The No. 4 ranked Wisconsin Badgers will meet the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers on Friday at Camp Randall Stadium in Madison, Wisconsin.
The game is scheduled to start at 9 p.m. ET and will be broadcast nationally on ESPN. If you don’t have cable or can’t get to a TV, you can still watch a live stream of the game (or DVR it) on your computer, phone or streaming device by signing up for one of the following cable-free, live-TV streaming services:
In addition to a Netflix-like on-demand streaming library, Hulu also offers a bundle of 50-plus live TV channels, including all the ESPN channels. You can sign up for “Hulu with Live TV” right here, and you can then watch a live stream of the game on your computer via the Hulu website, or on your phone, tablet or streaming device via the Hulu app.
If you can’t watch live, “Hulu with Live TV” also comes with 50 hours of Cloud DVR storage (with the ability to upgrade to “Enhanced Cloud DVR,” which gives you 200 hours of DVR space and the ability to fast forward through commercials).
ESPN and ESPN 2 are both included in the “Sling Orange” channel package. You can sign up for a free 7-day trial, and you can then watch a live stream of the game on your computer via the Sling TV website, or on your phone, tablet or streaming device via the Sling TV app.
If you can’t watch live, you can get 50 hours of cloud DVR storage as an additional add-on.
Additionally, you can also watch a live stream of the game 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 if you don’t have that, you can still sign up for one of the above options and then use your Hulu or Sling TV credentials to sign in and watch on the ESPN digital platforms.
Lots of eyes will be on Wisconsin’s running back Jonathan Taylor. The sophomore was the rushing leader during the 2017 Big Ten, and there’s little reason to expect that he won’t do the same against a Western Kentucky team that struggled against runs and returns last season. We can only imagine that Taylor wants to keep the momentum going into 2018, and tonight will be the perfect opportunity to do so.
Wisconsin head coach Paul Chryst is especially confident in both Taylor’s ability. “Yeah, I think that you would have to say certainly, and yet, it seems like our running back and the run game have always had a lot of focus put on it by opponents,” he said. “That hasn’t changed and yet certainly, if you’re going to play us, you know that we’re going to run the football, and we’ll always get a lot of attention out of that.” When asked about the team as a whole, Chryst was similarly enthusiastic.
Western Kentucky had a rough 2017, going 6-6 during the regular season and losing to Georgia State at the Cure Bowl. That said, head coach Mike Sanford, Jr. feels that the team will rebound this season. “I think to make it to a bowl game and hit that benchmark of being bowl-eligible, obviously that was important for us to keep that going and for us to actually play in the bowl game itself,” he admitted. “The season itself was disappointing, it was below our standards, below my standards for this program. I think we had a lot of pieces that we had to bring together and work through some adversity and grew a lot as a program.”
Sanford also addressed the pressure of facing off against the formidable Wisconsin team for the season opener. “Opening up with two teams that were top-10 teams last year in two of our first three games – I like it. I do,” he said. “It’s gonna help us kind of know where we stand. We got a young football team. There’s not a lot of promises being made. I’ve seen that we’re picked pretty low in our conference. We’re just about the work right now.”
The head coach added: “Just go to work and prepare for the season and give it everything we got when we play against those teams that are more established like Wisconsin and certainly Louisville has a lot of pieces returning as well.”