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How to watch Walk-On’s Independence Bowl online

Once a proud, incredibly successful program, Miami has seen better days. Can it end the season on an uptick against Louisiana Tech?


Kahron Spearman


Posted on Dec 26, 2019   Updated on May 19, 2021, 7:31 pm CDT

The Louisiana Tech Bulldogs (9-3) will shuttle over from Ruston to Shreveport to meet up with the Miami Hurricanes (6-6) on Thursday at Independence Stadium in Walk-On’s Independence Bowl.

Once a proud, incredibly successful program, Miami has seen better days. It has somehow become a middling location for three- and low-four-star talent, even out of Florida’s fertile football grounds. As it stands, it’s unlikely Louisiana Tech will feel any fear for the Hurricanes, especially now that Miami will be without a number of playmakers on the defensive line. 

The Bulldogs, though, give up a lot of yards, ranking 69th in the nation in total defense (390.3 yards allowed per game). It will likely give up even more, with star cornerback Amik Robertson sitting to prepare for the NFL draft. Miami quarterback Jarren Williams will have tremendous opportunities downfield with Tech’s lack of depth in the defensive backfield.

Here’s how to watch Miami vs. Louisiana Tech in Walk-On’s Independence Bowl.


Walk-On’s Independence Bowl

  • Location: Independence Stadium, Shreveport, Louisiana
  • Date: Dec. 26, 4pm ET
  • Streaming: ESPN

How to stream Miami vs Louisiana Tech live: Watch the Independence 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 $25 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 $40 per month. Sports Extra: Sling Blue ($10 per month) also includes NFL RedZone.

For $10 extra per month, you can get NFL RedZone via the Sling Blue Sports Extra package.


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.)


Independence Bowl: Why it matters

Earlier this month, talented linebacker Michael Pinckney became the fourth Hurricane to pull out of the bowl game, joining edge rusher Trevon Hill, wide receiver Jeff Thomas, and defensive end Jonathan Garvin, all believing they have a chance to be drafted within the first three rounds in the NFL draft.

The loss of playmakers, especially on defense, will most definitely help the Bulldogs. In fact, most of ESPN’s College GameDay crew not only picked Louisiana Tech to win, but they also used it as an opportunity to pile on.

Needless to say, a loss to Louisiana Tech would turn the season from underwhelming to disastrous.

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*First Published: Dec 26, 2019, 7:00 am CST