Your teams have been recruiting and signing new players all summer, and now it’s time to see the fresh blood. That’s the beauty of college football—new players to love every new season. Grab your alma mater gear because it’s time to watch college football.
Best ways to stream college football
Let’s get to the meat of it, then. Here are your overall best options for watching college football:
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Channels for streaming college football
The tricky thing about college football is the sheer number of channels involved. Here’s a breakdown of all the major college football channels and which services carry them.
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|ABC||(135 local networks)||(96 local networks)||(34 local networks)|
|Big Ten Network|
|CBS||(140 local networks)||(99 local networks)||(119 local networks)|
|ESPN Goal Line|
|FOX||(173 local networks)||(98 local networks)||(33 local networks)|
|NBC||(144 local networks)||(96 local networks)||(39 local networks)|
Now let’s run through each of your options for streaming college football and weigh out the pros and cons.
#1 Hulu with Live TV: More college football than anyone else
What we like: Has the Goal Line channel
Drawbacks: Limited DVR
Who it’s perfect for: Fans who love college football and the occasional binge-watch
If you’re looking for the most college football access, look no further—Hulu with Live TV is the answer for you. You can try out Hulu Live and watch college football for free with a 7-day trial.
Goal Line, ESPN, and more
Let’s answer the deepest question of your soul—yes, Hulu Live carries the most college football coverage in the (current) streaming universe.
With Hulu Live, you’ve got all the ESPNs, the SEC Networks, the Big Ten, strong local channel coverage, and 50 other channels on top of that for $39.99 a month. You won’t find a better price for a package that has all those college football channels.
Have you heard about the Goal Line channel?
On top of everything else, you get access to Hulu’s entire streaming library for free. Switch from watching college football over to binge-watching Friday Night Lights with the touch of a button.
50 hours of cloud DVR storage and on-demand content for days
Yes, you get 50 hours of cloud DVR storage for free, which is nice, but compared to YouTube TV or PlayStation Vue’s unlimited cloud DVR storage, 50 hours just feels so finite.
If you decide to go with Hulu Live to stream college football, you need to brush up on your time management skills. No, we don’t mean cutting down on watching TV (quite the contrary)—we mean deleting stuff from your DVR after you watch it. If you keep that up, you’ll have plenty of room to record college football games.
Check out our Hulu with Live TV review for more details on all the features that come with your subscription.
Hulu with Live TV device compatibility
You can stream college football with Hulu Live on pretty much any major streaming device, like Apple TV, Chromecast, and Roku.
#2 YouTube TV: College football with unlimited cloud DVR
What we like: Has the most local channel coverage
Drawbacks: No Goal Line channel
Who it’s perfect for: Fans who want to record everything
You’re familiar with YouTube, right? It’s home to the best college football highlights. Well, now you can watch live college football and highlights from the same service.
You can watch college football for free with a 7-day YouTube TV trial.
Your best bet for streaming college football on local channels
When it comes to streaming local channels (which is much harder than it sounds), YouTube TV is basically the Clemson Tigers (who are currently ranked #1) of streaming services. Considering tons of college football airs on ABC, CBS, and FOX, feel confident you’ll pick up those games with YouTube TV.
Along with your local channels, YouTube TV gets you almost all the college football channels, including all the ESPNs, the SEC and Big Ten Network, FOX Sports, FS1, and over 50 other channels to go with it.
Record the entire college season
People throw around the word “unlimited” too much these days, but here’s the good news—YouTube TV’s cloud DVR is legit unlimited.
We set recordings for every college football game just to test things out. Having to plan our whole life around kickoff gets annoying, so It’s really nice knowing you can watch college football whenever it’s convenient. Plus, commercial skipping lets you watch more football in half the time.
If you want to learn more about YouTube TV, check out our full review for more details.
YouTube TV Live TV device compatibility
You can stream college football on YouTube TV with any of the popular streaming devices like Apple TV, Chromecast, and Roku.
#3 PlayStation Vue: Unlimited cloud DVR with the most CBS coverage
What we like: The smoothest streaming experience
Drawbacks: A little more expensive
Who it’s perfect for: Fans looking for bigger channel packages
Whether you own a PlayStation console or not, PlayStation Vue hooks you up with tons of college football coverage. You can watch college football for free with a 5-day PlayStation Vue trial.
All the college football channels and room for upgrades
Where Hulu Live and YouTube TV each have only one channel package to choose from, PlayStation Vue has four different packages to choose from.
For all of your college football needs, we recommend going with the Core package, which costs $49.99 a month. It’ll get you all the college football essentials, like the Pac-12 Network, SEC Network, local channels, and over 50 other channels.
If you’re thinking to yourself, “Fifty channels? Fifty channels isn’t nearly enough for my viewing needs!” you’re in luck, friend. There are two channel packages above the Core package that get you up to 80 channels, including premiums like HBO (home of Game of Thrones and Hard Knocks).
Unlimited cloud DVR
Just like YouTube TV, PlayStation Vue includes unlimited cloud DVR with your subscription. Go ahead—hit record on every single college football game for the entire season, and don’t stop to think about your storage for a even second.
One thing you should know—all your recorded content does have an expiration date. Everything you record on PlayStation Vue saves for 30 days, so make sure to not hoard a backlog too big for you to catch up on. Just think of your recordings as milk in the fridge, and make sure to watch before it gets spoiled.
PlayStation Vue device compatibility
The name of the service makes it sounds like you need a PlayStation to stream college football online, but you don’t. You can watch college football with PlayStation Vue on any of the popular devices, including Apple TV, Chromecast, and Roku.
#4 DISH: The most reliable way to watch college football
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What we like: Internet connection doesn’t matter
Drawbacks: Two-year contract
Who it’s perfect for: Fans living in rural areas
If streaming isn’t an option for you or you prefer traditional TV service, we highly recommend signing up for DISH.
For most college football fans, it’s an easy decision going with DISH over other satellite options considering the fact it carries the Pac-12 Network, and DIRECTV does not. Don’t worry—it has every other channel you need to watch college football too.
America’s Top 120 Plus package
DISH offers a couple of different channel packages, but the cheapest one with all of our college football channels is America’s Top 120 Plus for $69.99 a month.
Name a college football channel, and you’re probably getting it with this package. From the SEC Network to the Pac-12 Network, including all your ESPNs and FS1, this package has got you covered.
Obligatory two-year contract
You know how streaming services don’t require any sort of contract? Yeah, that isn’t the case with satellite TV.
The only way you’ll get out of your contact is by incurring some serious early termination fees (ETFs), and nobody likes that. If you decide to go with DISH, just make sure you’re committed to the contract.
Sign up for DISH now
You can sign up for DISH here.
What about internet and cable bundles to watch college football?
It’s true—if you bundle your cable and internet together, you can get a better bargain. Definitely consider this option if you’re planning on streaming college football in the future. You’ll need internet speeds of at least 25 Mbps to get a solid stream, which means you might need to upgrade your internet.
Cable and internet providers all depend on where you live. Let’s make this easy: just enter your ZIP code and take a look at your options.
It’s time to watch college football
We’ve waited all summer, and now it’s finally time to start watching college football. We’re going to find out if our alma maters can make a run at the most prestigious bowls in the country, and we can’t wait to watch it.