Best football weekend of the yearPosted: January 9, 2020
By the end of Monday, we’ll have two college football champions and the four teams still alive for Super Bowl LIV.
The best football weekend of the year begins Saturday when North Dakota State and James Madison meet again for the Football Championship Subdivision title game. ABC has coverage at noon from Frisco, Texas.
The Bison have claimed seven of the past eight championships at this level, with James Madison winning the 2016 title after ousting the Bison in the semifinals.
The NFL playoffs kickoff Saturday at 4:30 p.m. on NBC, with NFC top-seed San Francisco facing Minnesota. The 49ers hope to advance to the conference championship for the first time since the 2013 postseason, while the Vikings last played for the Super Bowl berth two years ago.
Saturday’s primetime matchup has the top-seeded Baltimore Ravens hosting Tennessee on CBS. The teams have met three times in the postseason, with the road team taking each contest.
Houston takes on Kansas City Sunday at 3 p.m. on CBS. The Texans snagged a win against the Chiefs earlier in the season, but Kansas City gained the second seed.
Fox has the Packers’ contest with the Seahawks at 6:40 p.m. Both teams have won Super Bowls in the past 10 years, and Seattle won the last postseason contest between the two prior to Super Bowl XLIX,
Clemson and LSU contest the Football Bowl Subdivision championship Monday on ESPN. LSU holds the top seed in the tournament, while Clemson looks to defend its championship.
TNT offers Celtics-76ers Thursday at 7 p.m. followed by the Rockets against the Thunder.
The Pelicans take on the Knicks on ESPN Friday at 7:15 p.m. and the Lakers meet the Mavericks at 9:45 p.m.
The Wizards host the Hawks Friday at 7 p.m. on NBC Sports Washington. The Jazz come to town Sunday at 3:30 p.m.
Arizona faces Oregon on ESPN Thursday at 9 p.m.
Memphis meets Wichita State on ESPN2 Thursday at 7 p.m., followed by Minnesota-Michigan State and BYU against St. Mary’s in the nightcap at 11 p.m.
FoxSports1 has Purdue-Michigan Thursday at 7 p.m. and Washington faces Stanford at 9 p.m.
Delaware visits James Madison on MASN Thursday at 7 p.m.
Maryland meets Iowa Friday at 7 p.m. on FoxSports1, then Butler battles Providence at 9 p.m.
Northern Kentucky faces Illinois-Chicago Friday at 7 p.m. on ESPN2.
CBS has Baylor’s contest with Kansas Saturday at 1 p.m. and Michigan State meets Purdue Sunday at noon.
Ohio State tangles with Indiana on Fox Saturday at noon. Creighton clashes with Xavier at 2 p.m.
Alabama faces Kentucky on ESPN at noon Saturday, followed by Notre Dame-Louisville. Syracuse battles Virginia at 4 p.m., with Georgia against Auburn at 6 p.m. and Mississippi State taking on LSU at 8 p.m.
ESPN2 has six contests Saturday, starting at noon with Cincinnati’s clash with Central Florida. Oklahoma State takes on TCU at 2 p.m. and Houston tangles with Tulsa at 4 p.m. It’s Texas Tech against West Virginia at 6 p.m., followed by Oklahoma-Iowa State and USC’s matchup with UCLA at 10 p.m.
It’s North Carolina State against Virginia Tech Saturday at 2 p.m. on NBC Sports Washington.
Georgetown visits Villanova Saturday at noon on FoxSports1.
Massachusetts meets Dayton on NBC Sports network Saturday at 12:30 p.m., followed by Saint Joseph’s-Davidson.
Richmond hosts St. Louis Saturday at 6 p.m. on MASN.
MASN2 has DePaul-St. John’s Saturday at noon.
Memphis meets South Florida on ESPN2 Sunday at 4 p.m.
Arizona faces Oregon State Sunday at 10 p.m. on FoxSports1.
In high school hoops, Huntington Prep takes on IMG Academy Friday at 9 p.m. on ESPN2.
On the women’s court, top-ranked Connecticut battles Baylor Thursday at 7 p.m. on ESPN.
North Carolina hosts North Carolina State Thursday at 7 p.m. on NBC Sports Washington.
ESPN2 has Maryland’s meeting with Michigan Sunday at noon followed by Central Florida-Cincinnati.
It’s St. John’s-DePaul Sunday at 1 p.m. on FoxSports1.
West Virginia tangles with Texas on MASN2 Sunday at 1 p.m.
NBC Sports network has Rhode Island against Davidson Sunday at 4:30 p.m.
The Capitals face the Devils Saturday at 7 p.m. on NBC Sports Washington.
The Blackhawks host the Predators on NBC Sports network Thursday at 8:30 p.m.
Sheffield United faces West Ham United Friday at 3 p.m. on NBC Sports network.
Crystal Palace clashes with Arsenal Saturday at 7:25 a.m. on NBC Sports network and it’s Chelsea-Burnley at 9:30 a.m. Tottenham Hotspur takes on Liverpool on NBC at 12:30 p.m.
It’s Bournemouth against Watford Sunday at 8:55 a.m. on NBC Sports network before Aston Villa faces Manchester City.
Floretina faces SPAL in Italian Serie A on ESPN2 Sunday at 8:55 a.m.
There’s motorcycle racing from St. Louis Saturday at 8 p.m. on NBC Sports network.