How to Watch College Football with DISH

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With major programs on the move over the next few years, college football is going through some serious changes. Regardless of how it all shakes out, DISH has you covered. With specialty channels dedicated to all of the major conferences and teams, plus our 3-year price guarantee, DISH has everything you need for a successful college football season, no matter what happens on (or off) the field. Here’s everything you need to know about watching college football with DISH. Not a DISH subscriber? Follow this link to find the best offer and subscribe to DISH today!

*Note: All programming and lineups are subject to change.


How to Watch SEC Games

The SEC is by far the most successful conference in college football this century, with SEC teams having won 14 of the last 20 national championships. SEC teams play their games on ESPN and the ESPN-owned SEC Network, plus the “SEC on CBS Game of the Week” beginning Sept. 16.

ESPN and your local CBS affiliate are included in all DISH English packages beginning with America’s Top 120, but to watch SEC Network games, your best bet will be a subscription to America’s Top 120+ and higher.  In addition to the SEC Network, America’s Top 120+ includes all of the following networks with college football:

  • Big Ten Network
  • ACC Network
  • Longhorn Network
  • Pac-12 Network

Best of all, for a limited time select customers may qualify to get the Multi-Sport Pack on us when signing up for DISH. Follow this link for more on how to take advantage of this offer.


How to Watch ACC Games

Similar to the SEC, ESPN created the ACC Network so fans can take a deeper dive into teams like Clemson, Florida State, Miami, North Carolina and more. While most ACC games will air on ESPN networks, Notre Dame — which plays six games against the ACC this season — will broadcast their home games on NBC. To watch the most ACC football and basketball, subscribe to America’s Top 120+ and higher with ACC Network.


How to Watch Big Ten Games

The Big Ten broadcast rights are among the biggest changes to the college football landscape in 2023. Under a new deal signed last August, FOX, CBS and NBC will carry games, and the Big Ten Championship game will rotate between them. This season, fans can expect to see FOX games in the 12pm ET window, seven CBS games in the 3:30pm ET window, and primetime games on NBC under its new Big Ten Saturday Night banner. You can also catch select games weekly on the Big Ten Network, which is available with America’s Top 120+ and higher.


How to Watch Big 12 Games

There are major changes coming to the Big 12 in the 2024 season, but even after realignment, ESPN, ABC, FOX, and FS1 will be home to their games, thanks to a new rights deal signed last October that runs through the 2030-31 season. Although the Big 12 does not have its own network (for now), Texas Longhorns fans can get hooked on the Horns with the Longhorn Network, which is available with, you guessed, America’s Top 120+ and higher.


How to Watch Pac-12 Games

Before Colorado returns to the Big 12 in 2024, you can catch Deion Sanders’ debut season with the Buffs when the Pac-12 plays on ESPN/ ABC/ FOX/ FS1/ Pac-12 Network. Plus, DISH is the only satellite TV provider to provide nationwide coverage of the Pac-12 Network. That’s available beginning with the America’s Top 120+ package and higher.


Other Conferences and Features

While select games from conferences like Mountain West, AAC, and others may air on major broadcast networks, many are now only available with a separate subscription to streaming services like Paramount+ and ESPN+. Thankfully, internet connected Hopper devices can instantly access all of your favorite apps, so you can watch all your subscriptions without having to change inputs or remotes.

Speaking of technology, these exclusive features will keep you better connected to your favorite teams:

Game Finder – Set alerts for all your favorite teams or browse the scores (and games) across all of college football.

DISH Multiview – Watch up to 4 games simultaneously with the best Picture-in-Picture TV viewing in the industry. Press the options button on your remote to launch Picture-In-Picture options to get to MultiView and watch the last four channels you watched or customize your channels from there (Multiview is only available with Hopper 3 devices).

DISH College Sports Multi-Channel View – College Sports Multi-Channel View gives you all of the College Sports Networks all in one place! Watch up to 8 college sports networks simultaneously to catch all the games at once. Go to channel 151 to launch the experience. (College Sports Multi-Channel View is available only on Hopper, Joey and Wally devices).

Voice Control with Google Assistant – The DISH Voice Remote not only lets you easily find your favorite games by speaking into your remote, but you can also access and control your Google-connected devices!

With the best features, the channels you want, and the stability of our 3-year price guarantee, DISH is a beacon you can count on through this college football season and beyond.