Texas has made a nasty habit of performing below expectations the last several years, but they’ll look to put an end to that trend in 2018 and return back to the top-half of the Big 12.
Every Texas football game will be broadcast on one of the following channels: Fox, Fox Sports 1, ABC, ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU or the Longhorn Network (full schedule). Fortunately, even if you don’t have cable or a TV, you can watch one, some or all of these channels by signing up for one of the following cable-free, live TV streaming services:
Hulu With Live TV: Includes Fox, Fox Sports 1, ABC, ESPN, ESPN2, and ESPNU (Longhorn Network isn’t included, but LHN games can be watched on ESPN’s digital platforms with a Hulu with Live TV log-in)
Sling TV: Includes Fox, Fox Sports 1, ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPNU (ABC and Longhorn Network aren’t included, but those games can be watched on ESPN’s digital platforms with a Sling TV log-in)
All of these services allow you to watch live TV without a cable box or satellite or annual contract. All you need is an internet connection. Here’s a rundown of what they include, how to sign up, and how to watch a live stream of every Texas game in 2018:
Hulu with Live TV offers the perfect mix of entertainment and live sports for cord-cutters. Not only does it come with an extensive Netflix-like library of on-demand TV shows (Seinfeld, It’s Always Sunny, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, etc.) and movies, but it also gives you every channel that will broadcast a Texas football game in 2018.
Getting all that, including DVR, for $40 per month is great value.
Texas Football Channels Included: Fox (live in select markets), FS1, ABC (live in select markets), ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU. There are a total of 50-plus channels included, as well as Hulu’s on-demand streaming library (a $7.99 or $11.99 per month value).
Pricing Options: Hulu With Live TV (with the “Limited Commercials” on-demand plan): $39.99 per month | Hulu With Live TV (with the “No Commercials” on-demand library plan): $43.99 per month
Extras: The regular Hulu With Live TV plan allows you to watch on two different devices at the same time, but you can watch on unlimited screens at the same time for $15 per month extra; 50 hours of cloud DVR is included, but you can upgrade to 200 hours of enhanced cloud DVR for $15 per month.
How to Sign Up: Go to the Hulu website and select “Sign Up Now”. After creating an account, select your channel package and any extras you want, then enter your payment information.
How & Where to Watch: If you want to watch on your computer, simply return to the Hulu website and select “Start Watching” at the top of the page, and then “Live TV.” Scroll to whatever channel you want to start watching live TV.
If you want to watch on your phone, tablet or other streaming device, you can do so via the Hulu app, which is free to download for the following devices: Amazon Fire TV or TV Stick, Apple TV, Chromecast, Roku, Android phones and tablets, iPads and iPhones, Xbox 360, Xbox One, PlayStation 4, select Smart TV’s and other devices.
Additionally, Texas games that are on ABC, Longhorn Network or any of the ESPN channels can also be watched on your computer via ESPN.com, or on your phone, tablet or streaming device via the ESPN app. You’ll need to log in to a cable provider to watch this way, but you can use your Hulu credentials to do that.
The first to dive into the cable-free, live-TV streaming service, Sling TV’s biggest selling point continues to be its low price point. However, while the basic “Sling Orange” or “Sling Blue” is a cheap entry point, you need to get both base packages to get most of the channels that will show Texas football games, which adds up to $40 per month ($45 if you want DVR, and $55 if you want ESPNU).
In the end, it’s just not as good of a value as Hulu with Live TV.
Texas Football Channels Included: ESPN and ESPN2 are part of the “Sling Orange” bundle, Fox and Fox Sports 1 are part of the “Sling Blue” bundle, and ESPNU is in the “Sports Extra” add-on
Price: Sling Orange: $25 per month | Sling Blue: $25 per month | Sling Orange + Blue: $40 per month | Sports Extra add-on: $10 per month ($5 per month if you add it to just Sling Orange)
Extras: Watch on one device at once with Sling Orange or Sling Orange+Blue; Watch on three devices at once with Sling Blue; 50 hours of cloud DVR is $5 per month extra.
How to Sign Up: Go to the Sling TV website and select “Watch Now 7 Days Free.” After creating an account, select your channel package and any extras you want, then enter your payment information to sign up.
How & Where to Watch: If you want to watch on your computer, just return to the Sling TV website and navigate to your desired channel to start watching live TV. If you want to watch on your phone, tablet or other streaming device, you can do so via the Sling TV app, which is free to download for the following devices: Amazon Fire TV or TV Stick, Apple TV, Chromecast, Roku, Android phones and tablets, iPads and iPhones, Fire tablets, and Xbox One.
Additionally, UT games that are on ABC, Longhorn Network or any of the ESPN channels can also be watched on your computer via ESPN.com, or on your phone, tablet or streaming device via the ESPN app. You’ll need to log in to a cable provider to watch this way, but you can use your Sling TV credentials to do that.
Since 2011, when Nebraska and Missouri left and the conference moved to 10 teams, here are Texas’ Big 12 regular season finishes in chronological order: 6th, 4th, 4th, 6th, 7th, 7th, 6th.
Eesh. For a team with as much recruiting success as Texas (since 2010, every recruiting class has ranked first or second in the Big-12 in 247 Sports’ rankings), that’s a wildly disappointing run of results.
Tom Herman’s first year was a start in the right direction: The Longhorns notched their first seven-win season since 2013 (yuck) and their first bowl victory since 2012. But now they need to build on that.
It starts with quarterback play, and Herman–at least to start the season–plans on putting his faith in sophomore Sam Ehlinger, who was able to win the job over Shane Buechele.
“He’s throwing the ball a lot better,” Herman said of Ehlinger. “He’s sitting in the pocket more comfortably.
“We just feel like (there are) a lot of year of coaching experience on our staff and neither of them did anything to justify saying, ‘You can’t win with that guy.’ It was just a matter of who we feel gives you the best chance to win.”
The No. 4 ranked dual-threat QB in the class of 2017 showed some bright spots as a true freshman last year, throwing for 1,915 yards (7.0 yards per attempt), 11 touchdowns and seven interceptions, and running for another 381 yards and two scores. A step forward would be huge for Texas.
Elsewhere, the Longhorns lost four players to the NFL draft (LT Connor Williams, LB Malik Jefferson, P Michael Dickson and S DeShon Elliott) and a couple other key pieces to graduation, but they return a solid seven starters on both offense and defense, and they bring in the country’s third-best recruiting class, led by 5-star safeties Caden Sterns and B.J. Foster.
The schedule also plays out pretty favorably. The Longhorns are scheduled to play three Top-25 teams in 2018 (USC, TCU, Oklahoma), and three of them all have to travel to Austin. The most difficult road game is Oklahoma State, which comes right after a bye week.
Ultimately, Texas still probably isn’t fully back, but eight or nine wins isn’t out of the question. If not, if another regression comes after last year’s glimpses of optimism, Herman may start feeling the heat rather soon.