Tennessee-Ball State Live Stream (9/1): How to Watch Online, TV, Time

Tennessee opens the 2022 college football season at Neyland Stadium with Ball State on Thursday, September 1. The match will be broadcast live on DirecTV Stream (Free Trial) and fuboTV (live broadcast).

With a trip to No. 17 Pittsburgh, Tennessee has an opportunity to move coach Josh Heupel’s second season on Rocky Top in the right direction.

The stress level is very different from a year ago when the Volunteers opened with a Thursday night win over Bowling Green. These Vols are just outside the AP Top 25, which could change with a big win in their opener.

Ball State, meanwhile, will open with a new quarterback in John Paddock. He only played two games last season.

When is Tennessee-Ball State?

Tennessee plays at Ball State at 6 p.m. (7 p.m. ET) on Thursday, September 1.

Live streaming options

DirecTV streams

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Fubo TV

The match will be broadcast live on fuboTV, which offers a free trial. The most basic package is the “standard fubo” package, which includes over 121 channels for $69.99 per month. Like all cord cutting alternatives, there are plenty of options, especially for sports. It comes with over 1,000 hours of cloud-based DVR and up to 10 screens at once.

Will it be televised?

Tennessee-Ball State will be televised on SEC Network.


KEY MATCH: Ball State’s defense must try to handle Tennessee’s fast offense. Going 7-6 last season, the Vols averaged 475 offensive yards. The Vols will try to resolve staffing issues at left tackle (Gerald Mincey or Jeremiah Crawford), running behind Jabari Small and Jaylen Wright and a steady rotation in the defensive secondary. Ball State sophomore RB Carson Steele, who rushed for 891 yards and six touchdowns last season, will be the center of defense for Tennessee.

PLAYERS TO WATCH: Tennessee: WR Bru McCoy. The Southern California transfer has just been deemed eligible by the NCAA and will line up against Cedric Tillman. He hasn’t played in six games for the Trojans in the pandemic-truncated 2020 season.

Ball Condition: Senior CB Ameche Uzodinma II. He had 37 tackles and three misses last season. If the Vols choose to train McCoy and Tillman, Uzodinma will likely be in the thick of the action.

FACTS AND FIGURES: Both teams finished last season with bowl losses. Tennessee lost 48-45 in overtime to Purdue in the Music City Bowl. Ball State lost 51-20 to Georgia State in the Camellia Bowl. … Hendon Hooker came off the bench to earn the starting quarterback position for Tennessee. Now, he’s entering his second year as a starter on the verge of improving for 2,945 yards, 31 touchdowns and just three interceptions. … The Cardinals’ returning offensive line has accounted for 56 starts, led by LG Damon Kaylor … In 10 games against current Southeastern Conference teams, Ball State is yet to win. …Tennessee will be unveiling a few changes to Neyland Stadium in this game, including new video maps in each end zone and a new sports bar-like north end deck area.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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