How to Find College Football Streams

Where to watch the college team you love online

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Most college football games are available online one way or the other, so there's no reason to miss out on even one minute of the action. If you have a valid cable or satellite subscription, streaming college football games on your computer, phone, or other compatible device is extremely easy.

Cord cutters can also get in on the game through streaming services like DirecTV Now and Sling TV. If you're unable to take advantage of any of those methods, you can even watch unofficial college football streams through apps like Ace Stream and Kodi.

How to Watch College Football Online With a Cable or Satellite Subscription

If you have a cable or satellite subscription, there is a very good chance that you can use your login information from that service to stream college football online. This works because of an initiative called TV Everywhere, which allows you to watch most cable television streams if you have a valid subscription.

To take advantage of TV Anywhere to stream college football, you need to identify the network that owns the rights to your favorite team. The next step is to navigate to the website for that network, or download the app for that network.

If your cable or satellite subscription supports it, you will be able to log in using the same username and password that you use for your television provider.

College football games can be found on a number of different networks but ESPN broadcasts more than any other. For example, let's say you wanted to stream an NCAA football game on your phone, and the game is on ESPN:

  1. Download and install the WatchESPN app on your phone.
  2. Launch the WatchESPN app.
  3. Tap on the  icon (three dots.)
  4. Tap Choose Provider.
  5. Select your cable or satellite provider from the list.
  6. Tap Continue.
    1. Note: You may need to manually enter the username and password for your television provider during this step.
  7. Tap the  icon (three dots.)
  8. Search for the college football game that you want to watch, and tap on it.

Streaming Services With Official College Football Streams

Television streaming services are an affordable cable alternative that provide the same basic service. Instead of watching on your television through a cable connection, these services let you use a high speed internet connection to watch live television on your computer, tablet, phone, or television streaming device.

There are a lot of television streaming services out there, but these offer the best coverage for college football:

  • DirecTV Now - The basic Live a Little package includes ESPN, which has the broadcast rights for a lot of college football games. If you want ESPNU, which carries games from 14 different college football conferences, then you need to sign up for the Just Right, Go Big or Gotta Have It plan. Every plan also includes Fox Sports 1, but only the Go Big and Gotta Have It plans include Fox Sports 2.
  • Sling TV - The Sling Orange plan includes three ESPN channels, the Sling Blue plan includes Fox Sports, and the Sports Extra add-on has ESPNU. Get Sling Orange + Blue and throw in the Sports Extra pack for the best coverage.
  • PlayStation Vue - The cheapest plan includes ESPN, ESPN2, FS1 and FS2, and the more expensive plans throw in ESPNU and other channels for pretty decent college sports coverage.
  • YouTube TV - The basic plan includes ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU, and both FS1 and FS2, which makes this an easy way to get access to most college football streams.
  • Hulu with Live TV - The basic plan from Hulu also has all of the ESPN and Fox Sports channels, so it's a good choice if you already use Hulu.
  • fubo TV - While fubo TV has a ton of sports, it doesn't have ESPN, so you'll miss out on a lot of college games. It's still a good choice if your favorite team plays in a conference that doesn't have a broadcast deal with ESPN. The basic package includes Fox Sports, local Fox Sports if it's available in your area, PAC12 Networks, and more.

Finding Streams For Each College Football Conference

Finding college football streams is a complicated situation, because each conference has its own television deals. So even though signing up for a streaming service that has ESPN and Fox Sports is a pretty sure bet, there's a chance that your favorite team isn't actually on either one.

Here are the networks and cable channels that you'll need to have access to if you want to stream college football games for a specific team or conference:

  • American Athletic Conference: ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN3, ESPNU, ABC
  • Atlantic Coast Conference: ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN3, ESPNU, ABC
  • Big 12: ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN3, ESPNU, FCS, FS1, Regional Fox Sports, ABC, Fox
  • Big Ten: ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN3, ESPNU, FCS, FS1, Regional Fox Sports, ABC, Fox
  • Conference USA: ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN3, ESPNU, FCS, FS1, Regional Fox Sports, ABC, Fox
  • Mid-American Conference: ESPN2, ESPN3, ESPNU
  • Mountain West Conference: ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN3, ESPNU
  • Pac-12: ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN3, ESPNU, FCS, FS1, Regional Fox Sports, ABC, Fox
  • SEC: ESPN2, ESPN3, ESPNU, CBS
  • Sun Belt Conference: ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN3, ESPNU

Note: Since FBS Independents don't have conference deals with networks, every independent college makes their own deals for television broadcast rights. Look for Notre Dame streams on NBC, BYU games on ESPN channels, and Army football games on the CBS Sports Network.

How to Watch College Football Online Without a Subscription

If you don't have a cable or satellite subscription, and you can't sign up for any of the television streaming services that include college football, you can still watch your favorite games online through unofficial sources.

The best option to watch college football online for free is to use crowd-sourced links that have been somewhat vetted by fellow college football fans, but you can also go directly to a site that hosts unofficial sports streams.

Here are some online sports sites that include college football streams:

  • Stream2Watch
  • FromHot
  • Bosscast
  • Cricfree

How to Watch College Football With Ace Stream and Reddit

The best place to find crowd-sourced links to sports streams is Reddit, where you'll find subreddits devoted to most professional and college sports. If you're looking for college football streams, then the r/CFBStreams subreddit is a good place to start.

In addition to direct links to streams, you may also find Ace Stream links. These links require Ace Player, which is a free video player that lets you watch unofficial streams of sports like college football. Check out our full guide to streaming sports with Ace Stream for more information.