As Oregon fans pull out their Duck hats and Texas fans dust off their Longhorns, college football fanatics across the country can gear up for the 2013 season with the help of an additional tool - their mobile devices.
Streaming of sports action is becoming increasingly accessible, allowing fans to use their 4G LTE devices to catch the action on the go. Stepping away from the TV during game time isn’t a penalty-inducing move anymore. ESPN College Football lets fans stream live games with access to feeds from ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN3 and ESPNU. Through the app, viewers also receive customized scoreboard alerts, read top stories and view in-progress highlights seconds after they happen.
For those don’t live in the same market as their favorite college team or have to travel during the season, finding fellow fans to watch the game with can be a challenge. If you're a Cardinal in Cleveland or a Sun Devil in Seattle, social networking helps alumni and like-minded fans connect and locate spots to cheer on their team together. Check out the local alumni chapter’s Facebook page, like the San Francisco Bay Chapter of the Virginia Tech Alumni Association or Wisconsin’s Bay Area Badgers page. Some schools have also developed their own apps, such as UC Berkeley’s Cal Bears Online app, where fans can check game day information, schedules and rosters.
College football enthusiasts who want to feel like part of the action all season long can set up a fantasy league with friends. CBS Sports has a free platform that lets users play with specific conferences or all 125 BCS schools and receive live scoring and stats.
With a mobile device in hand, sports fans can catch all the NCAA action throughout the season, leading to the BCS National Championship Game in January 2014.