Watch SEC Football Games
SEC football started in 1932 and has racked up over 40 national championship titles. Considered a 'Power Five' conference, along with the ACC, Pac-12, Big XII and Big 10, SEC football gets a lot of TV and online streaming coverage, having some of the most popular programs in the country -- Alabama, Florida, Georgia, LSU and Texas A&M to name a few.
SEC home games broadcast primarily on SEC Network, ESPN and CBS, and/or live stream on their accompanying SEC+ digital platform. And away games featuring SEC teams can air on any number of FOX and NBC owned networks. This guide breaks all that down per section and provides live stream links for apps and websites as well as cable plans for every channel featuring any SEC game from cable, satellite and internet TV providers.
SEC Football on SEC Network
SEC Network is a national cable network owned and operated by ESPN. This channel airs three Saturday games featuring SEC teams every week of the regular season, in every time slot - early morning, afternoon and evening.
The SEC also has SEC+, it's streaming-only network, that live streams all SEC home games possible that aren't already airing on SEC Network or any other TV network.
SEC+ live stream and on-demand access is free via the WatchESPN website or ESPN app, once you have a cable plan that includes the SEC Network. You just have login with your cable credentials. The app works on Android and Apple devices, Roku, Samsung Smart TVs, androidtv, Chromecast, Playstation, Xbox, Amazon Fire devices and Oculus VR headsets. And this table shows all the cable providers that carry SEC Network.
SEC Games on ESPN Channels
ESPN owns broadcast rights to most SEC home games, so a vast majority air on ESPN-owned channels and streaming services (but not necessarily all if ESPN chooses not to air them for whatever reason).
SEC Network (ESPN owned) gets three SEC games a week (at least) during the regular season, but those are usually less high profile games. After CBS selects their weekly afternoon game to air, the biggest match-ups typically air on the main ESPN channel, ESPN2 or ABC (ESPN's sister station).
ESPN can also air SEC games on ESPNU, ESPNews or ESPN3 if scheduling conflicts arise.
And ABC is a local channel you can watch for free with a digital antenna if you live close enough to the TV tower. ABC airs nationally but the feed is distributed by local affiliates, over-the-air. You also get ABC standard in most every cable plan as part of the local TV channel lineup.
Several cable providers offer ESPN and ESPN2 in their base plans, while other ESPN channels usually require a mid-tier plan or higher to access; this table shows all the cable, satellite and internet TV providers that offer ESPN plus the live stream and app links run by ESPN (login required).
SEC on CBS
CBS has been carrying SEC football games since 1996 under the SEC on CBS branding, and they will continue to do so until their contract expires in 2023. CBS gets first choice on the weekly SEC home game they broadcast (before ESPN does), and the game always airs in the Saturday afternoon time slot.
You can watch SEC on CBS games for free with a digital antenna or access your local CBS station from most any cable plan that includes local TV stations. The table below provides every cable provider carrying CBS, along with live stream links and the CBS Sports app download link.
CBS All Access is another option to watch SEC on CBS games. This is a standalone streaming service that runs $5.99/month and usually comes with a free trial. With subscription you get to watch the live stream of the main CBS channel, CBS News and access to their library of on-demand content.
The CBS Sports app is available on Apple and Android smartphones and tablets, Roku players, Amazon devices, PlayStation, XBOX, Chromecast and more.
**If you have CBS as part of your cable plan, you can use your cable login info and get CBS All Access for free. So it's available standalone or included if you already get CBS.
SEC Games on FOX & NBC
For SEC away games, it depends on their opponent's broadcast deals to determine where that game airs or streams. Away games can still air on ESPN, SEC or CBS stations or streaming services, but more than likely these games will make the most appearances on FOX Sports or NBC Sports networks.
FOX Sports airs college football games on their main FOX network, a local station accessible for free with a digital antenna. But they also air many NCAA football games on FS1, a cable channel included in most base plans or higher. Beyond that some games can be slated for one of their many regional sports networks; to watch ensure you have a cable plan that includes regional sports channels and that you are either watching from within that region or you pay extra to get ALL the Fox Sports regional networks. FS2 can air college football games as well, though this is rare.
NBC Sports primarily airs Notre Dame games on their main channel, so if the Fighting Irish host an SEC opponent, look to NBC. NBC is another local channel you can get for free with a digital antenna, otherwise it's included in all cable plans that include local channels. Other NBC Sports games can air on their cable network NBCSN, historically games featuring Ivy League, CAA or SWAC conferences. And in rare instances, NBC Sports will air a college football game on USA Network, their sister network, a basic cable network.
Watch NBC Sports or FOX Sports produced college football games with these live stream links and/or app downloads. Or see all the cable providers that carry any of their channels.