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How to watch the Gator Bowl online for free

Jimbo Fisher's Aggies need to send a message.


Ramon Ramirez


Published Dec 31, 2018   Updated May 20, 2021, 10:29 pm CDT

The last football game of 2018 is going to feature the Texas team that put 74 on LSU in November. Just how good is Texas A&M? Are the Aggies ready to take their elite resources to the next level and become a perennial title contender? Are they going to fall on their face in front of a national audience? Watch the Texas A&M vs. North Caroline State Gator Bowl live stream to close out the year in style.

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Gator Bowl

  • Location: TIAA Bank Field, Jacksonville, Florida
  • Date: Dec 31, 7:30pm ET
  • Streaming: ESPN
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Gator 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.)

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.)

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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.)

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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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Gator Bowl: Why it matters

Wasn’t long ago that the Wolfpack was 5-0 and excited to take a swing at Clemson. That one finished 41-7 and the message was clear: There is a large swamp between an improving program and an elite program when it comes to the line of scrimmage and the point of attack. The Aggies have been regularly producing NFL talent since the Johnny Manziel fever dream, and with pressure on QB Kellen Mond to accelerate the Heisman 2019 buzz, expect a statement game from $75-million-dollar-man Jimbo Fisher. Aggies, big.

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New to cord-cutting? Here are our picks for the best movie streaming sites of 2018 and free live TV apps and channels. If you’re looking for a specific channel, here’s how to watch HBO, Showtime, Starz, ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN3, AMC, FX, Fox News, MSNBC, CNN, CNBC, FS1, TBS, TNT, Golf Channel, Syfy, HGTV, Cartoon Network/Adult Swim, Bravo, Lifetime, Discovery, PBS, the CW, BBC, CSPAN, NBA TV, MTV, Comedy Central, Food Network, TLC, the Weather Channel, and NFL RedZone without cable, as well as free movies on YouTube. If you’re on the move, here’s how to watch Fox Sports Go and live stream NBC Sports.

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*First Published: Dec 31, 2018, 11:49 am CST