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Why is the Rose Bowl sometimes called “The Grandaddy of Them All?” That nickname came about because the Rose Bowl is the oldest college football bowl game that’s still being played every year. It’s been an annual tradition since 1916, although the first version of the game was played all the way back in 1902. So yes, the Rose Bowl is old enough to be, at the very least, the grandfather of all the other bowl games. This year’s game is between Ohio State and Utah. Read on for all the details about how to watch the 2022 Rose Bowl without cable.

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When is the Rose Bowl and Where Can You Watch It?

  • Teams: (10) Utah Utes (10-3) vs. (7) Ohio State Buckeyes (10-2)
  • Kickoff: 5 p.m. ET
  • Game location: Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California
  • Where to watch: ESPN

The Rose Bowl is old hat for the Buckeyes at this point. 2022 will be the 16th time they’ve appeared in the game. By contrast, this is the first time the Utes have ever made the trip to Pasadena, and the fans are understandably excited about it.

Utah is the Pac-12 conference champion, while Ohio State is the co-champ of the Big Ten’s Eastern division. However, Michigan advanced to the Big Ten title game because the Wolverines beat OSU for the first time in 10 years. Yes, there’s a lot of tens in this paragraph; we just noticed that, too.

While the game is the biggest draw, the Tournament of Roses parade also draws a big crowd every year. For 2022, the grand marshal is actor and occasional guest Jeopardy host LeVar Burton. The parade starts bright and early at 8 a.m. on the West Coast, which translates to 11 a.m. Eastern time.

How to Watch the Rose Bowl Game

ESPN has had the rights to the Rose Bowl since the 2011 game. The worldwide leader even aired it in 2021, when the Rose Bowl temporarily moved to the home of the Dallas Cowboys in Arlington, Texas, after a surge of COVID-19 cases in California. That was the first time the game was played outside California since World War II. But the Rose Bowl is back where it belongs in 2022, and you can only watch it on ESPN. Here’s a list of services that will let you catch a livestream of the 2022 Rose Bowl.

Stream the Rose Bowl on DIRECTV STREAM

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A DIRECTV STREAM subscription gets you access to the latest version of the Rose Bowl. Regardless of if you root for the Utes or cheer on the Buckeyes, you’ll find lots to like about this streaming service. We’ve got more details in our DIRECTV STREAM review.

Stream the Rose Bowl on Hulu + Live TV

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Hulu + Live TV carries ESPN, which is good news for Rose Bowl fans. ESPN is part of the larger Hulu + Live TV channel lineup, which includes sports, entertainment, and lots more. You can even turn on ESPN2 once you’re finished watching the Rose Bowl on ESPN.

Stream the Rose Bowl on fuboTV

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The “f” in fuboTV stands for college football. OK, that’s not actually true, but it might as well be, especially now that fuboTV includes an ESPN livestream that allows you to view the Rose Bowl. Our fuboTV review has more about what subscribing to this service is like.

Stream the Rose Bowl on Sling TV

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Sling TV has two base packages: Sling Blue and Sling Orange. To get ESPN, you’ll want to select Sling Orange. You can also select both base packages, but only picking one will save you a few bucks every month while still giving you access to the Rose Bowl and other live events.

YouTube TV

Can you imagine watching the Rose Bowl on YouTube? No? Well, good, because that’s not what’s happening here. YouTube TV is a separate product from YouTube, although the names do sound an awful lot alike. Both services are owned by Google, and you can check out the YouTube TV channel list to get more info.

Can I Watch the Rose Bowl on Roku, Fire TV, Apple TV, or Chromecast?

Thousands of fans will be watching the Rose Bowl in the stadium, which is no doubt a great experience. But you’ve got a much more affordable option: watching it at home. You don’t have to pay nearly as much for snacks this way, and you (probably) don’t have to wait in line for the bathroom. As a bonus, you also get to pick how you want to watch the Rose Bowl. Here’s a list of available platforms and devices.

Roku Fire TV Apple TV Android TV Chromecast iOS Android Web browser
DIRECTV Stream Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes
Hulu + Live TV Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
fuboTV Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Sling TV Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
YouTube TV Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes

More to Watch for Rose Bowl Fans

Now you know how to watch the Rose Bowl without cable, and we hope your team wins! But just in case they don’t, it’s not a bad idea to line up some other sporting events worth watching. Tennis fans should already know the Australian Open is played in January to kick off the slate of Grand Slam events. Novak Djokovic claimed the men’s title last year, while Naomi Osaka won on the women’s side. Our guide to watching the Australian Open without cable can tell you how to watch your favorite tennis stars play in the 2022 tournament.

One thought on “How to Watch the Rose Bowl Without Cable

  1. Mr says:

    In peacock too

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