By Brad Tuttle
October 13, 2018

It’s a Saturday in autumn, and that means lots and lots of college football games today.

The Wisconsin Badgers vs. Michigan Wolverines game today is getting top billing, with a primetime broadcast on a major network. But that’s only one of dozens of college football games televised today. Here’s a selection of today’s matchups, and some strategies for how to watch college football for free — online or on TV.

What Time Is the Michigan vs. Wisconsin Game Today?

The big college football game today, Wisconsin vs. Michigan, is scheduled for kickoff at 7:37 p.m. ET on Saturday, October 13. The game is being broadcast on ABC.

To watch the Michigan vs. Wisconsin game today, find your local ABC station on TV. If you have a satellite or cable TV subscription, the package probably includes ABC and other broadcast networks like Fox and NBC. If you don’t have cable, you can still watch the Michigan game on TV with a digital antenna. You can buy one for about $25, and once it’s hooked up to your TV in most of the country, it will let you watch ABC and other over-the-air broadcast networks for free.

In many parts of the country, fans can also live stream the Wisconsin-Michigan game for free via the ABC Live Stream or the ABC app. However, to tune in this way, you are required to log in with a participating pay TV account number and password.

How do the Badgers and Wolverines match up this year? Both teams have one loss so far in 2018, and both are ranked in the top 20 nationally. According to the college football AP poll, Michigan is ranked #12 right now, and Wisconsin is #15. In terms of the Wisconsin vs. Michigan betting odds, the home team Michigan Wolverines are 7.5-point favorites to win on Saturday.

What College Football Games Are On Today?

In addition to the Wisconsin vs. Michigan game, there are dozens of other college football games today on the schedule, as usual. Here are some of the college football games televised today nationally:

ABC

• Nebraska vs. Northwestern, 12 p.m. ET
• Washington vs. Oregon or Central Florida vs. Memphis, 3:30 p.m. ET
• Wisconsin vs. Michigan, 7:30 p.m. ET

CBS

• Georgia vs. LSU, 3:30 p.m. ET

NBC

• Pittsburgh vs. Notre Dame, 2:30 p.m. ET

ESPN

• Florida vs. Vanderbilt, 12 p.m. ET
• Baylor vs. Texas, 3:30 p.m. ET
• Missouri vs. Alabama, 7 p.m. ET

ESPN 2

• Iowa vs. Indiana, 12 p.m. ET
• Washington vs. Oregon or Central Florida vs. Memphis, 3:30 p.m. ET
• Miami vs. Virginia, 7 p.m. ET

FS1

• Minnesota vs. Ohio State, 12 p.m. ET
• West Virginia vs. Iowa State, 7 p.m. ET
• Colorado vs. USC, 10:30 p.m. ET

How to Watch Today’s College Football Games Online for Free

It is very easy to watch the college football games today for free if they are airing on ABC, CBS, or NBC. In most of the country, all you need is a digital antenna hooked up to your TV to watch today’s games featuring Notre Dame, Nebraska, Georgia, and others for free.

To watch the college football games today being broadcast on pay channels like ESPN or FS1, fans typically use a satellite or cable TV account that includes those channels in packages. If you don’t have cable and want to watch college football games online for free — at least for a limited time — consider subscribing to a streaming TV service.

The streaming TV services Hulu Live, DirecTV Now, PlayStation Vue, and YouTube TV all include ESPN channels and Fox Sports stations like FS1 in their basic packages. Meanwhile, the sports-focused Fubo TV streaming TV service has FS1 and many other Fox Sports channels (but not ESPN), and Sling TV includes ESPN channels in its “Orange” package and Fox-owned sports channels in its “Blue” package.

Figuring out what is the best streaming TV for you can be complicated. Each service includes different channels, and the price points vary. Sling TV is the cheapest of the bunch, starting at $25 per month, but it also includes the fewest channels. The other streaming TV services start at $40 or $45 per month and feature more channels — including local broadcasts of networks like ABC, NBC, and Fox in most of the country.

The smartest move is to try out one or more streaming TV services during a free trial period. All of the services above have free trials lasting five to seven days for new subscribers. So you could subscribe and live stream today’s college football games for free — and then still have a few more days to test out the service. Just remember to cancel in time if you don’t want to become a paying subscriber.

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