Following a fourth consecutive Top-10 finish last year, Ohio State enters 2018 as arguably the most talented team in the country. There was off-the-field controversy aplenty during the summer, resulting in head coach Urban Meyer being suspended three games, but the Buckeyes are nevertheless playoff contenders once again.
Every Ohio State 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 OSU 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 an Ohio State football game in 2018.
Ohio State 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, Buckeyes 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.
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.
Ohio State 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
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 Ohio State 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
Ohio State 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, Buckeyes 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.
The biggest question mark on this roster may be at quarterback, where Dwayne Haskins is set to replace JT Barrett, who compiled over 12,000 total yards (9,434 passing; 3,263 rushing) and 147 touchdowns (104 passing; 43 rushing) during his four years in Columbus.
Of course, Haskins being the biggest question mark isn’t a critique on the sophomore QB himself, but more an indication of just how stacked the Buckeyes are everywhere else. Haskins has Buckeyes fans excited–and for good reason. Less of a running threat than Barrett but better at attacking defenses with his arm, the 4-star recruit showed glimpses of stardom in limited mop-up duty as a redshirt freshman last year, completing 70.2 percent of his 57 attempts for 565 yards (9.9 YPA), four touchdowns and one interception.
Many are tabbing him as college football’s breakout star for the 2018 campaign, and if he can live up to those expectations, the Buckeyes will be scary.
Even if Haskins is merely good rather than breakout superstar, he has a bevy of weapons around him. He’ll be behind an offensive line that returns a pair of all-conference performers in Michael Jordan and Isaiah Prince, he’ll get to throw to a receiving corps that returns everyone who caught a pass last season except for tight end Marcus Baugh (28 receptions) and running back Antonio Williams (five receptions), and he’ll get to hand the ball off to J.K. Dobbins and Mike Weber, arguably the best RB tandem in the nation.
Defensively, the Buckeyes return just five starters and lose studs like Denzel Ward and Sam Hubbard, but they still have potential No. 1 pick Nick Bosa harassing QB’s, and they still have 4- and 5-star players all over the field.
Oh, and they also brought in new defensive coordinator Alex Grinch. He was able to turn Washington State into the 31st most efficient defense last season, so it’s a bit scary–there’s that word again–to think about what he could do with this group of elite talent.
The schedule is a tough one. They have to play No. 16 TCU in Texas without Urban Meyer in Week 3, and then there’s the loaded Big Ten East, which will see them face No. 10 Penn State (on the road), No. 11 Michigan State (on the road), and No. 14 Michigan.
If there’s a team that can turn that slate into a playoff appearance, though, it’s probably the Buckeyes.