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How to watch the Fiesta Bowl, Rose Bowl and Sugar Bowl live without cable – CNET

The two College Football Playoff semifinal games on New Year’s Eve determined the National Championship Game matchup — the Georgia Bulldogs will face the Alabama Crimson Tide on Jan. 10 — but today is arguably even better for college football fans. The first day of 2022 brings five bowl games featuring top-ranked programs like Notre Dame, Ohio State and Penn State.

None of today’s games have playoff implications, but they should all be fun to watch. Three games are on ESPN, one on ESPN2 and one on ABC, and cord cutters can enjoy all of them live, no cable required. Here’s how.

What is the New Year’s Day Bowl game schedule?

The first game starts at noon ET (9 a.m. PT) and play continues all day.

  • Outback Bowl: Penn State vs. Arkansas at 12 p.m. ET on ESPN2
  • Citrus Bowl: Iowa vs. Kentucky at 1 p.m. on ABC 
  • Fiesta Bowl: Notre Dame vs. Oklahoma State at 1 p.m. on ESPN
  • Rose Bowl: Ohio State vs. Utah at 5 p.m. on ESPN
  • Sugar Bowl: Ole Miss vs. Baylor at 8:45 p.m. on ESPN
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Heisman Trophy finalist C.J. Stroud and the Ohio State Buckeyes play against Utah in the Rose Bowl today.

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How to watch the College Football Playoff and bowl games

Nearly all of the bowl games and all three playoff games will be broadcast on ESPN. You can stream the games on WatchESPN.com or via the ESPN app, but you will need to prove you have a TV subscription that includes ESPN. If you don’t have a cable or satellite TV subscription, you can use a live-TV streaming service to watch the games live; all the services listed here offer ESPN.

All of the live TV streaming services above offer free trials, allow you to cancel at any time and require a solid internet connection. Looking for more information? Check out our massive streaming services guide.