How to Watch Wisconsin Football Online Without Cable [2018]

Watch Wisconsin Football Online

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Following a season in which they tallied the most wins (13) in school history, the Wisconsin Badgers enter 2018 as a Top-5 team with national title aspirations.

Every Wisconsin football game will be broadcast nationally on one of the following channels: ABC, Fox, Fox Sports 1, any of the ESPN channels, or the Big Ten 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 ABC, Fox, Fox Sports 1, ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU, ESPN News and Big Ten Network

FuboTV: Includes Fox, Fox Sports 1, Big Ten Network and Big Ten Network alternate channels

Sling TV: Includes Fox, Fox Sports 1, ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU and ESPN News

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 Wisconsin game in 2018:

Hulu With Live TV

Hulu With Live TV

Hulu

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 Wisconsin football game in 2018.

Wisconsin Football Channels Included: ABC (live in select markets), Fox, Fox Sports 1, ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU, ESPN News, Big Ten Network. 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, Wisconsin games that are on ABC 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.


FuboTV

FuboTV

Though it also has a good amount of entertainment channels, FuboTV is one of the best streaming services for watching live sports. Among many other sports channels, the main “Fubo” package comes with Fox, FS1, the Big Ten Network and even the BTN “extra football game channels”, which will show other Big Ten games when there are multiple on at the same time. It also has a lot of nice user experience features, including an interface that lets you search by sport, included DVR, and my personal favorite, a “72-hour lookback” feature, which lets you watch games on-demand up to three days later even without recording them.

The one drawback is that the ESPN channels aren’t included, but for games on the Fox channel and the Big Ten Network, FuboTV is a really good option–and it’s a very good value for how many channels you’re getting.

Wisconsin Football Channels Included: Fox, Fox Sports 1, Big Ten Network and Big Ten Network alternate channels

Pricing Options: The “Fubo” package, which has 75-plus channels including the ones listed above, costs $39.99 for the first month, and then $44.99 per month after that.

Extras: Watch on two different devices at once; 30 hours of cloud DVR is included; also includes a “72-hour lookback” feature, which allows you to watch games and shows up to three days after they air, even if you forgot to DVR them

How to Sign Up: Head to the FuboTV website and select “Start Your Free Trial”. After creating an account, select your channel package and any extras if you want. You’ll need to enter your payment information, but if you cancel your subscription within seven days of signing up, you will not be charged.

How & Where to Watch: If you want to watch on your computer, just return to the FuboTV website and navigate to a channel to start watching live TV. The Chrome browser is suggested.

If you want to watch on your phone, tablet or other streaming device, you can do so via the FuboTV 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


Sling TV

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 plus the “Sports Extra” add-on to get most of the channels that will show Wisconsin football games, plus Big Ten Network isn’t included and DVR is another add-on, so in the end, the pricing isn’t all that great.

All things considered, Hulu with Live TV is still the better overall value, and FuboTV will get you BTN (though not ESPN).

Note that ABC isn’t included, but you’ll still be able to watch the ABC games online via the ESPN digital platforms

Wisconsin Football Channels Included: ESPN and ESPN2 are part of the “Sling Orange” bundle, Fox and FS1 are part of the “Sling Blue” bundle, and ESPNU and ESPN News are 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, Wisconsin games that are on ABC 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.


Season Preview

Wisconsin got some flak about their schedule in 2017, but make no mistake about it: The Badgers were really good.

They won 13 games, which was the most in school history. They thoroughly dominated during Big Ten regular season play, winning all nine conference games by an average margin of 19.3 points. Even if you do have a soft schedule, you don’t do that in the Big Ten without being extremely good. They narrowly lost to Ohio State in the Big Ten championship, and when everyone was labeling them a “fraud,” they took down Miami in the Orange Bowl.


Wisconsin vs. Miami Orange Bowl Highlights (2017)Wisconsin vs. Miami: The No. 10 Hurricanes rushed for 174 yards, but it wasn't enough as the No. 6 Badgers won the Orange Bowl 34-24. Wisconsin quarterback Alex Hornibrook threw 4 touchdown passes and running back Jonathan Taylor rushed for 130 yards in the win. Miami finishes the season 10-3. SUBSCRIBE: bit.ly/Oqg3iE The ACC Digital…2017-12-31T04:48:23.000Z

And the Badgers have the pieces to be just as good in 2018.

Alex Hornibrook is back under center with high expectations after smoking Miami for 258 yards, four touchdowns and zero interceptions in his last game. Jonathan Taylor piled up 2,072 yards from scrimmage and 13 touchdowns as a freshman and now stands a legitimate Heisman candidate. The entire offensive line is back, and led by All-Americans Beau Benzschawel and David Edwards, it’s arguably the best unit in the country. So are wide receivers A.J. Taylor and Danny Davis, who combined for 57 catches and 893 yards last year.

All-in-all, Wisconsin–who had Football Outsiders’ 24th most efficient offense last year–returns all but two starters on that side of the ball.

They face a bigger task on defense, where seven starters need to be replaced, but the Badgers still have perhaps the best linebacker corps in the country, led by T.J. Edwards and Ryan Connelly on the inside, and there’s plenty of talent on the other two levels, as well.

Many view Ohio State as the class of the Big Ten, but at the very worst, Wisconsin should be considered a co-favorite in the stacked conference.

“The goal is not, ‘On your best day, you can beat Ohio State’,” defensive coordinator Jim Leonhard said. “It’s how can you get to that position where you feel confident that if we just play our game, we’re going to be OK. That’s always a goal, what you’re fighting for as a coach, and, as players, that’s what they work for.”


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