It’s about 80 days to go until the UCLA Bruins football season kicks off its season at their home stadium, the Rose Bowl in Pasadena. Their first opponent is Virginia Cavaliers who will be eager to avenge their home-loss from last season.
After last year’s loss to Stanford derailed the Bruins’s aspiration to contend for Pac 12 championship, these Bruins will also be eager for a fresh start. For Bruins fans, however, there is a more pressing question that needs to be answered – who will replace their star quarterback Brett Hundley who is now with the Green Bay Packers.
All signs point to highly-touted freshman recruit, Josh Rosen, but don’t count out last season’s backup quarterback Jerry Neuheisel, who led the team to victory against Texas Longhorns when Hundley was injured.
For Bruin fans who live far away from the Rose Bowl and/or do not have access to cable television, fret not. These are some ways you can keep up with the gutty Bruins online:
1) Visit WatchESPN during the season, ESPN had selected 2-of the Bruins games (away at Stanford Cardinals and home vs. California Golden Bears) to broadcast live on it’s online streaming service.
Coach Jim Mora is 0-4 against Stanford in his 3 years tenure at UCLA and 2-1 against fellow USC rivals. These games will be available for streaming through the WatchESPN mobile app, which requires users to login using their cable provider information.
If you do not have access to cable, start looking for a fellow Bruin fan friend who will be willing to share with your their login information. Access is free if you are connecting through university on-campus or military base wifi.
2) Pac12 Network App is one option that stream games online. The Bruins were the subject of featured show on the Pac-12 Network called The Drive — a reality/documentary show that follows the team throughout the season. Pac-12 Network is expected to broadcast some of the Bruins game, likely against Colorado, this year.
The app is available for various mobile devices, but do require users to have a subscription with companies that carry the channel. So if you have DirectTV and Charter, you are not in luck. However, the network is available through Time Warner, Dish, ATT, Comcast, Cox and several others, and chances are you will be able to find someone who has access to those and is generous enough to share.
3) FirstRowSports if all else fails, there are free streaming websites that stream live games. FirstRowSports have a large selection of games for streaming. The sites also provide multiple streaming links for each game, including high-quality and standard-quality, so viewers generally are able to find one that would work for them.
4)Bruinville if you had to miss a game or do not mind to wait 24 hours after the broadcast end, this Bruins-dedicated fan site and forum often posts a link to the game that you can stream or download. The site requires you to register, but it’s free. Make sure to thank the person providing the link because he or she does it for free and only wants to share his or her Bruin love with other fans.
These devices and services are giving the cable and satellite industries a run for their money because not only are they much cheaper, but they also cater straight to sports fans who just want to watch their favorite teams play and not have to pay for the extra channels. Next time football season comes around, be sure to use any of these methods so you don’t miss a moment of Miami Hurricanes football!