Well, we weren’t sure if it would even happen, but as of right now it looks like many college football teams are beginning their season. And barring any circumstances outside of our control, we’re hoping they play them all! And as a die hard fan, you want to know how you can watch college football online free without cable…

Well, never fear. Below you’ll find explanations of the best ways to stream college games for free and cheap using services like fuboTV (free trial). So read on to learn all about it.

 

What Channels Do I Need to Watch College Football Online Free?

If you look at the college football TV schedule, you’ll notice something right off the bat: ESPN Networks carry most of the games. In fact, it’s not even close. ESPN and it’s various channels broadcast like 90% of CFB games. After that, CBS networks carry some, FOX, along with regional sports channels in certain areas.

Here’s a list of the main channels you need to get the most college football possible:

  • ABC
  • NBC
  • CBS
  • FOX
  • FS1
  • FS2
  • ESPN
  • ESPN 2
  • ESPN 3
  • ESPNU
  • ESPN+ for smaller conferences
  • ACC Network
  • Big Ten Network
  • Pac-12 Network
  • SEC Network

Now, it used to be that you needed cable to watch these networks. In fact, cable was the only way to watch college football online in general… but it certainly was not cheap… much less free. However, that has changed. In recent years with the advent of the live streaming service. Think of these services kind of like Netflix, except they allow you to stream content live. Let’s take a look at 3 of them that will let you watch college football online.

 

3 Services That Make It Easy to Stream College Football in 2020

The following streaming services represent some of the best options out there for you to watch college football online. And since each offers a free trial, you can stream college football free for 3-7 days with each one, depending on the trial length. After that, you just pay month to month.

Monthly prices range anywhere from $30-$60, depending on the service and package size. All of these services allow you to stream on mobile, computer, tablet, and TV via Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire Stick, and more. Each comes with a cloud DVR, so you can record games after the fact.  So let’s take a quick look at each.

  1. fuboTV – fuboTV is a complete cable TV replacement package. This streaming service offers the following channels for CFB: NBCSN, CBSSN, FS1, FS2, BEINSports, BTN, Pac-12 Network, SEC Network, ACC Network, ESPN Networks,  Local ABC, NBC, CBS, and NBC in most areas. It also allows you to add on Pac 12 Network in Arizona, Bay Area, Oregon, Washington, Mountain, Los Angeles, and more, and FOX College Sports: Atlantic, Central, Pacific, and Stadium 1, 2 and 3. After trial, it’s $59.99 per month. Get the free trial here.
  2. Hulu + Live TV – You know Hulu as a Netflix type service. But it actually now has a live TV streaming service. For $55 a month, you get ESPN Networks, local channels, FS1, FS2, NBCSN, BTN, and SEC Network. You can try it free here.
  3. Sling TV – Sling TV is your cheapest option to watch college football online free. However, unlike the other services mentioned, the free trial only lasts 3 days. After that, you only have to pay $30 a month though for the Sling TV Orange package, which features the main ESPN Networks. However, you’ll need the Sling Blue package also to get FS1 and FS2, along with NBCSN. You can learn more about the Sling TV packages, as well as get the free trial here.

There you have it – how to watch college football online free and cheap. Don’t miss our guide on how to watch NFL online here. 

Lynn Miller