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How to Be a Cord-cutting MVP This College Bowl Season

Posted by Julia Mattera on December 19, 2019 at 10:05 AM. Filed under Cutting the Cord


Who's ready for some football? If money is tight or you just can't make it to the game, a stellar setup at home is the next best thing. If you've cut the cord, now is the time to review your game plan so you won't miss any of your favorite college teams battle it out on the gridiron.

Check out the full schedule of bowl games to see when, where and how you can catch all the action.

Between December 16, 2022 and January 9, 2023, there are 42 bowl games plus the national championship. Most of these games will be broadcast on ESPN with a few on ESPN2, ABC, CBS and FOX. So, if you want to catch all the action and you don’t have cable or satellite service, you’ll need to consider paying for a streaming service for a month or two.


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If you’re a diehard college football fan who wants to see it all, YouTubeTV, Fubo TV and Hulu+Live TV are all solid contenders that broadcast every bowl game. YouTube TV and Fubo TV even offer a free trial period — score! Be sure to visit their respective websites and type in your zip code to make sure they stream your local ABC, CBS and FOX channels. If they don’t, your best option to capture local channels is to simply install a TV antenna for over-the-air reception. If you don’t already have one, check out our comprehensive blog post that covers everything you need to know about purchasing an antenna and cutting the cord.

If your budget is super tight and you only want to watch a few games, Sling TV is a good choice. Their orange plan provides access to ESPN, ESPN2 and much more. They currently offer a discounted trial month, along with other offers for new subscribers. As with YouTubeTV and Hulu+Live TV, some local channels are only available in select markets, so be sure to check the Sling TV website for details.


Check your equipment

Regardless of how you’re watching the games at home, you’ll want to make sure your entertainment equipment, connections and cables provide peak performance. If an upgrade is in order, check out these Philips HDMI and coax cables, antennas and universal remotes that range from basic to innovative. And, when the game goes into overtime, but your guests’ phone batteries don’t, a charging station using surge protector wall taps and power strips can make you the MVP of your watch party. These colorful charging cables from Philips add to the fun and may even coordinate with your team’s colors.



Let’s talk snacks

When it’s game day, you’ll want to huddle around the TV, not the stove. These quick and easy, fan-favorite snacks are sure to score extra points.

  • Football Rice Krispie Treats – What’s easier than taking a football-shaped cookie cutter to a sheet of Kellogg’s Rice Krispies? Simply cut out football shapes and embellish them with icing or melted chocolate. You can even create football fields, goal posts, team mascots and more!

  • Charcuterie Board –If you want to step up your game and join the charcuterie board trend, check out these fun football-themed boards.

  • Queso Dip – Chips and queso are a must-have for game day, and it’s hard to beat Velveeta and Ro*tel. For a twist on the original, stir in cooked chorizo, sour cream or your favorite savory ingredients.

  • Chili Cheese Dip – This amazing and easy-to-make dip takes just two ingredients: Hormel No-Bean Chili and cream cheese. While any sturdy chip pairs well with this hearty dip, Fritos or Fritos Scoops are highly recommended.

  • Chex Mix – Whether it’s homemade or store bought, sweet, savory or spicy, Chex mix is the way to score big. Choose an official Chex Mix recipe or create your own blend.


2022-2023 Bowl Game Schedule

Check out our 2022-2023 Bowl Game Schedule to see when, where and how you can catch all the action and get this party started!


Need help finding the right antenna to catch the games? Check out this Shopping Guide! 



About the Author | Julia Mattera

Julia serves as a marketing copywriter for Jasco. After years of working in higher education communications and marketing, she now enjoys developing consumer-focused product descriptions, easy-to-follow instructional guides, video scripts and blog posts to help educate others about the benefits of Jasco’s consumer electronics. During her off hours, Julia loves to spend time with her family and friends, photograph nature, stream her favorite shows – both old and new, and collect unique marbles. She is a mom of two wonderful kids and a loveable 130lb. St. Bernard/Shepherd mix who, despite his size, still likes to sit on her lap.

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