Picked-over leftovers from Division I directional schools paid and put away, the second week begins the college football season in earnest, when four top-15 teams put themselves to the test.
Quarterback Sam Ehlinger declared Texas “back” after last season’s upset win over Georgia in the Sugar Bowl, proving they could compete with SEC heavyweights. But Joe Burrow and the favorited LSU Tigers will have much to say about their ongoing standing amongst the titans.
Let’s take a quick look at the difference-making games for Week 2: Below are six can’t-miss games from Week 2—along with how to stream them online.
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The following services, save for ESPN+, offer a one-week free trial and all carry ESPN and Fox Sports 1. Full schedule of games below.
1) Sling TV
- Sling TV pricing: $25-$40 per month (40% first 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 $25 per month. Sling Orange includes three ESPN channels, while Sling Blue includes sports channels like NFL Network, FS1 and FS2, 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.
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 the 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: $4.99 per month or $49.99 for 12 months
- Devices: Chromecast, Amazon Fire Stick and Fire TV, Apple TV, Android TV, Roku players and TV, Oculus Go, Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Samsung smart TVs, and iOS and Android devices
ESPN+ is a subscription service that extends ESPN’s existing website and app, carrying all MLS matches not on ESPN or FS1, as well as Serie A+, USL, Copa America, and FA Cup matches. It encompasses other sporting events as well, including 20 exclusive UFC Fight Night events per year, 180 NHL games, at least one MLB game a day for every day of the season, and a cornucopia of college sports.
ESPN+ also features the network’s sports talk programming, and it features original series starting with the entire 30 for 30 catalog ESPN made its name on. It also unlocks more content and fewer ads on the ESPN site.
- Cost: $44.99-$79.99 per month (after a 5-day free trial)
- PlayStation Vue devices: PlayStation 3 and 4, Roku, Amazon Fire Stick and Fire TV, Google Chromecast, Kodi, iOS and Android devices
- PlayStation Vue local channels: NBC, Fox, ABC, CBS (enter your ZIP code here to check your availability)
PlayStation Vue is a fantastic option for fans who already own a PlayStation console, but this streaming platform is available on a variety of devices. ESPN and FS1 are part of the Core package of channels, and the options increase at the Elite and Ultra levels.
- Cost: $44.99 per month (after a 7-day free trial)
- 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.)
5) YouTube TV
- Cost: $50 per month (after a 7-day free trial)
- 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)
College football 2019 schedule: 6 Can’t-miss Week 2 games
(No. 6) LSU at (No. 9) Texas, 7:30 ET | ESPN
Joe Burrow dominated Georgia Southern, in the Tigers’ 55-3 woodshedding of the Eagles. However, digging into the stats, the Ohio State transfer completed only three completions beyond 10 yards. Texas’ defense is an unknown, but you get the feeling the Ehlinger and Co. will be able to push deeper into LSU territory than Tigers coach Ed Orgeron would like. This will likely boil down to the turnover battle.
(No. 12) Texas A&M at (No. 1) Clemson, 3:30pm ET | ABC
Dabo Swinney and the national title-favorite Tigers will need to be locked in and loaded for Jimbo Fisher’s (moderate) upset-minded Aggies. Aggies QB Kellen Mond should not be overlooked, especially after throwing up 430 yards and three touchdowns on the Tigers last season. Do not be confused about what occurred in Clemson’s 52-14 waylaying of the new-look Georgia Tech. The running game, featuring Travis Etienne’s 205 yards and three scores, led the way. In fact, the hyped up Trevor Lawrence had a performance that could, at best, be called middling—especially considering how overmatched the Yellow Jackets were.
(No. 21) Syracuse at Maryland, 12pm ET | ESPN
This is a game Dino Babers’ Orange should win. They are slightly more talented squad, but it’s in College Park, where the Terrapins are sneaky. Maryland has issues though. For one, they dominated Howard, 79-0, as expected in playing a weak FCS opponent. But, somehow, the Bison were able to get occasional pressure on QB Josh Jackson, the gifted Virginia Tech transfer. How will the Terrapin offensive line hold up against an athletic and skilled Orange front seven?
(No. 25) Nebraska at Colorado, 3:30pm ET | Fox
Dig, if you will, a picture of two former Big Eight, then Big 12, powerhouses playing each other out of other conferences—Nebraska is now in the Big 10, with Colorado currently in the Pac-12. Neither close to their former ’80s and ’90s glories, the programs remain respectable and honor their histories enough to continue their rivalry. Nebraska sophomore QB Adrian Martinez looks like a special talent but needs to rebound from his bad game against South Alabama. Buffs running back Alex Fontenot ran for 125 and 3 TDs in their win over Colorado State. A similar performance should keep them in range.
Miami at North Carolina, 7pm ET | ACC Network
Mack Brown’s second stint as the Tarheels’ head coach started with a surprise win over South Carolina, and a dance. The latter is important, as it denotes a marked change in Brown’s approach in coaching. His awful end to a strong tenure at Texas left a sour taste, and a lesson to be learned about communication—and simply learning to have fun. Miami looks to continue its winning ways after an easy rebound win over Bethune-Cookman. The tale-tell of the game will be the matchup of North Carolina’s massive left tackle Charlie Heck against talented Miami defensive end Scott Patchan.
(No. 23) Stanford at USC, 10:30pm ET | ESPN
The story of this game will be all about QB play, with USC backup Kedon Slovis and (likely) Stanford No. 2 Davis Mills moving to the frontline. Trojan starter J.T. Daniels is out for the season with an ACL tear, suffered during last week’s win over Fresno State. K.J. Costello, apparently in concussion protocol after a forearm to the helmet versus Northwestern, is a no-go for the Cardinal. This means Slovis and former five-star recruit Mills will need to carry the load.
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