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College Football on CBS: How to Watch Every Game in 2023

Written by John O'Connor

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Changes are coming to the college football lineup at CBS Sports. 2023 will be the last season the network carries the iconic SEC Game of the Week, and the network will carry seven Big Ten football games. Here is how to watch every game, plus analysis.

Table of Contents
  1. Which live TV streaming services carry CBS?
  2. The CBS Big Ten Football Lineup for 2023
  3. The CBS SEC Football Lineup for 2023
  4. Paramount Plus will carry every CBS college football game
  5. Watch college football on the CBS Sports app

As many college football fans know by now, this will be the last season CBS carries SEC football. ESPN took over the rights after outbidding CBS/Viacom in the last round of contract negotiations, but CBS quickly filled the void by reaching terms with the Big Ten in a move that looks better and better as the Big Ten continues to expand west into major markets, like Los Angeles. When CBS lost the SEC rights, there was a moment of recrimination, but the executives at the CBS Building in Midtown Manhattan came out “smelling like a rose” with the intriguing Big 10 matchups on deck for next season, including Ohio State playing a regular season game at the Rose Bowl.

This season, CBS gets the best of both worlds with both Big Ten and SEC games.

Although things will soon change, CBS will “dip its toe in the water” this season with Big Ten Football, featuring only 7 games. At least two of those games will feature the Iowa Hawkeyes, a team that was as boring to watch as paint drying last season, but which might have some life on offense in 2023 thanks to the transfer portal, with Cade McNamara, a former Michigan starter transferring to Iowa City to take over the starting role under center.

The CBS slate of SEC games will be business as usual, with a full slate of national matchups in the SEC Game of the Week time slot at 2:30 CST, plus some primetime action, and the SEC Championship game. There seems to be a deal reached with ESPN that CBS would front-load some its Big Ten games so as not to disrupt the marquee SEC matchups later in the season, so the beginning of the season will be Big Ten heavy.

The SEC Game of the Week is picked with “flex scheduling,” meaning TV executives choose the best game based on how the season is unfolding.

Which live TV streaming services carry CBS?

In the table below, I have mapped out the live TV streaming services that carry CBS affiliates, including in a free trial.

FuboDIRECTV STREAMYouTube TVHulu + Live TVParamount+Sling TV Blue + Sports Extra

The CBS Big Ten Football Lineup for 2023

  • Saturday, Sept. 2 – Ohio State at Indiana, 3:30 EST
  • Sunday, Sept. 3 – NORTHWESTERN AT RUTGERS, Noon
  • Saturday, Sept. 9 – UNLV AT MICHIGAN, 3:30 p.m. 
  • Saturday, Sept. 23 – IOWA AT PENN STATE 7:30 p.m. 
  • Saturday Oct. 28 – BIG TEN ON CBS, Noon 
  • Saturday, Nov. 4 – BIG TEN ON CBS, Noon
  • Friday, Nov. 24 – Iowa at Nebraska, Noon

The CBS SEC Football Lineup for 2023

  • Saturday, Sep.16 – South Carolina at Georgia, 3:30 EST
  • Saturday, Sep. 23 – SEC Game of the Week, 3:30 EST
  • Saturday, Sep. 30 – SEC Game of the Week, 3:30 EST
  • Saturday, Oct. 7 – SEC Game of the Week, 3:30 EST
  • Saturday, Oct. 14 – Doubleheader at Noon and 3:30 EST
  • Saturday Oct. 21 – Air Force at Navy, plus SEC Game of the Week, 3:30 EST
  • Saturday Oct. 28 – Georgia vs. Florida in Jacksonville, 3:30 EST
  • Saturday, Nov. 4 – SEC Doubleheader at 3:30 and 7:45 EST
  • Saturday, Nov. 11 – SEC Game of the Week, 3:30 EST
  • Saturday, Nov. 18 – SEC Game of the Week, 3:30 EST
  • Friday, Nov. 24 – Missouri at Arkansas, 4 EST
  • Saturday, Nov. 25 – SEC Game of the Week
  • Saturday, Dec. 2SEC Championship Game, 4 EST
  • Saturday, Dec. 9 – Army vs. Navy, 3 EST
  • Friday, Dec. 29 – Tony the Tiger Bowl, 2 EST

Paramount Plus will carry every CBS college football game

Paramount+, the streaming service owned by CBS Viacom, will carry both the SEC games, and the Big Ten games, listed above. I like the Paramount Plus approach much better than Peacock. Unlike Peacock, which will hide eight Big Ten games behind its exclusive paywall each season, each Paramount Plus broadcast is a simulcast, which means fans choose whether to watch on CBS or Paramount Plus.

In fact, with CBS having rights to the Super Bowl this season, Paramount Plus has a ton of value to offer football fans in 2023, both on Saturdays and Sundays.

Next season, when CBS loses the rights to SEC football, SEC fans won’t be able to watch their teams on Paramount+, unless CBS has the rights to the Bowl Game they land in.

Paramount Plus offers a 7 day free trial, with no date restrictions, for watching college football.

Watch college football on the CBS Sports app

If you are a Big Ten or SEC fan looking to stream the CBS college football lineup, it may not be necessary to pay for a live TV streaming service. Of course, the games will be available on over-the-air stations, so cable isn’t required to watch either. However, if you pay for a cable, or streaming package, that carries CBS affiliates, as most do, you can watch college football on the CBS sports app by simply signing in with your pay TV credentials.

That’s right, just jot down the email address and password from your cable or streaming service, and when prompted, use them to sign in to the CBS sports app to start streaming college football. I have included some screenshots below from a test-run I did using my Hulu credentials on my laptop.

Watch college football on the CBS sports app with “TV Everywhere”

Watching this year’s college football lineup on the CBS Sports app is easy for Android and iOS users. Be aware however, that there isn’t a free option, you will need to login to the app with your pay TV login credentials (email and password).

Time needed: 15 minutes

How to watch the 2023 college football season on the CBS Sports app

  1. Download the app to your phone, tablet, or smart TV

    Download the CBS sports app on either Android or iOS.

  2. Login using your pay TV provider credentials

    Have the login from your pay TV provider handy. Enter the information when prompted by the app.
    Login to CBS sports app online

  3. Confirm connection

    The CBS app will confirm the connection to your pay TV provider. The screenshot below shows what my connection looks like using my Hulu + Live TV account to login on my laptop from Chrome. Login to CBS sports using a web browser

  4. Select “Start Watching” to stream either SEC or Big Ten football

    Select start watching to access the college football lineup.

Can I watch college football in 4K on CBS?

Unfortunately, no. CBS currently does not offer any sports programming in 4K. Even this year’s Super Bowl won’t be broadcast in 4K because CBS has the game.

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