The feast of college football that is New Year’s Day bowl action kicks off with a noon ET start from Tampa, Fla., with the 30th Outback Bowl, which annually features teams from the Big Ten and SEC. And this season it’s a ranked matchup between No. 13 Northwestern and No. 23 Tennessee at Raymond James Stadium, home of the NFL’s Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Read on to learn how to watch the Outback Bowl live stream online!
It’s only the second time these teams have met, last in 1997. Both the Wildcats and Volunteers concluded their seasons in strong fashion by winning five straight games and finishing tied for second in the Big Ten West and SEC East Divisions, respectively. The game is available over cable television on ESPN2 but if for some reason you don’t have access to that channel or are out and about on New Year’s Day, then Sling TV is your only legal streaming option to see Northwestern vs. Tennessee live.
Northwestern Wildcats vs. Tennessee Volunteers Preview
You don’t want to say a bowl game might mean more to one team than the other, but sometimes that’s simply the case. And this is an important game for Coach Pat Fitzgerald’s Wildcats (10-2). For one, they missed a bowl game the past two seasons with identical 5-7 records. Secondly, Northwestern has never won 11 games in a season in school history.
Northwestern is a pretty conservative team that likes to run the ball and play good defense. Running back Justin Jackson was the Big Ten’s third-leading rusher this season with 1,344 yards. He enters this game with four straight 100-yard outings. Freshman quarterback Clayton Thorson has thrown for 1,465 yards and seven scores while rushing for 374 yards and five TDs. It’s on defense where NU wins. It ranks No. 8 nationally in total defense, No. 7 in scoring (16.4 ppg), third in pass efficiency and has given up an FBS-low five passing touchdowns this season.
The Wildcats are 2-9 all-time in bowls. They were 2-2 this season vs. ranked teams, but the two losses were by a combined score of 78-10.
Tennessee (8-4) was considered one of the favorites to win the SEC East this season, but the Vols were on the wrong side of close games for the most part. All four losses — Oklahoma, Florida, Arkansas and Alabama — were by a touchdown or less and Tennessee led in the fourth quarter of all of them. The Vols won four of their final five games by blowout.
UT has a terrific dual-threat quarterback in Joshua Dobbs and one of the nation’s top 1-2 punches at tailback in Jalen Hurd and Alvin Kamara. Dobbs has thrown for 2,125 yards and 15 touchdowns while rushing for 623 yards and nine scores. Twenty of Dobbs’ 24 total touchdowns came in Tennessee’s eight wins. Hurd has 1,158 yards and 11 touchdowns on the ground and Kamara 645 yard and six TDs. If the game comes down to special teams, Tennessee leads the country in kickoff returns and is second in punt returns. Evan Berry has three kickoff returns for scores, averaging 38.3 yards per return.
Tennessee is 26-24 all-time in bowls. The Vols beat Big Ten team Iowa 45-24 in last year’s TaxSlayer Bowl. The Vols, who were 1-2 vs. ranked teams in 2015, and Wildcats didn’t have a common opponent this season. With two dominant teams facing off, this game could really go either way, and the 2016 Outback Bowl is sure to be a game to remember!
Sign Up for Sling TV to Watch the Outback Bowl Live Stream Online
If you don’t have cable, the best way to watch the Outback Bowl live stream from home is to use Sling TV.
You aren’t going to want to miss the Outback Bowl because history says it will be a great game. Five out of six past Outback Bowl matchups have been decided by one score, three in overtime — that includes a Northwestern 38-35 OT loss to Auburn on Jan. 1, 2010. Thus it’s a no-brainer time to sign up for Sling TV, your only legal option to stream the ESPN2 telecast live.
The basic package from Sling TV gives you 20+ channels. Included are TNT, TBS, AMC, ESPN, ESPN2, and ESPN3 (through WatchESPN with your Sling TV login). At only $20 per month, the basic package is quite a bargain – plus, it does not require a contract, so you can cancel at any time. There is also the option to purchase extra channel packages to expand your selection. Sling TV has add-on packages for $5 per month, including a Sports Package. Read our full review to learn more.
For the best experience, you can use Sling TV on streaming players (Roku, Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, etc.) so that you can watch on your big screen TV. You can also use the service on mobile devices, your computer, etc. Sling TV is offering a free Roku streaming stick when you pay for three months of the Sling TV service.
For a limited time, Sling TV is offering a free 7-day trial of it’s basic package. Sign up for this to test the service out. Sling TV is all you need to watch the Outback Bowl live stream from home.
Other College Football Games to Watch Online Jan. 1
Citrus Bowl: Michigan vs. Florida, 1 p.m. ET
Fiesta Bowl: Notre Dame vs. Ohio State, 1 p.m. ET
Rose Bowl: Stanford vs. Iowa, 5 p.m. ET
Sugar Bowl: Oklahoma State vs. Ole Miss, 8:30 p.m. ET
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