It’s a matchup of two programs with storied histories in college football for the TaxSlayer Bowl from Jacksonville’s EverBank Field on Jan. 2 at noon when Penn State of the Big Ten faces off against Georgia of the SEC. It’s the first of four bowl games on the day after New Year’s Day. The two schools are among the 11 winningest college football programs of all time, but neither has won a national championship since the 1980s. Keep reading to learn how you can watch the TaxSlayer Bowl live stream from home.
This is only the second meeting between the programs and the first was quite memorable. It came in the 1983 Sugar Bowl when the Nittany Lions won 27-23 over Georgia to claim their first national championship. That game featured “The Catch,” one of the biggest players in Penn State history, a 48-yard diving touchdown reception by wide receiver Gregg Garrity from Todd Blackledge (now an ABC/ESPN college football analyst) to give the Lions a 27-17 lead. This game is on ESPN but if you can’t catch via the home television route, the telecast is available to cord cutters via the WatchESPN app. And the best place to get that streaming option to watch the TaxSlayer Bowl, among other bowl games, is Sling TV!
Penn State Nittany Lions vs. Georgia Bulldogs Preview
More was expected of Penn State (7-5) this season, mainly because the Lions brought back quarterback Christian Hackenberg, considered a potential No. 1 overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft. But Hackenberg was very inconsistent behind a shaky offensive line. The junior completed just 53.3 percent of his passes for 2,386 yards, 16 touchdowns and five interceptions. He does hold nearly every school record at this point and it’s still expected this will be his final collegiate game.
Penn State hasn’t beaten any good teams this season. It lost by 17 at Temple, by 28 at Ohio State, by two at Northwestern, by 12 against Michigan and by 39 to close the regular season at Michigan State. All but one of Penn State’s wins come against a non-winning FBS team. So this might be the most overrated 7-5 team in the nation. And Hackenberg will have a new offensive coordinator for this game in quarterbacks coach Ricky Rahne. That’s because Coach James Franklin fired the previous offensive coordinator, John Donovan, following that loss to Michigan State. Donovan will be replaced on a full-time basis after the bowl game by Joe Moorhead, the Fordham head coach the past four seasons. PSU ranked just 107th nationally in total offense this season and averaged only 23.7 points per game. The defense was strong, ranking 10th against the pass. Lions end Carl Nassib has won several major postseason awards, including Big Ten defensive player of the year, the Lombardi Award as the best lineman or linebacker in the nation, and the Ted Hendricks Award as college football’s outstanding defensive end. Nassib, a former walk-on, led the nation with 16 sacks this year.
Penn State is tied for third nationally with 28 bowl victories and is No. 2 in bowl winning percentage with a 28-15-2 post-season record (64.4) among schools with at least 20 postseason appearances.
Georgia (9-3) was the preseason favorite to win the SEC East but finished tied for second behind Florida. The Dawgs lost star running back Nick Chubb, a Heisman Trophy candidate, to a season-ending injury on Oct. 10 against Tennessee. The Dawgs lost that game as well as to Alabama and Florida but did close the regular season on a four-game winning streak.
The Bulldogs are very much in transition from a coaching perspective because the school surprisingly fired head coach Mark Richt. He originally planned to coach the bowl game but took the Miami job and now will not. Wide receivers coach Bryan McClendon will serve as interim coach and then likely join Richt in south Florida. Offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer and defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt are also gone. Tight ends coach and co-special teams coordinator John Lilly will call the offense while outside linebackers coach Kevin Sherrer will do the same on the defensive side of the ball. Lilly called plays for Georgia’s 37-14 win over Louisville in last year’s Belk Bowl. Current Alabama defensive coordinator Kirby Smart will take over as head coach whenever the Tide’s season is over. Pruitt is replacing Smart as Alabama’s defensive coordinator.
Georgia is 28-19-3 all-time in bowls. The Dawgs and Nittany Lions didn’t have any common opponents this season. While Georgia the clear pick for winner of the 2016 Taxlayer Bowl, Penn State will need to work hard to overcome the dominant Bulldogs. Below, you’ll find our recommendations for how to watch the Penn St. vs Georgia game online.
Sign Up for Sling TV to Watch the TaxSlayer Bowl Live Stream Online
If you don’t have cable TV, your best option for watching the TaxSlayer Bowl live stream is to sign up for Sling TV. Sling TV is currently offering a free seven-day trial with no obligations.
Sling TV offers a variety of channel packages. The basic, most affordable option (which is only $20 per month), gives you access to more than 20 of the best channels that cable TV has to offer. You’ll enjoy channels like ESPN, ESPN 2, TNT, TBS, and many more. You can also add additional channels for as little as $5 per month. If you crave a wide selection, there are 65+ channels available in total. You can read more about this service in our review.
Sling TV works on a variety of devices. You can use your smartphone or tablet while you’re on the go, your computer, or watch from your TV using a streaming device (such as a Roku, Apple TV, Chromecast, etc.) This makes the service nice and flexible, allowing you to watch from anywhere that you have a solid internet connection.
In addition to the free trial, Sling TV will give you a free Roku streaming stick when you sign up and pre-pay for 3 months of service. With a Roku, you’ll be able to watch the TaxSlayer Bowl live stream from home, directly from your TV.
Want to watch the Penn State vs Georgia game for free? Click here to sign up for a free trial of Sling TV, and if you time it right, you can watch the TaxSlayer Bowl live stream for free!
Other College Football Games to Watch Online Jan. 2
*All games can be watched on Sling TV*
Liberty Bowl: Kansas State vs. Arkansas, 3:20 p.m. ET
Alamo Bowl: Oregon vs. TCU, 6:45 p.m. ET
Cactus Bowl: West Virginia vs. Arizona State, 10:15 p.m. ET
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