How to stream Iowa vs. Michigan

No. 14 Iowa travels to “The Big House” to face the No. 19 Michigan for a highly-anticipated, high-stakes Big 10 rumble. The always-steady Hawkeyes arrived undefeated with a 4-0 record, coming off last week’s momentum-building steamrolling of Middle Tennessee State, 48-3, where they held the Blue Raiders to just 216 total yards.

QB Nate Stanley finished 17 for 25, netting 276 yards and two scores. RB Toren Young was explosive, carrying the rock 11 times for 131 yards.

The mercurial Wolverines rolled over Rutgers 52-0, holding the Scarlet Knights to a mere 152 yards of offense. QB Shea Patterson played a decent game, putting up 276 yards, one score, and a pick. Junior defensive lineman Kwity Paye lived in the Rutgers backfield, totaling 6 tackles, 3.5 TFL, and 1.5 sacks.

However, even with this good-looking win, Michigan’s season (and the state of its program) remain in question. Head coach Jim Harbaugh found himself under a series of buses following the tough Wisconsin loss, and could be in line for more questions should the talented Wolverines take another loss at home.

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No. 14 Iowa vs. No. 19 Michigan

  • When: 12pm ET, Saturday, Oct. 5 
  • Where: Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Michigan
  • Streaming: FOX

No. 14 Iowa vs. No. 19 Michigan live stream

The following services, save for ESPN+, offer a one-week free trial and all carry ESPN and Fox Sports.

1) FuboTV

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  • Cost: $44.99 for your first month and $54.99 per month thereafter
  • FuboTV devices: Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire, Android TV, iOS and Android devices
  • Local channels: ABC, Fox, NBC, CBS, the CW (in some markets) (check local availability here)

FuboTV is a solid TV streaming service option, whether your tastes run to entertainment (AMC, Syfy, FX), news (MSNBC, CNN), or sports (NBA TV, NFL Network). If you’re a soccer fan, however, it will appear tailor-made for you, with all Champions League matches (via the TNT and TUDN family of channels), NBC and NBCSN, 10 beIN SPORTS channels, FS1 and FS2. If you can’t watch a match live, FuboTV offers a three-day replay for each match and 30 hours of cloud DVR. (Check out the complete FuboTV channels list.)

FuboTV also has bilingual families in mind; each subscription comes with UniMás, Galavisión, NBC Universo, beIN SPORTS, Univision, and Fox Deportes. An extra $7.99 per month will bring you Latino Plus, which includes CNN en Español and TyC Sports among its offerings.

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2) Hulu with Live TV

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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.)

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3) Sling TV

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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.

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.

For $10 extra per month, you can get NFL RedZone via the Sling Blue Sports Extra package.

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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, YouTube TV, and PlayStation Vue. All those services have plenty of local channels. While select NFL and college football games (on Fox, FS1, and FS2) are no longer on Sling, you can still catch Fox games with AirTV.

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Iowa vs. Michigan: What to watch for

The entire story breaks down to one question: Which version of the Michigan Wolverines will stand up in a huge game for both the season, and the program? Having already lost to Wisconsin, another loss to the Hawkeyes will bring all of the question marks back about the progress of Harbaugh’s regime and its championship aspirations. Remember, this season was supposed to represent a sharp step upward into the air reserved for Clemson, Georgia, and Alabama.

Iowa head coach Kirk Ferentz said that he thought Michigan had hit its stride versus Rutgers. We’ll see how much forward progress is made with significantly more resistance.

Holding a road chalk line, Iowa is currently a 3.5 point favorite, according to Odds Shark. Sports Chat Place, however, notes that Hawkeyes are an even 2-2 against the spread this season. 

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Kahron Spearman

Kahron Spearman

Kahron Spearman is a music and film critic whose work can also regularly be regularly found in the Austin Chronicle.