How to Watch College Football on Peacock in 2023

By Jim Kimble / Published September 4, 2023

Peacock is streaming more college football games from Big Ten Football this season, adding to its roster of live sports.

The Big Ten Football partnership adds 14 schools, complimenting its existing rights to stream Notre Dame football. The Big Ten Football deal with NBC pulls together games from East and West divisions.

East Division Teams include Michigan State, Ohio State, Michigan, Maryland, Penn State, Indiana and Rutgers. 

Western Division Teams include Purdue, Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Nebraska and Northwestern. 

The schedule that has been released by NBC Sports is below, but keep in mind that Peacock is expected to announce more college football games in the weeks ahead. 

The remaining NBC Sports’ Big Ten Football games will be announced during the season with each matchup typically announced 12 days prior to the scheduled game date.

NBC Sports’ Big Ten Football package features Big Ten Saturday Night on NBC and Peacock. This season is the first time ever that Big Ten Football will have a dedicated weekly primetime game on a national broadcast network. There will be nine exclusive games on Peacock.

You can sign up for a Peacock Premium subscription for $5.99 per month. But remember, you can also get Peacock through two different plans, or as part of an Xfinity internet bundle with its NOW TV streaming bundle. 

Peacock says that it now offers the most live sports of any subscription video on-demand streaming service (SVOD) in the United States. That may be a subtle dig to ESPN+, which is streaming more than 500 NCAA football games during the 2023-24 season.

This year, subscribers can watch much of what’s offered on NBC or through NBC Sports, including live sports coverage of Big Ten Football, Sunday Night Football, Premier League, Notre Dame Football, NASCAR, NTT IndyCar Series, and WWE. Every two years, you can also watch the Olympics.

The on-demand side of the service has a library of movies from Universal Pictures, and current NBC shows. 

How to Watch College Football Live on Peacock

Cord-cutters only need the Peacock Premium plan to watch college football games. You can sign up, pay only $5.99 per month, and cancel whenever you want.

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

You can watch on Smart TVs by Hisense, 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 Peacock Premium online
  2. Download the the Peacock 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

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

Peacock Big 10 College Football Schedule

Here is Peacock’s schedule for NCAA Division I Football Subdivision (FBS) games you can watch live without cable or a subscription to a live TV streaming service. 

This schedule only includes games produced by NBC Sports that have been announced to date. More games will be announced through the season, and will be updated here:

Sat., Sept. 2NoonEast Carolina at No. 2 MichiganPeacock
Sat., Sept. 23:30 p.m.Tennessee State at No. 13 Notre DameNBC, Peacock
Sat., Sept. 27:30 p.m.West Virginia at No. 7 Penn StateNBC, Peacock
Sat., Sept. 9NoonDelaware at No. 7 Penn StatePeacock
Sat., Sept. 97:30 p.m.Charlotte at MarylandNBC, Peacock
Sat., Sept. 162:30 p.m.Central Michigan at No. 13 Notre DamePeacock
Sat., Sept. 165 p.m.No. 10 Washington at Michigan StatePeacock
Sat., Sept. 167:30 p.m.Syracuse at PurdueNBC, Peacock
Sat., Sept. 237:30 p.m.No. 3 Ohio State at No. 13 Notre DameNBC, Peacock
Sat., Oct. 147:30 p.m.No. 6 USC at No. 13 Notre DameNBC, Peacock
Sat., Oct. 283:30 p.m.Pittsburgh at No. 13 Notre DameNBC, Peacock
Sat., Nov. 117:30 p.m.Michigan State at No. 3 Ohio StateNBC, Peacock
Sat., Nov. 183:30 p.m.Wake Forest at No. 13 Notre DameNBC, Peacock
Fri., Nov. 247:30 p.m.No. 7 Penn State at Michigan State (Ford Field)NBC, Peacock

Why can’t I watch all Big Ten Football games on Peacock?

Not every college football game or conference is available on Peacock.

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

Most games from Power 5 conferences such as the Big Ten Conference and Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) 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 NBC 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, FS1, 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 channel lineups similar to a cable package. All of these services have key broadcast networks for NCAA football.

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 Peacock FAQs

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

Can I watch college football on Peacock for free?

There is no free plan on Peacock, but you can watch any games that air on NBC for free by using a TV antenna.

Does Peacock have Big Ten Network?

Peacock does not have Big Ten Network. The streaming service does have games from 14 Big Ten teams including Michigan State and Penn State. 

Can you watch college football on Peacock?

You can watch college football on Peacock. Here are all your options.

Premium plan subscribers can watch games from the Big Ten Conference and Notre Dame Football. A subscription is $5.99 per month. The Premium plan has hit movies, popular TV shows from NBC, Hallmark Channel, Bravo shows and originals such as Poker Face and Twisted Metal.

Premium Plus subscribers get fewer ads. Subscribers can live stream a local NBC station for $11.99 per month. Premium Plus subscribers can download a selection of on-demand programs. This plan was once deemed ad-free, but that’s no longer the case now that it includes a local NBC station.

NOW TV is the new streaming bundle you can bundle with Xfinity internet, which includes Peacock Premium and a Flex 4K streaming box for free. A NOW TV subscription costs $20 per month when you sign up for Xfinity internet.

There are more than 40 live TV channels on NOW TV, including A&E, AMC, Discovery Channel, Great American Family, Hallmark Channel, HGTV and The Weather Channel.

Customers can sign up and cancel their service anytime through their online Xfinity account.

Now TV is available on the Xfinity Stream app on Xfinity Flex, Amazon Fire TV, Google Chromecast, iOS and Android devices. Now TV is supported by Apple AirPlay as well. You can look over internet plans and pricing for more information. 

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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.