While other sports may be the national pastime, college football is a truly American passion. (If only because we're the only country that plays American football. But I digress.) Millions of fans gather in campus stadiums on Saturdays each fall to root on their school and their team. Even more fans tune in on gameday and gamenights to watch the best teams in college football compete for glory and a shot at a national championship. You no longer need to pay sky high monthly bills just to be a part of the action. It's time for a deep dive into how to watch college football without cable.

When we discuss college football here, we specifically mean the 130 teams of the NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision, or FBS. These teams take part in the highest level of college competition, and are the only ones eligible for the College Football Playoff created in 2014.

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2019 College Football Division-1 schedule

What's important this week? Every game is important because it is Conference Championship weekend. There are ten Division-1 Conference Championship games being played, with one on Friday and the other nine on Saturday. These games will help decide the final rankings for the College Football Playoff, and influence slotting for other major Bowl games.

Conference Championship Weekend

All times are Eastern.

Friday, December 6

  • 8 p.m., Pac-12 Championship, (13) Oregon vs. (5) Utah, ABC

Saturday, December 7

  • Noon, Big 12 Championship, (7) Baylor vs. (6) Oklahoma, ABC
  • Noon, Sun Belt Championship, Louisiana vs. (21) Appalachian State, ESPN
  • Noon, MAC Championship, Miami (OH) vs. Central Michigan, ESPN2
  • 1:30 p.m., Conference USA Championship, UAB vs. Florida Atlantic, CBSSN
  • 3:30 p.m., American Athletic Championship, (20) Cincinnati vs. (17) Memphis, ABC
  • 4 p.m., SEC Championship, (4) Georgia vs. (2) LSU, CBS
  • 4 p.m., Mountain West Championship, Hawai'i vs. (19) Boise State, ESPN
  • 7:30 p.m., ACC Championship, (3) Clemson vs. (23) Virginia, ABC
  • 8 p.m., Big Ten Championship, (1) Ohio State vs. (8) Wisconsin, FOX

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College Football channels

College Football draws big crowds and big ratings, so FBS football games are in high demand by TV networks that air sports. Unlike the NFL, which airs on only five channels, there are over 20 national networks and even more regional channels that cover college football games. Most games are on Saturdays, but college football has expanded out to include more Thursday night games, and occasionally other special game days and times. Here is a list of the major networks that will cover college football games in 2019

  • ABC
  • CBS
  • CBS Sports Network
  • ESPN
  • ESPN2
  • ESPNews
  • ESPN3
  • ESPN+
  • ESPN College Extra
  • Fox
  • FS1
  • FS2
  • Fox College Sports Atlantic
  • Fox College Sports Central
  • Fox College Sports Pacific
  • NBC
  • NFL Network
  • Stadium
  • ACC Network
  • Big Ten Network
  • Longhorn Network
  • SEC Network

Best ways to watch college football without cable

With so many different ways to watch college football, it can be hard to pick a way to watch without cable TV. Some services may be better based on the specific team or conference you root for, and we have suggestions and full breakdowns linked below. If you are a big fan of all things college football, there is one suggestion for the best overall way to stream the most games easily without cable or satellite.

Best Overall: Hulu with Live TV

College Football's best streaming option coast to coast is Hulu with Live TV. At only $45 a month, after a one week free trial, fans get access to nearly every network with college football action this season, including several of the conference networks. Hulu with Live TV also offers local feeds from all the major networks, but fans should be sure to check their zip code to find their local channels. And Hulu includes the highly sought-after ACC Network.

Hulu and Hulu with Live TV very quickly have become a must-try service. There's the full catalog of shows and original content like The Handmaid's Tale, and you'll also get a full slate of sports and local channels, too.

More on Hulu with Live TV:

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Hulu with Live TV

So much college football

Hulu doesn't just have a huge back catalog of shows — it also has live TV. And that includes your local channels as well as a few college-specific options.

For everything not on TV: ESPN+

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There's more college football every week than could ever be fit into a single TV schedule. That's where ESPN+ comes in. It's the all-digital arm of the storied sports network, and each week it has a slate of college football games that you just can't get anywhere else. It's available on your phone, tablets, web browser — and, of course, on your TV.

  • The cost: $4.99 a month
  • Watch ESPN+ on: Android, iOS, Roku, Apple TV, Android TV, Chromecast, AirPlay, Amazon Fire TV, web browsers.

More: See this week's college football schedule on ESPN+

All the sports


College football, and so much more

Get all the college football that's not on TV — plus so many other sports and original series — on pretty much any device you own.

Best Picture Quality: Fubo TV in 4K

This season, Fubo TV has college football in 4K available to stream. Sports are a perfect pairing for 4K broadcasts, and once fans experience ultra-high def sports they want more of it. In fact, it is hard for fans to go back to non-4K video. Fubo TV also supports 60 frames per second on almost every channel they offer, so all of the face paced football action should look super smooth.

If your setup supports 4K, you really should give Fubo TV 4K a try. Fubo TV includes 4K broadcasts in its base $55-a-month plan with no extra cost, so it is easy to take it for a spin.

  • The cost: $55 a month after a one week trial
  • Watch Fubo TV on: Apple TV, Android TV, Amazon Fire TV, Roku, Chromecast, iOS, Android and web browsers
  • Local channels on Fubo TV: CBS, Fox, NBC and CW. Find your locals here.

More on Fubo TV:

College football

Fubo TV

If it's on Fubo in 4K, you want it

Not every sporting event is broadcast is 4K resolution. But if it is — and if Fubo is carrying it — you owe it to yourself to give it a watch.

College Football Conferences

The Power Five

The Power Five is a term used to describe five major college football conferences. They are the ACC, Big Ten, Big 12, Pac-12 and SEC. The Power Five conferences are typically the best conferences in NCAA football, and the top teams from the Power Five regularly qualify for the playoffs. Fans of teams in the Power Five tend to be very loyal to their conference, so we have selected the best streaming option tailored specifically for fans of each member conference.

Best way to watch ACC college football: Hulu with Live TV

Learn how to watch ACC football & ACC Network without cable

Best way to watch Big Ten college football: Hulu with Live TV

  • The cost: $45 a month after a one week free trial
  • Big Ten Football on Hulu - Yes, Hulu has ABC, ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU, Fox, FS1 and CBSSN so it is providing everything needed for Big Ten football games
  • Big Ten Network on Hulu - Yes

Yes, Hulu

Hulu with Live TV

All the football you can ever watch

We've mentioned Hulu before, right? Because it's a serious player when it comes to college footbal, and is an option you absolutely should consider.

Learn how to watch Big Ten football & Big Ten Network without cable

Best way to watch Big 12 college football: AT&T TV Now: Max Plan

  • The cost: $70 a month after a free trial
  • Local channels on AT&T TV Now: ABC, CBS, Fox, NBC and more. Find your locals here.
  • Big 12 Football on AT&T TV Now: Total coverage, including ABC, Fox, ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU, ESPN3, FS1, FS2 and if you live in certain regional areas, the Longhorn Network
  • Longhorn Network on AT&T TV Now - Yes, available as a regional sports network near University of Texas.

Go Long for Longhorn Network


One of the few ways to snag the Longhorn Network

AT&T TV Now (the new name of DirecTV Now) has probably the deepest channel lineup. The Max Plan delivers all the channels you need to watch tons of Big 12 football action, including the Longhorn Network.

Learn how to watch Big 12 football & the Longhorn Network without cable

Best way to watch Pac-12 college football: Sling TV Orange + Blue

  • The cost: $40 a month after your first month for $25
  • Local channels on Sling TV: NBC and Fox on Sling Blue. Local on demand feeds on Sling Orange. Find your local channels here.
  • Pac-12 Football on Sling TV: Mostly, because Sling has ABC, ESPN, ESPN2, Fox, and FS1. It only lacks CBSSN, so there will be a few Pac-12 games missing.
  • Pac-12 Network on Sling TV - Yes, available as part of a Sports Extra add on for $10 more per month

Or if you're a slinger

Sling Orange

You'll need an add-on

Sling remains one of the more economical of the major streaming services. But to fill out your college football coverage, you'll need to buy the Sports Extra, too.

Learn how to watch Pac-12 football & Pac-12 Network without cable

Best way to watch SEC college football: Hulu with Live TV

  • The cost: $45 a month after a one week free trial
  • SEC Football on Hulu - Yes, Hulu has CBS, CBSSN, ABC, ESPN, ESPNU, Fox, and FS1, giving you all the networks you need for SEC football games
  • SEC Network on Hulu - Yes

Learn how to watch SEC football & SEC Network without cable

The Group of Five

College football is more than just the Power Five conferences. The Group of Five refers to the AAC, Conference USA, MAC, Mountain West and Sun Belt. While they may not be in the College Football Playoffs every year, teams in the Group of Five play with a high level of intensity, and the games can be thrilling.

Best way to watch Group of Five college football: YouTube TV

  • The cost: $50 a month after a free trial
  • Local channels on YouTube TV: ABC, CBS, Fox, NBC and more. Find your locals here.
  • The Group of Five College Football on YouTube TV: Total coverage, including ABC, Fox, CBSSN, ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU, FS1, FS2 and the NFL Network.

YouTube TV excels by keeping things simple. Live streaming channels come in just one plan from YouTube TV. This includes all of the channels needed to watch a wide range of college football action for The Group of Five Conferences, including every local channel in every market with YouTube TV.

Google's greatest

YouTube TV

It's easy, and it has football

YouTube TV is one of the more simple streaming services, with a single plan, a ton of channels — and the ACC Network.

Best Low Cost Combo: ESPN+ and antenna

If you want to watch some college football for less, a great option is to combine college football streaming on ESPN+ with an over-the-air antenna. For only $5 a month, ESPN+ is packing plenty of college football every weekend of the season. They have a few games from teams like Kansas, Baylor and Syracuse, and extra coverage on conferences like the Conference USA, MAC, MEAC, Sun Belt and more. Add an over-the-air antenna to your setup, and pick up even more games, including weekly slots for the biggest teams on ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox. If you have an over-the-air streaming device, you can even watch these games on all of your devices. With over 20 channels covering the sport, an antenna may not be enough for some, but casual fans looking to have college football games to choose from will be very happy with ESPN+ and over-the-air broadcasts.

Learn how to watch college football games on ESPN+

Listen to College Football live on SiriusXM

You can catch every play from the biggest college football games on the go with SiriusXM. The service has live play by play coverage of college football games in the major conferences all season long.

Sirius XM has a dedicated channels for the major conferences, including all of the Power Five. These radio stations include coverage of games along with conference specific talk and analysis. It is available in your vehicle, or streaming to your mobile devices.

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