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How to Watch College Football Live Without Cable

An all encompassing guide on how to watch college football without cable this season.

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Matt Cashore-USA TODAY Sports

This post was written in partnership with Sling TV .

Although the NCAA seems to be all over the place with teams switching conferences, being able to watch it all unfold is what is so special about this sport. While there’s something truly special about being at a college football game with your friends or family cheering on your favorite team or players, specifically the 2024 National Championship, it can be just as fun to enjoy the action from the comfort of your own home.

Whether it’s a cold snowy night with the CU Buffs or a humid afternoon with the Florida Gators, you can catch all those games without cable — and it’s easier than you think. Keep reading to find out how to watch college football live after cutting the cord with your cable company.

Where to watch college football

Most college football games are aired on major networks like CBS, Fox, and ABC. You’ll also be able to catch them on dedicated channels, such as the SEC Network and Big Ten Network. If you aren’t a subscriber, you don’t have access to those networks where you are, or simply want an alternative to cable TV, you can stream your favorite college teams with sports streaming services like Fubo, Sling TV, and Hulu + Live TV, and more.

Streaming ServiceCost Number of Channels Free Trial or Discounts
Sling TV$40+31+ No
DIRECTV STREAM$79.99+75+Yes
Fubo $79.99+169+Yes
Hulu + Live TV$76.99+90+No
YouTube TV$72.99+100+Yes

College Football on Sling TV (Our preferred service)

Sling TV has three options to choose from — Sling Orange, Sling Blue, and the combination Sling Orange & Blue. Sling Orange is the most budget-friendly pick at just $40 per month, and it includes 31 channels, including ESPN, FS1, and the NFL Network. You can tack on the Sports Extra for another $11 per month to get the Pac-12 Network, the SEC Network, and more to round out your game-day needs. 

Sling Blue is also $40 per month and has about 10 more channel options to choose from, including more selections for pro sports-lovers. But if you want to make sure you have a little bit of everything, you can opt for the combo package, which includes all the channels for $55.

College Football on DIRECTV STREAM

If you’re a college football fan, then DIRECTV STREAM’s claim of being the best provider of regional sports networks makes it appealing, as do its four different price tiers. Even the lowest, priced at $79.99 per month, provides more than 75+ channels and unlimited cloud DVR storage.

DIRECTV STREAM also includes a five-day free trial, so you can check out everything the service has to offer before committing, as well as SHOWTIME, STARZ, EPIX, and Cinemax for the first three months. 

College Football on Fubo

Fubo is truly the streaming service for sports fans — and it has a huge number of channels to choose from. The Pro plan — which is the starter package for $74.99 — has more than 150 channels, including the basics like ABC and CBS, but also the Big Ten Network and SEC Network. But Fubo is more than just its channel selection. This streamer also offers 1,000 hours of cloud DVR space so you can record the games while you’re out doing other things (or watching another game) and catch up later. 

And if the channel selection and cloud DVR space aren’t enough to wow you, you can get the Sports Plus add-on with NFL RedZone for $10.99 per month for another 28 channels, including the Pac-12 Network, ESPN News, and more. Best of all, Fubo offers a seven-day free trial, so you can try it out before you dive in and truly decide if you want to make a commitment to subscribing.

College Football on Hulu Live TV

Hulu + Live TV offers plenty of sports offerings. In addition to the basic channels like ABC, CBS, ESPN, and MSNBC, you also get the SEC Network and Big Ten Network. Bear in mind that channel options do vary by ZIP code, though. You can also opt for more channels with more of a pro focus if you get the Sports Add-on, as it includes NFL RedZone. That’s another $9.99 per month, but it’s not a necessity if you prefer college football.

One of the coolest benefits of Hulu + Live TV is that it comes with ESPN Plus built-in, so you get it automatically included in your $76.99 per month price. That gives you access to even more ESPN content. Just keep in mind that the $76.99 price is for the ad-supported plan. If you want to go ad-free, the price jumps up to $89.99 monthly. While this may not be in the budget for everyone, for the sports lovers that have it, you won’t be disappointed with the selection available.

College Football on YouTube TV

YouTube TV is a straightforward streaming service that’ll give you access to college football as well. For $72.99 per month, you’ll get access to more than 100 live TV channels, including plenty of options to watch the games. ABC, CBS, Fox, NBC, and ESPN are included in your subscription, as well as the SEC Network. YouTube TV does offer a Sports Plus Add-On for $10.99 monthly if you want to round out your sports viewing, but it won’t really get you much more in the way of collegiate football.

Final Call

Whether you’re cheering on Auburn or you’re a die-hard Dawgs fan, it’s simple figuring out how to watch college football in 2023 when you’re away from home. You can’t always be on the couch when your favorite games come on, but you can stream them from anywhere with a service like Fubo. It’s one of the best options not only for college football but also for nearly everything else. Although the price is slightly higher than its competitor, Sling TV, Fubo comes with almost every channel a fan could ask for.

FAQs

Which streaming service is best for college football?

Fubo offers the widest range of sports channels, as well as other options for when the game ends.

Where can I stream college football?

You can stream college football through Fubo, Sling TV, Hulu + Live TV, DIRECTV STREAM, and YouTube TV. 

Can you watch live college football on Amazon Prime?

Amazon Prime doesn’t carry live college football, but you can watch Thursday Night NFL games during the 2023 season.

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