How to Find College Football Streams

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Most college football games are available online one way or another, 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 games on your computer, phone, or other compatible device is easy. Cord cutters can also watch 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. We break it all down below.

The 2020 Fall football season is in play, but it will look different from other years as not all teams and conferences will be competing. Visit the NCAA website for the latest news.

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

If you have a cable or satellite subscription, there's a very good chance you can use your login information from that service to stream college football online. To do this, you need to identify the network that owns the rights to your favorite team, such as CBS or ABC. Then, you can navigate to that network's website or download its official app. If your cable or satellite subscription supports it, you can log in using the same username and password you use for your television provider.

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Many cable providers also have their own streaming apps. These let you watch live TV or videos on demand. They're convenient because they include all of the basic channels, plus ESPN, in one app. All you need to do is download it and sign in.

Here is a list of some popular cable provider apps:

If you don't see your cable provider listed here, you can likely find information about its app on its official website.

Streaming Services With Official College Football Broadcasts

Streaming services are affordable alternatives to cable that provide the same basic service. Instead of watching content on your television via 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 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.
  • 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 subscribe to the service.
  • fubo TV: While fubo TV has a ton of sports, it doesn't have ESPN, so you 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 your favorite team isn't actually on either one.

Here are the networks and cable channels you need 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

Since FBS Independents don't have conference deals with networks, every independent college makes its 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 are 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
  • FromHots
  • 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 can 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.

The CFBStreams subreddit has moved its streams to a website called SportsSurge.net.

In addition to direct links to streams, you may also find Ace Stream links. These require Ace Player, which is a free video player that lets you watch unofficial streams of sports like college football.