It has been a frustrating decade for Michigan football fans who have endured the ups and downs of Rich Rodriguez and Brady Hoke’s eras – they are mostly downs, with on and off the field drama surrounding the coaches, boosters, and athletic department. It all culminated in the perhaps the most dramatic off season with Michigan convincing former SF 49ers head coach and legendary Wolverines quarterback, Jim Harbaugh, to return to coach its alma mater with a record-size contract.
Coach Harbaugh’s reputation as a prickly coach is well-documented throughout his tenure in Stanford and with the 49ers, but there is no denying that the man knows how to coach after building Stanford into a national power and leading the 49ers to back to back NFC championship games.
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!
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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.
Four Places To Watch UM Football Games:
Expectations in Ann Arbor thus have never been higher and if you are a long-suffering Wolverines fan, you don’t want to miss this ride. If you live in the state of Michigan, there is no excuse for not being there every Saturday for the home games, but if you are exiled in other parts of the countries or the world, these are some ways that you can keep up with your beloved team online.
1. WatchESPN app: The long-awaited showdown between Michigan and defending national champion and arch-rival Ohio State Buckeyes do not yet have a broadcast time, but the high profile of both teams make it very likely that the game will be broadcasted during prime time by ABC/ESPN.
The Urban Meyer vs Jim Harbaugh showdown will probably one of the biggest story this season and you can follow the game live through ESPN tracker, or stream it using WatchESPN which is available for all mobile devices. WatchESPN is also available as a built-in app in AppleTV. It requires users to login using their cable providers information, but access is free for those who stream using an on-campus or military-base wifi.
2. BTN2Go app: The Big Ten Network released a mobile app to allow for live and on-demand streaming of its contents for various devices. Big Ten Network is available as a basic package by most cable and television providers and access to BTN2Go is free for those who are already subscribed to one of these cable companies.
The app allows you to stream any content from anywhere as long as you have at least 3.0 Mbps internet connection. For additional fee, you can also subscribe to BTN Plus which gives you access to non-televised programming and students-produced events.
3. Fox Sports Go: Michigan’s season opener against Pac-12 opponent the Utah Utes, along with a few other games are slated to air on Fox Sports 1. Fox Sports Go app allows for live steaming of games in a similar way as its ESPN counterpart. To use the in mobile devices, it requires iOS 7.0 or Android 4.0 or higher.
4. SportsLemon: This is one of the many websites that provide free streaming links to live sporting events. The streaming quality ranges from acceptable to excellent, but you are almost guaranteed to find a link that works for you. The website also has ads which are unfortunately unavoidable, but there are less ads here compared to some other free streaming websites.