Football is back, baby! From September through the early February, it’s all about the most anticipated team matchups and cheering (okay, screaming) as favorite players dominate the field. With college football on Saturdays and the NFL taking over on Sundays and Thursday nights—the commitment is real.
Here’s your guide to watching all the NFL and college football games on Xfinity including top games to mark on your calendar and the hottest players of the 2022-23 season to keep an eye on.
To get started, just say “NFL,” “FOOTBALL” or “COLLEGE FOOTBALL” into your voice remote to access all the NFL and college games.
HOW TO WATCH FOOTBALL ON XFINITY
- Sunday Night Football is on NBC and Peacock
- College Football
- Home Notre Dame Games can be watched LIVE on Peacock (both X1 & Flex)
- X1 audiences can also watch weekly college games on Fox and ESPN
- Thursday Night Football
- Amazon Prime Video is the exclusive home of Thursday Night Football (subscription required)
NFL: THE 5 CAN’T-MISS GAMES OF THE 2022-23 SEASON
1. Buffalo Bills at Kansas City Chiefs
Week 6, Sunday, Oct. 16th
The Bills are a popular pick to win this year's Super Bowl, with a powerful offense led by MVP favorite Josh Allen and a suffocating defense. Having already thrashed the Rams in Week 1, another road win against a playoff contender would solidify frontrunner status.
2. Los Angeles Rams at Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Week 9, Sunday Nov. 6th
This marks a meeting of the last two Super Bowl winners in a rematch of last year's NFC Championship Game. Tom Brady will be looking for revenge after Tampa's incredible 24-point second half comeback was undone by a Rams field goal as time expired.
3. Kansas City Chiefs at Los Angeles Chargers
Week 11, Sunday, Nov. 20th
Football is about more than QB battles...but San Diego's Justin Herbert vs. KC's Patrick Mahomes is about as exciting a matchup as the NFL provides. The ball should be flying around LA, with tons of points and a midseason edge in the AFC West at stake.
4. Minnesota Vikings at Green Bay Packers
Week 17, Sunday, Jan. 1st
Green Bay has won all but two NFC North division titles since 2011. Minnesota has the other two, and if they're going to make it three will likely need a late season in at Lambeau. Aaron Rodgers lost his best receiver in the offseason, but always seems to find a way, though the Vikings will bring a powerful offense to Wisconsin.
5. Baltimore Ravens at Cincinnati Bengals
Week 18, Sunday Jan. 8th
Two of the most exciting teams in the AFC, with Lamar Jackson leading Baltimore into Cincinnati to face last year's surprise AFC champs, led by Joe Burrow and Ja'Marr Chase in a game that could very well be for the AFC North title.
NFL: 3 PLAYERS TO WATCH
1. Tom Brady
Team: Tampa Bay Buccaneers
The G.O.A.T quarterback—and winner of seven Superbowls—had announced his retirement at the end of last season. But he’s back baby—coming out of a very, very brief retirement—to play what (might) be his very last season
2. Patrick Mahomes
Team: Kansas City Chiefs
Mahomes gained a ton of “Mahomies” when he hit the ground running with the Kansas City Chiefs. He threw the most passing yards and had the highest passer rating of any player in their first five seasons in the NFL.
3. Josh Allen
Team: Buffalo Bills
He’s the NFL’s MVP front-runner, so if you haven’t added him to your Fantasy Football lineup, now is the time!
COLLEGE FOOTBALL: THE 5 CAN’T-MISS GAMES OF THE 2022-23 SEASON
1. Michigan at Ohio State
Saturday, November 26th
If these teams are as successful as they were last season, this game could be a division decider and have serious significance concerning the playoffs. You can also watch the Hulu documentary Michigan vs. Ohio State: The Rivalry.
2. Texas A&M at Alabama
Saturday, October 8th
These two college teams have competed against one another a total of nine times in their history. Out of those nine games, Alabama has won seven. The Aggies are going to go into this game guns blazing.
3. USC at Utah
Saturday, October 15th
These are arguably the two best teams in the PAC 12. If USC has any hope of making the college playoff under new head coach Lincoln Riley, they have to win this game (and beat Notre Dame on November 26).
4. Texas at Oklahoma
Saturday, October 8th
According to ESPN’s Football Power Index, the Texas Longhorns are favored to win this game against the Sooners, but not by much. Coined the Red River Showdown, this matchup is always a fun one to watch.
5. Tennessee at Georgia
Saturday, November 5th
This SEC East rivalry is intense, folks. And Tennessee hasn’t won against the Bulldogs since 2016. So, all eyes will be on the Volunteers to see if they can finally secure another win this year.
COLLEGE FOOTBALL: 3 PLAYERS TO WATCH
1. Bryce Young
Team: Alabama Crimson Tide
The quarterback won the Heisman Trophy last year and some are questioning whether he could take home the award again in 2022. If he does, this would make him only the second player to win the Heisman twice.
2. C.J. Stroud
Team: Ohio State Buckeyes
This quarterback is well known for his smarts on the field, but it’s his underdog origins that are truly intriguing. Last year he wasn’t ranked at all among the top 100 football players and this year he’s sitting up top at No. 3.
3. Bijan Robinson
Team: Texas Longhorns
There are rumblings of the Texas running back’s Heisman potential. And, as a junior, he may soon be drafted by the NFL, making this his possible last year on the college field.
BONUS: GAME DAY COCKTAIL
Don’t worry if you’re only into Game Day for providing (and enjoying) the drinks and snacks—they’re a very important part of the experience! Here’s an easy cocktail idea to quench the thirst of the 21-and-older football fanatics and couch warmers alike.
Pineapple Punch Bowl
Available at: Percheron in the Chiefs home of Kansas City, MO
Created by: Shel Buhler, Brand Director Aparium Hotels
8oz Espolon Tequila
4oz Cocchi Americano
8oz Mango Syrup
6oz Lime Juice
16 dashes Hellfire Bitters
Method: Combine all ingredients in a blender until a smooth consistency. Add 4" x 6" block of ice to the Pineapple Punch Bowl and cover completely with crushed ice before pouring the Punch over it. Garnish with fresh cut lime wheels.
Now that you’re prepped for all the NFL and college season, just say “NFL,” “FOOTBALL” or “COLLEGE FOOTBALL” into your voice remote and it’s GAME TIME!
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