How to stream NCAA football games with a VPN

Published: Dec 11, 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.

Are you wondering how to watch college football live online? Follow ExpressVPN’s comprehensive guide and get 3 weeks of free streams!

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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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See College Football streaming options, with free streams, below!

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 college football live 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!

Watch college football 2017-18 on YouTube TV ($35/month)

At $35/month, YouTube TV give you the ESPN networks, CBS Sports, FS1 and FS2, BTN, Pac-12, and SEC Network. There’s a 14-day free trial available too! To watch:

  1. Sign up for ExpressVPN
  2. Connect to a U.S. server location
  3. Go to YouTube TV
  4. Touchdown!

Pro Tip: Use the Sling and YouTube TV free trails for 21 days of free streams!

Stream College Football games on PlayStation Vue ($45/month)

PlayStation Vue offers a variety of streaming bundles, with the core $45 plan giving you access to NBC, FOX, CBS, and ESPN.

Wondering how to get pristine, HD streams? Learn how to watch PlayStation Vue with ExpressVPN.

  1. Sign up for ExpressVPN and download the app on your devices.
  2. Connect to an ExpressVPN server in the USA.
  3. See all PlayStation Vue bundles and select your plan.
  4. Enjoy the games!

2017-18 college football playoff schedule & major bowls

With the conference championships decided, it’s time to look at the playoff schedules. Who’s your team playing?

Dec 28th:

Valero Alamo Bowl: (13) Stanford Cardinal vs. (15) TCU Horned Frogs – ESPN

Dec 29th:

Goodyear Cotton Bowl: (8) USC Trojans vs. (5) Ohio State Buckeyes – ESPN

Dec 30th:

Playstation Fiesta Bowl: (11) Washington Huskies vs. (9) Penn State Nittany Lions – ESPN

Captial One Orange Bowl: (10) Miami Hurricanes vs. (6) Wisconsin Badgers – ESPN

Jan 1st:

Outback Bowl: Michigan Wolverines vs. South Carolina Gamecocks – ESPN 2

Citrus Bowl: (14) Notre Dame Fighting Irish vs. (17) LSU Tigers – ABC

Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl: (12) UCF Knights vs. (7) Auburn Tigers – ESPN

Rose Bowl: (3) Georgia Bulldogs vs. (2) Oklahoma Sooners – ESPN

Allstate Sugar Bowl: (4) Alabama Crimson Tide vs. (1) Clemson Tigers – ESPN

Jan 8th:

CFP National Championship: Rose Bowl winner vs. Sugar Bowl winner – ESPN

The 2017-18 Heisman winner is…

Baker Mayfield. The Oklahoma Sooners QB has been shredding defenses for the better part of 3 years and was rightfully awarded the most prestigious award in college football for the 2017-18 season.

Can Mayfield overcome the Heisman Curse and lead the Sooners to a national championship? All eyes will be on him as he looks to cap his college career with the perfect ending. From what ExpressVPN has seen, he wouldn’t have it any other way!

Who’s winning the college football playoffs?

So much for Auburn and Ohio State’s playoff hopes. Instead, a resurgent Georgia Bulldogs team will take on the unstoppable Oklahoma Sooners, led by Heisman winner Baker Mayfield.

The two other playoff spots will be taken by defending champions Clemson Tigers and the perenially dominant Alabama Crimson Tide. Will the Tide avenge their championship loss from last year? Or will Clemson begin a winning streak in this CFP rivalry?

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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18 thoughts on “NCAA College Football

  1. Hi,
    I am ex Military living in Germany and would love to watch some SEC Football here online. Is there going to be a problem with the Germany NTSC signal and the USA PAL system with streaming here in Germany??

    Roll Tide!

    1. Hi Don,

      You should have no problem using ExpressVPN to watch streams in NTSC or PAL since the VPN does not discriminate between the video standards you use. Rather, ExpressVPN helps you encrypt your traffic and avoid ISP throttling. If you run into any issues, please contact Support at for assistance.

      p.s. Congrats on that Tennessee win. Brutal!

  2. 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

  3. 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?

  4. 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?

  5. 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?!

  6. 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!

  7. 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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