Live stream NCAA college football online without cable

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Watch every 2023 college football game using a VPN and stream your favorite teams in blazing-fast HD!

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The road to the College Football Playoff is on! The 2023 NCAA college football season officially kicks off Saturday, August 26, amid the end of an era. Realignment is drastically altering the sport as we know it, and this season marks the final year before the playoff expands from four teams to twelve. Southern California quarterback Caleb Williams hopes to become only the second player in history to win consecutive Heisman Trophy awards, though he’ll face stiff competition from the likes of LSU quarterback Jayden Daniels, North Carolina signal-caller Drake Maye, and Ohio State receiver Marvin Harrison Jr. 

Although Williams and Harrison are already projected to go atop the 2024 NFL Draft, they still have unfinished business at the college level. Can either help their teams end Georgia’s reign atop the sport, or are the Bulldogs destined to win their third consecutive national championship?

Even if you can’t make it to your alma mater’s stadium this season, ExpressVPN has you covered on how to safely and securely stream every NCAA college football game throughout the 2023 season.

StartAugust 26, 2023
Number of teams133
Bowl games43
Streaming servicesESPN+, YouTube TV, Fubo, DirecTV Stream, Hulu + Live TV, Sling TV, Paramount Plus, Peacock

How to watch 2023 college football games with a VPN

No matter your allegiance, we know you want to watch your team in blazing-fast HD, free of buffering or throttling from your ISP, school, or office network. To stream college football securely with ExpressVPN, just follow these easy steps:

  1. Get ExpressVPN.
  2. Connect to a U.S. server location.
  3. Head to your preferred streaming platform, such as Sling TV, Hulu, Fubo, YouTube TV, ESPN+, or DirecTV Stream.
  4. Tune in to the action!

Why do you need a VPN to watch college football online? 

Early morning tailgates and singing the fight song aren’t the only ways to root on your favorite team during the 2023 college football season. You’ll want to add ExpressVPN to your football-viewing palate this summer. Not only does ExpressVPN offer servers in 94 countries across the globe, all of which are optimized for speed and security, but you can stream every college football game live on computers, smartphones, and even smart TVs and gaming consoles. You can have up to eight simultaneous connections, allowing you to watch every game, including the College Football Playoff, in blazing-fast HD.

Best VPN for watching college football games in 2023

ExpressVPN is the best VPN for safely and securely streaming the 2023 college football season. Our high-speed servers allow you to enjoy every touchdown without missing a single second regardless of your device. ExpressVPN offers easy-to-use apps for Windows, Mac, Android, and iOS, as well as platforms that other VPN companies may not support, like Linux, Android TV, Amazon Fire TV, and routers, plus browser extensions for Chrome, Firefox, and Edge. If you need help along the way, ExpressVPN offers 24/7 live chat support and a risk-free 30-day money-back guarantee!

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  • High-speed servers in 94 countries across the globe, all optimized for speed and security
  • Up to 8 simultaneous connections (with a 6- or 12-month subscription)
  • 5-star customer service with 24/7 live chat support
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  • Next-gen Lightway protocol offers greater speeds, security, and reliability, especially on mobile

Best ways to watch college football without cable for all NCAA conferences 

An ExpressVPN subscription allows you to safely and securely stream every college football game even if you don’t have cable. Use our complete guide below to figure out which streaming service is best for you this season! 

Note: The channels listed below are all available in the streaming services basic/cheapest package. Some services may offer extra channels in pricier tiers.

Stream college football games on services with free trials 

YouTube TV

Price: 73 USD/month and up

Channels: ABC, CBS, CBS Sports Network, ESPN, ESPN 2, ESPNews, Fox, FS1, FS2, NBC, NFL Network, SEC Network, and The CW

Country: U.S.

YouTube TV offers a variety of channels that carry college football games and the subscription costs 73 USD/month. You may need to submit a U.S. zip code (e.g., 10022, 48104, etc.), but it accepts a wide array of payment options. If you don’t feel like committing to YouTube TV, use the free trial.

Note: You may need a valid U.S. credit/debit card or PayPal to subscribe to YouTube TV. You can still subscribe to YouTube TV via Google Play, even if you don’t have a U.S. credit/debit card.

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Price: 75 USD/month

Channels: ABC, ACC Network, Big Ten Network, CBS, CBS Sports Network, ESPN, ESPN 2, Fox, FS1, FS2, NBC, NFL Network, Pac-12 Network, SEC Network, and The CW

Country: U.S.

How about another way to catch NCAA college football games? Use the seven-day free trial on Fubo to watch your favorite schools live, including nationally televised games on ABC, NBC, and ESPN.

Note: You will need a U.S. credit/debit card to subscribe. The billing address used may determine which local channels are available, and you may be unable to change your location.

Watching on a computer? For the best streaming experience, be sure to use the ExpressVPN browser extension for ChromeFirefox, or Edge.


Price: 6 USD/month

Channels: CBS

Paramount Plus streams college football games airing on CBS and CBS Sports Network, including nationally-televised SEC and Big 10 showdowns. If you don’t feel like committing to Paramount+ or only want to watch a specific game, there’s a seven-day free trial.

DirecTV Stream

Price: 65 USD/month and up

Channels: ABC, CBS, CBS Sports Network, ESPN, ESPN 2, Fox, FS1, NBC, and The CW

DirecTV Stream is on the pricier side but if you prefer a cord-cutting service over an additional streaming app, it’s a great option. DirecTV’s lowest package starts at 65 USD/month (before jumping to its normal price of 75 USD/month after three months), and the service offers a five-day free trial.

Streaming options for select college football games

Several streaming services offer exclusive college football coverage throughout the 2023 season, though some don’t offer free trials. Learn more about those options below.


Price: 10 USD/month

ESPN+ will carry college football at all levels, from the SEC and Big 12 to Division II and Division III. However, it is important to note there are two types of college football games that air on ESPN+.

ESPN+ simulcasts: These games will air on other ESPN platforms, including ESPN, ESPN 2, and ABC, and can be streamed via simulcast on ESPN+. Bowl games and the College Football Playoff fall into this category, as do games airing on conference-specific networks such as the ACC Network and SEC Network. Note that proof of subscription to another service, such as YouTube TV or Fubo, may be required to stream these games.

ESPN+ exclusives: These games, as implied, will air exclusively on ESPN+. For example, Appalachian State will host Gardner-Webb on Saturday, September 3, and ESPN+ is the only way you can watch this game on TV. You won’t need proof of subscription to another service to watch ESPN+ exclusives.

Reminder: ESPN+ does not offer a free trial.


Price: 6 USD/month

Peacock will stream every college football game airing on NBC throughout the 2023 season. Additionally, Peacock will offer exclusive broadcasts of 10 college football games, including the October 14 showdown between Notre Dame and Southern California. Peacock costs 6 USD/month. 

Other ways to watch college football games

Hulu + Live TV

Price: 70 USD/month and up

Channels: ABC, ACC Network, Big Ten Network, CBS, ESPN, ESPN 2, ESPNews, ESPN U, Fox, FS1, FS2, NBC, NFL Network, and The CW

Country: U.S.

Hulu+Live TV is another way to catch live college football games, although it doesn’t come with a free trial. Games shown are subject to regional availability and blackout restrictions. You may need to supply a valid U.S. postal code (e.g., 10012, 48104) and credit card.

Watching on a computer? For the best streaming experience, be sure to use the ExpressVPN browser extension for ChromeFirefox, or Edge.

Sling TV

Price: Varies

Channels: ABC, ACC Network, Big Ten Network, ESPN, ESPN 2, ESPN 3, ESPNews, ESPN U, Fox, FS1, FS2, NBC, NFL Network, Pac-12 Network, and the SEC Network

Sling TV provides access to most channels airing college football games except for CBS. ABC is also available in select markets. Please note that Sling no longer offers a free trial.

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2024 College Football National Championship odds

Will Georgia win the national championship for the third straight season? Here are the latest odds according to the FanDuel Sportsbook.

Ohio State+1000
Florida State+1000
Southern California+1400
Notre Dame+1500
Penn State+1600

College football conference channels

Which channels and streaming services will air your favorite conference’s games in 2023? Find out with our complete guide.

American Athletic Conference (AAC)ABC, ESPN, ESPN 2, ESPN U, ESPN+
Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC)ABC, ACC Network, ACC Network Extra, ESPN, ESPN 2, ESPN U, ESPN+, The CW
Big 12ABC, ESPN, ESPN 2, ESPN U, ESPN+, Fox, FS1, Longhorn Network (Texas only)
Big TenBig Ten Network, CBS, Fox, FS1, NBC, Peacock
Conference USACBS Sports Network, ESPN, ESPN 2, ESPN U, ESPN+
FBS independentsCBS Sports Network, ESPN, ESPN+, NBC, Peacock
Mid-American Conference (MAC)CBS Sports Network, ESPN, ESPN 2, ESPN U, ESPN+
Mountain West Conference (MW)CBS, CBS Sports Network, Fox, FS1
Pac-12 ConferenceABC, ESPN, ESPN 2, ESPN U, ESPN+, Fox, FS1, Pac-12 Network
Southeastern Conference (SEC)CBS, ESPN, ESPN 2, ESPN U, ESPN+, SEC Network, SEC+
Sun Belt ConferenceABC, ESPN, ESPN 2, ESPN U, ESPN+

2023–2024 NCAA college football schedule

How will your favorite team fare this week? You can find a weekly guide to the Top 25 schedule below. All games take place on Saturday, September 23, unless noted otherwise. Additionally, you can find the complete weekly NCAA football schedule here.

TeamWeek 4 opponentTimeChannel
No. 1 Georgia (3-0)UAB7:30 p.m. ET / 12:30 a.m. BSTESPN 2, ESPN+
No. 2 Michigan (3-0)Rutgers12 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. BSTBig Ten Network
No. 3 Texas (3-0)at Baylor7:30 p.m. ET / 12:30 a.m. BSTABC, ESPN 3, ESPN+
No. 4 Florida State (3-0)at No. 25 Clemson8 p.m. ET / 1 a.m. BSTABC, ESPN 3, ESPN+
No. 5 Southern California (3-0)at Arizona State10:30 p.m. ET / 3:30 a.m. BSTFox
No. 6 Ohio State (3-0)at No. 9 Notre Dame7:30 p.m. ET / 12:30 a.m. BSTNBC, Peacock
No. 7 Penn State (3-0)No. 24 Iowa7:30 p.m. ET / 12:30 a.m. BSTCBS, Paramount Plus
No. 8 Washington (3-0)California10:30 p.m. ET / 3:30 a.m. BSTESPN, ESPN+
No. 9 Notre Dame (4-0)at No. 6 Ohio State7:30 p.m. ET / 12:30 a.m. BSTNBC, Peacock
No. 10 Oregon (3-0)No. 19 Colorado3:30 p.m. ET / 8:30 p.m. BSTABC, ESPN 3, ESPN+
No. 11 Utah (3-0)No. 22 UCLA3:30 p.m. ET / 8:30 p.m. BSTFox
No. 12 LSU (2-1)Arkansas7 p.m. ET / 12 a.m. BSTESPN, ESPN+
No. 13 Alabama (2-1)No. 15 Ole Miss3:30 p.m. ET / 8:30 p.m. BSTCBS, Paramount Plus
No. 14 Oregon State (3-0)at No. 21 Washington State7 p.m. ET / 12 a.m. BSTFox
No. 15 Ole Miss (3-0)at No. 13 Alabama3:30 p.m. ET / 8:30 p.m. BSTCBS, Paramount Plus
No. 16 Oklahoma (3-0)at Cincinnati12 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. BSTFox
No. 17 North Carolina (3-0)at Pittsburgh8 p.m. ET / 1 a.m. BSTACC Network, ESPN+
No. 18 Duke (3-0)at UConn3:30 p.m. ET / 8:30 p.m. BSTCBS Sports Network
No. 19 Colorado (3-0)at No. 10 Oregon3:30 p.m. ET / 8:30 p.m. BSTABC, ESPN 3, ESPN+
No. 20 Miami (3-0)at Temple3:30 p.m. ET / 8:30 p.m. BSTESPN 2, ESPN+
No. 21 Washington State (3-0)No. 14 Oregon State7 p.m. ET / 12 a.m. BSTFox
No. 22 UCLA (3-0)No. 11 Utah3:30 p.m. ET / 8:30 p.m. BSTFox
No. 23 Tennessee (2-1)UTSA4 p.m. ET / 9 p.m. BSTSEC Network, ESPN+
No. 24 Iowa (3-0)at No. 7 Penn State7:30 p.m. ET / 12:30 a.m. BSTCBS, Paramount Plus
No. 25 Florida (2-1)Charlotte7 p.m. ET / 12 a.m. BSTSEC Network+, ESPN+

Top 25 college football rankings

The Associated Press Top 25 releases each Sunday during the college football season. Here is the latest AP Top 25.

1.Georgia (3-0) [57 first-place votes]
2.Michigan (3-0) [two first-place votes]
3. Texas (3-0) [three first-place votes]
4.Florida State (3-0) [one first-place vote]
5.Southern California (3-0)
6.Ohio State (3-0)
7.Penn State (3-0)
8.Washington (3-0)
9.Notre Dame (4-0)
10.Oregon (3-0)
11.Utah (3-0)
12.LSU (2-1)
13.Alabama (2-1)
14.Oregon State (3-0)
15.Ole Miss (3-0)
16.Oklahoma (3-0)
17.North Carolina (3-0)
18.Duke (3-0)
19.Colorado (3-0)
20.Miami (3-0)
21.Washington State (3-0)
22.UCLA (3-0)
23.Tennessee (2-1)
24.Iowa (3-0)
25.Florida (2-1)

The following teams also received votes:Clemson (76), Missouri (72), Kansas State (54), TCU (21), Fresno State (17), Kansas (15), Tulane (13), Kentucky (10), Maryland (4), BYU (3), Wisconsin (2), Syracuse (2), Louisville (1), Auburn (1).

2023 College Football Playoff rankings

Beginning in November, the College Football Playoff releases its own Top 25 each Tuesday. Unlike the other polls, a committee meets and ranks the best teams through December. Although the CFP Rankings typically feature the same teams as the AP Top 25 and Coaches Poll, the order below determines which teams will compete in the Rose Bowl and Sugar Bowl on January 1, 2024.

College Football Playoff rankings will be announced later this year.

2023 Heisman Trophy winner odds

Will USC quarterback Caleb Williams become the first player since former Ohio State running back Archie Griffin to win the Heisman Trophy twice? Here are the latest odds according to the FanDuel Sportsbook.

Caleb Williams, QB, Southern California+350
Michael Penix Jr., QB, Washington+480
Quinn Ewers, QB, Texas+550
Sam Hartman, QB, Notre Dame+1000
Jordan Travis, QB, Florida State+1200
Bo Nix, QB, Oregon+2000
J.J. McCarthy. QB, Michigan+2500
Jayden Daniels, QB, LSU+2500
Shedeur Sanders, QB, Colorado+2500
Dillon Gabriel, QB, Oklahoma+2500
Tyler Van Dyke, QB, Miami+3000
Marvin Harrison Jr., WR, Ohio State+3500
Drew Allar, QB, Penn State+4000
Drake Maye, QB, North Carolina+4000

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      How are you feeling about the upcoming Big Ten season? Is this the season Michigan finally returns to the big time? We have a few Michigan fans here in the office who are hoping so!

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  4. Hi,
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    1. Hi Ross,

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