Did you know that maize is a color? The correct answer is, “Of course I do, I’m a Wolverines fan!” If you proudly don the maize and blue on Saturdays in the fall then you’re not likely to want to miss the amazing University of Michigan football games each weekend. If you can’t make it to the Big House in Ann Arbor, Michigan, you’ll have to settle for your own living room.
ESPN is home to most of Michigan football games, as well as ABC, ESPN2, and ESPN3 on the WatchESPN app. But you need cable for that, right? As it turns out, you don’t.
In today’s increasingly digital world, you can watch Michigan football online, completely legal, without cable. Here’s how you can enjoy a Michigan football live stream.
Sling TV Offers Best Option for Michigan Football Live Stream
Sling TV is the best way to watch college football online. This live streaming service offers you access to many of the most popular cable networks, including the entire suite of ESPN channels — ESPN, ESPN2, and access to ESPN3 through the online WatchESPN app, which you will be able to access with your log in. This will get you access to a ton of games airing on ESPN’s digital network, along with a stream of any games showing on ABC. You can even pay just $5 extra a month to get ESPNU and ESPNews along with other great channels in the Sports Extra package.
The basic Sling TV Orange service is only $20 a month and comes with no strings attached. You can cancel at any time. That’s a fraction of the price of cable TV and it offers all the channels you love, plus a ton of flexibility.
You can watch Sling TV (review) on your mobile devices, computer, or TV using a streaming player. In fact, if you sign up for 3 months of service, you can get a free Roku 2 or discounted Apple TV to connect to your TV.
You can even start with a free 7-day trial to see if Sling TV is right for you.
CBS College Sports Live Offers Audio and Video Streams of Some Michigan Games
CBS is also now offering a dedicated online streaming service called College Sports Live. You will be able to watch or listen to Michigan football online this way for a few of the games this year. However, be prepared to only access audio for most college football games. Look at the CBS College Sports Live website to see which games will be available. College Sports Live (review) also carries thousands of other college sporting events all year long!
CBS College Sports Live is only $9.95 a month without a contract. Click here to try it today.
Use PlayStation Vue to Watch Michigan Football Games Online
PlayStation Vue, a streaming service offered by Sony, gives you another way to watch Michigan football online this season. Vue is similar to Sling TV, giving you live streaming of many popular TV networks, without a cable subscription.
Vue has several packages (see our review for info), but their basic bundle ($30-$40 a month, price varies) will give you ESPN and ESPN2, as well as ESPN3 via the WatchESPN app, among other channels. Vue also carries Big Ten Network in one of its packages.
While PlayStation Vue has many benefits, Sling TV is a better value. Sling TV is cheaper than Vue, available on more devices, has great sign-up offers, and doesn’t have the mobile streaming restrictions that Vue has.
Watch Select Michigan Football Games Free with Your Antenna
Throughout the season, some Michigan games will broadcast on over-the-air network television channels like ABC. You can watch these featured games of the week free if you have an antenna that can pick up the over-the-air signal from your local ABC affiliate. Check out our antennas guide for more info.
To take this broadcast experience one step further, invest in the Tablo over-the-air DVR which can record over-the-air signals so you can watch them later. Or, you can stream live TV or recordings to a mobile device if you’re on the go. Click here to check out our full guide to DVRs.
Do you want to watch more than just the Wolverines play football this year? You can catch all the football action you want by checking out our complete college football guide.