6 Ways to Watch College Football Without Cable

How to Watch College Football Online and with an Antenna

6 Ways to Watch College Footbal without Cable

College football is in the air and if you hate cable television as much as I do, then the number one question on your mind is probably “How do I watch college football without cable?”

The good news for you is that it has never been easier for cordcutters to tune into college football without an expensive cable bill, and today I am going to discuss every option available.

College Football Channels

Before we get into how exactly you can watch college football without cable, let’s talk about the television networks that you’re going to need access too. With few a exceptions, you’ll find that most college football games air on the following stations

  • ABCESPN_College_Football
  • NBC
  • CBS
  • FOX
  • FS1
  • FS2
  • ESPN
  • ESPN 2
  • ESPN 3
  • ESPNU
  • SEC Network
  • ACC Network
  • BTN (which stands for Big Ten Network)
  • Pac-12 Network.

Now that you know where the action is, lets take a look at how to watch college football online and over-the-air.

College Football TV Schedule

There are a lot of schedules online but the best one I have found is produced by NCAA.com. Click here to see a complete TV Schedule of upcoming games.

Watch College Football with an Antenna

Watch Football with AntennaOne of the cornerstones of your cordcutting college football setup is going to be the over-the-air antenna. With an OTA antenna, you will be able to pick ABC, NBC, CBS, and FOX. OTA antennas are cheap, there are no monthly fees, and everything you watch will show up in 1080i HD.

Typically, you’re going to see prime times games airing on ABC and Fox. For your SEC fix, CBS is going to be your go-to destination; and for all things Notre Dame, NBC is where you want to be. Sometimes what you want to watch will depend on where you are and occasionally there will be blackouts, so be sure to check which game airs a few days prior to kickoff.

Here is a link to an article on NCAA.com that seems to keep a pretty good list of upcoming games, along with what channels they will air on.

Watch College Football Online

stream-college-football-onlineOnline streaming services are a great way to watch college football online. In recent years the rise of live television streaming has given way to previously cable-only channels, like ESPN, to become part of the live streaming line up.

Because college sports are a lot more fragmented than the professionals, it’s going to be difficult to catch EVERY single college game. Aside from the physical limitations of watching every game on Saturday,  different services will simply offer you access to different NCAA conferences.

To help you out with your search for that perfect college football friendly streaming service, here’s a quick rundown of the available live television streaming services.

1. College Football on Sling TV

College Football on Sling TV

Sling TV (free trial) has two primary subscription plans; Orange and Blue. Orange is the cheapest and costs $20 a month. At $25 a month, Blue is the most expensive of the two but you do get more channels. You can also subscribe a combined plan of $40 a month and get all of the channels included in the Orange and Blue plans.

Here are the sports channels that you get with each plan:

Sling TV Orange
  • ESPN
  • ESPN 2
  • ESPN 3
  • ACC Network
Sling TV Blue
  • FOX Network (in select areas)
  • NBC Network (in select areas)
  • Local FOX Sports stations (in select areas)
  • Local NBC Sports stations (in select areas)
  • FS1
  • FS2
  • NBC Sports Network

In addition to the two plans, you can pay $5 extra for a sports add-on and get additional channels that air college football. What channels come with the sports add-on will depend on which main plan you’re subscribed to, however there is a bit of overlap.

Here’s what the sports-add on looks like for both plans.

Sports Extra Orange
  • SEC Network
  • ESPNU
  • PAC-12 Network
  • LHN (Longhorn Network)**
Sports Extra Blue
  • PAC-12 Network
  • BEIN Sports

I am unsure as to how a combined plan would affect the sports add-on. If you have Sling TV, let us know how your combined subscription affects the sports add-on in the comments below!

**This is technically not included in the subscription, but you can access LHN content through the WatchESPN app using your Sling TV credentials.

2. College Football with PlayStation Vue

PlayStation Vue

PlayStation Vue has four different plans you can subscribe to, but we really only need to focus on the first three since the most expensive plan only adds on a few premium cable channels like HBO and Showtime. The three plans you need to familiarize yourself with are the Access, Core, and Elite subscription plans (though all of these plans are a bit pricey in my opinion).

Here are the relevant sports channels that you get with each plan.

Access – $40 monthly
  • CBS Network (in select areas)
  • ESPN
  • ESPN 2
  • FS1
  • FS2
  • BTN (Big Ten Network)
  • CBS Sports Network
  • NBC Sports Network
Core – $45 monthly
  • CBS Network (in select areas)
  • ESPN
  • ESPN 2
  • FS1
  • FS2
  • BTN (Big Ten Network)
  • CBS Sports Network
  • NBC Sports Network
  • ESPNU
  • Local FOX Sports stations (in select areas)
  • SEC Network
Elite – $55 monthly
  • CBS Network (in select areas)
  • ESPN
  • ESPN 2
  • FS1
  • FS2
  • BTN (Big Ten Network)
  • CBS Sports Network
  • NBC Sports Network
  • ESPNU
  • Local FOX Sports stations (in select areas)
  • SEC Network
  • Fox College Sports: Atlantic, Pacific, and Central

If you have the Core plan or above, you can pay an extra $10 a month to get the Sports Pack; which includes ESPN Goal Line and LHN (Longhorn Network).

3. College Football on DirecTV NowCollege Football on DirecTV Now

Not to be confused with  the cable service Direct TV, DirecTV Now (free trial) is much more like our previously mentioned online streaming services. DirecTV Now is a bit more robust as it gives you a larger number of channel overall.

Here’s what each plan has to offer you:

Live a Little – $35 monthly
  • ABC Network (in select areas)
  • CBS Network (in select areas)
  • ESPN
  • ESPN 2
  • NBC (in select areas)
Just Right – $50 monthly
  • ABC Network (in select areas)
  • CBS Network (in select areas)
  • ESPN
  • ESPN 2
  • NBC
  • BTN (Big Ten Network)
  • ESPNU
  • SEC Network
Go Big – $60 Monthly
  • ABC Network
  • CBS Network
  • ESPN
  • ESPN 2
  • NBC
  • NBC Sports Network
  • BTN (Big Ten Network)
  • ESPNU
  • SEC Network
  • CBS Sports
  • Fox Sports Network
  • FS2

There is one more subscription plan called “Gotta Have It” for $70 a month, but none of the additional channels will increase your ability to watch college football.

4. College Football on Hulu Live

What is Hulu Live TVStill in the beta stages, Hulu Live is the streaming giant’s attempt at breaking into the live television streaming market. Currently there is only one plan available and it costs $40 a month.

Here are the relevant sports channels included in the plan:

  • ABC (in select areas)
  • CBS (in select areas)
  • ESPNESPN 2
  • ESPNU
  • ESPN Goal Line
  • FS1
  • FS2
  • SEC Network

5. College Football on fuboTV

College Football on fubo TVfuboTV (free trial) is an online streaming service designed primarily for sports fans. Although those fans tend to be soccer fans, there is decent collection of college football to be found and its one of our cheaper options. There are three different subscription plans, but you really only need to pay attention to the $20 a month fubo Premier plan; as the others are primarily dedicated to international sports.

Here are the relevant sports channels that you get with fuboTV:

  • Local FOX Sports stations (in select areas)
  • FOX Network (in select areas)
  • NBC Sports Network
  • CBS Sports Network
  • FS1
  • FS2
  • BEINSports
  • BTN (Big Ten Network)
  • PAC-12 Network

For an additional $9 a month, you can get the Sports Plus add-on, which includes the following:

  • PAC-12 Network: Arizona, Bay Area, Oregon, Washington, Mountain, Los Angeles,
    FOX College Sports: Atlantic, Central, Pacific

6. College Sports Live

College Sports Live

College Sports Live (free trial) is an online streaming service dedicated to providing you with complete coverage of all college sports from 50 schools across the nation. This is a great service for people that follow smaller schools or just want a little extra coverage. The only catch is that it airs non-televised events, which means if your school is playing on ESPN, you can not stream it on College Sports Live.

You can either pay $10 a month for College Sports Live or you can pay $100 for the entire year. If you love other college sports, this is definitely worth a look.

Listen to College Football

If all else fails, and you just can’t find the game you’re looking for, or you are really strapped on cash then you might want to turn to the radio. Most games will have live audio coverage, and more often than naught schools will stream the radio broadcast online on the team’s website.

Barring that, you can always use online radio apps, such as TuneIn, to find local broadcasts of the team you’re looking for. TuneIn has one of the widest selections of terrestrial radio stations and best of all, its free.

You can search by location, language, topic, and more. It’s super easy to find everything and you don’t need an incredibly fast connection in order to stream. If you’ve got a little imagination, it’s the perfect penny pinching cable TV alternative.

Watching College Football Without Cable

Sometimes watching college football without cable can be tricky, but with help from today’s guide you should have no problem find the game of your choice at a price your can afford to stomach.

What’s your favorite NCAA conference? SEC? Big Ten? Or maybe something a little smaller? Let us know in the comments below or sound off on social media!

Watch College Football Online

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