How to Watch Michigan vs NIU Football Live Online Without Cable

Northern Illinois vs Michigan watch

Getty Head coach Jim Harbaugh celebrates a second half touchdown with Cade McNamara.

The No. 25 Michigan Wolverines (2-0) will host the Northern Illinois Huskies (1-1) at Michigan Stadium Saturday, September 18.

The game (Noon ET start time) will be televised on Big Ten Network. But if you don’t have cable, here are some different ways you can watch a live stream of Northern Illinois vs Michigan online:

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FuboTV

You can watch a live stream of Big Ten Network, the BTN alternates (an overflow channel for when multiple games on BTN overlap) and 100-plus other live TV channels on FuboTV, which comes with a free seven-day trial:

FuboTV Free Trial

Once signed up for FuboTV, you can watch Northern Illinois vs Michigan live on the FuboTV app, which is available on your Roku, Roku TV, Amazon Fire TV or Fire Stick, Apple TV, Chromecast, Xbox One or Series X/S, Samsung TV, LG TV, any device with Android TV (such as a Sony TV or Nvidia Shield), iPhone, Android phone, iPad or Android tablet. Or you can watch on your computer via the FuboTV website.

You can also watch live via FoxSports.com or the Fox Sports app. You’ll need to sign in to a cable provider to watch this way, but if you don’t have that, you can use your FuboTV credentials to log in and watch.


Vidgo

You can watch a live stream of Big Ten Network and 90+ other TV channels on Vidgo. This option doesn’t include a free trial, but you can get your first month for just $10:

Get Vidgo

Once signed up for Vidgo, you can watch Northern Illinois vs Michigan live on the Vidgo app, which is available on your Roku, Roku TV, Amazon Fire TV, or Firestick, Apple TV, Chromecast, any device with Android TV (such as a Sony TV or Nvidia Shield), iPhone, Android phone, iPad, or Android tablet. Or you can watch on your computer via the Vidgo website.

You can also watch live via FoxSports.com or the Fox Sports app. You’ll need to sign in to a cable provider to watch this way, but if you don’t have that, you can use your Vidgo credentials to log in and watch.


Sling TV

You can watch a live stream of Big Ten Network and 50-plus other live TV channels via Sling TV’s “Sling Blue + Sports Extra” bundle. This option doesn’t include a free trial, but it’s the cheapest long-term streaming service with BTN, and you can get your first month for just $21:

Get Sling TV

Once signed up for Sling TV, you can watch Northern Illinois vs Michigan live on the Sling TV app, which is available on your Roku, Roku TV, Amazon Fire TV or Fire Stick, Apple TV, Chromecast, Xbox One or Series X/S, Samsung TV, LG TV, any device with Android TV (such as a Sony TV or Nvidia Shield), airTV Mini, Oculus, Portal, iPhone, Android phone, iPad or Android tablet. Or you can watch on your computer via the Sling TV website.

You can also watch live via FoxSports.com or the Fox Sports app. You’ll need to sign in to a cable provider to watch this way, but if you don’t have that, you can use your Sling credentials to log in and watch.


Hulu With Live TV

You can watch a live stream of Big Ten Network and 65+ other TV channels via Hulu With Live TV, which comes with a free seven-day trial:

Hulu With Live TV Free Trial

Once signed up for Hulu With Live TV, you can watch Northern Illinois vs Michigan live on the Hulu app, which is available on your Roku, Roku TV, Amazon Fire TV or Fire Stick, Apple TV, Chromecast, Xbox One or Series X/S, PlayStation 4 or 5, Nintendo Switch, Samsung TV, LG TV, any device with Android TV (such as a Sony TV or Nvidia Shield), iPhone, Android phone, iPad or Android tablet. Or you can watch on your computer via the Hulu website.

You can also watch live via FoxSports.com or the Fox Sports app. You’ll need to sign in to a cable provider to watch this way, but if you don’t have that, you can use your Hulu credentials to log in and watch.


Northern Illinois vs Michigan Preview

Jim Harbaugh and the Wolverines have started out their 2021 campaign hot, winning both of their games so far in convincing fashion. They beat Western Michigan, 47-14 in their season opener, and they handed Washington a 31-10 loss last weekend.

Wolverines QB Cade McNamara wasn’t needed much in Harbaugh’s run-heavy attack, tossing just seven passes for 44 yards. Running backs Blake Corum and Hassan Haskins both balled out in the win, carrying Michigan’s offense on their shoulders. Corum had 21 carries for 171 yards ands three TDs, while Haskins added 155 yards and a score on 27 rushes.

“Heard a little bit of noise about it. ‘Why so much running? You gotta throw more!’ That kind of thing,” Harbaugh said this week. “There’s a lot of ways to travel. Some people choose to travel on the ground, some people by air. George Patton was able to get his job done on the ground. Neil Armstrong through the air. Last Saturday night, we chose to grind it out on the ground. And were also able to get our mission accomplished.”

As for the Huskies, they’re coming off a hard-fought 50-43 loss to Wyoming last week. QB Rocky Lombardi had a rough day, completing 19 of 36 passes for 233 yards, a TD and three picks. Running back Harrison Waylee provided the bulk of UNI’s offense, gashing Wyoming for 179 yards and two touchdowns on 26 carries, while Clint Ratkovich added 63 yards and three TDs.

They’ll be going up against a Michigan ‘D’ that has given up just 12.0 points and an average of 84.5 yards rushing per game.

“We have a big challenge this weekend in Michigan,” NIU coach Thomas Hammock said. “They built their team the right way and one that we can certainly emulate. Obviously, I worked for Jim Harbaugh’s brother for five years, so I know the DNA of the Harbaugh family. They have a style that is very physical and demanding — It’s going to stress you out in all phases. We have a big challenge, and it got started on the right foot today in practice.”

The Huskies have been solid on offense, averaging 32.5 points a game, but they’re surrendering 35.5 points a game on defense — and have been particularly bad against the run, allowing 231.0 yards rushing and 4.8 yards per carry a game. Thus, Michigan should feast in this one if it continues to play solid defense.


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