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7 Ways to Watch College Football That Are Cheaper Than Cable
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If you’re looking to watch a college football showdown like Alabama versus Miami, FSU against Notre Dame or even catch Clemson and Georgia square off in an early playoff preview, there are tons of ways to make sure you don’t miss a touchdown from your favorite football team.

However, figuring out the cheapest ways to do so is not always easy. Whether you’re looking to get rid of your cable bill or ditch the DirecTV and select from one of the many cord-cutting services that are now available or just want to pay $7 a month for ESPN+, watching live streams of college football has never been easier. It can still get confusing with all the streaming services at your disposal.

We’ve all had trouble trying to figure out how to watch college football games without cable. Here’s how to stream NCAA college football games from devices such as Macs, PCs, Smart TVs, AppleTV, Roku and your mobile devices.

College Football Live Stream Options

YouTube TV

Price: $65 per month

YouTube TV provides all the sports channels you’ll need to watch primetime NCAA football, such as ABC, CBS Sports, Fox, ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU, FS1, FS2, SEC Network, ACC Network and the Big Ten Network. This may be the most comprehensive list of channels you’ll find. It also offers a sports add-on that includes NFL RedZone so fans can enjoy NFL live from their couches.

YouTube TV is available on Smart TVs, Roku, Chromecast, Apple TV, iPhones, iPads and more. Of course, you can always just log in on your computer. There’s a free trial for those looking to just watch one big game.

Hulu Live TV

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Price: $55 per month

Hulu + Live TV is a littler cheaper than the option above, but it also offers less channels. Included in its channel package are the standard channels you’ll need for the college football season: ABC, CBS, ESPN, ESPN2 and Fox. However, Hulu also includes SEC Network, ACC Network and Big Ten Network, which gets you all the necessary channels you’ll need for $10 cheaper than the previous option mentioned. As their saying goes, “Hulu has live sports.”

Hulu + Live TV is easily accessible by Mac or PC computers, Apple and Android devices, Roku, Fire TV, Apple TV, Chromecast, Xbox, Playstation 4 and some smart TVs. Try it for a week free here.

Sling TV

Price: $55 per month

SlingTV is full of options, and selecting the orange and blue ones for $35 per month will get you TV channels like ABC, ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN3, Fox, NBC Sports and even NFL Network. Select the “sports extra” add-on for an extra $11 per month and you can enjoy even more college football channels like SEC Network, SEC Network+, Pac-12 Network, ESPNU and even NBA TV (for the basketball fans out there).

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You can access SlingTV on devices like Fire TV, Apple TV, Chromecast, iOS, androidTV, Roku, Xbox One and more. The service has also offered a free three-day trial (though that may be subject to change), which I would suggest taking advantage of before diving in to the deep end.

fuboTV

Price: $65 per month

FuboTV’s channel list bombards customers with channels to watch college football live, such as ESPN, Fox, CBS, SEC Network, ACC Network, Big Ten Network and Pac-12 Network. Plus, their coverage extends beyond college sports and Saturday gamedays, because channels like NBA TV, NHL Network and MLB Network are available. The starter package, which costs $65 per month, should get you all you need.

Connecting to fuboTV is pretty easy. It’s supported by Apple, Android, Fire TV, Apple TV, Roku, Google Chromecast, Xbox One and more. Yes, there’s a free trial.

AT&T TV Now/DirecTV Stream

Price: $85 per month

AT&T TV Now is now DirecTV Stream as of 2021. Prices for plans start at $65 a month, but the good package here is what’s called the “Choice” package. It’s $85 and includes SEC Network, ACC Network, every major ESPN channel and even MLB Network. It’s a bit pricier than the other options on this list. Check here for the list of devices it’s supported on.

ESPN+

Price: $7 per month or $70 per year

My personal favorite to stream college football games every weekend. It’s easy to use. As long as your game is on an ESPN-affiliated channel, you’re golden.

ESPN+ is a must-have for fans across the country that want to watch college football online or any of the other thousands of exclusive live events ESPN offers. I’m not sure where else you’ll find games from the Big 12, Conference USA, American, and Sun Belt conferences.

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Live streaming on connected devices includes iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, Fire TV, Fire Tablet, Android Devices, Roku, Samsung Smart TV, Chromecast, Playstation 4, Xbox One, Xbox Series X and Oculus Go. For that price, why not?

CBS All Access/Paramount+

Price: $5 per month

CBS All Access is now Paramount+, and it is perfect for college football fans only interested in listening to Brad Nessler and Gary Danielson while browsing social media or perusing player stats.

This may be the route for SEC fans that want to catch games part of CBS Sports Network’s 2021 SEC schedule like Alabama against Florida on September 18 or Florida against Georgia on October 30. They’ll also carry the “SEC on CBS game of the week” which could include your favorite teams such as LSU, Tennessee, Arkansas or Auburn (and hey, maybe Texas soon). Pair this with ESPN+ and you really can’t go wrong while still having money left over to buy tailgate necessities.

Paramount+ can easily be viewed on Apple and Android devices, Chromecast, Xbox One, Playstation 4 and plenty more. Check here for the full list of supported devices.

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Patrick covered the Florida Gators during the forgettable Will Muschamp and Jim McElwain eras before spending two seasons writing for Major League Baseball. He's a baseball junkie who spends his days defending Derek Jeter and the Miami Marlins. He lives in South Florida but his heart belongs in Gainesville, Florida.
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