NCAA football is back! Where to watch all the games today
College football is back. Okay, it’s been here for a few weeks, but the Pac-12 finally sprung into action with five games today. The conference isn’t a fan favorite for those who follow the likes of the ACC, SEC, Big-12, or Big-10, but for those in the surrounding area or alumni of a Pac-12 school, it’s a huge deal.
The Pac-12 will play a shortened season like the MLB. Teams will only play schools in their division and most likely won’t qualify for the College Football Playoffs. To keep up with the Pac-12 football action for the rest, check out these places to watch games this weekend.
Arizona State @ USC
The Arizona State Sun Devils will take on the USC Trojans at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. Fox is broadcasting the game at noon ET / 9 a.m. PT. You’ll be able to watch the game on your TV and through the Fox Sports Go app.
Last season, USC finished outside the AP Top 25 after going 8-4 and losing their bowl game to sixteenth ranked Iowa. Arizona State also finished outside the AP Top 25 and ended the season 7-5. They finished their season with a win, beating Florida State in their bowl game. Both teams are looking to capitalize on last season’s success and starting their seasons with a win.
UCLA @ Colorado
The Colorado Buffalos will host the UCLA Bruins in a late afternoon evening game on ESPN 2 at 7 p.m. ET / 4 p.m. PT. You can catch the game on TV and the ESPN app.
Neither team looked good last season. Colorado is heading in the wrong direction from their incredible 10-3 season in 2016, as they lost their first bowl game in a decade last year. UCLA always looks like USC’s little brother when compared to their crosstown rivals. Head Coach Chip Kelly is looking to turn the team around in his third season. A winning record this season would be a sign of good things to come for UCLA.
Stanford @ Oregon
The Stanford Cardinals will head to Oregon to take on the reigning Pac-12 Champions, the Oregon Ducks. ABC is hosting the game which can be found on TV in all areas or on the ABC app if you find yourself not home by kickoff. The game starts at 7:30 p.m. ET / 4:30 p.m. PT.
Stanford is usually a Pac-12 powerhouse. However, they’ve lost their stronghold on the conference and failed to make a bowl game last season after a 4-8 record. As reigning Pac-12 champs, Oregon hoped last year’s success would translate to a College Football Playoff’s appearance. However, with the shortened season and lack of out-of-conference games, it’s unlikely any Pac-12 team will make the College Football Playoffs this season.
Washington State @ Oregon State
The Washington State Cougars will open their season against the Oregon State Beavers on Fox Sports One at 10:30 p.m. ET / 7:30 p.m. PT. Fans can watch the game on their TV or the Fox Sports Go app.
Washington State took a huge step backward after their 10-2 2018 season, going 6-6 in 2019. They plan to start true freshman Jayden de Laura at quarterback, the first true freshman to start in a season opener in the school’s history. Oregon State improved from their terrible 2-10 record in 2018 with a 5-7 record in 2019. The Beavers look to capitalize on their marginal success this season and push for a bowl game in 2020.
Other viewing options
Only the Stanford Oregon and Arizona State USC games will be available on basic cable. For cord-cutters, we recommended turning to either Hulu + Live TV or YouTube TV as an option for catching the best of college football.
If you already subscribe to Hulu as a cord-cutter, pony up the extra cash to add live TV. For those looking to become a cord-cutter, YouTube TV might be the best option. It’s $10 more but comes with twenty more channels and unlimited cloud DVR storage to record all the other college football games you missed on Saturday to watch throughout the week.
Another option is to get the Disney+, Hulu, ESPN+ bundle. ESPN+ does play a few college football games each week on the streaming service. It’s the perfect bundle if you already have Disney+ or Hulu, but if you only want ESPN+, it’s only $5.99 a month. The bigger games are usually on TV, but fans of smaller teams like Texas State or sixteenth ranked Marshel will find it a good deal.
For Cal Burkley, Washington, Utah, and Arizona fans, the games between Cal Burkley and Washington & Utah and Arizona have been canceled due to players testing positive for COVID-19. Their seasons will hopefully start the following week. Which Pac-12 game are you the most excited for? Let us know the comments.