Two of the traditional powers of college football will clash for the right to claim the 2020 championship, a national title unlike any in the history of the game.
Monday’s meeting between No. 1 Alabama and No. 3 Ohio State will be only the fifth in the history of their historic programs; The Tide has a 3-1 all-time lead against the Buckeyes, but Ohio State claimed the final win in this series: a 42-35 upset over No. 1 Alabama in the 2015 Sugar Bowl. That game, part After the first college football playoff, it’s still a formative moment even six years later.
Will Monday’s game be the same? Either way, stories between these two shows abound.
Ryan Day’s (7-0) Ohio state will look to complete a bizarre season that began with the Big Ten voting to cancel the season on Aug. 11. Coupled with outbreaks of COVID-19 among the team and throughout the conference, a victory would surely serve as a satisfying conclusion to a sometimes frustrating season.
Alabama, meanwhile, is seeking its first title since 2017, and Nick Saban’s sixth in Alabama. A win on Monday would tie Bear Bryant’s record at Tuscaloosa and make him the all-time leader with seven (he also won one at LSU).
Here’s everything you need to know to watch the College Football Playoffs Championship, the last game of the 2020 college football season:
What time does the college football championship start?
- Date: Monday January 11
- Time: 8 pm ET | 5 pm Pacific Time
The 2020 college football championship game will begin at 8 p.m. ET on Monday, January 11.
What channel is the College Football Playoff Championship on?
- Television channel: ESPN
- Live broadcast: ESPN app, fuboTV
The championship game will air on ESPN and can be streamed on WatchESPN. Chris Fowler and Kirk Herbstreit will serve as analyst and play-by-play, respectively, while Maria Taylor works on the sidelines. Holly Rowe, who was also going to work on the game, has tested positive for COVID-19 and is no longer available.
ESPN will also continue to implement its game megacast, including:
- Live CFP (ESPN2)
- Skycast (ESPNU)
- Cinema (ESPNEWS)
- National radio broadcast (ESPN Radio)
- Spanish language (ESPN Sports)
- Hometown radio (SEC Network / ESPN App)
- Command center (ESPN app)
- Data center (ESPN app)
- Refcast (ESPN app)
- Skycast (ESPN app)
- All22 (ESPN app)
- High Skycam (ESPN app)
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Where is the 2020 CFP championship game?
The College Football Playoff Championship will be played at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida. It is the first time the site will host a College Football Playoff championship game after hosting semi-finals in 2015 and ’18. It will be the first time it has hosted a national championship since the 2013 BCS title game between No. 1 Notre Dame and No. 2 Alabama.
Participants of the CFP Halftime Show 2020
The College Football Playoff did not announce a halftime performance for the 2021 CFP championship game, and it is unclear if the game will feature any entertainment, considering the COVID-19 pandemic; but the CFP had a virtual conference the day before the championship game.
Artist Jason Derulo headlined the “AT&T Playoff Playlist Live!” which took place virtually on Sunday. The concert was streamed free on AT & T’s YouTube channel, Jason Derulo’s Facebook page, CFP All Access, and the ESPN app.
Who won the national championship in 2019?
Top-ranked LSU won the 2019 national championship game against No. 3 Clemson, defeating the Tigers 42-25 at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans to cap only the second 15-0 season in the history of the modern college football. It was LSU’s first national title since the 2012 BCS championship game against Alabama (also at the Superdome) and the first championship since the 2007 season. Before that, the last berth for Clemson’s national title game, and The victory came the year before, in 2018, when Clemson beat Alabama 44-16 in Santa Clara, California.
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.