Ed Oliver has already begun campaigning for Heisman, but on Saturday he gets his first chance of 2018 to let his play on the field do the campaigning, as Houston opens the season Rice.
The game is scheduled to start at Noon ET and will be broadcast on CBS Sports Network. 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:
CBS Sports Network is included in FuboTV’s main package, which includes 85 total channels and is largely tailored towards sports fans. You can sign up for a free 7-day trial right here, and you can then watch a live stream of the game on your computer via the FuboTV website, or on your phone, tablet or streaming device via the FuboTV app.
If you can’t watch live, FuboTV comes with 30 hours of Cloud DVR (with the ability to upgrade to 500 hours), as well as a handy “72-Hour Lookback” feature, which will allow you to watch the game on-demand up to three days after it airs even if you forgot to record it.
In addition to their extensive Netflix-like streaming library, Hulu now also offers a bundle of 50-plus live TV channels, including CBS Sports Network. 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).
CBS Sports Digital Platforms
Additionally, you can watch a live stream of the game on your computer via the CBS Sports website, or on your phone, tablet or streaming device via the CBS Sports 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 FuboTV or Hulu credentials to sign in and watch on the CBS Sports digital platforms.
There is no one in college football quite like Ed Oliver.
Ranked as the nation’s best overall player by Sports Illustrated and NFL.com (and probably pretty much every other publication’s rankings you may stumble upon), Oliver is a 6-foot-3, 290-pound unblockable force who slices through offensive lines like scissors through water but also moves sideline-to-sideline with the dexterity of a linebacker.
In two years on campus, Oliver has piled up 39.5 tackles for loss and 10.5 sacks, numbers that are pretty much unheard of for an interior lineman. The junior has already declared for the 2019 NFL draft–and he’s the early favorite for the top overall selection.
Rice, meanwhile, is replacing its starting left tackle, left guard and center from last year, so things could get ugly. But the Owls are relishing the opportunity to go up against the best.
“I definitely look forward to it, but we have to treat him as just another guy,” said sophomore left guard Jack Greene. “He’s a good player, and you have to respect that. I think we’re all looking forward to it and understand that he’s not the whole team.”
Greene and new center Shea Baker made their collegiate debuts last week against Prairie View A&M. They gave up zero sacks and allowed running backs Emmanuel Esukpa and Austin Walter to run wild for 256 yards and two touchdowns, but that’s going to feel like playing against toddlers compared to trying to block Oliver on Saturday.
Rice ultimately escaped with a last-second 31-28 win at home against Prairie View, so it’s not surprising to see them as 26-point underdogs against a Houston team that is expected to contend in a very good AAC this year.
Expect the Cougars to roll, and expect their Heisman candidate to put on a show.