The bowl season comes to a close this weekend. The first matchup comes Friday, when the Ohio Bobcats (6-6) take on the Nevada Wolf Pack (7-5) in the 2020 Famous Idaho Potato Bowl. Both schools are going for a third consecutive bowl win for the first time in program history, and this is the first time these two have matched up in their respective century-plus football histories.
Here’s how to watch the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl.
Famous Idaho Potato Bowl
- When: 3:30pm ET, Friday, Jan. 3
- Where: Albertsons Stadium in Boise, Idaho
- Streaming: ESPN
How to stream Ohio vs. Nevada live: Watch the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl
The following services offer a one-week trial and a chance to watch sports throughout the year.
1) Sling TV
- Sling TV pricing: $30-$45 per month ($10 off first month)
- Sling TV devices: Amazon Fire Stick and Fire TV, Apple TV, AndroidTV, Roku, Xbox One, Google Chromecast, Oculus Go, Microsoft Edge, iOS and Android devices
- Sling TV local channels: NBC, Fox (check yourlocal 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 (where many Premier League matches appear), NFL Network, and local channels. Sling Blue customers in select markets get NBC, where some matches appear; 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 and maximize your soccer-watching potential, 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 Best of Spanish + Sling Orange for $35 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 and YouTube TV, which 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.)
Famous Idaho Potato Bowl: Why it matters
For two schools that came within a game of making a conference title, a win would help make one of these programs move closer towards New Years’ Six relevancy in 2020.
Ohio had a bit of a down 2019 in the MAC, going just 6-6. Yet senior and three-year starting QB Nathan Rourke was solid in his senior year. Though the Canadian is a top CFL prospect, he’s also a possibility for the NFL draft, putting up 7,313 yards, 60 TDs, and a 146.9 passer rating in his most recent three seasons as a Bobcat. He should be the most exciting player on Albertsons Stadium’s famed blue turf on Friday.
Nevada, meanwhile, got to 7-5 on a season that included a tough blowout loss to Oregon and an overtime loss to UNLV in its final regular-season game. Coach Jay Norvell is in his third year coaching the Wolf Pack, and his squad includes QB Carson Strong, who has generated nearly 2,000 yards of total offense this season, and RB Toa Taua, who has nearly 1,000 of total offense, leading the team’s rushing attack.
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