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How to watch the Citrus Bowl online for free

Kentucky looks to cap a historic season against a familiar postseason foe.


Josh Katzowitz


Published Jan 1, 2019   Updated May 20, 2021, 10:27 pm CDT

This has been Kentucky’s most successful season since the 1980s, and when it faces Penn State on Tuesday, it’ll be going for its first 10-win season since 1977. The Wildcats made the top-15 in the AP rankings. They beat Florida for the first time in 32 years. And they’re playing in their first New Year’s Day bowl game since 1998 (where they also played—and lost to—Penn State). Now, you can watch the Citrus Bowl live stream to see if Kentucky can finish its season strong and win its first postseason game in a decade.

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Citrus Bowl

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  • Location: Camping World Stadium, Orlando, Florida
  • Date: Jan 1, 1pm ET
  • Streaming: ABC

Citrus Bowl: How to watch online for free

1) Hulu with Live TV

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  • Cost: $40 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
  • Local channels: ABC, CBS, Fox, NBC, the CW (check your local availability here)
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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.)

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2) FuboTV

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  • 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)

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.)

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3) YouTube TV

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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.)

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4) DirecTV Now

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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.)

5) PlayStation Vue

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  • Cost: $44.99-$79.99 per month (after a 7-day free trial)
  • Devices: PlayStation 3 and 4, Roku, Amazon Fire, Google Chromecast, Kodi, iOS and Android devices
  • Local channels: NBC, Fox, ABC, CBS (enter your ZIP code here to check your availability)

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.)

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Citrus Bowl: Why it matters

It’d be quite a boon for Kentucky if the Wildcats can score a victory vs. Penn State. But the resurrection of the Nittany Lions program has been impressive since coach James Franklin picked up the pieces after the Jerry Sandusky scandal. Penn State, with a victory, would break through the 10-win barrier for the third-straight season, the first time that would have occurred since the early 1980s. Kentucky is a 6.5-point underdog, but don’t be surprised if the Wildcats can make this a close game. Or even win it.

For more bowl fun, check out the Daily Dot’s bowl season preview podcast:

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*First Published: Jan 1, 2019, 5:53 am CST