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How to watch the New Era Pinstripe Bowl online

Can Michigan State rebound from a lackluster regular season and decipher Wake Forest's intriguing read-option ground attack?


Kahron Spearman


Posted on Dec 27, 2019   Updated on May 19, 2021, 7:27 pm CDT

In the midst of a program downturn, Michigan State (6-6) meets with Atlantic Coast Conference delegate Wake Forest (8-4) for a Friday afternoon game at Yankee Stadium in the New Era Pinstripe Bowl.

Michigan State and Wake Forest are programs drifting in opposite directions. The Spartans were just in the College Football Playoff four years ago but have gone 26-24 since. They needed wins over Rutgers and Maryland to become bowl eligible and (somewhat) salvage their disappointing season. The reality in Lansing is that head coach Mark Dantonio isn’t pulling in the talent he once did or making future pros out of lower- and middle-tier recruits, in the vein of Le’Veon Bell.

The Demon Deacons, though, have energetic head coach Dave Clawson, who’s found talent who usually wouldn’t have Wake on their radar. Receiver Sage Surratt is one example. He won’t be available for the game, with a shoulder injury, but he will be back as one of the nation’s best receivers next season.

Wake Forest’s offense is ranked 12th in the nation at 473.4 yards a game (for 32.8 points per game). It’s an interesting attack that features fast tempo. It has the most offensive plays per game in the nation (83.7). However, its brand of read-option can sometimes take 2 to 3 seconds at the “mesh point” before decisions are made. This means the Spartans have to be patient, precise, and punishing at the point of attack.

Here’s how to watch Michigan State vs. Wake Forest in the New Era Pinstripe Bowl.


New Era Pinstripe Bowl

  • Location: Yankee Stadium, New York City
  • Date: Dec. 27, 3:30pm ET
  • Streaming: ESPN

How to stream Michigan State vs. Wake Forest live: Watch the Pinstripe 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.)


New Era Pinstripe Bowl: Why it matters

Wake Forest quarterback Jamie Newman is a big, strong, physical player who’s thrived with the read-option game plan. Throughout the video below, you’ll see what Michigan State will contend with, including some highly unusual delays.

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*First Published: Dec 27, 2019, 6:30 am CST