How to stream NCAA football games with a VPN

Published: Sep 29, 2017

Pageantry. Tradition. Rivalries. College football is back, and from August to January, every team in the nation will be competing for the 2017-18 NCAA college football national championship.

Roll Tide? Go Blue? How to watch college football live online? Let ExpressVPN’s comprehensive guide show you how!

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How a VPN helps with college football streaming

Worried about missing a touchdown? A VPN helps you get into the end zone by routing your connection and traffic through a private server, free from throttling or bandwidth limits.

With ExpressVPN, you get easy-to-use apps for all your devices, letting you tune into your favorite football games anywhere, anytime!

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How to watch NCAA college football games on WatchESPN (Free)

If you have an active U.S. cable subscription, use a supported internet service provider, or are a U.S. college student/military member, you can stream WatchESPN for free. WatchESPN gives you ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN3, the SEC Network, and other channels. Here’s how to watch:

  1. Sign up for an ExpressVPN account
  2. Download the app on your devices
  3. Visit WatchESPN and sign in with your credentials
  4. Enjoy the games!

Stream live college football on Sling ($20/month)

Don’t have a cable subscription? No problem. Sling is an affordable, no-strings streaming package that includes ESPN. To subscribe to Sling, you will need to access the service from a U.S. IP address.

Not sure if you want to commit to Sling? Use the 7-day free trial! To get started:

  1. Sign up for ExpressVPN
  2. Download the app on your devices
  3. Head to Sling and select a package, or use the free trial
  4. Tune into the action!

Key college football matchups for the 2017-18 season

Every college football season delivers contests between powerhouse programs, but 2017-18 may deliver the tastiest matchups yet. Here are the 10 most important games of the college football season:

Sep 2nd: Florida State Seminoles vs. Alabama Crimson Tide

Sep 9th: Georgia Bulldogs at Notre Dame Fighting Irish

Sep 9th: Oklahoma Sooners at Ohio State Buckeyes

Sep 16th: Texas Longhorns at USC Trojans

Oct 7th: LSU Tigers at Florida Gators

Oct 28th: Penn State Nittany Lions at Ohio State Buckeyes

Nov 4th: Oklahoma Sooners at Oklahoma State Cowboys

Nov 10th: Washington Huskies at Stanford Cardinal

Nov 11th: Florida State Seminoles at Clemson Tigers

Nov 25th: Ohio State Buckeyes at Michigan Wolverines

2017-18 Heisman Odds

Alabama is likely the best team in the nation (again), but who’s the best player in college football? Lamar Jackson ran away with the award last year, but defenses have started to figure him out. Baker Mayfield has been obliterating defenses left and right, can anyone stop him? What about monster backs Saquon Barkley and Derrius Guice?

Here are the odds for the top 6 candidates (via ESPN):

Baker Mayfield (5-2)

Mason Rudolph (3-1)

Sam Darnold (9-2)

Lamar Jackson (5-1)

Saquon Barkley (12-1)

Josh Rosen (25-1)

Tigers at the top

There’s nothing quite like taking sweet revenge on the biggest of stages.

Recovering from a heart-breaking loss to the Alabama in the 2017 title game, the Clemson Tigers dethroned the Crimson Tide in an instant classic to become the new kings of college football.

Can the Tigers make a back-to-back championship run? Will Alabama reclaim the throne? Or will a new team win the 2017-2018 NCAA college football national championship?

Leave your predictions in the comments below, and be sure to contact ExpressVPN’s Live Chat support if you have any questions!

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16 thoughts on “NCAA College Football

  1. Hi
    I live in Australia, have FOXTEL but get very few College Games or ESPNU. I have not heard of SLING; will it allow me to watch the games that are not televised on FOXTEL and will I get access to ESPNU?

    Many thanks

    1. Hi Ross,

      Sling provides a comprehensive package of channels, including ESPN. Sling TV customers get ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPN3 with the Sling Orange service. If you get the Sports Extra, you’ll get SEC Network, ESPNU, ESPNEWS and ESPN Buzzer Beater.

      You’ll need a U.S. IP address to access Sling (including its free trial). For that, you can use a VPN. If you run into issues setting up, feel free to contact Support at

  2. A person living in the UK. Can NOT log-in using his dad’s AT&T universe account but can’t watch anything. Could this be due to his IP address being in the UK? And if so, the VPN would be able to bypass that problem?

    My comment: I though you were hidden and therefore no one would know where your at. Does any website know my current IP address?

  3. Hello,

    I am from the US but am currently living in the UK. I have the log-in info for my dad’s AT&T uverse account but can’t successfully watch anything. Could this be due to my IP address being in the UK? And if so, the VPN would be able to bypass that problem?

  4. Hi there,
    My husband is a HUGE NCAA college football fan, as he went to high school in the states. For 5 years we have tried countless ways to try and stream Oregon Ducks games live, with no success, and unfortunately a few computer viruses that resulted from sketchy sites. We live in Edmonton, Alberta – Canada. I have researched and found that Sling TV offers the Pac-12 Network with their package, and you don not require to have a cable subscription to their provider which is Dish – but it’s only available to US residents. My question: If we get the VPN service, will this allow us to subscribe to Sling TV and finally get to watch the games?!

  5. I am traveling in France and want to watch the OU/OSU game tomorrow (11:30 CST) that is being aired on FOX. Can i do this on your system? If I use your product, can I buy it for just the game I want or do I need to buy and month and then just cancel after I use the service?

    1. Hi Darrell,

      You can try ExpressVPN for 30 days free. So do give the app a try, bowl season is coming and there’s going to be a ton of football to watch!

    1. Hi Mike,

      Yep! No matter where you are, simply connect to one of ExpressVPN’s U.S. server locations and you’re set to enjoy college football games on your streaming subscription!

    1. Hi Sandy,

      A VPN is needed because Sling subscriptions only work for U.S. IP addresses. By using a VPN, you’ll be able to stream on Sling and access any other online media site you want!

  6. Can I watch Clemson University football games on ESPN via your service. I have Time Warner internet, but no cable service.
    Also, can I download torrents and seed torrents?

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