Friday, December 31, 2021

How to watch the bowl games: Day 13

There are 44 college bowl games/playoff games this year. The first two were on December 17, and the last one, the national championship game, will be on January 10. In all, 86 schools will have played games this post-season.

Streamers used to have a difficult time watching the games live -- at least legally -- but that changed in the 2015 season when the first live streaming service, Sling TV, launched. Now, there are several live streaming services, and you have lots of options when it comes to watching bowl games.

The Games

Five bowl games, including two semifinal playoff games, are scheduled today.

Friday, December 31

TaxSlayer Gator Bowl

11:00 AM on ESPN

Wake Forest (10-3) vs. Texas A&M (8-4) Rutgers (5-7)

Tony the Tiger Sun Bowl

2:00 PM on CBS

Washington State (7-5) vs. Miami (7-5) Central Michigan (8-4)

Barstool Sports Arizona Bowl

2:00 PM on Barstool Sports app

Central Michigan (8-4) vs. Boise State (7-5)

College Football Playoff Semifinal: Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic

3:30 PM on ESPN

No. 4 Cincinnati (13-0) vs. No. 1 Alabama (12-1)

College Football Playoff Semifinal: Capital One Orange Bowl

7:30 PM on ESPN

No. 3 Georgia (12-1) vs. No. 2 Michigan (12-1)

How to Watch

Apart from the Barstool Sports Arizona Bowl, which will be streamed free on the Barstool Sports app, every other game will be on a streaming service.

Here are the services for each network.


ESPN carries the most games. A few are carried on ESPN2. All services that carry ESPN also carry ESPN2:

  • Sling Orange ($35)
  • Vidgo ($55)
  • YouTube TV ($65)
  • Fubo ($65)
  • Hulu+Live TV ($70)
  • DirecTV Stream ($70)


If you have an antenna, you can watch for free. If not, and you decide to go with a streaming service, you have some options:

  • Antenna (free)
  • Paramount+ ($10)
  • YouTube TV ($65)
  • Fubo ($65)
  • Hulu+Live TV ($70)
  • DirecTV Stream ($70)

If you have an antenna for the broadcast networks, the cheapest way to watch all of the bowl games is Sling Orange ($35). If you don't have an antenna, the cheapest way to watch them all is with Sling TV (Orange) ($35) and Paramount+ ($10). Otherwise, either YouTube TV, or Fubo ($65) is the cheapest single service.

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