Cord Cutter’s Guide to Watching College Football Online and Over-the-Air
Pop the tailgates and fire up the marching band, because it’s time for College Football to make it’s return. College football may not have the glamour and glitz of the NFL; but what they lack in pomp and player compensation, they more than make up for it in grit, determination, and school spirit.
For those of you wanting to cut the cord this football season, you may feel a little sad at first glance. Approximately 44 percent of college football occurs on cable television, which would make it appear as if your options are limited. But you will be delighted to know that that assumption is not necessarily true.
If you want to watch college football without cable television this season, you have more options that you know and today we’re going to find out what they are. Let’s get to it!
College Football TV Schedule
Before we get into how to watch College Football without Cable, lets quickly talk about what Channels College Football is on, and when the season starts.
First of all, the season starts TODAY, September 1st. The channels you would need to catch every game are immense, but if you can gain access to a few key networks, then you should have all the college ball you need. Those networks include: ESPN, ESPN 2, ESPN 3, ABC, CBS, and FOX. To get an complete looks at the 2016 College Football Season check out FB Schedules.
Here is a snapshot of Today’s TV Schedule:
To get things started on a positive note, lets start with something FREE. The 2016 season kicks off with HBU in a Southland Conference road game against Central Arkansas. Game is on Thursday Sept. 1st at 6 p.m. and will be streamed for free on the American Sports Network.
College Football OTA
To get your college football season off on a good start, you’re going to want to get an over-the-air (OTA) antenna. For those of you that don’t know, an OTA antenna is a handy little device that gives you live access to all of your favorite broadcast networks in 1080i HD for free (minus the costs of the antenna).
To learn more about which Antenna might be right for you, check out our OTA Antenna Guide.
With that simple antenna, you’ll be able to pick up college football games that air on ABC, NBC, CBS, and Fox for FREE. And once the season is over, you’ve got a great cord cutting tool that can give you hours of entertainment at no cost to you. I’d like to see Comcast do that.
College Football on Sling TV
If you’re craving that sweet sweet cable-only college football, then Sling TV might just be what the doctor ordered. For $20 a month you can subscribe to the Orange package and get both ESPN & ESPN 2 (+ 25 additional non related channels). Using your Sling TV credentials you can also log in to the WatchESPN app and get live streaming access to ESPN 3 at no additional charge (read our in-depth Sling TV review article here).
They also offer the Blue Package which comes with 40+ unrelated channels and Fox Sports Network, Comcast Sports Net (coming soon), NFL Network, FS1, FS2 and NBCSCN
For those SEC fanatics, you can chip in an extra $5 a month and get the SEC network with the Sport Extra Package (not to mention NFL RedZone, ESPNEWS, beIN Sports, ESPN Buzzer Beater and Campus Insider). That $5 will also net you ESPNU and ESPN Goal Line, giving unparalleled college football coverage. For details on their free trial click here.
For a little bit extra every month you might be tempted to go with PlayStation Vue. At $30 a month, Vue’s Access Slim package will give you live streaming access ESPN, ESPN 2, FS1, FS2, NBCSN. You’ll also be able to access ESPN 3 with PlayStation Vue credentials.
Then if you are willing to pay just $5 more, PSVue Core Slim gives you access to the above channels plus beIN Sports, Big 10 Network, ESPNews, ESPN U, Fox Sports Networks, Golf, Longhorn Network, NFL Network, SEC Network.
Finally you have the full offering which is called PSVue Elite Slim which gives you the above plus Fox College Sports, One World Sports, Outside TV
CBS College Sports Live
For a modest $10 a month, you can subscribe to CBS College Sports Live and get limited coverage of the smaller college teams as well as radio streaming (check out the CBS College Sports Live Free Trial here). It’s not the biggest, it’s not the best, but if you like college sports in general it might be worth a look. For an complete review of this offering read “What is College Sports Live“.
TuneIn to College Football
This option has less to do with video and is all about radio broadcasts. If you’re looking for live radio stream of a game you can’t find on television, TuneIn is your best bet. This online radio service connects you with thousands of local radio stations, many of which are located in college towns. You won’t be getting 4k HD picture, well you won’t be getting any picture, but you’ll still be able to follow them; which is what’s most important.
Who is your favorite college football team? Do you think they have what it takes to go all the way? Let us know in the comments below or sound off on social media!