Skip to main content

How Will I Watch Lehigh At Stony Brook in the FCS Playoffs This Weekend? Plus Playoff Picks


For whatever reason, you didn't make the trip to Stony Brook, New York.  You've popped your popcorn, iced your Yuenglings, and put the meatballs in the crockpot - and then you panic.

How do I watch the game?  What is ESPN3?  Can I watch it on my TV?  Do I need to subscribe to something?  WHAT DO I DO???

Never fear.  LFN's here to help.


This week's FCS playoff game, and all the FCS playoff games for that matter, are available on ESPN3, ESPN's streaming service and on certain sports cable packages if you have a premium sports package.

Certain sports packages, such as Dish and Verizon FiOS, have premium channels in the Pay-Per-View area called "ESPN College Sports Extra".  This is where you can watch the game if you have a subscription.  (It's also where your local sports bar will have the broadcast.)

If you just have a subscription to ESPN, you can still stream the game via ESPN's online streaming service, ESPN3.

ESPN3 is available with anyone with a subscription to a some sort of service that has ESPN.  This can come in a variety of ways: through Service Electric, Comcast Xfinity, Verizon FiOS, etc.  If you're a cord-cutter, it's also available through a Sling TV subscription to ESPN.

If you are watching ESPN3 on a phone or tablet, you can download the ESPN app and click on the "Watch Now" button to catch the game.  You might need to plug in login credentials to authorize it, but once that's done, you're good to go.  (And if you're like me, and you have Google Chromecast, you can cast your ESPN3 broadcast right to your big-screen TV.)

If you are watching it on a laptop or computer, you can click on http://www.espn3.com and find the "Lehigh at Stony Brook" link on the list.  Click, and it will play in a web browser.

If you have a Roku stick, Playstation 4 (with Vue), or Amazon Fire TV or other App-enabled TV devices, you may have the ability to start the "WatchESPN" app directly on your TV already.  Fire it up, choose "Lehigh at Stony Brook", and go.

The ESPN3 broadcast won't simply be a webcam and a person with an Eisenhower era microphone: it's full-blown coverage, with Mike Watts and Dustin Fox calling the game.

If want to listen to the game on the radio (as I will be), you can catch the Lehigh game feed online here, or you can listen on AM at three spots around the Lehigh Valley on the AM Dial: 1160, 1230 and 1320.  Matt Kerr,  Mike Yadush and Steve Lomangino are going to be the radio crew.

There is a full buffet of terrific college football today at both the FBS and FCS levels, and the first round of the FCS playoffs unfortunately fall smack-dab in the middle of it, with six of the eight playoff games going on simultaneously in the middle of a slew of terrific Rivalry games.  (Well, for Lehigh and Lafayette fans, they are still baby Rivalries; none of these teams have played each other 153 times, like the Leopards and Mountain Hawks have.)

FCS playoff games (all are available on ESPN3/WatchESPN):

1:00 PM Furman at Elon
2:00 PM Central Connecticut State at New Hampshire
2:00 PM Samford at Kennesaw State
4:00 PM Western Illinois at Weber State
4:00 PM South Dakota at Nicholls
5:00 PM Monmouth at Northern Iowa
8:00 PM San Diego at Northern Arizona

Of the other FCS Playoff games, there are several with Lehigh ties that may be of interest:

* Elon hosts their first playoff game in a while, and their current offensive coordinator, Drew Folmar, was Lehigh's offensive coordinator last year.

* New Hampshire, Lehigh's host last year in the first round, take on Central Connecticut State, whom Lehigh beat a couple of years ago at Arute Field in their season opener, 20-14.

* Monmouth, whom Lehigh lost to in Week 2 this year, takes on Northern Iowa in the same stadium where Lehigh beat the Panthers 14-7 in the first round of the FCS Playoffs in 2010.

The Experts Predict The Game:

Stony Brook 34, Lehigh 28: Lehigh Football Nation
Stony Brook 42, Lehigh 24: Keith Groller, The Morning Call
Stony Brook 42, Lehigh 31: The FCS Wedge
Stony Brook: Craig Haley, FCS STATS
Stony Brook: HERO Sports Panel
Stony Brook: Emory Hunt, Football Gameplan

And LFN's Picks Of The Other FCS Playoff Games:

Furman 42, Elon 20 - Great run for the Phoenix, but their magical season ends against an underrated Paladin team.

UNH 56, CCSU 10 - CCSU loses their starting QB due to a violation of team rules before the biggest college football game in their history.  I don't think this ends well.

Samford 35, Kennesaw State 21 - It's hard to beat a team twice during a football season, but in this case I think the familiarity will work to the Bulldogs' advantage.

Weber State 29, Western Illinois 28 - This matchup between two teams with semifinal potential feels like a crime, but it should be a whale of a game.  Worth sparing a screen in your home to keep an eye on this game.

Nicholls 31, South Dakota 28 - Should be one of the prettier games on the playoff schedule at picturesque Thibodeaux, Louisiana, and South Dakota's late-season turmoil might be a real disadvantage.

Northern Iowa 34, Monmouth 20 - The Panthers could be a dark horse to make the FCS National Championship game, and while Monmouth's run to the playoffs was inspiring (and good for Lehigh's strength of schedule), I think it ends here.

Northern Arizona 49, San Diego 0 - Head coach Jerome Souers, who was scheduled to retire after this season, got "un-retired" in a weird twist.  The Lumberjacks will likely celebrate by taking the Toreros to the woodshed.

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

Remembering Lehigh's Battles With The Late Tubby Raymond

(Photo Credits: Delaware Online)

When I heard the news Tubby Raymond, legendary Delaware head football coach, died last week at the age of 92, two immediate memories came rushing back to me.

One occurred on October 16th, 1999, when Tubby had made a complaint to the local paper or radio in the run-up to Kevin Higgins' Mountain Hawks beating his Blue Hens on Delaware's homecoming, 42-35.

I have no idea if the quote even actually happened, but my recollection is that Tubby said that Lehigh had "St. Bartholomew's" on their schedule, and hadn't played anybody.  It was a verbal jab that many Delaware fans took with them to the stands to heckle the Mountain Hawk fans that made the short trip to Newark.

Up until that point, I had watched a bunch of Lehigh football games over the years.  I experienced their rise in the 1990s.  I enjoyed wins, and championships, and playoff victories.

But never had I felt a win so viscerally vindicating than the one over Tubby Raymond&…

Lehigh Wrestling Gets Superstar Treatment at PPL Center. Lehigh Football Needs The Same At Murray Goodman.

"We knew it would be nice," Lehigh wrestling head coach Pat Santoro said. "But it was even better than we expected."

Pat was talking about the reception his Lehigh wrestling squad experienced at Allentown's PPL Center this weekend, when a sellout crowd over nearly 10,000 people came to watch No. 1 Penn State grapple with No. 5 Lehigh in a collegiate wrestling event.

It was, by all accounts, something special to behold. 

"I thought it was really cool and an exciting place to wrestle," said Penn State wrestler Nick Nevills. "These fans were really into it, a rowdy bunch. It's a lot more fun as an athlete to wrestle in an environment like this. I'd say it was one of the most exciting times I have had in my career."

The sense of spectacle at the PPL center, though, puts a spotlight on what more can be done at Lehigh itself to make their athletic contests into spectacles.  It requires money to be spent and energy to be expended.  But the…

Troy Pelletier Hasn't Stopped Outworking His Rivals On His Journey To Professional Football

Many Patriot League football fans remember the 153rd meeting between Lehigh and Lafayette, one that ended happily for the Mountain Hawks.

They might remember the MVP performance of QB Brad Mayes, or perhaps the halftime speech by OL Zach Duffy that seemed to spur the Mountain Hawks to victory.

Or perhaps they might remember the spectacular single play of Mayes rolling right and finding WR Gatlin Casey in the end zone to give the Mountain Hawks a lead they didn't relinquish.  It was an incredible play by Mayes, who returns this upcoming year for his senior season, and Casey, who, having exhausted his eligibility at Lehigh, will be playing one more year at Middle Tennessee State.

As great as those individual moments are, though, they are not my biggest takeaway of that game.

Too many Lehigh people forget that Lehigh was down 31-21 at half, and that victory was no sure thing.  And they sometimes forget that so much of that victory came from the grinding of WR Troy Pelletier, deliver…