It has been a frustrating decade for Michigan football fans who have endured the ups and downs of Rich Rodriguez and Brady Hoke’s eras – they are mostly downs, with on and off the field drama surrounding the coaches, boosters, and athletic department. It all culminated in the perhaps the most dramatic off season with Michigan convincing former SF 49ers head coach and legendary Wolverines quarterback, Jim Harbaugh, to return to coach its alma mater with a record-size contract.
Coach Harbaugh’s reputation as a prickly coach is well-documented throughout his tenure in Stanford and with the 49ers, but there is no denying that the man knows how to coach after building Stanford into a national power and leading the 49ers to back to back NFC championship games.
Four Places To Watch UM Football Games:
Expectations in Ann Arbor thus have never been higher and if you are a long-suffering Wolverines fan, you don’t want to miss this ride. If you live in the state of Michigan, there is no excuse for not being there every Saturday for the home games, but if you are exiled in other parts of the countries or the world, these are some ways that you can keep up with your beloved team online.
1. WatchESPN app: The long-awaited showdown between Michigan and defending national champion and arch-rival Ohio State Buckeyes do not yet have a broadcast time, but the high profile of both teams make it very likely that the game will be broadcasted during prime time by ABC/ESPN.
The Urban Meyer vs Jim Harbaugh showdown will probably one of the biggest story this season and you can follow the game live through ESPN tracker, or stream it using WatchESPN which is available for all mobile devices. WatchESPN is also available as a built-in app in AppleTV. It requires users to login using their cable providers information, but access is free for those who stream using an on-campus or military-base wifi.
2. BTN2Go app: The Big Ten Network released a mobile app to allow for live and on-demand streaming of its contents for various devices. Big Ten Network is available as a basic package by most cable and television providers and access to BTN2Go is free for those who are already subscribed to one of these cable companies.
The app allows you to stream any content from anywhere as long as you have at least 3.0 Mbps internet connection. For additional fee, you can also subscribe to BTN Plus which gives you access to non-televised programming and students-produced events.
3. Fox Sports Go: Michigan’s season opener against Pac-12 opponent the Utah Utes, along with a few other games are slated to air on Fox Sports 1. Fox Sports Go app allows for live steaming of games in a similar way as its ESPN counterpart. To use the in mobile devices, it requires iOS 7.0 or Android 4.0 or higher.
4. SportsLemon: This is one of the many websites that provide free streaming links to live sporting events. The streaming quality ranges from acceptable to excellent, but you are almost guaranteed to find a link that works for you. The website also has ads which are unfortunately unavoidable, but there are less ads here compared to some other free streaming websites.