The end of the 2020 college football season is in sight as No. 1 Alabama and No. 3 Ohio State square off in the 2021 college football championship game.
Crimson Tide is seeking the first national title since 2017, which would give coach Nick Saban his sixth in Alabama and seventh overall (outshining Paul “Bear” Bryant most of the time). Meanwhile, the Buckeyes are seeking their first since the 2014 season, one in which No. 4 Ohio State defeated No. 1 Alabama en route to winning the championship.
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Will Monday’s showdown be another classic meeting between the two teams, or will fans be subject to another title blowout? Either way, the host city of Miami Gardens, Florida, should be a worthy backdrop for the final game of the 2020 season.
Here’s everything you need to know as Alabama and Ohio State square off in the 2021 CFP title game:
Where is the college football championship game in 2021?
- Location: Hard Rock Stadium (Miami Gardens, Florida)
- Match: No. 1 Alabama vs. No. 3 Ohio State
For the first time in the college football playoff era, Hard Rock Stadium will host the CFP national title game. Still, it has hosted many major games in recent years outside of the Orange Bowl, which has hosted every season since 1996; That includes the semifinal games of Super Bowl 54 and CFP in 2015 and ’18. It also hosted the 2009 and 2013 BCS Championship Games.
The Crimson Tide are 2-0 all-time while playing at Hard Rock Stadium, beating No. 1 Notre Dame 42-14 in the 2013 BCS championship game (it was called Sun Life Stadium at the time) and No. 4 Oklahoma 45-34 in the 2018 Orange Bowl semifinal. The Buckeyes are 0-1 all time there, losing 40-35 to Clemson in the 2013 Orange Bowl.
CFP Championship Game Location by Year
- Television channel: ESPN
- Start time: 8 pm ET
This season marks the seventh of 10 consecutive years that the CFP title game will take place in a new stadium. After Monday’s confrontation between Alabama and Ohio State, the game will move to Indianapolis, Inglewood, California and Houston. The College Football Playoff has not announced future venues beyond the 2023 college football season.
|2015||No. 2 Oregon vs. No. 4 Ohio State||AT&T Stadium (Arlington, Texas)||Ohio State 42, Oregon 20|
|2016||No. 1 Clemson vs. No. 2 Alabama||University of Phoenix Stadium (Glendale, Arizona)||Alabama 45, Clemson 40|
|2017||No. 1 Alabama vs. No. 2 Clemson||Raymond James Stadium (Tampa, Florida)||Clemson 35, Alabama 31|
|2018||No. 3 Georgia vs. No. 4 Alabama||Mercedes-Benz Stadium (Atlanta)||Alabama 26, Georgia 23|
|2019||No. 1 Alabama vs. No. 2 Clemson||Levi’s Stadium (Santa Clara, California)||Clemson 44, Alabama 16|
|2020||No. 1 LSU vs. No. 2 Clemson||Mercedes-Benz Superdome (New Orleans)||LSU 42, Clemson 25|
|2021||No. 1 Alabama vs. No. 3 Ohio State||Hard Rock Stadium (Miami Gardens, Florida)||TBD|
|2022||TBD vs. TBD||Lucas Oil Stadium (Indianapolis)||TBD|
|2023||TBD vs. TBD||SoFi Stadium (Inglewood, California)||TBD|
|2024||TBD vs. TBD||NRG Stadium (Houston)||TBD|
How many fans can attend the CFP title game?
Hard Rock Stadium, which has a listed capacity of 65,326, will host just 16,000 fans amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Below is the ticket information for the CFP 2021 national title game:
Alabama vs. Ohio State odds
Alabama opened as a seven-point favorite against Ohio State; the line has jumped by one, with Alabama considered an eight-point favorite just days before the title game. Three of Sporting News’ four expert selectors believe Alabama will win the national title game.
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.