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How to stream the 2018 college bowl games

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Whether you’re stuck at work, on the move, or hosting family, it’s easy to stream the 2018 college bowl games. With the right live TV streaming service, you catch every single bowl game, no satellite dish, fine print, or long-term contracts required. In fact, each of the services listed below offers a seven-day trial, meaning you can even stream games for free.

The 2018 college bowl games will broadcast mostly on the ESPN network, but some games will also be featured on FS1, ABC, Fox, and CBS Sports Network. One quick thing to note: Most of the games being broadcast on ABC will also air on ESPN3, which you can stream as a channel via Sling TV or by using your subscription credentials from any of the services below on the WatchESPN app or ESPN’s official site.

Here’s everything you need to know and the complete 2018 college bowl game schedule.

Stream 2018 college bowl games: How to watch online for free

1) Hulu with Live TV

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Hulu with Live TV is a one-stop shop for streaming entertainment. Every subscription comes with free access to Hulu’s deep catalog of on-demand TV shows, 2018 new releases, funny movies, and Hulu original series. That’s in addition to 50-plus channels that include everything you need to stream college bowl games: ESPN and ESPN 2, FS1 and FS2, ABC, Fox, and CBS Sports Network, not to mention SEC Network and Big Ten Network. (Here’s a complete guide to Hulu Live TV channels.)


2) Sling TV

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On paper, Sling TV is your cheapest bet for streaming the 2018 college bowl games. At just $25 per month, Sling Orange offers a suite of ESPN channels, but FS1 and FS2, local channels, and regional sports networks are frustratingly locked behind Sling Blue, also $25 per month. The good news: You can combine the two (Sling Orange + Blue) for just $40 per month. While Sling TV doesn’t carry ABC or CBS Sports Network, new subscribers are eligible to receive a free HD antenna. If you really want to go all-in, be sure to add the Sling Blue Sports Extra pack. It costs an extra $10 per month but gets you Pac-12 Network, NFL RedZone, and specialty channels like NBA TV, beIN Sports, and NHL Network. (Here’s a complete guide to Sling TV channels.)


3) DirecTV Now

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DirecTV Now’s Just Right package

If you want to go big, you want DirecTV Now. In fact, one of DirecTV Now’s five channel packages is actually called Go Big, and it’s no joke. The service tops out at more than 125 channels, including everything you need to stream college football bowl games (and a whole lot more you don’t). If you happen to be an AT&T Unlimited customer, you’ll save $25 per month on whichever package you choose. (You can view the full DirecTV Now channels list here.)


4) YouTube TV

YouTube TV offers a comprehensive streaming package for sports fans that’s close to what you’ll find on Hulu with Live TV. One notable difference in YouTube’s favor is the addition of specialty channels like NBA TV and MLB Network. But it’s unlimited cloud DVR and the ability to split each account with six other people that makes YouTube TV worth considering. (You can find the full list of YouTube TV channels here.)


5) PlayStation Vue

Contrary to popular belief, you don’t need a PlayStation to use PlayStation Vue. The streaming service works with Roku, Amazon Fire, Chromecast, and even Kodi. It’s a tad more expensive than other options, but it offers four different tiers of channels that provide plenty of variety. (Here are all of PlayStation Vue channels.)


6) FuboTV

  • Cost: $39.99 for your first month and $44.99 per month thereafter (after a 7-day free trial)
  • Devices: Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire, Android TV, iOS and Android devices
  • Local channels: ABC, Fox, NBC, CBS (check local availability here)
  • ESPN: No
  • NFL Network: Yes
  • NFL RedZone: Yes (FuboTV + Sports Plus)

FuboTV is arguably the best streaming service for sports fans, especially if you’re interested in international soccer. But there’s one glaring issue with the service: It doesn’t carry anything from ESPN. That’s a deal breaker for most college bowl games, but it does carry all of the major broadcast networks, FS1 and FS2, Big Ten Network, and plenty more. (Here’s the complete FuboTV channels list.)


2018 college bowl game schedule

All times ET.

Saturday, Dec. 15

Celebration Bowl

12pm, North Carolina A&T vs. Alcorn State | ABC

New Mexico Bowl

2pm, North Texas vs. Utah State | ESPN

Cure Bowl

2:30pm, Tulane vs. Louisiana | CBS Sports Network

Las Vegas Bowl

3:30pm, Fresno State vs. Arizona State | ABC

Camellia Bowl

5:30pm, Georgia Southern vs. Eastern Michigan | ESPN

New Orleans Bowl

9pm, Middle Tennessee vs. Appalachian State | ESPN

Tuesday, Dec. 18

Boca Raton Bowl

7pm, UAB vs. Northern Illinois | ESPN           

Wednesday, Dec. 19

Frisco Bowl

8pm, San Diego State vs. Ohio | ESPN         

Thursday, Dec. 20

Gasparilla Bowl

8pm, Marshall vs. South Florida | ESPN

Friday, Dec. 21

Bahamas Bowl

12:30pm, FIU vs. Toledo | ESPN

Famous Idaho Potato Bowl

4pm, Western Michigan vs. BYU | ESPN           

Saturday, Dec. 22

Birmingham Bowl

12pm, Memphis vs. Wake Forest | ESPN

Armed Forces Bowl

3:30pm, Houston vs. Army | ESPN

Dollar General Bowl

7pm, Buffalo vs. Troy | ESPN

Hawaii Bowl

10:30pm, Louisiana Tech vs. Hawaii | ESPN

Wednesday, Dec. 26

First Responder Bowl

1:30pm, Boston College vs. Boise State | ESPN

Quick Lane Bowl

5:15pm, Minnesota vs. Georgia Tech | ESPN

Cheez-It Bowl

9pm, California vs. TCU | ESPN

Thursday, Dec. 27

Independence Bowl

1:30pm, Temple vs. Duke | ESPN

Pinstripe Bowl

5:15pm, Miami vs. Wisconsin | ESPN

Texas Bowl

9pm, Baylor vs. Vanderbilt | ESPN       

Friday, Dec. 28

Music City Bowl

1:30pm, Purdue vs. Auburn | ESPN

Camping World Bowl

5:15pm, West Virginia vs. Syracuse | ESPN

Alamo Bowl

9pm, Iowa State vs. Washington State | ESPN

Saturday, Dec. 29

Peach Bowl

12pm, Florida vs. Michigan | ESPN

Belk Bowl

12pm, South Carolina vs. Virginia | ABC

Arizona Bowl

1:15pm, Arkansas State vs. Nevada | CBS Sports Network

Cotton Bowl (College Football Playoff semifinal)

4pm, Clemson vs. Notre Dame | ESPN

Orange Bowl (College Football Playoff semifinal)

8pm, Alabama vs. Oklahoma | ESPN             

Monday, Dec. 31

Military Bowl

12pm, Cincinnati vs. Virginia Tech | ESPN

Sun Bowl

2pm, Stanford vs. Pittsburgh | CBS

Redbox Bowl

3pm, Michigan State vs. Oregon | FOX

Liberty Bowl

3:45pm, Missouri vs. Oklahoma State | ESPN

Holiday Bowl

7pm, Northwestern vs. Utah | FS1

Gator Bowl

7:30pm, N.C. State vs. Texas A&M | ESPN

Tuesday, Jan. 1

Outback Bowl

12pm, Mississippi State vs. Iowa | ESPN2

Citrus Bowl

1pm, Kentucky vs. Penn State | ABC

Fiesta Bowl

1pm, LSU vs. UCF | ESPN

Rose Bowl

5pm, Washington vs. Ohio State | ESPN

Sugar Bowl

8:45pm, Texas vs. Georgia | ESPN               

Monday, Jan. 7

College Football Playoff National Championship

8pm, TBD vs. TBD | ESPN

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