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How To Watch the College Football National Championship: Michigan vs Washington

Michigan and Washington will battle for the NCAA crown in this years College Football National Championship.

NCAA Football: CFP National Championship-Washington at Michigan
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This post was written in partnership with Sling TV.

The winners of the Rose Bowl and the Fiesta Bowl face off to see who takes home the hardware on January 8. The Michigan Wolverines will take on the Washington Huskies this year, after securing their spots on New Year’s Day.

  • Where: NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas
  • When: Monday, January 8, 2024
  • Channels: ESPN
  • Time: 7:30 p.m. ET
  • Teams: Michigan Wolverines & Washington Huskies

Streaming services to watch the College Football National Championship

The 2024 College Football National Championship will be streamed on ESPN. You can catch the game on any of the streaming services listed below. Some even offer a free trial, which means you may get lucky and be able to watch the game for free.

Streaming ServiceCost per MonthChannelsFree Trial?
Sling TV$40+31+ No
YouTube TV$72.99100+Yes
Hulu + Live TV$76.99+85+No
ESPN Plus$10.99+N/ANo

Watch the College Football National Championship on Sling TV (our preferred service)

Sling TV has three different live TV streaming plans — two of the three include ESPN. Sling Orange and Sling Blue each cost $40 per month. Sling Orange & Blue combined costs $55 per month and includes 47 channels. You’ll need to choose either Sling Orange or Sling Orange & Blue if you want to catch the National Championship. 

Including 50 hours of DVR, Sling TV packages have more than enough to capture the entirety of the National Championship. Sling Orange also streams every single college bowl game, which you can watch at home or on the go. And if you refer a friend to Sling TV, you can earn $20 in promotional credit. Score!

Watch the College Football National Championship on YouTube TV

No need to pick and choose with YouTube TV. YouTube makes it straightforward and offers one comprehensive Base plan for $72.99 per month that includes 100-plus channels, including ESPN. YouTube TV also has a sports add-on, if you’re looking for more sports coverage beyond the base plan. You can explore with a seven-day free trial.

With YouTube TV, you can create up to six accounts per household, perfect for families whose members boast unique tastes in television. You can also enjoy unlimited DVR space and thousands of hours of DVR space. And for sports fans, enjoy channels like NFL Network, NBC, Fox Sports 1, and more — after you watch the National Championship on ESPN, of course. 

Watch the College Football National Championship on Hulu + Live TV

Hulu has a few Live TV plans to choose from that will allow you to catch the National Championship. You can subscribe to Live TV only for $75.99 per month and get 75-plus live channels, including ESPN. But a better deal is Hulu + Live TV, which starts at $76.99 per month and includes all of the live TV channels, Hulu’s on-demand library, Disney Plus, and ESPN Plus. 

Hulu + Live TV is a bargain lover’s dream. With the addition of ESPN Plus, you gain access to hundreds more sporting events at no extra cost. Hulu + Live TV also includes cool features like game time notifications and live TV playback, so you won’t miss a single second of the National Championship, even if you’re running a little late.

Watch the College Football National Championship on DIRECTV STREAM

DIRECTV STREAM is a streaming service that offers customers four different packages. Entertainment costs $79.99 per month and includes 75-plus channels; Choice costs $89.99 per month and includes 105-plus channels; Ultimate costs $108.99 per month and includes 140-plus channels; and Premier costs $164.99 per month and includes 150-plus channels. 

Each of DIRECTV STREAM’s packages includes ESPN as well as many regional sports channels that are hard to find anywhere else, including Bally Sports Midwest, AT&T Sportsnet, Altitude Sports, and more. DIRECTV STREAM also includes unlimited DVR that you can access on any screen in your home.

Watch the College Football National Championship on Fubo

Fubo offers four different plans, but no matter which one you choose, you’ll be able to watch over 100 sporting events. The lowest tier is the Pro plan, for $74.99 per month. If you choose to upgrade to a higher tier, you’ll also get access to regional sports networks, college sports channels, and more.

Fubo has the most channels out of all of its competitors, so it’s no surprise it’s ranked number one in programming by J.D. Power. Not only does Fubo stream live sports on channels like ESPN (hello, National Championship), but it also includes an on-demand library. Plus, you can record your favorite games and store them with your included 1,000 hours of DVR.

Watch the College Football National Championship on Vidgo

Vidgo is home to multiple plans for both English and Spanish speakers. Vidgo Mas costs $39.99 per month and includes 45-plus channels; English Plus costs $69.99 per month and includes 110-plus live channels; English Premium costs $84.99 per month and includes 150-plus channels; and English & Spanish Ultimate costs $99.99 per month and includes all Vidgo channels.

To watch the National Championship, subscribe to English Plus, English Premium, or English & Spanish Ultimate. DVR the game with either Premium or Ultimate with 20 hours of included DVR. Missed a crucial opening snap? Start the championship over with Timeshift. And after the game, check out Vidgo’s on-demand library, which includes thousands of titles for you to watch.

Watch the College Football National Championship on ESPN Plus

Last but definitely not least is ESPN’s very own streaming service, ESPN Plus. For just $10.99 per month or $109.99 per year, you can secure access to live sporting events (yes, you guessed it, the National Championship will be streaming here, too!) and ESPN Plus Originals. While it’s hard to compare ESPN Plus to other streaming services on this list, as it doesn’t include the typical live TV channels, it’s an all-in-one favorite for many sports fans.

Don’t forget, though, ESPN Plus is also available in the comprehensive Disney Bundle, which will give you access to everything Hulu, Disney Plus, and ESPN Plus have to offer. If you want to secure as many live TV channels as possible, bump that Disney Bundle up to Hulu + Live TV’s base package for the best of all worlds.

Best streaming service to watch the College Football National Championship

The only way to find out who’s going home with the title is by ensuring you have access to ESPN for this prime-time matchup. There are a plethora of streaming services that offer ESPN, but the best bang for your buck is Sling TV. Don’t miss out on the big game tonight at 7:30 pm EST.


Where can I stream the national championship game?

You can stream the College Football National Championship game on any streaming service that includes ESPN.

Where’s the national championship for college football in 2023?

The National Championship for college football in 2023 will be played at NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas.

Who’s playing in the 2023 national championship?

The Michigan Wolverines and the Washington Huskies will go head to head in the 2023 National Championship.

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