Live stream NCAA college football online without cable

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

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Welcome to college football’s bowl season! The 2023-24 college football season features 43 bowl games, including the National Championship Game on January 8, 2024. No. 1 Michigan and No. 4 Alabama will face off in the Rose Bowl on January 1, hours before No. 2 Washington and No. 3 Texas clash in the Sugar Bowl. The winners of each game will meet in the National Championship, held this year at NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas, a week later.

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 server location that matches the broadcaster you want to watch. For example, American sports fans can connect to a U.S. server to securely watch the coverage carried by U.S. streaming services.
  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!

Can I use a VPN to watch college football games from another country?

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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 105 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 105 countries across the globe, all optimized for speed and security
  • Up to 8 simultaneous connections
  • 5-star customer service with 24/7 live chat support
  • Strict privacy policy: No activity logs and no connection logs
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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.

Want it on the big screen? Learn about all the ways to get ExpressVPN on your TV.


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: 11 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.

Want it on the big screen? Learn about all the ways to get ExpressVPN on your TV.

2024 College Football National Championship odds

Will Alabama win another national championship? Here are the latest odds according to the FanDuel Sportsbook.


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 bowl game schedule

The 2023-24 college football bowl schedule features games everywhere from Boca Raton and Boston to Shreveport and San Diego. You can find a complete schedule of all 43 bowl games on the NCAA’s official website. Below, you can track the New Year’s Six bowl games, including the College Football Playoff semifinals and championship game.

Bowl gameDate and timeNetwork
Cotton Bowl: No. 7 Ohio State vs. No. 9 MissouriDecember 29, 8 p.m. ET / 1 a.m. GMTESPN
Peach Bowl: No. 10 Penn State vs No. 11 Ole MissDecember 30, 12 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. GMTESPN
Orange Bowl: No. 5 Florida State vs. No. 6 GeorgiaDecember 30, 4 p.m. ET / 9 p.m. GMTESPN
Fiesta Bowl: No. 8 Oregon vs. No. 23 LibertyJanuary 1, 1 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. GMTESPN
Rose Bowl: No. 1 Michigan vs. No. 4 AlabamaJanuary 1, 5 p.m. ET / 10 p.m. GMTESPN
Sugar Bowl: No. 2 Washington vs. No. 3 TexasJanuary 1, 8:45 p.m. ET / 1:45 a.m. GMTESPN
National Championship Game: No. 1 Michigan/No. 4 Alabama vs. No 2 Washington/No. 3 TexasJanuary 8, 7:30 p.m. ET / 12:30 a.m. GMTESPN

*bolded text denotes College Football Playoff game

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.

No. 1 Georgia 12-0) [52 first-place votes]
No. 2 Michigan (12-0) [10 first-place votes]
No. 3 Washington (12-0)
No. 4 Florida State (12-0)
No. 5 Oregon (11-1)
No. 6 Ohio State (11-1)
No. 7 Texas (11-1)
No. 8 Alabama (11-1)
No. 9 Missouri (10-2)
No. 10 Penn State (10-2)
No. 11 Ole Miss (10-2)
No. 12 Oklahoma (10-2)
No. 13 LSU (9-3)
No. 14 Arizona (9-3)
No. 15 Louisville (10-2)
No. 16 Notre Dame (9-3)
No. 17 Tulane (11-1)
No. 18 Iowa (10-2)
No. 19 Oklahoma State (9-3)
No. 20 Liberty (12-0)
No. 21 NC State (9-3) [NC State and Oregon each had 269 points]
No. 21 Oregon State (8-4) [NC State and Oregon each had 269 points]
No. 23 Toledo (11-1)
No. 24 James Madison (11-1)
No. 25 SMU (10-2)

The following teams also received votes: Tennessee (98), Clemson (57), Kansas State (41), Utah (40), Troy (7), Kansas (6), New Mexico State (5), Kentucky (4), Memphis (1), North Carolina (1), Miami-Ohio (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.

Here are the December 3 CFP rankings.

No. 1 Michigan (13-0) 
No. 2 Washington (13-0)
No. 3 Texas (12-1) 
No. 4 Alabama (12-1)
No. 5 Florida State (13-0)
No. 6 Georgia (12-1)
No. 7 Ohio State (11-1)
No. 8 Oregon (11-2)
No. 9 Missouri (10-2)
No. 10 Penn State (10-2)
No. 11 Ole Miss (10-2)
No. 12 Oklahoma (10-2)
No. 13 LSU (9-3)
No. 14 Arizona (9-3)
No. 15 Louisville (10-3)
No. 16 Notre Dame (9-3) 
No. 17 Iowa (10-3)
No. 18 NC State (9-3) 
No. 19 Oregon State (8-4) 
No. 20 Oklahoma State (9-3) 
No. 21 Tennessee (8-4)
No. 22 Clemson (8-4)
No. 23 Liberty (13-0)
No. 24 SMU (11-2)
No. 25 Kansas State (8-4)

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.

Bo Nix, QB, Oregon-180
Jayden Daniels, QB, LSU+140
Michael Penix Jr., QB, Washington+1600

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  1. All I want is to be able to watch the college bowl games broadcast New Year’s Eve and New Years Day. I live in Mexico and am connected to ExpressVPN through Dallas with a US ISP. I don’t have TV. Only my laptop. What can I do to see my games? Thanks

  2. All i have is a desk top computer windows 10,, NO TV or SUBSCRIPTION.. I was told i could watch the COLLEGE BTN FOOTBALL games on my computer,, Do i need any other hookups> I already paid $$$$ to another site than found out i could only watch REPLAYS,, So if i join can i watch the college games live in the big 10 ? Thanks

    1. Hi Joey,

      For live college football streams, YouTube TV should be your best bet. YouTube TV has the core ESPN channels as well as the Big Ten Network. Between these two networks, you should be able to watch all B10 football games.

      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!

  3. I am an american living in Germany. I have an ExpressVPN account. I signed up for Youtube TV and it worked for one day. I guess Youtube figured out I was logging in with a VPN because I got a pop-up box telling me there was a VPN proxy and I needed to turn it off. I’m really disappointed because I thought I had finally found a solution to the German cable service (Kabel Deutschland/Vodafone) where they advertise a sports package only to remove the entire sport (ex. NFL) when the price is not cheap enough to carry out the entire season. That just happened this year with NCAA football. We got two or three games each weekend up until the Bowl season and playoffs. I missed both games (Alabama vs Oklahoma and Clemson vs Notre Dame). Needless to say the final will not be broadcast. Does anyone out there know if there is a way to get Youtube TV in a reliable fashion? Any comments would be appreciated. Thanks.

  4. Hi Sling requires me to submit an US Zipcode when registering.
    Any way to get around this problem?


    1. Hi Johnny,

      For the best experience, you should enter a Zip code that matches the VPN location you’re connected to.

      For example, if you’re connected to New York, try googling “New York zip code” and enter what you see. (e.g. 10001, 10005, etc.)

  5. 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!

  6. 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. We live in Australia and do not have cable. My husband ants to watch the Georgia Alabama game. Ho would we do that?

      1. Hi Patti,

        ExpressVPN can help you watch national championship game streams no matter where you are.

        Just fire up the ExpressVPN app then head to ESPN, YouTube TV, or Sling (you may need a subscription for these services but many offer free trials) and you’ll be able to watch in HD, with no throttling or blackouts!

        If you run into a problem, please contact Support at

  7. 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?

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  8. 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?

  9. 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?!

  10. 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!

  11. So: to view a game on espn in Australia, I need to have a VPN and connect with Sling (another subscription?) in order to stream?

    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!

  12. 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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