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How to Watch College Football Bowl Games

Here’s everything you need to know about watching this year’s college football postseason so you can ring in the New Year with all 43 bowl games.

Capping off the latest college football campaign is the 2022–2023 bowl season, where over 40 college bowl games will occur. It all begins on December 16 with the Bahamas Bowl and Cure Bowl before wrapping up on January 9 with the College Football Playoff National Championship Game.

Most college football bowl games, like the coveted Rose Bowl Game, air across ESPN channels. But there are a few notable matchups that appear elsewhere on TV. So prep your game day snack roster and keep scrolling to learn how to watch college football’s mightiest competitions.

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What channels are the college bowls on?

With 43 bowl games this season, you’ll need the following five channels to watch every matchup available on TV.

  • ABC (5 games)
  • CBS (1 game)
  • ESPN (34 games)
  • ESPN2 (1 game)
  • FOX (1 game)

If you did the math, there’s one game missing from the list. That’s because the Arizona Bowl doesn’t air on national television. Instead, you must stream it on Barstool Sports’ app, website, or social media profiles.

Pro tip: Perhaps you’re also here to watch College Bowl, the student game show hosted by Peyton Manning on NBC. If so, you can stream the most recent episodes on demand through Peacock.

College football bowl game schedule

Below is a complete list of all 43 college football bowl games—including the three College Football Playoff games. Some kickoff times are still up in the air, but we’ll update our bowl game schedule as more information becomes available.

Bowl Date Time (ET) Channels
Bahamas Bowl December 16, 2022 11:30 a.m. ESPN
Cure Bowl December 16, 2022 3:00 p.m. ESPN
Fenway Bowl December 17, 2022 11:00 a.m. ESPN
Celebration Bowl December 17, 2022 Noon ABC
New Mexico Bowl December 17, 2022 2:15 p.m. ESPN
LA Bowl December 17, 2022 3:30 p.m. ABC
LendingTree Bowl December 17, 2022 5:45 p.m. ESPN
Las Vegas Bowl December 17, 2022 7:30 p.m. ABC
Frisco Bowl December 17, 2022 9:15 p.m. ESPN
Myrtle Beach Bowl December 19, 2022 2:30 p.m. ESPN
Famous Idaho Potato Bowl December 20, 2022 3:30 p.m. ESPN
Boca Raton Bowl December 20, 2022 7:30 p.m. ESPN
New Orleans Bowl December 21, 2022 9:00 p.m. ESPN
Armed Forces Bowl December 22, 2022 7:30 p.m. ESPN
Independence Bowl December 23, 2022 3:00 p.m. ESPN
Gasparilla Bowl December 23, 2022 6:30 p.m. ESPN
Hawai’i Bowl December 24, 2022 8:00 p.m. ESPN
Quick Lane Bowl December 26, 2022 2:30 p.m. ESPN
First Responder Bowl December 27, 2022 TBD ESPN
Birmingham Bowl December 27, 2022 TBD ESPN
Camellia Bowl December 27, 2022 Noon ESPN
Guaranteed Rate Bowl December 27, 2022 10:15 p.m. ESPN
Military Bowl December 28, 2022 2:00 p.m. ESPN
Liberty Bowl December 28, 2022 5:30 p.m. ESPN
Holiday Bowl December 28, 2022 8:00 p.m. FOX
Texas Bowl December 28, 2022 9:00 p.m. ESPN
Pinstripe Bowl December 29, 2022 2:00 p.m. ESPN
Cheez-It Bowl December 29, 2022 5:30 p.m. ESPN
Alamo Bowl December 29, 2022 9:00 p.m. ESPN
Duke’s Mayo Bowl December 30, 2022 Noon ESPN
Sun Bowl December 30, 2022 2:00 p.m. CBS, Paramount+ Premium
Gator Bowl December 30, 2022 3:30 p.m. ESPN
Arizona Bowl December 30, 2022 4:30 p.m. Barstool Sports
Orange Bowl December 30, 2022 8:00 p.m. ESPN
Peach Bowl (College Football Playoff semifinal) December 31, 2022 TBD ESPN
Fiesta Bowl (College Football Playoff semifinal) December 31, 2022 TBD ESPN
Music City Bowl December 31, 2022 Noon ABC
Sugar Bowl December 31, 2022 Noon ESPN
ReliaQuest Bowl January 2, 2023 Noon ESPN2
Citrus Bowl January 2, 2023 1:00 p.m. ABC
Cotton Bowl Classic January 2, 2023 1:00 p.m. ESPN
Rose Bowl Game January 2, 2023 5:00 p.m. ESPN
College Football Playoff National Championship Game January 9, 2023 7:30 p.m. ESPN

Data effective as of post date.

Best TV plans for watching college bowl games

Usually, we would recommend DIRECTV or fuboTV for watching college football because they carry many college conference networks. But none of those channels air the postseason’s top bowl games.

Instead, you’re better off signing up for YouTube TV to watch all the bowls. At $64.99 a month, YouTube TV is $5.00 cheaper than fuboTV and Hulu + Live TV, and it comes with the five primary college bowl channels. It also has unlimited DVR storage, no bulky equipment requirements, and a slick interface that’s easy to navigate.

One month of YouTube TV will get you through the entire college bowl season—meaning you can cancel after the National Championship Game to avoid paying for a second month. Though, it’s not too bad if you stick around longer because the NFL Playoffs start on January 14, 2023.

Sling TV is another good option if you’re looking to save even more money. The main downside to Sling TV is that it doesn’t offer ABC or CBS. And FOX is available only in select markets through its Sling Blue plan. But the Sling Orange plan ($40.00 a month) carries ESPN, ESPN2, and ESPN3—that last one allows you to stream games that air on ABC.

You could also try getting those local channels over the air with a digital antenna, which we discuss in our free section below.

Which TV providers carry bowl games?

You can find bowl games across most TV providers. But to illustrate that point, we’ve listed some of the most popular services in the table below and whether they carry the main bowl game channels. (We left out ESPN2 because every provider that has ESPN also includes ESPN2.)

Provider ABC CBS ESPN FOX Details
Cox View plans

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DIRECTV STREAM View plans

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DISH View plans

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fuboTV View plans

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Hulu + Live TV View plans

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Optimum View plans

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Philo View plans

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Sling TV * View plans

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Spectrum View plans

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Xfinity View plans

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YouTube TV View plans

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How to watch college bowl games for free

Recommended antenna:
Mohu Leaf 50 ($49.99 one-time purchase)
Bowl game channels:
ABC, CBS, and FOX
Features:
All local broadcast channels

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During the college football postseason, you can watch seven bowl games for free with an over-the-air (OTA) antenna connected to your TV. ABC, CBS, and FOX are popular OTA channels available nationwide. But you’ll first want to double-check that you live within range of each channel’s local network affiliate. One way to verify your location is by entering your zip code into the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) Reception Map Tool.

If you don’t already own an antenna, you can get a pretty good one for anywhere between $20 to $60. The Mohu Leaf 50 ($49.99 on Amazon) is a great option if you live in the suburbs because its 60-mile range will likely get you the three OTA bowl channels and more. But you can check out our Best Antennas for Cord-Cutters page to browse other antenna options.

Even if you end up subscribing to a TV service to watch all those ESPN bowl games, it’s still wise to own an antenna. The one-time purchase is the most effective way to watch local TV, and you’ll even get access to other marquee sporting events depending on what channels are in your area. After all, both the Super Bowl and the World Series air on OTA channels.

Pro tip: The Arizona Bowl is free to watch online via the Barstool Sports app—available on Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, and Roku devices.

Final take

This season’s college football bowl games air on ABC, CBS, ESPN, ESPN2, and FOX. Most cable, satellite, and live TV streaming providers carry the five channels, so it really comes down to what’s available in your area and what service type you prefer.

Our favorite service for watching bowl games is YouTube TV. It’s the cheapest way to stream all five channels in a single subscription without any demanding equipment requirements.

With YouTube TV, you’ll get 85+ live channels, unlimited DVR, and the ability to stream anywhere with a reliable internet connection. You can also add teams and specific matchups to your YouTube TV library to avoid missing out on the most crucial football matchups.

How to watch college bowl games FAQ

How can I watch college bowl games without cable?

You can still watch every college bowl game without cable through streaming services like fuboTV, Hulu + Live TV, and YouTube TV. Also, Sling TV is an inexpensive streaming option for watching the ESPN bowl games through its Sling Orange plan ($40 a month).

What networks will carry the college football playoffs?

Every College Football Playoff game—including the National Championship—will air on ESPN. The cheapest way to get ESPN is through Sling TV’s Sling Orange plan for $40 a month.

How can I watch bowl games without ESPN?

While 35 bowl games will air on ESPN and ESPN2, you can watch eight others across local channels ABC, CBS, and FOX, and online via Barstool Sports. Most TV providers carry local channels, but you can access ABC, CBS, and FOX with a simple OTA antenna.

Are college bowl games on Hulu?

Yes, you can watch college bowl games on Hulu + Live TV. Its plans start at $69.99 a month and come with ABC, CBS, ESPN, ESPN2, and FOX. You’ll also get ESPN+ included at no extra cost, which hosts a lot of college sports content throughout the year.

Methodology

Our football experts spent over eight hours researching and testing the best ways to watch college football bowl games. We matched TV providers head-to-head, comparing channel lineups and pricing options. Then, we determined our viewing recommendations, with sign-up convenience and ease of use playing a pivotal role.

Check out our How We Rank page to learn more about our methods.

Disclaimer

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