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How to watch college football live streams online

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Unfortunately for college football fans, there’s no NFL Sunday Ticket streaming equivalent for them. With the season underway, anyone that can’t get to a TV which is beaming whatever NCAA football games they want to watch is in quite a bind.

Fortunately, there are ways to watch college football games with online streams too. Here’s how.

1. Watch ESPN

WatchESPN is an online-only companion service and requires a cable subscription that includes ESPN in order for you to gain access to the streams there. That doesn’t necessarily mean you need to have a cable package with ESPN, but you’ll need to at least know someone who does and is willing to share their log-in information

ESPN covers dozens of college football games, and maybe the ones you want to watch too. The WatchESPN app is available for smartphones and tablets as well, so if something does get you out of the house on a Saturday, you’ll be able to watch from wherever you end up.

2. Fox Sports Go

Fox Sports Go offers full streaming services for a number of college games, but it comes with several caveats too. Like with WatchESPN, you’ll need login information for a cable TV subscription to get access. On top of that, Fox Sports only streams in-market games. For example, if you’re an Oregon Ducks fan in Florida, you’re out of luck. You’ll be stuck streaming Gators, Seminoles, and other local games all season.

3. College Sports Live (CBS)

College Sports Live is a good option for anyone who doesn’t want to pay for a cable subscription but is willing to pay for a season pass to stream college football games. Unfortunately, CBS’s coverage of college sports is pretty much limited to a few low-profile games weekly. Rates start at $10/month, or $100/year.

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Related: How to stream NFL games online

Questionable Streaming Sites

Keep in mind that most of the illegal streaming options available come loaded with unwanted spam and a barrage of pop-up windows. Leaning on such links can be frustrating, particularly when it comes to finding quality video and audio feeds with little buffering.

However, you must also keep in mind many of these sites illegally broadcast the content, and your computer is at a high risk of malware when using them. Nevertheless, you’ll notice the deep selection of links available to you once you find an adequate streaming site on the Web. Notorious sites — though technically legal given they only provide links to various broadcast streams instead of broadcasting the copyrighted content — fall upon the gray areas of the law.

Note: As a rule of thumb, never click on any link which asks you to download any HD Players, update your streaming software, or to install any “required” media players. These are often just spam links which could infect your computer with viruses.

Other Sources

Reddit’s College Football Page

It’s not surprising that the College Football subreddit is one of the best resources for online steaming. Users often use the subreddit to link to live-streaming coverage, while also providing comprehensive and in-depth CFB content in the form of breaking news, popular articles, and even some fan opinion pieces that will keep you up to date on all the happenings in the world of college football.

The section is relatively bare during for most of the year, but you’ll likely see a healthy amount of posts relating to specific games one hour before kickoff. However, keep in mind that some of the links Redditors provide may lead you to the questionable streaming sites mentioned above. Regardless, the subreddit is a great hub for finding links to college football-related content, whether you’re looking for a YouTube documentary that outlines the history of the championship, or photos of spectators prepping for the big event. 

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