How to Watch College Football on Paramount Plus in 2023

By Jim Kimble / Published September 7, 2023

College football fans can use a subscription to Paramount Plus with Showtime to watch 27 games from SEC, Big Ten and Mountain West conferences.

The streaming service combines live TV and on-demand streaming. Paramount Plus has 16 SEC games during the 2023 NCAA football season, including the SEC Championship game.

The new Big Ten on CBS brings 7 total games with games from Penn State and Ohio State. The Mountain West schedule has 4 games total. The full schedule is below. 

You can jump down to the summary of how to watch college football on Paramount Plus, check out the schedule or read through all your options. 

A subscription to Paramount Plus with Showtime is $11.99 per month following a free trial. The majority of college football games on Paramount Plus air on CBS. There are only a few games from CBS Sports Network, which is airing most of the 30 Mountain West games for the 2023 season.

Subscribers get a local CBS channel, NFL games, UEFA Champions League and coverage of some live sporting events on CBS Sports Network

How to Watch College Football Live on Paramount Plus

Cord-cutters need the Paramount Plus with Showtime plan to watch college football games. You can sign up, pay only $11.99 per month, and cancel whenever you want. 

Paramount Plus has a cheaper subscription called the Essential plan, which costs $5.99 per month. But you only get NFL games and UEFA Champions leagues for sports.

Subscribers can watch Paramount Plus on Roku, Amazon Fire TV, Chromecast with Google TV, Apple TV, NVIDIA Shield and Xfinity Flex.

You can watch on Smart TVs by LG, Samsung, Sony, and Vizio. Smart TVs running on Android TV and Google TV are likewise supported. Game consoles including XBox and PlayStation support watching live sports as well. 

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Sports fans can watch on more than just your TV. 

You can use iPhones and iPads with current iOS. Android mobile devices and tablets are supported.

With all of the above devices, you just need to take the following steps: 

1) Sign up for Paramount Plus with Showtime online

2) Download the the Paramount Plus app from the app hub of your Smart TV or streaming device

3) Launch the app on your TV, and sign in with your account

4) Go to the Live tab and find the college football game you want to watch

Fans using a PC, Chromebook and Mac computer to watch games can watch their subscription through a current web browser.

Paramount Plus College Football Schedule

The Paramount Plus College Football schedule includes games from Southeastern Conference (SEC), Big Ten Conference and Mountain West Conference. Keep in mind that there are Big Ten games on Peacock during the 2023 season. There are more than 400 college football games on ESPN+ as well.

Saturday, September 93:30 PMUNLV At Michigan
Saturday, September 97:30 PMUCLA At San Diego
Saturday, September 163:30 PMSouth Carolina At Georgia
Saturday, September 233:30 PMSEC Game Of The Week
Saturday, September 237:30 PMIowa At Penn State
Saturday, September 303:30 PMSEC Game Of The Week
Saturday, October 73:30 PMSEC Game Of The Week
Saturday October 1412:00 NoonSEC
3:30 PMSEC Game Of The Week
Saturday, October 2112:00 NoonAir Force At Navy
3:30 PMSEC Game Of The Week
Saturday, October 2812:00 PMBig Ten On CBS (Teams Tbd)
Saturday, October 283:30 PMGeorgia Vs. Florida
Saturday, November 412:00 PMBig Ten On CBS (Teams Tbd)
Saturday, November 43:30 PMSEC
7:45 PMSEC Game Of The Week
Saturday, November 113:30 PMSEC Game Of The Week
Saturday, November 183:30 PMSEC Game Of The Week
Friday, November 2412:00 PMIowa At Nebraska
Friday, November 244:00 PMMissouri At Arkansas
Saturday, November 253:30 PMSEC Game Of The Week
Saturday, December 24:00 PMSEC Championship
Saturday, December 93:00 PMArmy – Navy
Friday, December 292:00 PMTony The Tiger Sun Bowl

Why can’t I watch college football on Paramount Plus?

Not every college football game or conference is available on Paramount Plus or CBS.

The Big Ten Conference has negotiated multi-year deals with broadcast networks such as CBS, NBC, and FOX. Some games this season may be on local ABC stations as well.

Most games from Power 5 conferences such as the Big Ten Conference or Mountain West require a subscription to a live TV streaming service, cable or satellite service. 

The good news for cord-cutters is that you can watch local broadcast networks such as CBS for free by using a TV antenna.

You can read my guides on how to watch ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN3, ESPNU, ACC Network (ACCN), Big Ten Network, CBS Sports Network, and SEC Network, which covers most college football games during the 2023-24 season. 

DIRECTV STREAM, Fubo, Hulu + Live TV and YouTube TV have comprehensive NCAA football coverage similar to a cable package. All of these services have local broadcast channels as well.

Sling TV is the best budget option at $40 per month. You can get ESPN on the Orange plan. The Blue plan remains thin on local channels. Sling does not carry CBS at all.

Pac-12 Network and Longhorn Network are available on only a few live TV streaming services. 

Some of these streaming services such as DIRECTV STREAM, Fubo and YouTube TV have unlimited DVR to record games, and a free trial that lasts a week without any obligation. 

Hulu + Live TV is the only live TV streaming service that bundles ESPN+, Disney+ and carries local and cable channels that have NCAA football games from major conferences.

Just remember to cancel before the trial ends if you decide that the streaming service isn’t for you.

How to Watch College Football on Paramount Plus FAQs

These are questions college football fans ask when researching ways to watch their favorite teams.

Can I watch CBS Sports on Paramount Plus?

You can watch some, but not all, CBS Sports programming on Paramount Plus. CBS Sports is the broadcasting arm of CBS. It should not be confused with the cable network CBS Sports Network or its live sports programming. 

The following CBS Sports are available on the Paramount Plus with Showtime plan:

  • SEC on CBS
  • Big Ten on CBS
  • Mountain West Football
  • NFL Games
  • UEFA Champions League
  • The Masters
  • NCAA® Division I Men’s Basketball Championship
  • The PGA Championship
  • Women’s soccer
  • Combate Global MMA

A subscription to Paramount Plus with Showtime is $11.99 per month. The Paramount Plus Essential plan only has NFL games and UEFA Champions League. The Essential plan is $5.99 per month.

Does Paramount Plus have SEC Network?

Paramount Plus does not carry the SEC Network cable channel, but you can watch SEC football games that air on CBS every Saturday.

Is Big Ten football on CBS?

The Big Ten Conference has seven games on CBS and Paramount Plus for the 2023 season. About 34 games from the conference will air on NBC, FOX and CBS.  

How to watch Mountain West football

Most Mountain West football games air on CBS Sports Network, but four games are on CBS and Paramount Plus. 

Can you watch college football on Paramount Plus?

You can watch college football on Paramount Plus. But you need to subscribe to the Paramount Plus with Showtime plan to watch SEC, Big Ten and Mountain West college football games. A subscription is $11.99 per month. 

Subscribers to the Paramount Plus with Showtime get a local CBS station, the full Showtime library, and 4K HDR streaming. 

The streaming service has a growing library of movies, live news, and full seasons of TV shows from CBS, BET, Comedy Central, MTV, Nickelodeon and Smithsonian Channel. There are a number of Paramount+ Originals such as Special Ops: Lioness, Tulsa King and Star Trek: Strange New Worlds

You can sign up for a free trial, and cancel your subscription whenever you like. Use code SPORTS for 50 percent off for a Paramount Plus annual subscription. Offer ends 9/20/2023.

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Jim Kimble is a seasoned industry expert with over two decades of journalism experience. He has been at the forefront of the cord-cutting movement since 2016, testing and writing about TV-related products and services. He founded The Cord Cutting Report in 2016, and serves as the editor.

Major publications, including MarketWatch, Forbes, and South Florida Sun Sentinel, have interviewed Kimble for his years of expertise. He gives advice on the complexities consumers are navigating with streaming options, and over-the-air TV. Kimble has been a staff writer or correspondent for several award-winning, daily newspapers, including The Boston Globe.