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How to watch the Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl

If you're a fan of the running game, you're going to enjoy Louisville and Mississippi State on Monday.


Kahron Spearman


Posted on Dec 30, 2019   Updated on May 19, 2021, 7:16 pm CDT

In an intriguing matchup in Nashville’s Nissan Stadium on Monday, the Mississippi State Bulldogs (6-6) will represent the SEC and face ACC delegate Louisville Cardinals (7-5) in the Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl.


Mississippi State’s offense, led by QB Garrett Schader and RB Kylin Hill, is heavily predicated on the run, with 226.9 rushing yards compared to 176.0 passing yards per game. They’d love to slow the game down to a grinding halt and gobble up the clock, which is certainly doable. Louisville has one of the worst defenses in the country, ranking 107th out of 130 FBS teams in total defense.

Defensively, though, the Bulldogs (66th in total defense) will also have their hands full, especially on the ground. Louisville averages 32.7 points per game (40th in FBS) and 442.8 total yards per game (41st in FBS). RB Javian Hawkins finished the regular season ninth in the nation in rushing with 1,420 yards. Louisville, as a team, ran for over 2,500 yards.

Here’s how to watch the Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl.

Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl

  • When: 4pm ET, Monday, Dec. 30
  • Where: Nissan Stadium in Nashville, Tennessee
  • Streaming: ESPN

How to stream Mississippi State vs. Louisville live: Watch the Music City Bowl

The following services offer a one-week trial and allow you to watch college football bowl games. 

1) Sling TV

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. (Sling Blue customers in select markets get NBC, where some matches appear; 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 and maximize your soccer-watching potential, 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. 


2) Hulu with Live TV

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Hulu 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.)


Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl: Notes

Simply put, the whole game will sit on whether Louisville can stop Mississippi from running the ball and dominating the time of possession. The Cardinals rank No. 115 nationally in rush defense (yes, 115 out of 130 FBS programs.) They give up 210.8 rushing yards per game. The extremely physical Mississippi State ranks No. 18 in FBS in rushing yards per game at 226.9. The Bulldogs will be bullies on offense; and if Louisville can’t stop them on third downs, and probably get themselves a takeaway or two, they will be serious trouble.

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*First Published: Dec 30, 2019, 9:00 am CST