How to Watch Wisconsin Football Without Cable

Wisconsin football preview

Getty QB Graham Mertz of the Wisconsin Badgers

Paul Chryst enters his sixth season as head coach of the Wisconsin Badgers with a freshman quarterback and some key holes to fill.

Their 2020 TV schedule isn’t completely finalized, but we know Wisconsin games will be televised on either ABC, Fox, Fox Sports 1, ESPN or Big Ten Network.

If you don’t have cable, here’s how to watch every Wisconsin football game live online:

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Watch Wisconsin Football on FuboTV

Wisconsin Football Channels Included: ABC (live in select markets), Fox (live in select markets), Fox Sports 1, ESPN, Big Ten Network and BTN alternate channels in FuboTV Family

Price After Free Trial: $64.99 per month for FuboTV Family; $10.99 per month for Sports Plus add-on

You can watch a live stream of ABC (live in select markets), Fox (live in select markets), Fox Sports 1, ESPN, Big Ten Network and 100-plus other TV channels on FuboTV. You can include the main channel package and the Sports Plus add-on in your free seven-day trial right here:

FuboTV Free Trial

Once signed up for FuboTV, you can watch Wisconsin games live on the FuboTV app on your Roku, Roku TV, Amazon Fire TV or Firestick, Apple TV, Chromecast, Xbox One, Samsung Smart TV, Android TV, iPhone, Android phone, iPad or Android tablet). Or you can watch on your computer via Fubo.tv.

For the games on ABC or ESPN, you can also watch live via ESPN.com or the ESPN app. ABC games can be watched for free without a cable log-in this way, but you’ll need to sign in to a TV provider to watch the others. You can use your FuboTV credentials to do that.

For the games on Fox, you can watch live via FoxSports.com or the Fox Sports app. You need to sign in to a TV provider to watch this way, but you can do that with your FuboTV credentials.

If you can’t watch live, FuboTV also comes with 250 hours of cloud DVR space, as well as a 72-hour look-back feature, which allows you to watch most games on-demand within three days of their conclusion, even if you don’t record them.

Why Should You Use FuboTV?

The most complete package for sports fans. Not only does it have the most channels, but it’s the only streaming service that includes every ESPN channel, every local channel (ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox), every college conference network (ACC Network, Big Ten Network, Pac-12 Network, SEC Network), the NFL Network and NFL Redzone. Additionally, local channels are available in a lot of markets, which is important since many Wisconsin games will be on ABC or Fox.

It also comes with loads of extras, such as 250 hours of cloud DVR, the ability to stream on three different screens at once (meaning you could split it with a friend or two), and the handy 72-hour lookback feature.

It’s a little more expensive than most other streaming services, but it’s worth it. Considering all the channels and features, FuboTV is ultimately still very good value for the money.

FuboTV Sports Channels List

Complete channel list can be found right here

FuboTV Family: ABC (live in select markets), beIN Sports, beIn Sports alternates, Big Ten Network, BTN alternates, CBS (live in select markets), CBS Sports Network, ESPN, ESPN2, Fox (live in select markets), Fox Sports 1, Fox Sports 2, Golf Channel, NBC (live in select markets), NBC Sports Network, NFL Network, Olympic Channel, Pac-12 Network

Sports Plus: ACC Network, ESPN News, ESPNU, MLB Network, MLB Strike Zone, NBA TV, NFL Redzone, NHL Network, Pac-12 regional networks, SEC Network, Stadium, Tennis Channel

Total Sports Channels Available: 31 (counting the beIN Sports alternates, BTN alternates and Pac-12 regional networks as one channel each)


Watch Wisconsin Football on Hulu

Wisconsin Football Channels Included: ABC (live in select markets), Fox (live in select markets), Fox Sports 1, ESPN and Big Ten Network

Price After Free Trial: $54.99 per month (ads on TV shows in the streaming library) or $60.99 per month (no ads on TV shows in the streaming library)

You can watch a live stream of ABC (live in select markets), Fox (live in select markets), Fox Sports 1, ESPN, Big Ten Network and 65+ other TV channels on Hulu With Live TV, which comes with a seven-day free trial:

Hulu With Live TV Free Trial

Once signed up for Hulu With Live TV, you can watch Wisconsin games live on the Hulu app, which is available on your Roku, Roku TV, Amazon Fire TV or Firestick, Apple TV, Chromecast, Xbox One, Xbox 360, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, Samsung Smart TV, LG Smart TV, Android TV, iPhone, Android phone, iPad or Android tablet. Or you can watch on your computer via Hulu.com.

For the games on ABC or ESPN, you can also watch live via ESPN.com or the ESPN app. ABC games can be watched for free without a cable log-in this way, but you’ll need to sign in to a TV provider to watch the others. You can use your Hulu credentials to do that.

For the games on Fox, you can watch live via FoxSports.com or the Fox Sports app. You need to sign in to a TV provider to watch this way, but you can do that with your Hulu credentials.

If you can’t watch live, Hulu With Live TV comes with 50 hours of cloud DVR storage, with the option to upgrade to “Enhanced Cloud DVR,” which gives you 200 hours of DVR space and the ability to fast forward through commercials, for an extra $9.99 per month.

Why Should You Use Hulu With Live TV?

It has local channels in a lot of markets (important for all the Wisconsin games on ABC and Fox), and it’s the best combination of sports and entertainment. Not only are you getting pretty much every sports channel you need (more on that below), but you’re also getting Hulu’s extensive Netflix-like on-demand streaming library of TV shows, movies and Hulu originals.

If you want to go from watching football to watching Brooklyn Nine-Nine, The Handmaid’s Tale, Rick and Morty or one of thousands of other shows, this is your clear No. 1 option.

Hulu With Live TV Sports Channels List

Complete channel list can be found right here

Hulu With Live TV: ABC (live in select markets), ACC Network, Big Ten Network, CBS, CBS Sports Network, ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU, ESPN News, ESPN Bases Loaded, ESPN College Extra, ESPN Goal Line, Fox (live in select markets), Fox Sports 1, Fox Sports 2, Golf Channel, NBC (live in select markets), NBC Sports Network, Olympic Channel, SEC Network, TNT

Total Sports Channels Included: 21


Watch Wisconsin Football on Vidgo

Wisconsin Football Channels Included: ABC (live in select markets), Fox (live in select markets), Fox Sports 1, ESPN, Big Ten Network

Price After Free Trial: $40 per month (goes up to $45 per month after 90 days)

You can watch a live stream of ABC (live in select markets), Fox (live in select markets), Fox Sports 1, ESPN, Big Ten Network and 60+ other TV channels on Vidgo, which comes with a free seven-day trial:

Vidgo Free Trial

Once signed up for Vidgo, you can watch Wisconsin games live on the Vidgo app, which is available on your Roku, Roku TV, Amazon Fire TV or Firestick, Apple TV, Chromecast, Android TV, iPhone, Android phone, iPad or Android tablet. Or you can watch on your computer via Vidgo.com.

For the games on ABC or ESPN, you can also watch live via ESPN.com or the ESPN app. ABC games can be watched for free without a cable log-in this way, but you’ll need to sign in to a TV provider to watch the others. You can use your Vidgo credentials to do that.

For the games on Fox, you can watch live via FoxSports.com or the Fox Sports app. You need to sign in to a TV provider to watch this way, but you can do that with your Vidgo credentials.

Why Should You Use Vidgo?

It’s the ultimate cheap option. The Vidgo Core package is the cheapest way to get every channel that will have a Wisconsin football game this year, though it should be noted that is has ABC and Fox available in less markets than Fubo and Hulu.

Vidgo also has a feature called “Social TV,” which allows you to interact with a community of people watching the same show or game as you. That feature can be turned on or off.

Vidgo Sports Channels List

Complete channel list can be found right here

Vidgo Core: ABC (live in select markets), ACC Network, beIN Sports, Big Ten Network, ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU, ESPN News, Fox (live in select markets), Fox Sports 1, Fox Sports 2, Longhorn Network, NFL Network, Pac-12 Network, SEC Network

Total Sports Channels Available: 15


Wisconsin Football Preview 2020

The Badgers suffered a huge blow before their 2020 season even began when they lost quarterback Jack Coan, who is still out after having foot surgery in early October. Wisconsin will look to redshirt-freshman Graham Mertz, who will be taking over under center for Coan, at least until the senior signal caller is healthy again.

The early outlook on Mertz has been positive — just this week, he was throwing darts in practice, and he looked completely comfortable running the offense — so it will be interesting to see how he responds in his first start against the Fighting Illini. He’ll have returning tight end Jake Ferguson, along with senior receivers Jack Dunn and Kendric Pryor to throw to.

With star running back Jonathan Taylor gone, the Badgers face a different challenge on offense. Taylor was a one-of-a-kind talent, and Wisconsin doesn’t have anyone who can come close to filling his shoes. Thus, they will be rushing by committee this year, with Garrett Groshek, Nakia Watson, Isaac Guerendo, Julius Davis and four-star freshman Jalen Berger all likely to see time. Berger is the most intriguing among them, as he’s the highly-touted new kid on the block.

“We all know what J.T. brought to this team and to this program. But it can be different. It can look different, the names are different. But that’s why they’re here — they know they can contribute in a big way,” Chryst said, adding: “Certainly not trying to match what J.T. did, but we do have to get really good, consistent production out of that group,” Chryst said. “But I think all three can bring something to the table in that.”

On defense, the Badgers will miss the likes of Zack Baun and Chris Orr in the middle, but they have Isaiahh Loudermilk and Garrett Rand returning, and they’ll be looking to sophomore Leo Chenal to start at inside linebacker. Chenal showed flashes his freshman season in 2019, but he missed three weeks due to a concussion. He’ll get the chance to take center stage this year.

Badgers defensive coordinator Jim Leonhard said recently that he has liked what he has seen from his young secondary so far. Scott Nelson and Eric Burrell will be key for a Badgers defense that has lost a bit of speed over the middle of the field.

“I ask the safeties to do a lot,” Leonhard said. “They have to fill a lot of different roles in communication and I just like the entire group’s progressions and where they’re at in their careers, and some of those young guys I think it’s starting to click for them.”

The Badgers won the Big Ten West last year, and they have won at least 10 games in four of Chryst’s five seasons as head coach.


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