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Representing the Southeastern Conference and looking to top off a successful season, the No. 9 Florida Gators (10-2) make the short trip from Gainesville to Miami to take on the Atlantic Coast Conference runner-up No. 24 Virginia Cavaliers (9-4) at Hard Rock Stadium in the Capital One Orange Bowl.
The whole show will be about whether Virginia’s talented dual-threat quarterback Bryce Perkins (35 total touchdowns, 3,960 combined yards) can navigate the nation’s ninth-best defense in Florida in the program’s first-ever appearance in a New Year’s Six bowl game. The Gators are a heavy favorite (-14.5 on most lines) and with good reason: They are deep, fast, and punishing at the point of attack defensively.
If the Cavaliers’ blowout ACC championship loss to No. 3 Clemson—owners of the country’s best defense, at least statistically—is any indication, the Cavaliers can at least know they’ve already been in the belly of the beast. The problem is that Florida is just a lesser beast. Despite playing in a lesser conference, Virginia has no significant statistical advantage to hang its hat on, save that it will have the best player on the field in Perkins.
Florida’s offense has been pretty good in its own right. The Gators have outscored opponents 396-173 this season, pitching three shutouts with two other games holding their opponent to six points or less. Quarterback Kyle Trask has a 67.6 completion percentage with 2,636 yards and 24 touchdowns—a good season for the backup to Feleipe Franks, who had a season-ending injury.
Here’s how to watch Florida vs. Virginia in the Capital One Orange Bowl.
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Capital One Orange Bowl
- Location: Hard Rock Stadium, Miami
- Date: Dec. 30, 8pm ET
- Streaming: ESPN
How to stream Florida vs. Virginia live: Watch the Orange Bowl
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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; 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. Sports Extra: Sling Blue ($10 per month) also includes NFL RedZone.
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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.
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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.)
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- 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.)
Capital One Orange Bowl: Notes
In the biggest moment in the team’s history so far, can Virginia Cavaliers head coach Bronco Mendenhall bring the program its first New Year’s Six bowl game win and put the nation on notice? A win, or even a strong showing, against a pretty good team with Dan Mullen as the head coach will turn some heads. Mendenhall is surely hoping those heads will be those of prospective recruits and their coaches and parents.
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Kahron Spearman is a music and film critic whose work can also regularly be regularly found in the Austin Chronicle.