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How to Watch Northern Illinois Huskies Football Live Without Cable

Written by John O'Connor

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You can live stream Northern Illinois football games from a host of different devices and streaming services. If you are a diehard Huskies football fan and want to watch every game from one app, Hulu + Live TV, with its ESPN+ bundle, is the best option. As an added bonus, Hulu carries NBC Sports Chicago in the base package for watching the Bulls, White Sox, and Blackhawks. You can watch the Chicago Bears on Hulu on your local FOX affiliate. If you want to watch NIU football and the Cubs, go with DIRECTV STREAM to get Marquee Sports Network.

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Table of Contents
  1. How to watch this week’s Northern Illinois football game
  2. Most important TV channels for NIU football fans
  3. Watching NIU football: our top picks
  4. More MAC Teams

How to watch this week’s Northern Illinois football game

Looking for a specific NIU football game? We list the Northern Illinois football TV schedule, as well as the live TV streaming services that carry each game, in the easy to use table below. Note that the ESPN+ streaming exclusive games are not listed in this table.

This team does not have a televised game scheduled in the next two weeks.

Most important TV channels for NIU football fans

Based on current TV contracts with CBS Sports Network and ESPN, most MAC games, including Northern Illinois games, will air on ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU, ESPN+, and CBS Sports Network. Early in the season, when Northern Illinois faces an ACC, SECBig 10, or PAC-12 opponent, the game will often appear on that conference’s network, such as Big 10 Network or ACC Network. In the channel comparison table below, I have also included the live TV streaming services that carry NBC Sports Chicago and the Marquee Sports Network, the regional sports networks that broadcast local MLBNBA, and NHL action to sports fans in the Chicago area.

DIRECTV STREAM – ChoiceDIRECTV STREAM – UltimateFuboTV Sports LiteHulu + Live TVOrange & Blue Sports ExtraYouTube TV
ABC ABC
ACC Network ACC Network
Big 10 Network Big 10 Network
CBS CBS
CBS Sports Network CBS Sports Network
ESPN ESPN
ESPN2 ESPN2
ESPN3 ESPN3
ESPNU ESPNU
FOX FOX
FS1 FS1
NBC NBC
Marquee Sports Network Marquee Sports Network
NBC Sports Chicago NBC Sports Chicago

Watching NIU football: our top picks

Hulu + Live TV is the only live TV streaming service that offers all of the Northern Illinois football games from one app. As an added bonus, you get NBC Sports Chicago in the base package with a Hulu subscription. The downside is that Hulu offers only 50 hours of DVR storage in the base package, which won’t be enough for many households. Cubs fans can’t get Marquee Sports Network on Hulu.


Hulu is the better choice for watching NIU football, unless you’re also a Cubs fan and want to stream in-market games.


fuboTV is an attractive option because it carries most of the channels you need to live stream NIU football, as well as NBC Sports Chicago and the Marquee Sports Network in the base package. fuboTV is an excellent platform for watching the NFL on Sundays.


Watch 4 NIU Huskies football games on ESPN+ at a good rate.

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