No. 7 Ohio State (10-2, 8-1 Big Ten) and No. 10 Utah (10-3, 8-1 Pac-12) will ring in the New Year competing for a win in “The Granddaddy of Them All.” Below is everything you need to know ahead of kickoff.
Utah (10-3, 8-1 Pac-12) won each of their last six games in a row and crushed the Oregon Ducks in the conference title game to reach the Rose Bowl for the first time in program history. Ohio State (10-2, 8-1 Big Ten) expects a College Football Playoff spot every year, but that goal ended when they were defeated by the Michigan Wolverines in the regular season finale. The Buckeyes will be without plenty of their top playmakers as they opt out to get ready for the NFL Draft.
No college football bowl game carries more weight than the Rose Bowl, and this year it’ll be Pac-12 champion No. 11 Utah taking on No. 6 Ohio State in the annual marquee game on New Year’s Day. This is a meeting between two of the best teams in the country to not make the College Football Playoff.
The Buckeyes were a win against Michigan away from a likely playoff berth (we can’t assume they’d have beaten Iowa, but we can assume a little). At the same time, Utah is a team that would be hit with the “nobody wants to see this team in the playoff” if an expanded 12-team format existed this season.
So while a national title might not be on the line, do not be dismayed. It’s still the Rose Bowl, and it’s a Rose Bowl with a fantastic matchup. It’s also a rare one, as this will be only the second meeting between Ohio State and Utah in football. Let’s hope this one is closer, as Ohio State won the lone meeting 64-6 in 1986.
The Utes picked up their first-ever Pac-12 Championship after topping Oregon Dec. 3 for the second time in as many meetings this season. Now, Utah is off to Pasadena for its first Rose Bowl appearance.
How To Watch Rose Bowl Live
The Rose Bowl will be decided this Saturday on ABC when Iowa faces off against Kentucky. The following summarizes your options are in our guide to watching ABC without cable and will let you watch The Rose Bowl as it airs live on ABC.
You can watch The Rose Bowl on ABC with DIRECTV STREAM as part of their “Entertainment” channel package. We recommend signing up for DIRECTV STREAM this bowl season as the service provides a way to college bowl games for the next two weeks free! While the service costs $69.99 per month, they will provide a full refund if you cancel service within 14 days of signing up. If you enjoy the service, you can continue DIRECTV STREAM month-to-month. They don’t force you into a contract so that you can cancel at any time. All DIRECTV STREAM plans include:
- the ability to watch on 20 devices at the same time
- a cloud-based DVR
- channels like ABC, ESPN AMC, HGTV, Discovery, and more
- supported on AppleTV, Android TV, Roku, Amazon FireTV, and more
You can watch by downloading the DIRECTV STREAM app to a supported device. For more information check out our review of DIRECTV STREAM.
Watch The Rose Bowl on fuboTV
FuboTV recently added ABC in the following major markets:
- Chicago, IL
- Fresno-Visalia, CA
- Houston, TX
- Los Angeles, CA
- New York, NY
- Philadelphia, PA
- Raleigh-Durham, NC (Fayetteville)
- San Francisco-Oakland-San Jose, CA
You can check out a free trial to FuboTV here. Fubo TV supports the following streaming devices:
- Android smartphones
- Android tablets
- Apple TV (4th Generation only)
- Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick
Watch The Rose Bowl Live on Hulu
Hulu offers a live TV service that carries ABC in nearly all US TV markets along with cable TV and broadcast networks. Therefore, you can watch The Rose Bowl live as it airs on ABC. To see if live ABC is available in your area, you can use this tool: Hulu Live TV Channels by Zipcode.
Hulu + Live TV is supported on Roku, Amazon Fire TV, iOS, Android, and more. You can read more about Hulu in our review of Hulu. There isn’t a month-to-month contract, so you can sign up to test the service without fear of a long-term commitment. You can sign up for Hulu Live TV using this link: Sign up for a Free-Trial to Hulu Live TV.
Vidgo is a newer streaming service that offers fairly competitive pricing over other live streaming services. Vidgo includes ESPN so that you can watch The Fiesta Bowl. New customers can sign up for the Core Plan for $55 per month after a free trial. A subscription to Vidgo Includes the following:
- Vidgo doesn’t force you into a contract, and you can cancel any time
- Stream on 3 devices simultaneously
- Over 70 channels including ESPN
- Vidgo is supported on available on Android, iOS, Roku, Apple TV, Fire TV. You can also stream the service on up to 3 devices at the same time.
Vidgo offers promotional pricing for new customers, and there is no contract required so that you can cancel at any time. We have the full details in our guide to Vidgo’s live streaming service.
For more information on FuboTV features, please see our Fubo TV review.
How Much: FuboTV costs $64.99 per month.Need More Information?
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