’ll see if the Tide will be motivated enough to win, or if the sting of not making the playoffs is too much for them to get over.
The Carolina Panthers have an important meeting with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday. With a victory, the Panthers will be tied atop the NFC South with Tom Brady and his squad. We’ll see if the Panthers can catch Tampa, or if the Bucs solidify their hold on the top spot in the South.
Another big game features the New England Patriots hosting the Miami Dolphins. Right now, the Dolphins are in the playoffs. With a loss, the Patriots and the Dolphins will be tied. Miami has lost four straight, and they’re looking to get back on the winning track.
Even after having a terrible season, the Green Bay Packers are still in the hunt for a playoff spot. With a victory over the Minnesota Vikings at Lambeau Field, the Packers will remain in the hunt. If they lose, they can all but kiss their playoff hopes goodbye.
On Saturday night, two of the top teams in the Western Conference will collide as the Memphis Grizzlies will host the New Orleans Pelicans. The Pelicans are currently tied with the Nuggets for the top spot in the West, with the Grizzlies just one game behind them. We’re looking forward to seeing two of the top stars in the game square off, as Ja Morant leads the Grizzlies, while Zion Williamson is the headliner on the Pelicans. There should be a great atmosphere in Memphis.