7 Ways to Watch NCAA College Football Without Cable

7 Ways to Watch NCAA College Football Without Cable

College football season is an exciting time for fans across the country. From the opening kickoff each Saturday to intense conference championship games and star-studded bowl matchups, there’s no shortage of gridiron action to enjoy. But what if you’ve cut the cord and no longer have a traditional cable subscription? Thankfully, you’ve still got plenty of options to catch all the NCAA football action.

1. Stream Live Games with Sling TV

One of the most popular cable alternatives, Sling TV offers a variety of NCAA football viewing packages to meet your needs. With the Sling Orange plan ($40/month), you get ESPN, ESPN2, and ESPN3 to enjoy live college football games all season long. The Sling Blue plan ($40/month) also includes stadium and Pac-12 networks.

For $60/month, Sling Orange & Blue bundles all these channels together for maximum NCAA football coverage. You can even add the Sports Extra package ($11/month) to get access to ESPNU, SEC Network, ACC Network, and more. Sling is available on Roku, Apple TV, Fire TV, Chromecast, iOS, and Android devices.

2. Plug in an HDTV Antenna

Believe it or not, you can actually pick up many live over-the-air NCAA football broadcasts with a good HDTV antenna. Top-rated models like the Mohu Leaf and Winegard Elite can pull in ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox and other local affiliates airing college football games each week. Just connect the antenna to your TV and scan for channels.

Antennas let you watch in-market games 100% free, though channel availability varies by region. Be sure to check AntennaWeb to see what NCAA football broadcasts are available in your area before buying an antenna.

3. Subscribe to a Live TV Streaming Service

In addition to Sling TV, several other streaming platforms offer live NCAA football coverage without a cable subscription. Top options include:

  • YouTube TV ($65/month): Offers ESPN, ABC, CBS, Fox, NBC, and regional sports networks to catch college football action coast-to-coast. Also includes unlimited DVR storage.
  • Hulu + Live TV ($70/month): Streams games airing on ESPN, ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox, FS1, BTN and more. The base plan includes 50 hours cloud DVR.
  • FuboTV ($70/month): Great for college football fans, with ESPN, ABC, CBS, Fox, NBC, BTN, SEC Network, Pac-12 Network and more. Includes 250 hour DVR.

These streaming TV services are available on most devices and let you cancel anytime. Most offer free trials to sample the NCAA football viewing experience before subscribing.

4. Try ESPN+ for Exclusive Coverage

For just $9.99/month or $99.99 annually, ESPN+ provides live streams of hundreds of exclusive NCAA football games throughout the season that aren’t on TV. This includes early non-conference matchups, late night west coast action, and featured #MACtion games.

ESPN+ also offers replays of key games, the option to watch four streams at once, and access to other live sports. It’s a must-have upgrade for cord-cutting college football superfans who need their fix from kickoff to final whistle every Saturday.

5. Use a VPN for More Viewing Options

By signing up for a Virtual Private Network (VPN) service like NordVPN or ExpressVPN, you can unlock even more NCAA football live streams previously only available in specific regions. Here’s how it works:

  1. Connect to a VPN server located where the game you want to watch is broadcasting. This will make it appear like you’re accessing the stream from that location.
  2. Visit the website or app broadcasting the game. If geo-restricted, you should now have access since your virtual location matches the stream availability.
  3. Enjoy the live NCAA football action! Works for games on ESPN3, BTN2Go, Pac-12 Network, ACC Network Extra and more.

Just $3-12 monthly, a VPN gives you ultimate viewing flexibility when paired with other streaming options mentioned above.

6. Follow Your Favorite Team’s Channel

If you’re a superfan who bleeds team colors every Saturday, consider subscribing directly to your favorite squad’s proprietary streaming service. Major programs like LSU, Kansas State, Missouri and Pitt now offer live games and exclusive content through official channels, available online or via mobile app.

For example, LSU Gridiron Network provides live audio streams of Tigers games, coaches shows, press conferences and more for just $9.95/month. This option won’t get you full TV broadcasts but is perfect for listening on the go. Other schools offer similar direct offerings to connect fans with specialized coverage.

7. Follow Accounts Dedicated to Stream Alerts

Finally, to stay on top of every NCAA football live stream available week-to-week, follow Twitter accounts that do the work for you. @CordCutting and @StreamAlerts regularly share free and paid stream links as games kickoff across networks like ESPN, Fox, CBS, SEC Network, BTN and more.

Turn on push notifications so stream details get sent right to your phone as soon as they’re posted. And be sure to check their feeds on Saturday gamedays for a comprehensive list of online viewing options.


The days of needing a cable subscription to enjoy NCAA football season are long gone. With streaming services like Sling TV, antenna channels, ESPN+, and more, it’s easier than ever to cut the cord and still catch all the exciting action every Saturday.

Review the seven options above to identify the best streaming setup to meet your college football viewing needs. Mix and match across a few platforms so you never miss a must-see gridiron matchup all season long.

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