The 2018 college football regular season is here, and a clash of two preseason Top 10 teams, No. 6 Washington and No. 9 Auburn, headlines Saturday’s slate.
The game is scheduled to start at 3:30 p.m. ET and will be broadcast nationally on ABC. 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 ABC (live in select markets, but even if it isn’t included in your market, you’ll be able to watch the game on the ESPN digital platforms with your Hulu credentials).
You can sign up for “Hulu with Live TV” right here, and if ABC is live in your market, 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 ABC isn’t live in your market, scroll down to the “ESPN Platforms” section to see where you can watch.
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).
Although ABC isn’t technically part of the Sling TV package, you can sign up for a free 7-day trial of the “Sling Orange” bundle, which includes ESPN3, and you’ll then be able to watch a live stream of the game on the ESPN digital platforms (see next section).
You can 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. Games on ABC (labeled as ESPN3) can be watched for free without cable if you have a participating internet service provider (ISP), but even if you don’t have a participating ISP, you can still sign use your Hulu or Sling TV (or other cable TV) credentials to sign in and watch the game on the ESPN digital platforms.
Washington, who under head coach Chris Petersen reached the College Football Playoff two seasons ago, looks to make its mark early and represent the Pac-12 conference, which finished an astonishingly bad 1-8 in bowl games last year.
For Auburn, it isn’t all sunshine and rainbows, either. The Tigers are coming off a 34-27 loss to UCF in the Peach Bowl, although the SEC did produce more bowl victories than the Pac-12 last year – having both teams play for the National Championship helps.
The Huskies have an established a reputation on defense and special teams under Peterson; likewise for the Tigers under head coach Gus Malzahn.
Nobody, however, has more to prove in this game though than Huskies quarterback Jake Browning. Browning finished with 2,451 yards last season with 18 touchdowns and five interceptions. He was a notable Heisman Trophy contender two years ago, and the senior brings a veteran presence the Huskies sorely need this season if they are to contend for a Pac-12 championship, and another possible College Football Playoff berth.
Jarrett Stidham emerged last season as a viable candidate to lead the Tigers’ offense, as well as have the program in national title contention. Entering his junior season, the 6-foot-3 Stidham looks to build off an impressive 2017. He completed 66.5% of his passes for 3,158 yards and 18 touchdowns last season, while rushing for 153 yards and four touchdowns.
Stidham helped lead Auburn to victors against No. 1 ranked Alabama and Georgia last season, but the season ended in bitter disappointment when Georgia won the rematch in the SEC Championship Game, which was then followed by the previously mentioned Peach Bowl loss.
If there is one Power Five football program that can disrupt the Alabama-College Football Playoff monopoly this season, it’s Auburn.