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How to Watch College Football Without Paying For Cable TV


Three happy young men watching football game and keeping arms raised while sitting on sofaCollege football is almost here, and in 2017 cord cutters have more access to it than ever! The best part is there is no longer a need to agree to a two-year contract with cable TV to watch college football.

This is your guide on how you can watch college football without the high cost and long-term contracts of cable TV.

Step #1: ABC, CBS, FOX, and NBC

In 2017 over 100 college football games will be aired free over the air on ABC, CBS, FOX, and NBC. The best part is many of the biggest games every week will be free over the air.

If you have the option, an antenna is always the best way to watch college football to avoid the delay or the risk of the stream crashing out.

If you need an antenna or want to see what channels you can get where you live, check out AntennaRecomendations.com.

Now over 90% of Americans have access to some or all of these channels; however, that still leaves 30 million Americans who struggle to get one network or another over the air. For them a growing number of services, such as DIRECTV NOW, Hulu, and PlayStation Vue, all offer locals. We recommend you check out each site to see what locals they offer in your area.

Step #2: ESPN, FS1, FS2, BTN, & More

You now know how to get your local stations, but what about the national networks such as ESPN? The good news is with Sling TV, DIRECTV NOW, Hulu, and PlayStation Vue you can access a ton of national networks.

First let’s find out if these services support the devices you own:

Streaming Player Sling TV PS Vue DIRECTV NOW YouTube TV Hulu Beta Fubo TV
Roku X X  X X
Fire TV X X X X
Apple TV X X X X X
Chromecast X X X X X X
iOS X X X X X X
Android Phones/Tablet X X X X X X
Android TV X  X  X
Xbox One X X
PlayStation 4 X

Now, let’s take a look at what services have which channels:

Channel Sling TV  PS Vue DIRECTV NOW Hulu fuboTV
ESPN X X X X
ESPN2 X X X X
ESPNU X X X X
ESPN Goal Line X X X X
FS1 X X X  X X
CBS Sports  X
Big Ten Network X X X X
SEC Network X X X X
Pac-12 X

*Please note you will find the ESPN Goal Line in the Sling TV app but all others you need to use the WatchESPN app to view ESPN Goal Line.

Not sure if you should pick Sling TV, DIRECTV NOW, Hulu, or PlayStation Vue? They all offer a free trial so why not give them all a try?

Step #3: Enjoy Some Football

There you go! You now have access to college football without the need for a long-term contract.

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  • Deon Hamner

    I appreciate this article. I’m a big sports fan and recent cord cutter. So this helps to figure out what my options are.

  • paul

    Really wish sling would get Btn and plus channels -ex like they did with Pac-ten

  • John

    Luke HULU Live shows FS1 for me