There's just no denying it. Football is as American as baseball once was. And with the 2011 NCAA season kicking off on Thursday, Sept. 1, and the NFL putting on its pads one week later, gridiron action is as close as your smartphone.
NFL Mobile (free) streams 24/7 coverage of the pros. CBS, Fox and NBC all offer free apps, pushing viewers toward the networks' NFL coverage. WatchESPN (free) gives you access to all live programming from ESPN, ESPN 2 and ESPNU.
The best of the collegiate pack has to be the just-unveiled ESPN Bowl Bound 2011. You can jazz up your smartphone with your school colors (blue and orange anyone?) by customizing the app with your favorite team. The app also links directly to WatchESPN, which streams live games.
If you're nuts for Boise State, the officially licensed Boise State Broncos College SuperFans app ($1.99) has everything Broncos, including a live game tracker, message boards and trivia.