How to stream college football

Cheering on your favorite college football team doesn’t mean you have to be tied to your couch or a cable contract. Streaming services allow you to watch your favorite teams when it’s convenient for you, without being locked into a long-term contract. Several live TV streaming services will give you access to a smorgasbord of football action. With over 120 NCAA Division I football bowl subdivision teams and the right streaming app, you’ll have enough action to keep you entertained for days. 

Streaming college football with ease

These are the best streaming services available to help you watch your favorite college football teams.

AT&T TV NOWCBS All AccessESPN+fuboTVHulu + Live TVSling Orange & BlueYouTube TV
Monthly price$65/mo.$5.99/mo.$4.99/mo.$54.99/mo.$44.99/mo.$40/mo.$49.99/mo.
Free trial7 days7 daysNone7 days7 days7 days7 days
Number of football-specific channels73249141117
Number of simultaneous streams3232243
Cloud DVR storage20 hoursNoneNone30 hours50 hours50 hours (extra $5/mo.)Unlimited
Live TV availableYesYesYesYesYesYesYes

*Number of channels varies by market

For the sports fan who is on a budget: ESPN+

If getting a great deal is a key factor in choosing a streaming service for college football, then look no further than ESPN+. With coverage of every major conference at the very low price of just $4.99/mo. you really can’t beat this service. While you can access all the same content on the WatchESPN app, you’ll need a cable package to do so, which makes ESPN+ the perfect alternative for frugal, sports-loving cord-cutters. You’ll also be able to pause and rewind as you watch on-demand games, so you’ll never miss a minute of the action. 

Available football channels include:

  • ACC Network Extra
  • America East
  • Atlantic Sun
  • Big South
  • Big West
  • ESPN
  • ESPN2
  • ESPN3
  • ESPNU
  • espnW
  • HBCU
  • Horizon
  • Longhorn Network
  • MAAC
  • MAC
  • MVC
  • NEC
  • OVC
  • SEC Network
  • SEC Network+
  • SoCon
  • Southland 
  • Sun Belt
  • The Ivy League

ESPN+ covers the following NCAA Division I conferences:

  • A10
  • AAC
  • ACC
  • ASUN
  • America East
  • Big 12
  • Big South
  • Big Ten
  • Big West
  • Conference USA
  • Horizon
  • MAAC
  • Mid-American
  • MEAC
  • Missouri Valley
  • Mountain West
  • NEC
  • Ohio Valley
  • Pac-12
  • SEC
  • Southern
  • Southland
  • Summit League
  • Sun Belt
  • SWAC
  • The Ivy League
  • WAC
  • WCC

For the sports fan who wants an all-in-one package: Hulu + Live TV

If you love your college football team but want to keep all your TV watching in one basket, Hulu + Live TV is a solid option. In addition to live local channels, premium options and Hulu’s entire streaming library, you’ll also be able to watch your favorite NCAA teams. With a ton of content for one monthly fee and no contract, this service is an amazing deal. 

Available football channels include:

  • ABC
  • ACCN
  • BTN
  • CBS
  • CBS Sports Network
  • ESPN
  • ESPN2
  • ESPN Goal Line
  • ESPNU
  • Fox
  • FS1
  • FS2
  • NBC
  • NBCSN
  • SEC ESPN

Hulu + Live TV covers the following NCAA Division I conferences:

  • A10
  • AAC
  • ACC
  • America East
  • Big 12
  • Big East
  • Big South
  • Big Ten
  • Big West
  • Horizon
  • MAAC
  • Mid-American
  • Mountain West
  • MEAC
  • NEC
  • Ohio Valley
  • Pac-12
  • Patriot League
  • SEC
  • Southern
  • Southland
  • Sun Belt
  • The Ivy League
  • WAC

For the sports fan who needs to record all the action: YouTube TV

YouTube TV provides unlimited cloud DVR hours, so you’ll never have to miss a minute of the action again—just hit save, and watch your recorded footage when it’s convenient. YouTube TV leads the pack when it comes to cloud storage.

Available football channels include:

  • ABC
  • ACCN
  • BTN
  • CBS
  • CBS Sports
  • ESPN
  • ESPN2
  • ESPNU
  • Fox
  • Fox Sports
  • FS1
  • FS2
  • NBC 
  • NBCSN
  • NBC Sports
  • SEC ESPN
  • SNY

YouTube TV covers the following NCAA Division I conferences:

  • A10
  • AAC
  • ACC
  • America East
  • Big 12
  • Big East
  • Big South
  • Big Ten
  • Big West
  • Horizon
  • MAAC
  • Mid-American
  • Mountain West
  • MEAC
  • NEC
  • Ohio Valley
  • Pac-12
  • Patriot League
  • SEC
  • Southern
  • Southland
  • Sun Belt
  • The Ivy League
  • WAC

For the sports fan who needs to watch in every room: Sling Orange + Blue

If not everyone in your house is rooting for the same team, you don’t have to fight over which game to watch. Sling Orange + Blue allows you to stream on four devices at once. That’s more than YouTube TV or ESPN+, which both give you three simultaneous streams. Sling Orange + Blue also features a wide selection of non-sports channels for less than its competitors. You can also add Sports Extra to get access to six additional channels featuring more conferences for $10/mo. 

Available football channels include:

  • ESPN
  • ESPN2
  • ESPN3 
  • Fox
  • FS1
  • FS2
  • NBC
  • NBCSN
  • NBC Sports
  • Stadium

Sling Orange + Blue covers the following NCAA Division I conferences:

  • ACC
  • Big 12
  • Big Ten
  • Pac-12
  • SEC

The takeaway

Streaming college football is a great option if you don’t want to get locked into a specific plan or sports package with a traditional provider. It also makes it possible to view games on your phone or tablet so you can watch on the go or while someone else at home is watching TV. You’ll still have to watch ads, and you might end up paying a fee to see games that would be available for free with your local network provider. ESPN+ general carries most major conference games, making it a solid choice for serious college football fans, and at $4.99/mo. it’s also one of the best deals.

Shahrzad Warkentin

Contributing Writer

Shahrzad Warkentin is a lifestyle writer specializing in entertainment and pop culture. She has spent the last ten years crafting content, reviews and news stories on film, television, music and books among other topics. After receiving her B.A. in Screenwriting from Loyola Marymount University, she began her writing career in film and television. Born and raised in sunny Los Angeles, she loves hitting the beach with her family and catching up on Netflix.