Most any college football game can be viewed on either ESPN, ABC, NBC or CBS. Included are all the viewing options for each of these channels, complete with TV schedules and online streaming options for each. This entry also provides conference-specific options, for the most die-hard of fans looking for non-nationally aired games.
If you are just looking for a one-stop shop option, use:
NCAA Football Games - TV & Online Viewing Schedule
This option is comprehensive, up-to-date, and best of all hides all spoilers. You can see available ticket info and live stream links, as well as dates, times, TV channels and of course the match-ups.
For a more detailed breakdown on how and where to watch ANY college football game during the full season, continue below. Resources include all the popular satellite TV and Internet TV cable packages, as well as each major channel broken down into sections, for easier referencing.
Satellite TV Options
Dish Network. All their plans offer ESPN, ABC, NBC and CBS. Recommended are their America's Top 120 Plus, America's Top 200 or America's Top 250 package. All these plans include regional sports channels as well, like all the Fox Sports and NBC regional channels, and will be offered depending on your location. Also conference specific channels like SEC Network or Longhorn Network channels (location dependent as well).
DirecTV. Their Entertainment plan includes ESPN, ABC, NBC and CBS. But for all those important regional sports channels (and conference channels), consider one of these 4 plans: Choice, Xtra, Ultimate or Premier. Choice is the least expensive and best value, but the other 3 include more premium movie channels on a sliding scale.
Online Cable TV Options
SlingTV, YouTube TV, FuboTV, Playstation Vue, Hulu with Live TV and DirecTV Now. All of these services offer free trials and don't require a contract, while giving you the freedom of watching on most any streaming device out there.
Every option here includes a plan that will give you ESPN, ABC, NBC and CBS, as well as most all plans coming with regional sports and conference channels (that you will get automatically depending on your location).
And finally, for a channel by channel breakdown:
ESPN has the exclusive rights to air nearly half (44%) of all college football games. So if you are wanting to view a game, chances are this is the place to start.
ESPN College Football Schedule. Between ESPN, ESPN 2, ESPN 3, ESPNEWS, the WATCH ESPN app, and ESPN U, there are a lot of options. This schedule will tell you not just the games that ESPN is airing and how you can watch if they are airing it, but ALL of the college football games' info for the entire season.
It includes what national channel the game will air on, including times, dates, and even ticket info if you want to attend the game.. just everything you would need to know. Plus you can break the list down by specific conferences. Great resource. So this solves the problem of how and when to watch when ESPN airs on the TV. For mobile access to their channels...
Online & Streaming--
WATCH ESPN app. Something to keep in mind with ESPN, it's not a free service. So to access their network you will need a cable subscription (or at least someone's login info). But having this will gain you access to their WATCH ESPN app which gives you a live feed to the main ESPN channel (as well as some games that will be airing on other owned channels like ABC, SEC Network, ESPN U, and many more) on the go.
ABC is a locally broadcast national station. This means that you don't need a cable subscription to view, if you have a quality digital tuner (digital rabbit ears basically). Most streams over-the-air come free of charge, and most in HD. (1080i/720p typically). In this case, check local listings for your ABC affiliate channel.
But if you don't have that option, or want to stream ABC on the go...
Online & Sreaming---
Keep in mind that ESPN basically owns the ABC Sports division for television. (Walt Disney ultimately owns both, fyi) But ABC will definitely air exclusive games. So there will be spillover with options, but that's a good thing. You will notice you can stream ABC games on the Watch ESPN app, for instance. But for watching nationally broadcast games on ABC, look to first use:
Watch ABC Live. With a cable subscription, you can view any ABC program including college football games live and on any mobile platform. And since ABC and ESPN are basically the same thing, so is their available scheduling for games.
Want to watch your Notre Dame Fighting Irish? Then NBC is the place. They have exclusive rights through 2025. Not all games will air on their game channel though. The season opener will. But most others will air instead on their NBCSN channel. NBC and affiliates will also air a handful of Ivy League conference games.
Most cable providers will include both NBC and NBCSN. But if you just have local channels, you will only get the main NBC channel.
At any rate, to watch NBC and NBCSN on the go, use the NBC Sports Live app.
The SEC and CBS have had a long history of exclusivity. But that has changed with the SEC Network channel venture with ESPN. Even still, CBS still gets many SEC games throughout the year. And CBS and CBSSN will be airing more than just SEC games. Check to see if your cable package includes CBSSN, most do.
CBS TV schedule and their CBS Sports Network programming info gives you all the info you'll need to watch CBS sponsored college football games.
For mobile access with cable credentials, use the CBS Sports mobile application.
Conference Specific TV Channels and Apps
For games that aren't being aired nationally, you can actually still get access. You just need to be kind of die-hard to go that route. Enter conference-specific tv channels and apps. Check your cable provider for channels like Longhorn Network or SEC Network. Those are the big 2 I am aware of. Also google to see if your favorite conference/team has their own channel. It will be extra to add to your TV package, but it could be worth it.
Keep in mind, ONLY non-nationally aired games that the other big channels didn't buy rights to will air on these channels. But you will also get exclusive interview access and a lot of other team/conference specific content throughout the season, or year if you decide to keep the channel.
Online & Streaming--
The Big Ten, Pac 12, ACC and SEC all have online streaming options that vary in price, starting at $7.99/month. All options vary a bit on what you get included with the service. But it should be noted that with the exception of the SEC Network (that's run partly with ESPN) you WILL NOT be able to stream nationally televised games here. Only ones that aren't.