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Oklahoma finished the 2018 regular season at 11-1 with the sole loss coming to the Texas Longhorns, who went 9-3 even with that rivalry win. But it was a different story for round two at AT&T Stadium, where OU won a second-consecutive Big 12 title and went on to play Alabama in the national semifinal. With the Horns and Sooners both starting in the AP Top 10, the Big 12 in 2019 will be defined by the Red River Rivalry, and whether or not a potential second matchup in December can be a springboard into the College Football Playoff.
Here are the 10 must-watch Big 12 football games this season—and how to stream them online.
Big 12 football 2019 live stream
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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.
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 LaLiga, 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 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, and it’s essential for soccer fans, in particular, 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 7-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 soccer 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)
Big 12 football schedule 2019: Can’t-miss games
1) Houston at (No. 4) Oklahoma, Sept. 1, 7:30pm ET | ABC
This opening-weekend matchup presents the opportunity of revenge for OU, after Oklahoma’s 2016 trip to Houston which saw the Sooners defeated 33-23. A home loss against Ohio State two weeks later derailed any playoff hopes, so head coach Lincoln Riley and transfer QB Jalen Hurts will be wary that another loss against a team from a mid-major conference like the AAC could end the season just as it begins.
2) (No. 6) LSU at (No. 10) Texas, Sept. 7, 7:30pm ET | ABC
Austin, Texas, is flying high after an impressive Sugar Bowl win over Georgia to end last season saw the Longhorns get 10 wins for the first time since 2009. The atmosphere will be rocking when the Tigers come to town, so this game has high stakes both locally and nationally, as a win in Week 2 could be the deciding factor for a potential playoff resume at the end of the season.
3) (No. 20) Iowa @ (No. 21) Iowa State, Sept. 14, 4:00pm ET | FS1
After finishing third in the Big 12 last season, Iowa State feels poised to try and crash the Texas-OU duopoly at the top of the conference. But the Hawkeyes have won four straight Cy-Hawk Trophies, and they will want to make it five when they travel to Ames.
4) Oklahoma State at (No. 10) Texas, Sept. 21 | TBD
Oklahoma State had huge expectations last season which it could not deliver on, going 7-6 after three straight 10-win seasons. But it still beat Texas, which makes it four years in a row that the Cowboys have had the Horns’ number. If Texas considers itself a CFP contender, the Horns should break the streak and beat a weakened OSU team at home.
5) (No. 4) Oklahoma vs. (No. 10) Texas, Oct. 12, noon ET | Fox
Easily the biggest Big 12 game every year, Texas-OU at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas should yet again live up to its reputation as one of college football’s best rivalries. Last year we had a season with two matchups for the first time ever, and the added wrinkle of a division-less Big 12 means whoever loses in October is still alive. The Sooners made the playoffs last year at 12-1, in part because they got to avenge their sole loss in the Big 12 title game. With Heisman hopefuls at quarterback on both sides, this one has the potential to not only be the best game of the whole 2019 college football season but to be remembered alongside classic Red River Rivalries.
6) (No. 10) Texas at TCU, Oct. 26 | TBD
A tough road trip for Texas, coming just two weeks after the OU game and just before UT’s second bye week. TCU has won five of seven Big 12 matchups with Texas, by a combined score of 196-107. While Texas historically has owned the Horned Frogs, TCU is now the Longhorns’ most formidable in-state rival.
7) (No. 21) Iowa State at (No. 4) Oklahoma, Nov. 9 | TBD
If Iowa State wants to contend for a Big 12 championship, there is no greater litmus test than a trip to Norman, Oklahoma. Unfortunate scheduling means that the two teams Iowa State finished below in the standings last year come back-to-back this year, so the way the Cyclones perform against the conference champions is as important as the result. They can’t lose both the Texas and OU games but don’t expect them to hold anything back against Hurts and co.
8) (No. 10) Texas at (No. 21) Iowa State, Nov. 16 | TBD
Iowa State’s defining stretch of this season culminates with a visit from Texas, and this game could end up deciding who plays for the Big 12 Title. With only two games remaining, there’s a chance this could be do-or-die for both.
9) TCU at (No. 4) Oklahoma, Nov. 23 | TBD
A rematch of the 2017 title game, this matchup falls in the part of the season where every game is a must-win. Ol’ Gary Patterson has been one of the better college coaches for a decade now, and you could argue that he and Riley are the best coaches in the conference. TCU is always well-coached and perennially takes it to the Sooners, but it is hard to imagine a top-five Oklahoma team losing on senior night.
10) (No. 4) Oklahoma at Oklahoma State, Nov. 30 | TBD
The final game of this list is better known as “Bedlam,” and anybody who has watched this game over the years knows that the most ridiculous things can happen, at any time. A win here is almost always season-defining, and Stillwater could be the venue for Oklahoma punching a ticket to the Big 12 title game. This is where, historically, an OU team looking ahead finds itself in a backyard brawl.
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Jackson Fowler is the Daily Dot's resident football expert. Both kinds. He's a former editorial intern with the newsroom. You can follow him on Twitter at @jacksonflwoer.