How to watch No. 1 Alabama and No. 3 Ohio State battle for the 2021 CFP National Championship.
It’s only fitting that, in this upside season affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Rose Bowl champion Crimson Tide and Sugar Bowl champion Buckeyes should meet in Miami to decides the sport’s national champion. Apart from the peculiarities of Monday’s meeting, however, there are plenty of storylines to watch in the final game of the year.
First and foremost is the reported COVID-19 outbreak in Ohio State’s locker room. The Buckeyes were already without 16 players in their Sugar Bowl romp over the Tigers, but it’s uncertain how many — if any — players must miss the game against Alabama. That’s assuming, of course, the game isn’t postponed to a later date.
Otherwise, it seems as if the big question regarding Monday’s national title game is which of the two offenses can outperform the other. Justin Fields is sporting what appears to be bruised ribs, at least, from a targeting hit by Clemson linebacker James Skalski. The advent of Trey Sermon, who has a combined 589 yards from scrimmage in his last two outings, certainly helps the Buckeyes’ title game hopes.
Then there’s Alabama, whose offense features a potent triumvirate of quarterback Mac Jones, receiver DeVonta Smith and running back Najee Harris. That combo is fearsome enough as is, but there are rumors receiver Jaylen Waddle, who broke his ankle in the Tennessee game, can return to play as well.
With that, here’s everything you need to watch Alabama vs. Ohio State in the College Football Playoff championship game, including TV channel, kickoff time, location and updated betting odds.
What channel is Alabama vs. Ohio State on tonight?
- TV channel: ESPN
- Live stream: ESPN app, fuboTV
The College Football Playoff national championship between Alabama and Ohio State will be broadcast nationally on ESPN. Chris Fowler and Kirk Herbstreit will serve as play-by-play announcer and analyst, respectively, while Maria Taylor will work the sideline. Holly Rowe, who was also scheduled to work the game, is no longer able after testing positive for COVID-19.
In addition to the main broadcast on ESPN, viewers have a few alternative options to watch the CFP championship game via ESPN’s “Megacast.”
What time does the college football championship game start?
- Date: Monday, Jan. 11
- Time: 8 p.m. ET | 5 p.m. PT
The College Football Playoff national championship between Alabama and Ohio State is scheduled to kick off at 8 p.m. ET on Monday, Jan. 11.
Where is the CFP national championship 2020?
- Location: Hard Rock Stadium, Miami Gardens, Fla.
The 2020 CFP national championship is in Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Fla. This will be the first time the site, normally host to the Miami Dolphins, Miami Hurricanes and the Orange Bowl, will host the College Football Playoff national championship game. This will also be the first time since 2012 — when it was called Sun Life Stadium — that it has hosted the national championship game.
Below are all the future dates and sites for ensuing CFP national title games:
|2021||Lucas Oil Stadium (Indianapolis)|
|2022||SoFi Stadium (Inglewood, Calif.)|
|2023||NRG Stadium (Houston)|
Alabama vs. Ohio State odds to win 2020 national championship
Alabama opened as a seven-point favorite over Ohio State, with the spread growing to an eight-point advantage for the Tide just a few days before the game. This comes after No. 3 Ohio State scored an outright upset of Clemson (-7) in the Sugar Bowl semifinal game. Alabama, a 19-point favorite over Notre Dame in the Rose Bowl, failed to cover in a 31-14 win.
College Football Playoff history, past winners
|Date||Winning team||Losing team||Score||Location|
|Jan. 12, 2015||Ohio State||Oregon||42-20||Arlington, Texas|
|Jan. 11, 2016||Alabama||Clemson||45-40||Glendale, Ariz.|
|Jan. 9, 2017||Clemson||Alabama||35-31||Tampa, Fla.|
|Jan. 8, 2018||Alabama||Georgia||26-23||Atlanta|
|Jan. 7, 2019||Clemson||Alabama||44-16||Santa Clara, Calif.|
|Jan. 13, 2020||LSU||Clemson||42-25||New Orleans, Louisiana|
|Jan. 11, 2021||TBD||TBD||TBD||Miami Gardens, Fla.|
Alabama vs. Ohio State news from Sporting News
- Nick Saban’s daughter accused Ohio State of fake COVID outbreak, then deleted her account
- Ohio State COVID-19 outbreak: Will new cases postpone CFP championship game vs. Alabama?
- What happened to Jaylen Waddle? Injury derailed Alabama star’s promising season
- Why did Trey Sermon transfer from Oklahoma to Ohio State?
- Ohio State’s Justin Fields shows he has the heart — and ribs — of a champion