The Best Way to Watch College Football Games Without Cable in 2018

How to Stream College Football Online

The majority of major college football games will air on local networks or major cable channels, some smaller conference and games will air on the college sports networks or Internet sports channels.

  • Local Networks: CBS, FOX, ABC, & NBC
  • Cable Sports Networks: ESPN, FS1, & NBCSN
  • College Sports Networks: Big 10 Network, SEC Network, etc.
  • Streaming Sports Networks: beIn, Stadium, ESPN+, Pluto.TV, & Facebook

We picked the Best Live TV Streaming Service for the college sports fan in general, but also for your Favorite College Football Team.

Due to flex scheduling, the broadcast channel of most games aren’t announced until the week before. We will update these over the course of the season.

Best Service for Each College Football Team

We picked the best live TV streaming services for many NCAA football teams. Be sure to check your the schedule for your favorite team before you subscribe.

Our Picks

Hulu Live TV

There are many good options for college sports fans. Hulu Live TV and YouTube TV each offer Big Ten Network, SEC Network, CBS Sports Network, and ESPNU for $40 / month.

Playstation Vue

But, if you’re looking for the most comprehensive plan — PlayStation Vue is the only service that offers locals, cable sports networks, and every college sports network (except for Pac-12 Network).

fuboTV

If you’re a Pac-12 fan though, fuboTV and Sling TV are the only providers who offer Pac-12 Network.

How to Watch College Football on Local Networks

Most major SEC games will air on CBS, while Notre Dame airs on NBC. Pac-12, Big 12, Big Ten are traditionally broadcast on FOX and ABC. Some ACC and American games will also air on ABC.

Every Live TV Streaming Service includes local channels in their entry-level package, but not all local channels are available in every market.

Fortunately, most streaming services include CBS, NBC, FOX, and ABC in the majority of Top 50 markets.

You can see which locals are available in your area by using our Channel Finder.

DIRECTV fuboTV Hulu Philo PS Vue Sling TV YouTube
Free Trial Free Trial Sign Up Free Trial Free Trial Free Trial Free Trial
$40–$75 $45–$50 $40 $16–$20 $45–$80 $25 $25 $40
CBS - - -
NBC - -
Fox - -
ABC - - - -

How to Watch College Football on Cable Sports Networks

Most prime time games from major conferences that don’t air on network television will air on national sports stations.

Fortunately, most streaming services include ESPN, ESPN2, FS1, and NBCSN.

DIRECTV fuboTV Hulu Philo PS Vue Sling TV YouTube
Free Trial Free Trial Sign Up Free Trial Free Trial Free Trial Free Trial
$40–$75 $45–$50 $40 $16–$20 $45–$80 $25 $25 $40
ESPN - - -
ESPN2 - - -
Fox Sports 1 - -
Fox Sports 2 ≥ $65 - -
NBC Sports Network - -
TBS -
TNT -

How to Watch College Football on College Sports Channels

Some games with lower profile matchups or teams are generally put on college sports networks like Big Ten Network, Longhorn Network, Pac-12 Network, and SEC Network.

Most of the services include Big Ten Network SEC Network, and CBS Sports Network, but on some of them you may have to upgrade to a higher plan.

fuboTV and Sling TV are the only providers who offer Pac-12 Network.

DIRECTV fuboTV Hulu Philo PS Vue Sling TV YouTube
Free Trial Free Trial Sign Up Free Trial Free Trial Free Trial Free Trial
$40–$75 $45–$50 $40 $16–$20 $45–$80 $25 $25 $40
ACC Network Extra - - - -
Big Ten Network ≥ $55 - ≥ $50 - -
CBS Sports Network ≥ $65 - ≥ $50 - -
ESPNU ≥ $55 - - ≥ $50 ^ $5 -
Fox College Sports - ^ $9 - - ≥ $60 - - -
Longhorn Network ≥ $55 - - - ≥ $50 - - -
Pac-12 Network - - - - ^ $5 ^ $10 -
SEC Network ≥ $55 - - ≥ $50 ^ $5 -

How to Watch College Football on Streaming-Only Channels

Some smaller games will air on streaming-only networks like ESPN3, ESPN+, Stadium, and Pluto.TV.

These channels can be accessed either from your streaming service’s interface or from their owns apps in the case of ESPN+ and Pluto.TV.

DIRECTV fuboTV Hulu Philo PS Vue Sling TV YouTube
Free Trial Free Trial Sign Up Free Trial Free Trial Free Trial Free Trial
$40–$75 $45–$50 $40 $16–$20 $45–$80 $25 $25 $40
ESPN3 - - - -
Stadium - ^ $9 ($50) - - - ^ $5 ^ $10 -
Eleven Sports - - - ≥ $60 - - -
beIN Sports - - - - ^ $5 ^ $10 -

Live TV Streaming Pages