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How to watch the Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic online

Can Kenneth Gainwell and the explosive Memphis offense run wild on Penn State's fifth-ranked rushing defense to secure a major bowl win?


Kahron Spearman


Posted on Dec 28, 2019   Updated on May 19, 2021, 7:23 pm CDT

The red-hot No. 17 Memphis Tigers (12-1) come to Arlington, Texas, as American Athletic Conference champions to take on tough Big 10 delegate Penn State Nittany Lions (10-2) for a Saturday afternoon matchup at AT&T Stadium in the 84th Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic.

The Nittany Lions have reached double-digit wins for the third time in four seasons, with losses to Minnesota and College Football Playoff participant Ohio State. This is the third New Year’s Six bowl since 2016 for head coach James Franklin’s program. Penn State’s steady offense is led by quarterback Sean Clifford, who’s put up 2,521 passing yards and 22 touchdowns. Running back Journey Brown leads the team with 688 rushing yards and 10 scores. K.J. Hamler is the team’s leading receiver with 54 catches for 858 yards and eight touchdowns.

It’s the stout Penn State defense that carries the bulk of the weight, though, as the 24th-ranked defense in the nation and 5th in rush defense (97 yards per game).

Conversely, Memphis boasts the 10th-best total offense in the country, rushing for 196 yards per game. Talk about the rubber meeting the road.

Tigers quarterback Brady White leads the potent offense with 3,560 passing yards and 33 touchdowns. Redshirt freshman running back Kenneth Gainwell has been one of the nation’s best all-around talents, averaging 150.5 yards per game from scrimmage (sixth in the FBS). He’s gained 1,425 rushing yards and 12 touchdowns, with 44 receptions for another 532 yards and three scores.

Here’s how to watch Memphis vs. Penn State in the Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic.


Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic

  • Location: AT&T Stadium, Arlington, Texas
  • Date: Dec. 28, 12pm ET
  • Streaming: ESPN

How to stream Memphis vs. Penn State live: Watch the Cotton Bowl

The following services offer a one-week trial.

1) Sling TV

Sling offers a ton of live sports. Sling TV provides two base channel package options, each priced at $30 per month. Sling Orange includes three ESPN channels, while Sling Blue includes sports channels like NFL Network, NBCSN, and local channels. If you’re Team “Why Not Both,” Sling Orange + Blue combines the two for just $45 per month. Sports Extra: Sling Blue ($10 per month) also includes NFL RedZone.

Other features include a Free Cloud DVR tier for all subscribers (allowing 10 hours of recording a month), the ability to record all live linear channels, and no VOD preemption on any channels. New subscribers get $10 off the first month.


How to use AirTV with Sling

AirTV solves one of Sling’s biggest problems: The inability to receive all of your local channels. By purchasing a basic AirTV for $79.99 or the AirTV Player for $119.99, you can merge those local channels into your Sling TV, (or on your mobile device if you have the basic AirTV). As the Daily Dot wrote in its AirTV review, “It’s practically magic.”

The basic AirTV is a dual-tuner streaming device, while the AirTV Player is basically an upgraded Chromecast that has Netflix preinstalled. You’ll still need to own an HD antenna because even though AirTV gets you access to your local channels, it doesn’t actually physically show them to you.

But AirTV—which has no monthly fee—serves to strengthen one of Sling’s biggest weaknesses compared to other live streaming services like Hulu with Live TV, YouTube TV, and PlayStation Vue. All those services have plenty of local channels. While select NFL and college football games (on Fox, FS1, and FS2) are no longer on Sling, you can still catch Fox games with AirTV.


2) Hulu with Live TV

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Hulu with Live TV

Hulu with Live TV includes sports programming among its offerings, including ESPN and FS1, and as a subscriber to the service, you’ll get free access to Hulu’s sizable on-demand library. (Check out the full list of Hulu Live TV channels.)


3) YouTube TV

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YouTube TV

YouTube TV is a great option for college football: Fox, ABC, NBC, CBS, FS1, FS2, ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN News, and ESPNU are all here and offer a nearly 360 programming platter of action. (Take a look at the full list of YouTube TV channels here.)


Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic: Why it matters

Coaching matters—and Memphis will be without its head coach of the previous four seasons. Mike Norvell left the program to take over at Florida State. Memphis named deputy head coach and offensive line coach Ryan Silverfield as its new head coach.

Penn State will also be without a main cog in its coaching staff, as offensive coordinator Ricky Rahne left the team to become the head coach at Old Dominion.

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*First Published: Dec 28, 2019, 3:00 am CST