How to Watch College Football: Cable, Streaming, and Over-The-Air

Don't miss another college football game day. We’ve researched the best TV options for catching your favorite collegiate teams in action.

Editor's choice

Plan: Spectrum TV® Select

Price: $49.99/mo. for 12 mos.

Sports channels include: ESPN, FS1, and SEC Network

Best for streaming

Plan: Elite

Price: $79.99/mo.

Sports channels include: CBS Sports Network, ACC Network, and ESPN

Best value

Plan: Sling TV Orange & Blue

Price: $50.00/mo.

Sports channels include: ESPN and FS1

Cheapest

Product: Mohu Leaf antenna

Price: $20.00–$60.00 (one-time purchase)

Sports channels include: ABC, CBS, FOX, and NBC

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Spring college football is here

During March and April 2022, college football players will reunite with their teams for spring practices. Intra-team games will also take place, with several scrimmages airing on conference-specific channels like ACC Network, Big Ten Network, Pac-12 Network, and SEC Network.

Spectrum‘s TV Select plan is your chance to see this season’s college football games, as well as all kinds of sports content throughout the entire year. Its more than 125 channels give the whole household plenty of content choices.

fuboTVs Elite plan really comes through as the best streaming choice for sports fans. It includes fuboTV Extra, which gives you a total of 48 more channels, many of which are for those who like to feast their eyes on competitive play. It’s great for fans of live TV streaming.

Cable, satellite, and streaming plans and packages—as well over-the-air TV—offer the many channels you’ll need to watch a slew of the regular season and bowl games this season.

An over-the-air antenna doesn’t give you the channels that cable and live TV streaming options do, but it’s a one-time purchase that saves you a regular monthly fee.

We’re going to break it down for you with more details on the channels, followed by details about our top recommendations.

College football channels

While college teams challenge each other for on-field domination, their games are scattered around a hearty amount of TV channels.

Our list below gives you the complete list of channels needed to take in the college football action. We’ve paired that with our recommendations so you can see what each package has to offer.

Spectrum TV fuboTV Sling TV OTA Antenna
ABC
ACC Network
ACC Network Extra
BTN
CBS
CBS Sports Network
ESPN
ESPN2
ESPN3
ESPNU
FOX *
FS1
NBC *
PAC-12 Networks
SEC Network
SEC Network+

*Available in select markets.

What is ESPN+?

ESPN+ is an on-demand streaming service that features live events, including some of this season’s college football games. It’s available for $6.99 a month, and if you buy it directly from ESPN, you’ll save some money paying for the whole year at once for $69.99. It’s supported on a number of devices—both Android and Amazon.

Best TV providers for college football games

  • Editor’s choice: Spectrum—TV Select plan ($49.99/mo. for 12 mos.)
  • Best for streaming: fuboTV—Elite plan ($79.99/mo.)
  • Best value: Sling TV—Orange & Blue plan ($50.00/mo.)
  • Cheapest: Over-the-air antenna ($20.00-$60.00 one-time purchase)

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Editor’s choice: Spectrum

Recommended plan:
TV Select ($49.99/mo. for 12 mos.)* w/ Sports View ($6.00/mo.)
College football channels:
ABC, ACCN, BTN, CBS, CBS Sports Network, ESPN, ESPNU, FOX, FS1, NBC, SECN, and SECN+
Features:
Premium channels like HBO® and SHOWTIME® available as add-ons

Data effective as of post date. Offers and availability may vary by location and are subject to change.

*Price increases after the first year.

Pros

  • No contracts
  • Wide regional sports network availability
  • Many channel add-on options

Cons

  • Price increase after first 12 mos.
  • Confusing DVR options

Spectrum’s TV Select package with the Sports View add-on is a dream for sports lovers, especially ones who enjoy soaking up tons of TV shows and movies between games. Maybe others in the household want to watch something that isn’t a sporting event in the other room—no one has to compromise. This robust channel package offers a slew of TV and movie selections.

This plan has nearly all of the 13 channels broadcasting college football games, and some of the other sports channels you get include MOTOR TREND, NBA TV, NFL Network, and TUDN.

Kids will appreciate options like Disney Channel, Cartoon Network, Nickelodeon, and Animal Planet.

Spectrum has a number of add-on packages that range from $6.00 a month to $15.00 a month. These allow sports fans to catch games, news, and highlights from teams competing around the world. Plus, you can easily add premium channels like HBO Max and SHOWTIME for added entertainment.

You could go with a comparable streaming provider like fuboTV—which we think has a long list of benefits—but the add-ons and the volume of sports channels make Spectrum a winner.

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Best for streaming: fuboTV

Recommended plan:
Elite ($79.99/mo.)
College football channels:
ABC, ACCN, BTN, CBS Sports Network, ESPN, FOX, FS1, Pac-12, and SECN
Features:
250–1,000 hr. Cloud DVR, 3–10 simultaneous streams

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Pros

  • Several college football and NFL channels
  • Excellent sports coverage
  • Slick interface

Cons

  • Expensive plans
  • No TBS, TNT, or CNN

fuboTV’s Elite plan boasts 10 of the channels needed to watch college football. It’s only $10 more a month than their Pro package, and it gives you fuboTV Extra—48 additional channels that round out the 155+ channel count with a sports-heavy lineup.

In addition to the channels that get you the college pigskin games, Elite includes Tennis Channel, MLB Network, NHL Network, Zona Fútbol, and Stadium. Get sports satisfaction in all the seasons.  

Elite’s 1,000 cloud DVR is included with this plan—as well as the Pro option, where the Standard package only has 250 hours—and will let you record and replay your favorite wins or bloopers at will. If you need even more sports, the add-on Sports Plus package will set you back only $10.99 a month. The $6.00 International Sports Plus add-on is an option, too. 

fuboTV’s Elite plan finds a head-to-head competitor in Hulu + Live TV, but the fuboTV option wins by having the add-on sports options fans crave.

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Best value: Sling TV

Recommended plan:
Sling Orange & Blue ($50.00/mo.)
College football channels:
ESPN, FOX , FS1, and NBC*
Features:
50 hr. Cloud DVR; 30+ add-on channels and packages

Data effective as of post date. Offers and availability may vary by location and are subject to change.

*Local channels only in select markets.

Pros

  • Customizable plans
  • Low price

Cons

  • Poor local channel coverage
  • Limited Cloud DVR space

Sling TV offers two packages: Blue and Orange. They’re both available for $35 a month, but we recommend getting the combined Orange & Blue package for $50.

The plan gets you six of the channels needed to watch college games—a combination of ESPN and the local channels available in your market.

When it comes to extras, get ready—Sling TV has a scroll-like list of add-ons. For one, the Sports Extra on that list of choices is a pretty good deal. It’s $11 a month, and it has close to 20 channels. MLB Network Strike Zone, ESPNews, and beIN SPORTS are just a few. This helps you see the college football games along with a load of other sporting events all year round.

All packages include 50 DVR hours, so you can record all the hits and misses.

This plan is around the same price as Cox’s Contour TV Starter option, except its selection of channels has more depth for sports fans. You’ll get all the channels to watch college football, along with plenty of NFL games that you’d miss out on if you picked Contour.

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Cheapest: Over-the-air antenna

Recommended antenna:
Mohu Leaf Plus ($59.00–one-time payment)*
College football channels:
ABC, CBS, FOX, and NBC
Features:
All local broadcast channels

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Pros

  • Low, one-time price
  • Local coverage

Cons

  • No out-of-market coverage
  • No DVR

You’ve cut the cable cord. Or maybe you never had a cord to cut. In any case, you can get your basic local channels like ABC, CBS, FOX, and NBC to watch college football games with an over-the-air antenna. In some regions, you might also pick up stations like MeTV, The CW, and PBS outlets.

We like the Mohu Leaf Plus because it’s an indoor antenna with a 60-mile range that costs approximately $60. It’s not a big hulking item you need to conceal; its small size is another high point.

But it’s not the only over-the-air antenna out there. There are a variety of antenna models that offer different mileage ranges and still won’t break the bank.

Whatever antenna you select, you’ll still get to see close to 10 of the college football games broadcast on the local channels.

Final take

Spectrum’s TV Select plan with the Sports View add-on is like a champ dancing around in the endzone, celebrating its huge 125+ channel list. You can catch so many games and dive into plenty of other types of content. It’s truly fun for the whole family with the channel mix this plan offers.

We think fuboTV’s Elite plan is an excellent streaming choice for the sports super fan, especially since it gets you fuboTV Extra, which is a 48-channel package with a sports heavy roster.

The Sling TV Orange & Blue option gets you five college football channels and offers a whole lot of add-ons with price tags that won’t make you weep. When the budget can’t be stretched, we like the Mohu Leaf antenna.

How to Watch College Football FAQ

Is there an app to watch college football?

Your cable or live TV streaming provider should have an app available for download on iOS and Android devices. Download the app for the provider you subscribe to, and you can use your login and password information to access college football channels you subscribe to on your phone or tablet.

Individual channels showing college football games may also have apps available. You can download the app and use your provider membership information to log in.

Where can I watch the 2021–2022 college football bowl games?

Bowl games begin on December 17, 2021, and run through January 10, 2022. Channels slated to broadcast some of the bowl games are ABC, CBS, FOX, ESPN, and ESPN2. ESPN will carry the bulk of the coverage.

How can I watch college football for free?

Once you’ve purchased an over-the-air antenna, you can watch games on local affiliates for ABC, CBS, FOX, and NBC at no additional cost.

Which streaming service is best for college football?

fuboTV’s Elite plan has nine of the 15 channels broadcasting college football games in the 2021 season. Most live TV streaming services have one or more of the 16 college football channels. Check out our Best Streaming Services to find a streaming plan that meets your needs.

Disclaimer

Data effective as of post date. Offers and availability may vary by location and are subject to change.

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