Watching Illinois Fighting Illini football games has never been easier. In 2019 there are several different cord cutting options available to watch NCAA (R) football games without cable. In this review, we will cover several different available methods to find channels such as ESPN, FOX Sports Networks, ABC and other channels on services such as Sling TV, fuboTV, Hulu, digital antennas, and more. We also provide you with information regarding times and channels for all Illinois Fighting Illini football games.
- 1 Watch Illinois Fighting Illini Without Cable
- 2 Illinois Fighting Illini 2019 TV Schedule
- 3 Watch Live Fighting Illini Games With Hulu + Live
- 4 Stream Illinois NCAA Football Games With Sling TV
- 5 Stream Illinois Illini NCAAF Games With fuboTV
- 6 College Football Coverage With ESPN+
- 7 Can I Watch Illinois Fighting Illini Out Of Market?
- 8 Illegal Streams of Illinois Fighting Illini Games
- 9 2019 NCAAF Guide For Watching Big 10 Games Online
Watch Illinois Fighting Illini Without Cable
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Illinois Fighting Illini 2019 TV Schedule
Illinois Fighting Illini and Big 10 typically have games primarily on ABC, ESPN, ESPN2, FOX, and the Big Ten Network. You can also find many games on FOX Sports RSNs. The best ways to watch Illinois games are on Hulu, Sling TV, and fuboTV. We will cover these services in later sections.
Unfortunately, due to the way NCAA football games are scheduled with the networks, most times and channels are unavailable before the season begins. Here is the schedule:
|August 31, 2019||11:00 a.m.||Akron||Memorial Stadium||BTN|
|September 7, 2019||2:30 p.m.||at UConn||Rentschler Field||CBSSN|
|September 14, 2019||11:00 a.m.||Eastern Michigan||Memorial Stadium||BTN|
|September 21, 2019||Nebraska||Memorial Stadium|
|October 5, 2019||2:30 p.m./3:00 p.m.||at Minnesota||TCF Bank Stadium|
|October 12, 2019||Michigan||Memorial Stadium||ABC/ESPN/ESPN2|
|October 19, 2019||11:00 a.m.||Wisconsin||Memorial Stadium|
|October 26, 2019||at Purdue||Ross–Ade Stadium|
|November 2, 2019||Rutgers||Memorial Stadium|
|November 9, 2019||at Michigan State||Spartan Stadium|
|November 23, 2019||at Iowa||Kinnick Stadium|
|November 30, 2019||Northwestern||Memorial Stadium|
Watch Live Fighting Illini Games With Hulu + Live
Hulu is our top choice for watching Illini games in 2019. You may be familiar with Hulu as being an on-demand TV service to watch previously aired TV shows but now you can watch college football with Hulu + Live TV. This is one of the best options to watch your favorite NCAA football team because they offer live TV broadcasts aired on ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN College Extra, and ESPN U, ABC, B1G Ten Network, CBS, CBS Sports Network, FOX, FS1, NBC, NBCSN, and FOX Sports regional networks.
Cord cutters will not be disappointed because Hulu’s app contains an NCAA FB hub where you can follow your favorite teams in one location. This feature contains live games, highlights, and more. There are no contracts or installation costs. You can watch Hulu on practically any device such as Roku, Amazon Fire Sticks, Smart TVs, and even smartphones.
Hulu only offers one live streaming TV package which costs $44.99/month. In addition to sports, Hulu + Live TV contains over 60 channels. Other popular channels offered by this service are HGTV, FS1, Disney Jr, Nat Geo, Discovery Channel, FX/FXX, and more.
Stream Illinois NCAA Football Games With Sling TV
This streaming service is a great option because Sling TV carries ABC, ESPN, ESPN2, FS1, and FOX Regional Sports Networks. Sling TV does not require a contract nor does it have any installation costs.
Sling TV offers the Sling Orange and Sling Blue plans. Both streaming plans cost $25/month or you can get Orange + Blue for $40/month. There are a few important differences to note. The Sling Orange plan includes ESPN but does not include local channels. Please read our comprehensive Sling TV review for more details.
You can use Sling TV in several different ways. If you want to watch games on a TV you can use a smart TV and download the Sling TV app or you can use a streaming device such as a Roku or Amazon Fire TV Stick. Don’t have a streaming device? Sling is currently offering a free Roku streaming device to new subscribers that subscribe and pre-pay for two months (~$30 value). You can access this offer by clicking our link.
If you are traveling your local channels may be blacked out. To overcome this, use Sling TV with a VPN service and you will be able to watch your team play out-of-market. We recommend ExpressVPN.
Stream Illinois Illini NCAAF Games With fuboTV
fuboTV is one of our top choices for watching NCAA football games. fuboTV has improved the quality of its service and channel offerings considerably over the last year or so. fuboTV does not require a contract nor does it have any installation costs. It is also available on every major streaming device and smart TVs. This live streaming service gives subscribers access to most of the TV networks that carry NCAAF games such as CBS, FOX, Fox Sport RSNs, and Big Ten Network.
The Fighting Illini have several games on these channels. However, notably missing from their channel lineup is ESPN and ABC. The service also includes other popular channels such as FOX Sports Networks, NFL Network, NFL RedZone, FX, USA, NBA TV, Comedy Central, and more.
fuboTV offers several different packages fubo Standard ($54.99/mo), Family ($59.99/mo), Family Deluxe ($64.99/month), Premium ($74.99/mo), and fubo Latino ($24.99/mo).
The fubo Standard package contains 97 channels; Family has 97 channels, 3 screens at once, and 500 hours of cloud DVR; Family Deluxe has 132 channels, 3 screens at once, 500 hours of cloud DVR, and fubo Extra; Premium has 132 channels, 3 screens at once, 500 hours of cloud DVR, and fubo Extra; Premium has 141 channels, 3 screens at once, 500 hours of cloud DVR, 9 Showtime channels on-demand, and fubo Extra.
College Football Coverage With ESPN+
For the insanely low price of $4.99/month or $49.99/annual you can get access to over 300 live NCAA games in 2019 with ESPN+. This service comes directly from ESPN and offers live games from several different sports such as MLB, MLS, NCAA, UFC Fight Night and a lot more. ESPN+ primarily features NCAA games from lowered tiered schools and the BIG 12.
Please note that ESPN+ is not a primary source to watch ESPN or NCAAF but is designed to supplement other sources such as Hulu. The content offered on ESPN+ is exclusive to ESPN+ such as 30 for 30, NFL PrimeTime, Peyton’s Places, and even exclusive fantasy football content. To learn more read our ESPN+ review.
In addition to all of this great content ESPN+ also has the following features for college football fans:
- Fans can pause, rewind and replay every single live game offered, so no need to feel left out if you missed the opening kick-off
- Get behind-the-scenes coverage with exclusive articles from ESPN’s renowned College Football insiders
- Real-time stats and analysis is available thanks to ESPN’s PickCenter
Can I Watch Illinois Fighting Illini Out Of Market?
One of the greatest obstacles and annoyances of cord-cutting can be blackouts and the differences in available channels from market to market. For example, if you are a Florida State fan but you live in New York City you aren’t going to get the game unless it’s nationally televised.
There is good news and that news is VPNs or Virtual Private Networks.
A VPN allows you to “mask” your IP address and trick the streaming service into believing you are in another location. This means that if you live in San Francisco but want to watch an out-of-market team from New York or Kansas City, you can just set your VPN to that location and you will get the channels in that local market. This even works for international customers who want to see US TV and sports.
You may be thinking to yourself, “I don’t know, this sounds complicated.” But do not worry, VPNs sound complicated, but they are actually very easy to install and operate. Most VPNs only require just a few clicks to operate and you will never deal with a blackout ever again.
Our top-rated VPN is ExpressVPN. ExpressVPN is a fast, reliable, and inexpensive option to pair with your favorite streaming service. Plans begin as low as $8.32/month. You can try ExpressVPN free for 30-days.
Please Note: Using a VPN may be against your streaming service’s user agreement and you should proceed with caution.
Illegal Streams of Illinois Fighting Illini Games
It is our policy to never recommend any illegal streams of NCAA games or anything else. Most illegal “free” streams put you at considerable risk to acquire viruses and dangerous malware. These streams are untrustworthy, blurry, low-quality, and quite frankly just flat out garbage. It is not worth the risk by any means just to save a few bucks.
2019 NCAAF Guide For Watching Big 10 Games Online