How to Watch LSU vs. Clemson in the College Football National Championship Game Online for Free—Even Without Cable

January 13, 2020, 5:00 PM UTC

No matter what your alma mater, it’s hard to argue that the two most worthy teams aren’t playing in this year’s College Football National Championship.

Both Clemson University and LSU went undefeated this year, posting 14-0 records, though the way each got to the year’s final game —which we might as well call the Tiger Bowl at this point —was dramatically different.

The LSU Tigers dominated the Oklahoma Sooners in the semifinals, while the Clemson Tigers had a stunning fourth quarter rally that let them conquer Ohio State. Clemson, though, is in its fourth national title game in five years and is aiming for its second consecutive national championship.

Watching the game can be a tricky proposition if you’ve joined the growing number of people who have cut the cable cord, though, since it airs on ESPN. The local sports bar is an option, but it’s inevitably a crowded, distracting one. And not everyone has friends close by who are into the same team.

Fortunately, you have options. Here’s a look at some of your options to watch the College National Championships if your current TV setup proves problematic.

What time does the College Football National Championship air?

How to Watch LSU vs Clemson in the College Football National Championship Live Online for Free Without Cable
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You won’t be able to watch Clemson vs. LSU battle on a traditional network. The game will air at 8 p.m. ET on ESPN.

Can I watch the College Football National Championship game online without a cable subscription?

There are loads of online options to watch bowl games, some completely free and others with free trial periods. If you’re not near a TV, you can log into or the ESPN app,

Prefer another option? Here are a few that work just as well.


Stream live sports and original series with this premium service. The downside? There’s no free trial.


There is, however, a free trial for Disney’s bundle of Disney+, Hulu and ESPN+. You’ve got seven days to enjoy the services for free, after which you’ll pay $12.99 per month for all three combined.

This free service lets you watch local broadcast channels with no monthly fees or contracts. The hiccup is: It only services part of the country.

Sling TV

Dish Network’s Sling is one of the OG cord cutter options. It has an extensive selection of ESPN options in its lower tiered “Orange” plan. That will run you $30 per month, but you won’t get Fox Sports in that bundle. (For that, you’ll also need to subscribe to Sling’s “Blue” plan, which bumps the cost to $45-per-month.) You’ll have a 7-day free trial first.


Formerly known as DirecTV Now, AT&T’s streaming service will run you $65 per month and up after a 7-day free trial.

Hulu with Live TV

You can try the service free for a week. Once that’s up, you’ll pay $45 per month.

YouTube TV

After a seven day trial, you can expect monthly charges of $50.

Fubo TV

This sports-focused cord cutting service carries CBS in most markets. There’s a seven-day free trial, followed by monthly charges of $55.

Can I watch the College National Championship game on Amazon?

Sadly, no. No college bowl games, including the National Championship, are currently scheduled to stream on Amazon this year.

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