How to Watch the College Football Playoff Semifinals & This Weekend’s Bowl Games Without Cable




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Tackle the New Year by celebrating the end of 2021 with college football bowl season. This weekend 20 bowl-eligible teams will take the field in what will be an exciting end to the college football season. From the smaller bowl games to the legendary New Year’s Six that will feature all four College Football Playoffs teams, legends will be made this weekend.

The Cotton Bowl Classic and the Orange Bowl will host this year’s College Football Playoff semifinals.  No. 1 Alabama vs. No. 4 Cincinnati will take the field in the Cotton Bowl, with the Cincinnati Bearcats looking to be the first team to play and win in the College Football Playoffs. 

In the Orange Bowl, No. 2 Michigan vs. No. 3 Georgia will be going head-to-head for the first time since 1965. Georgia won that contest, and Michigan won when they played in 1957, the winner of Saturday’s high-stakes rubber match will have a chance to compete for a national title.

Cord cutters can find out how to watch the College Football Playoffs, the New Year’s Six, and the rest of bowl season below.

Games, Times, & Channels

Friday, Dec. 31

Bowl GameLocationTime (ET)Network
Gator Bowl: No. 17 Wake Forest vs. TBATIAA Bank Stadium in Jacksonville, Florida11:00 AMESPN
Sun Bowl: Washington State vs. Miami (FL)Sun Bowl in El Paso, Texas12:00 PMCBS
Arizona Bowl: Central Michigan vs. Boise StateArizona Stadium in Tucson, Arizona2:00 PMBarstool Sports
Cotton Bowl Classic: No. 1 Alabama vs. No. 4 Cincinnati (College Football Playoff semifinal)AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas3:30 PMESPN
Orange Bowl: No. 2 Michigan vs. No. 3 Georgia (College Football Playoff semifinal)Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida7:30 PMESPN

Saturday, Jan. 1

Bowl GameLocationTime (ET)Network
Outback Bowl: No. 21 Arkansas vs. Penn StateRaymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida12:00 PMESPN2
Citrus Bowl: No. 15 Iowa vs. No. 22 KentuckyCamping World Stadium in Orlando, Florida1:00 PMABC
Fiesta Bowl: No. 5 Notre Dame vs. No. 9 Oklahoma StateState Farm Stadium in Glendale, Arizona1:00 PMESPN
Rose Bowl: No. 6 Ohio State vs. No. 11 UtahRose Bowl in Pasadena, California5:00 PMESPN
Sugar Bowl: No. 7 Baylor vs. No. 8 Ole MissCaesars Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana8:45 PMESPN

How to Watch Bowl Season

Fans will have plenty of options to watch all their favorite college football teams compete on the gridiron without spending a fortune.

AntennaWeb is a great tool you can use to find out which affiliate in your area will broadcast the bowl games on CBS, FOX, and ABC.

Barstool: The Arizona Bowl will be available to stream on Barstool’s website.

Most of the major subscription live TV streaming services will carry many of the bowl games, so fans can watch the contests from anywhere.

  • DIRECTV STREAM has CBS, ESPN, ESPN 2, and ABC for $70/mo.
  • fuboTV offers CBS, ESPN, ESPN 2, and ABC in their Family package for $65/mo.
  • Hulu + Live TV includes CBS, ESPN, ESPN 2, and ABC for only $70/mo. 
  • Sling TV includes ESPN, and ESPN2 with their Orange + Blue package for only $50/mo. 
  • Vidgo offers ABC, ESPN,  and ESPN 2 for only $55/mo.
  • YouTube TV has CBS, ESPN, ESPN 2, and ABC for only $65/mo. 
  • Paramount+ is an inexpensive way to watch live games on CBS for only $9.99/month or $99.99/year.  

Find out how to watch the rest of college football’s bowl season here.

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