The 5 Best Apps For College Sports

By Madison White on September 11, 2016

As autumn brings football season and winter brings basketball, so does the battle of the best college sports app begin.

With many, many options existing in app form, you may have found websites you trust, but what app shines above the rest? To be fair, not all apps are created equal and many have different strengths that tailor to different people.

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A general fan of all college sports may favor a different app than someone only looking for information regarding their specific team. Someone searching for in-depth statistics may be annoyed by an app that only shows video.

Luckily, a whole host of these apps are out there and finding the perfect one for your collegiate sports needs shouldn’t be too much of an issue. A quick glimpse at what each app offers will help you narrow your options for finding the right app for you.

Here are the top five apps for college sports.

1. CBS Sports

Best Features: On-demand live streams, statistical breakdowns

The CBS Sports app has it all, even when it comes down to the lesser known college teams. This app hosts many on-demand live streams which are perfect for catching the game when you aren’t anywhere near a television. If your team isn’t always televised, CBS Sports also offers statistical, play by play breakdowns uploaded continuously to the app.

This means descriptions, player points, fouls, scores, and all the details you could want without watching it. If you’re looking for the place to watch as much of your team on the go as possible, then CBS Sports is the app for you.

2. ESPN 

Best Features: Personalized information, articles, general info

ESPN is widely known as the crown jewel of sports networks, but does that make it the king of sports apps? ESPN’s app, in general, is generally what you expect it to be. There are scores, updates, articles, and sometimes videos.

The best feature of the app is that it lets you follow certain teams, and not just one team. This means that you’ll be updated whenever that team has an article written about them or a game is starting, which is helpful when trying to sort through pages and pages of updates.

ESPN also offers Insider which gives special access to articles through a paid service. Some people are into the idea of specialty content, and if you are, it may be worth it to give ESPN’s app a shot.

3. theScore

Best Features: Immediate scores

The app theScore does exactly what the title suggests it does: scores. All the scores you could possibly want can be found in this app which is really, really helpful for some. For others, not so much because that is mostly what it has to offer.

Another advantage it has is the realtime updates that some apps don’t have and includes player stats and even betting odds. A new and improved feature of the app is the Player Card Profile which allows a more in-depth look at athletes you may have interest in.

4. Team Stream

Best Features: Team focus

If you have only one or even a few teams that you’re really into, Team Stream will likely be the best app for you. Upon downloading, you’ll choose teams to follow. The app itself collects all information available from all over the web to give you as much update as possible. This means box scores, polls, stats, articles, and even rumors floating around that could be related to your team.

So honestly if you’re just absolutely obsessed with you college team and everything related to it, this app is exactly what you need to get all the knowledge in one simple place.

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5. NCAA Sports

Best Features: Championships, standings

Whether you’re happy with the NCAA or not, you can’t deny their influence in the college sports world. Since they control so much of the collegiate sport universe, their app is something to consider downloading as a fan. Something the other apps may not offer as easily is the standings in which your team ranks in the conference or league. You can easily look at different conferences, continuously updated, to determine where your team stands and who they need to beat to move up.

The NCAA app also comes in handy around championship season. It will likely be updated the quickest with tournament results, brackets, schedules and rankings. Sometimes certain championship footage and information can be withheld from the other apps, but the NCAA app will likely have it.

As you see, the world of sports apps is almost as large as the world of sports itself. Just as you found the perfect team to root for, you will find the perfect app to use throughout this season and many seasons to come.

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