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Our streaming expert has the best ways to watch The Game 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.

Today’s the day. The culmination of an entire season of preparation for the coaches and players and an entire year of angst for fans. Today is The Game. At 12 noon ET — kickoff is actually scheduled for 12:14 p.m. — the No. 2 Ohio State Buckeyes (11-0, 8-0) will visit their third-ranked rivals (11-0, 8-0) on Fox for the Big Noon Game of the Week.

Due to the historically comical cheating scandal that The Team Up North has perpetrated over the past two-plus seasons, the anticipation for this game is through the roof. The amount of hate between the most vocal members of these two fanbases has always been uncomfortably high, but over the past month, the intensity between the camps seems to have only intensified. With tin-foil hat conspiracy theories on both sides of the proverbial aisle, the animosity feels like it has grown from the typical levels of quasi-performative “sports-hate” to IRL venom. In just a few hours' time, we will see if either side is able to emerge unscathed.

Of course, far more important than fans’ bragging rights is what this game means for the teams on the field. The winner of the matchup will be the final Big Ten East champion and will represent the division in the Big Ten Championship Game. Whoever that is will be heavily favored to win the conference title over the Iowa Hawkeyes and would then be no worse than No. 2 in the College Football Playoff when the seeds are announced a week from tomorrow.

Obviously, no self-respecting sports fan can afford to miss this game. But, I know it can be incredibly confusing to find the best way to watch a game in today’s entertainment landscape. 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. M*ch*g*n college football game?

Game Date/Time: Saturday, Nov. 25 at 12:14 p.m. ET
TV: Fox
Broadcasters: Gus Johnson, Joel Klatt, Jenny Taft
Betting Line: TTUN +3.5 | 46.5 o/u
Odds/lines subject to change. T&Cs apply. See draftkings.com/sportsbook for details.


Best Streaming Option to Watch Ohio State vs. TTUN: DIRECTV STREAM | 5-Day Free Trial

It is getting a little unusual for Ohio State games to not have a native streaming home. When their games air on CBS, they are also on Paramount+. If OSU plays on NBC, the games are also available to stream on Peacock — not to mention that last week’s Purdue game was a Peacock exclusive.

However, Fox does not have a subscription streaming service that broadcasts its live programming. So, if you are looking to stream the game, 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.


Other Streaming Options for the Ohio State and Harboys Game:

Fubo: $84.99 per month, at least a one-day free trial
Sling TV: $40 per month, 50% off first month (Fox is only available in select media markets)
Hulu + Live TV: $69.99 per month, comes with Hulu, Disney+, ESPN+ included
YouTube TV: $72.99 per month


Join the conversation

Below is your Ohio State vs. M*ch*g*n 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 draftkings.com/sportsbook for details.