FAYETTEVILLE — Turn on modems, access points and cellular data.
You have two options for watching Saturday’s football game between Arkansas and Missouri State: attend in person or stream the game online. The contest, which is due to start at 6 p.m. at Reynolds Razorback Stadium, will not be televised. Instead, it will air on ESPN-Plus and SEC Network-Plus streaming channels.
ESPN-Plus is a monthly subscription service that provides access to select live sporting events. SEC Network-Plus is available to cable, satellite or streaming subscribers whose plans include SEC Network.
Both streaming channels can be accessed through WatchESPN.com or the ESPN app. To access the game, users must log in with their ESPN-Plus credentials or link the ESPN platform to their cable, satellite or streaming services.
As part of an agreement between the Southeastern Conference and ESPN announced in December 2020, each SEC football team will have one non-conference home game each year that is only available for streaming. The home team can choose which match will be broadcast and what time that match will start. Game and time designations are made before the start of the season.
Most SEC teams have chosen low-interest games against teams in the Football Championship Subdivision for their streams this year, such as the Arkansas-Missouri State game on Saturday. Other streaming games involving an SEC team are games against teams from a Five-Four Conference or an Independent.
In addition to Arkansas-Missouri State, streaming-only Saturday games include Abilene Christian in Missouri and Akron in Tennessee.
Arkansas had two non-conference games to pick a stream from. ESPN opted to televise the Razorbacks’ season opener against Cincinnati on Sept. 3, leaving Missouri State and Liberty games as streaming options. November’s game against Liberty will be televised, although a specific network has yet to be chosen.
Last year, Arkansas opened the season with a streaming game against Rice in Fayetteville. Below is a tutorial on how to watch this match. The same concepts apply to the Missouri State game.