Dust off that old lucky jersey and get ready to tailgate — another season of college football is here. But if you didn’t score tickets to a game this fall, you can still watch your favorite teams play this year — whether or not you have cable. Here are all the ways to watch college football online, plus a few hacks to live stream college football for free online.
College Football Schedule 2022-23: When Does the NCAA Season Start?
Week 1 of the 2022-23 college football season kicked off on Thursday, September 1. The season will run through Janurary 9 when the CFP National Championship Game is scheduled to take place in Los Angeles. See a full, updated NCAA season schedule here at NCAA.com.
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How to Watch College Football on TV
Even if you already have a cable or satellite package, figuring out how to watch college football on TV can be tough. Games are spread out across local channels (ABC, CBS, Fox, and NBC) as well as national networks including CBSSN, FS1, and multiple ESPN channels. And then you’ll also find some games broadcast through college sports networks like Big Ten Network, SEC Network, and ACC Network.
For a full list of every college football game’s broadcasting channel, head to the schedule at NCAA.com.
Watch College Football for Free With a Digital TV Antenna
One of the easiest ways to watch college football is with a digital TV antenna, such as this one from Gesobyte. The compact device picks up the local channels — ABC, CBS, Fox, and NBC — giving you free access to the big college football games in your area. Good ones, like the Gesobyte, also deliver 4K or 1080p full HD video quality, a wide signal-grabbing range, and a very easy installation process.
How to Watch College Football Online
If you don’t have cable, or you want to supplement a digital antenna to watch every college football game live, we recommend getting a live TV streaming service. Below are some of the best streaming services that let you watch college football online — all of which work with streaming devices (i.e. Roku, Firestick, Apple TV), laptops, tablets, and smartphones.
1. Stream College Football on fuboTV
With access to 14 channels broadcasting live college football games — including local, national, and college networks — fuboTV is the best way to watch college football online. fuboTV’s basic subscription gets you most of these channels, and costs $69.99 a month, but you’ll want the upgraded “Elite” plan ($79.99 a month) to get ESPNU, SEC Network, Pac-12 Network, and ACC Network as well. fuboTV also offers a seven-day free trial before you pay.
2. Stream College Football on Sling
Sling offers up to 13 channels showing live college football games, making it one of the best ways to watch college football online. To get all of these channels, you’ll want Sling Orange + Blue, which includes 47 channels total and costs $50 a month. However, right now new customers can get half off their first months bill, bringing the price down to $25 for one month.
You’ll also want Sling’s Sports Plus add-on package, which brings seven college sports channels like SEC Network and Big Ten Network and costs $11 a month. This brings the total cost for the whole package to $36 for your first month and $61 thereafter.
3. Stream College Football on Hulu + Live TV
Another great live TV streaming service that lets you watch college football online is Hulu + Live TV. The nice thing about Hulu + Live TV is that you get 12 college football-broadcasting channels in the streamer’s basic subscription package, which costs $69.99 per month. There are no add-ons or upgrades necessary, and you even get ESPN+ and Disney+ for free as a bonus.
4. Stream College Football on ESPN+
This year, ESPN+ will be showing 350 live FCS games from 11 conferences. You wont get access to as many games as you do with a live TV streamer, but you also pay far less for ESPN+: it costs just $9.99 a month or $99.99 a year, and delivers a host of other live and on-demand sports content as well.
5. Stream College Football on Paramount+
The cheapest way to watch college football live online is with Paramount+. The streaming service costs just $4.99 per month for an ad-supported plan, or $9.99 a month for an ad-free plan, and lets you watch live college football games as they air on CBS. Plus, you get a seven day free trial before paying.
How to Stream College Football for Free Online
There isn’t any way to stream the whole NCAA season without paying, but we were able to find a couple ways to watch college football online for free. Both fuboTV and DirecTV Stream (which has several college football channels) offer free trials that let you watch live TV without paying. As mentioned, fuboTV’s free trial lasts seven days, and DirecTV Stream’s free trial lasts five days. Together, these free trials let you get college football live streams for free — even if just for a few important games.
Best College Football Merch
Once you’re set up with a way to watch NCAA football games, it’s time to get spirited with some of the best college football merch. Our favorite place to buy college football merch online is Fanatics.com, which has a massive selection of officially-licensed gear, including jerseys, everyday clothing, accessories, and even decor. Below are some examples.
1. Nike Football Custom Game Jersey
Show some personalized support for your favorite team with these customizable jerseys. Made by Nike, the authentic jerseys let you put your name on the back and a number of your choice on the front and back.
2. Nike Icon Performance Polo
Want to rep your team in everyday clothes? Check out these Nike polos, inspired by those worn by coaches on the sidelines. They’re sophisticated enough to wear around town, but also boast Nike’s Dri-FIT technology for wicking sweat and breathability, plus a comfortable tagless collar.
3. Football Field Design iPhone Case
Team phone cases are a good way to subtly support your team every day. We like this one, which comes in options for just about every major team, and features a unique transparent look with field markings and your team’s emblem.
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