Most college football fans prefer an offensive shootout to a defensive battle, especially in this era of up-tempo spread offenses. Well, if that’s your preference for football then there won’t be any better bowl game this NCAA postseason than the December 29 Russell Athletic Bowl from the Florida Citrus Bowl in Orlando as No. 10 North Carolina faces No. 17 Baylor on ESPN. This will be the first time the two schools have met in football. It’s going to be a great matchup you don’t want to miss, and we’re going to tell you how you can watch a legal Russell Athletic Bowl live stream.
North Carolina Tar Heels vs. Baylor Bears Preview
How motivated will North Carolina be to play in this game? The Heels (11-2) took an 11-game winning streak into the ACC Championship Game and gave top-ranked and unbeaten Clemson all it could handle in a 45-37 loss. UNC got hosed when it came to the referees as after scoring a touchdown with 1:13 remaining to make it a one-possession game, the Tar Heels recovered the ensuing onside kick. However, they were called for offside, even though replays showed no UNC player was so. Had North Carolina not been penalized, tied and then won the game, it would have played in a New Year’s Six bowl at a minimum and perhaps in the College Football Playoff.
North Carolina is led by senior quarterback Marquise Williams, who has thrown for 2,829 yards and 21 touchdowns while rushing for 867 yards and 11 scores. The Heels also have one of the country’s best running backs in Elijah Wood, who rushed 206 times for 1,345 yards and an ACC-best 17 touchdowns. UNC leads the country in yards per play and is 11th in points per game (40.9 per game).
Baylor (9-3) was a preseason favorite to win the Big 12 along with TCU. And the Bears looked the part of a national championship contender until starting quarterback and Heisman Trophy candidate Seth Russell was lost for the season in an Oct. 24 win over Iowa State. Then backup Jarrett Stidham suffered his own injury that knocked him out of the final two games. Baylor had to turn to former receiver Chris Johnson under center and he struggled — then got hurt himself in the finale against Texas. It was so bad in the loss to the Longhorns that Baylor coach Art Briles ran the single wing in the third and fourth quarters.
So it’s not clear who plays QB here, although the team is hopeful Stidham will be able to return. He broke a bone in his foot Nov. 21. Johnson will be healthy. Baylor still led the nation in total offense (605.0 yards per game) and in scoring (48.0 ppg).
UNC and Baylor didn’t play any common opponents during the season. The Heels have lost five of their past seven bowl games. Baylor has lost two straight postseason games.
Sign Up for Sling TV to Watch Russell Athletic Bowl Live Stream
This should be a highly entertaining Russell Athletic Bowl so it’s time to try Sling TV to watch North Carolina and Baylor go up and down the field streaming live. It’s your only legal option to do so. And right now, Sling TV is offering a free 7-day trial with no obligations — what better time to sign up than to watch all the bowl games? That means you can watch the Russell Athletic Bowl live stream free today!
The basic package for Sling TV (review) provides over 20 cable channels. Included are TNT, TBS, AMC, ESPN, ESPN2, and ESPN3 (through WatchESPN with your Sling TV login). With Sling TV, you can live stream your favorite TV shows or sporting events even on your TV with a connected device. Sling TV’s basic package costs only $20 per month and does not require a contract, so you can cancel at any point if you’d like. There is also the option to purchase additional channels each month. Sling TV has add-on packages for $5 per month, including a Sports Package.
You can watch Sling TV on streaming players (Roku, Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, etc.), mobile devices, your computer, etc. In addition to the free trial, Sling TV is offering a free Roku streaming stick when you prepay three months of the Sling TV service. Also to new customers is 50% off the loaded Roku 3 when you prepay three months of Sling TV. Those devices will connect your live stream to your TV, letting you easily watch all the action on your big screen. Click here to learn more about these great limited-time offers just in time for bowl season.
Other College Football Games to Watch Online Dec. 29
Armed Forces Bowl: California vs. Air Force, 2 p.m. ET
Arizona Bowl: Nevada vs. Colorado State, 7:30 p.m. ET (ASN/Campus Insiders, first bowl game not nationally televised since 1994)
Texas Bowl: LSU vs. Texas Tech, 9 p.m. ET
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