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How to Watch Cal Golden Bears Football Live Without Cable

Written by Derek Fleming

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Watch today’s California football game live without cable on the device of your choice, including iPhone, Apple TV, Roku, Samsung Smart TVs, and more.

Golden Bears on your TV, LFG!
Table of Contents
  1. Important channels
  2. How to watch today’s game
  3. Our top picks

Guys, this is weird to type, but Cal is now an ACC football team. It makes zero sense and we hate it, but we still need to tell you how to watch the team, so here goes. With Cal in the ACC, the games will air on ABC, ACC Network, and the ESPN family of channels.

DIRECTV STREAM “Choice” offers a lineup of pro and college sports including NBC Sports Bay Area. For this reason, we recommend Cal fans go with DIRECTV STREAM as the best option for watching the Golden Bears, plus Bay Area sports, like the 49ers, Giants, and Warriors.

DIRECTV STREAM – Choice

Full coverage of the Cal football season except for ESPN+.

$99.99 / month

5 Day Free Trial

FuboTV Sports Lite

Watch ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC, ESPN, ESPNU, FS1, NBC Sports Bay Area, PAC-12 Network, and more.

$84.99 / month

7 Day Free Trial

Sling TV Blue + Sports Extra

Get FOX, FS1, and the PAC-12 Network at a competitive price. No ESPN without an upgrade.

$46 / month

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Important channels

The most important channels for Cal football fans are ABC, ACC Network, ESPN, ESPN2, and ESPN+.

DIRECTV STREAMFuboTV Sports LiteHulu + Live TVSling TV Blue + Sports ExtraSling Orange & BlueYouTube TV
ABC ABC
ACC Network ACC Network
ESPN ESPN
ESPN2 ESPN2
ESPNU ESPNU

How to watch today’s game

Looking for a specific Cal football game? We list the Cal football TV schedule, as well as the live TV streaming services that carry each game, in the easy to use table below.

This team does not have a televised game scheduled in the next two weeks.
Cal is now in the ACC!

Our top picks

Our top overall pick due to the ability to watch Cal football games minus ESPN+ broadcasts, plus Bay Area pro sports.

fuboTV, with its 4K programming, inclusion of NBC Sports Bay Area in the base package is a winner for not only Cal football fans, but also Bay Area sports fans in general. You can watch the Warriors, Giants, A’s, and the 49ers all on fuboTV.


If the goal is just watching Cal football, Sling’s Blue + Sports Extra will get you the majority of the season. The only missing games will be on ESPN, ESPN2, and ESPNU, which can be added by upgrading to Sling TV Orange & Blue + Sports Extra.

Although San Francisco is one of the markets that gets both FOX and NBC on Sling TV, Sling doesn’t carry ABC or CBS. That, and an upgrade to Sling Orange & Blue is required to get ESPN.

YouTube TV only offers partial coverage of Cal football. You can watch about half of Cal’s season on YouTube TV, but will have major gaps in coverage.

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