If Thanksgiving is for the NFL, the holidays are for college football. Over the course of more than three weeks, the country’s best teams will compete in season-capping bowl games, leading up to the college football playoff and the national championship game on Jan. 13. It’s a glorious time, with otherwise-unlikely matchups unfolding on a daily basis. Here’s a complete guide to the college bowl games on TV today and the absolute best way to stream them online.
How to stream 2019 college bowl games
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.)
College bowl games today on TV: The complete list of 2019-20 games
All times ET.
Saturday, Dec. 28
Cotton Bowl: Memphis vs. Penn State, noon ET | ESPN
Camping World Bowl: Notre Dame vs. Iowa State, noon ET | ABC
Peach Bowl: Oklahoma vs. LSU, 4pm ET | ESPN
Fiesta Bowl: Clemson vs. Ohio State, 7pm ET | ESPN
Monday, Dec. 30
First Responder Bowl: WKU vs. Western Michigan, 12:30pm ET | ESPN
Music City Bowl: Mississippi State vs. Louisville, 4pm ET | ESPN
RedBox Bowl: California vs. Illinois, 4pm ET | Fox
Orange Bowl: Florida vs. Virginia, 8pm ET | ESPN
Tuesday, Dec. 31
Belk Bowl: Virginia Tech vs. Kentucky, noon ET | ESPN
Sun Bowl: Florida State vs. Arizona State, 2pm ET | CBS
Liberty Bowl: Navy vs. Kansas State, 3:45pm ET | ESPN
Arizona Bowl: Georgia State vs. Wyoming, 4:30pm ET | CBS Sports Network
Alamo Bowl: Utah vs. Texas, 7:30pm ET | ESPN
Wednesday, Jan. 1
Outback Bowl: Minnesota vs. Auburn, 1pm ET | ESPN
Citrus Bowl: Michigan vs. Alabama, 1pm ET | ABC
Rose Bowl: Oregon vs. Wisconsin, 5pm ET | ESPN
Sugar Bowl: Georgia vs. Baylor, 8:45pm ET | ESPN
Thursday, Jan. 2
Birmingham Bowl: Boston College vs. Cincinnati, 3pm ET | ESPN
Gator Bowl: Indiana vs. Tennessee, 7pm ET | ESPN
Friday, Jan. 3
Idaho Potato Bowl: Ohio vs. Nevada, 3:30pm ET | ESPN
Saturday, Jan. 4
Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl: Southern Miss vs. Tulane, 11:30am ET | ESPN
Monday, Jan. 6
Lending Tree Bowl: Louisiana vs. Miami (Ohio), 7:30pm ET | ESPN
Monday, Jan. 13
National championship TBD (Peach and Fiesta Bowl winners), 8pm ET | ESPN
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