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Our streaming expert has the best ways to watch Ohio State vs. Minnesota for free without cable

You’ve got a number of free trials you can choose from of various lengths and breadths.

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Matt Tamanini Matt Tamanini is the co-managing editor of Land-Grant Holy Land having joined the site in 2016.

The No. 2 Ohio State Buckeyes just have one more hurdle to clear before the biggest regular season game of the year... in Ryan Day’s coaching career... the history of The Game... the entire span of human existence. But, before we get to that, the Bucks have to get through the Minnesota Golden Gophers.

The game will air at 4 p.m. ET on the Big Ten Network, the second time that the team has played on the conference’s channel this season. By rule, every B1G squad must play a conference game on BTN, so even before the channel for this one was officially announced, we knew where it would air, because obviously next week’s game was going to be the Big Nooner.

As cord-cutting has become far more the norm than the exception across the United States, it would not be a surprise if you gave up cable or a live-streaming service following last year’s season only to realize that it’s the day of the game and you have no way to watch it.

Fortunately for you, I am something of a streaming expert... no really, I write about streaming services for a living. So, I am going to walk you through the best — and cheapest — ways for you to stream today’s game. Also, if you want to put a little money on the game over at DraftKings Sportsbook, not only would it make what could be a blowout even more exciting, but you could make enough cash to pay for a full month of cable or streaming!

How can I watch the Ohio State vs. Minnesota college football game?

Game Date/Time: Saturday, Nov. 18 4 p.m. ET
TV: Big Ten Network
Broadcasters: Cory Provus, Jake Butt, Brooke Fletcher
Betting Line: Ohio State -27.5 | 50 o/u
Odds/lines subject to change. T&Cs apply. See for details.

Best Streaming Option for All Week 12 College Football Games: DIRECTV STREAM | 5-Day Free Trial

If you just realized that you didn’t have a way to watch this afternoon’s game on the Big Ten Network, then DIRECTV STREAM is your best option. The live TV streaming service has the only guaranteed multi-day free trial in the industry and provides the most top cable channels of all of its competitors. The basic, Entertainment package comes with all of the major network channels — all of which have college football — ABC, CBS, Fox, and NBC. It also has ESPN, ESPN2, and FS1. Then, if you want to upgrade, other packages include the ACC Network, Big Ten Network, ESPNU, SEC Network, CBS Sports Network, Longhorn Network, and more.

What’s great about DIRECTV STREAM’s free trial is that you are able to sign up for whatever package you want for free. You don’t have to worry about being charged for upgraded plans. So, you can simply sign up for the top-tier Premier package — which normally costs $154.99 per month — enjoy all 140 channels for five days and then cancel.

Big Ten Network won’t be impacted by the blackout, but a lot of the other games today — and NFL opening weekend — will be.

Best Streaming Option for Week 12 College Football Games If You Have Local Blackouts: Fubo | At Least a 1-Day Free Trial

If you are unable to watch a game this weekend because of the DIRECTV/Nexstar dispute, Fubo is another good alternative. Currently, the service is only guaranteeing a one-day trial — as it is trying to discourage people from watching an entire weekend of football for free — but depending on the day and circumstances, it could be longer.

Either way, if you sign up here, you will at least be able to watch all of today’s games for free.

Join the conversation

Below is your Ohio State vs. Minnesota 2023 game thread. Be respectful, be kind and — as always — keep it classy, BuckeyeNation. If you like GIFs, lay ‘em on us. In all, be good fans, cheer for your teams, be cool to each other (even if somebody else isn’t) and everyone wins. Let’s finish the season strong!

Odds/lines subject to change. T&Cs apply. See for details.