This year’s PlayStation Fiesta Bowl is a Saturday night showdown, making up one of the semifinals in the College Football Playoff. The No. 3 Clemson Tigers (13-0) travels to the Arizona desert as ACC champions to take on the No. 2 Ohio State Buckeyes (13-0), for a marquee matchup at State Farm Stadium.
Kickoff is set for 6 pm! 🏈🌵 https://t.co/YPwNZ5IAZh— PlayStation Fiesta Bowl (@Fiesta_Bowl) December 8, 2019
Ohio State sophomore QB Justin Fields, who finished third in the Heisman Trophy voting, threw for 40 touchdowns this season, on 9.6 yards per attempt (which ranks sixth in FBS) and 6.52 air yards per attempt (which ranks second), with just a single interception. This means Clemson’s talented secondary, led by safety Grant Delpit, will be tested early and often. J.K. Dobbins, who finished sixth in Heisman Trophy voting, will give the Tigers a special kind of headache. He’s rushed for 1,829 yards and 20 touchdowns so far this season. Edge rusher Chase Young led the nation with 16.5 sacks and was also a Heisman contender, finishing fourth in voting. He’s a world eater of the highest order and will be next to impossible to block for four whole quarters.
Clemson, though, has plenty of experience in national championship pressure. QB Trevor Lawrence has played better every week after a terrible start to his 2019 season. Travis Etienne leads the Tigers in rushing with exactly 1,500 yards, and can also catch out of the backfield. As good as the Buckeye defense has been, Clemson’s defense, led by junior linebacker Isaiah Simmons, is ranked first in total defense and hasn’t allowed more than 20 points all season long.
Given the closeness in overall depth and talent, this semifinal feels like one that will be decided via penalties and special teams. But even those battles will live on a razor’s edge, as the teams are comparable in third-down defense, charged penalties, net punting, and turnover margin.
Here’s how to watch the PlayStation Fiesta Bowl.
PlayStation Fiesta Bowl
- When: 8pm ET, Saturday, Dec. 28
- Location: State Farm Stadium, Glendale, Arizona
- Streaming: ESPN
How to stream Clemson vs. Ohio State live: Watch the Fiesta Bowl
The following services offer a one-week trial.
1) Sling TV
- Sling TV pricing: $30-$45 per month
- Sling TV devices: Amazon Fire Stick and Fire TV, Apple TV, Android TV, Roku, Xbox One, Google Chromecast, Oculus Go, Microsoft Edge, and iOS and Android devices
- Sling TV local channels: NBC, Fox (check your local availability here)
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 NBCSN, NFL Network, and local channels. (Sling Blue customers in select markets get NBC; see if yours has it here. Sling Blue also brings Fox News Channel, MSNBC, and Headline News as part of its regular slate of channels, with Fox Business Channel available for those who get the Sling Blue News Extra add-on.
If you’re Team “Why Not Both,” Sling Orange + Blue combines the two for just $45 per month.
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.
To add beIN SPORTS, you’ll want to add either Sports Extra: Sling Orange ($5 per month) or Sports Extra: Sling Blue ($10 per month). (The latter also includes NFL RedZone.)
Spanish-speaking viewers have quite a few options. For bilingual families, you might consider the Español: Best of Spanish TV package for either Sling Orange or Sling Blue for 24/7 specialty channel LaLiga TV and beIN SPORTS Connect: Channels 4-9, which features matches from La Liga, Ligue 1 and Copa del Rey, among others. Both packages cost $5 per month after your free trial. Sling TV Latino is another Spanish-language package for $10 per month, including NBC Universo, History en Español, and—of import to soccer fans—four beIN SPORTS channels. (And choosing Sling TV Latino + Sling Orange for $30 per month gives you access to ESPN Deportes.) For more information, check out our guide to Sling TV channels and our Sling TV review.
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.
- Cost: $54.99 per month
- Hulu devices: Roku, Apple TV, Google Chromecast, Amazon Fire Stick and Fire TV, Xbox One, Xbox 360, Nintendo Switch, and iOS and Android devices
- Hulu local channels: ABC, CBS, Fox, NBC, the CW (check your local availability here)
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
- Cost: $50 per month
- YouTube TV devices: Google Chromecast, Roku, Apple TV, Android TV, Xbox One, iOS and Android devices
- YouTube TV local channels: NBC, CBS, Fox, ABC, the CW (enter your ZIP code here to check your availability)
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.)
PlayStation Fiesta Bowl: Notes
Ohio State QB Justin Fields said during Tuesday’s media event that his injured knee, which bothered him in the Big Ten championship game against Wisconsin, is at about “80 to 85 percent.”
“My knee is not where I want it to be right now, but I think with treatment every day and just resting it every day, hopefully, it will be better by the game,” said the Heisman Trophy candidate, adding that he would wear a lighter knee brace than the one he wore in the Big Ten title game.
“I’m just going to hope and pray that I feel better by game day.”
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