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College Football Playoff Championship Game

College Football Playoff Championship Game

  • Premiered: 
    January 12, 2015
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  • Network: ESPN
  • Category: Series
  • Genre: Sports
  • Type: Live Action
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  • Tags: football (college)

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  • 2015: Ohio State vs. Oregon
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  • 2016: Alabama vs. Clemson
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  • 2017: Clemson vs. Alabama
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Plot Synopsis

THE COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYOFF CHAMPIONSHIP GAME, which replaced the BCS National Championship Game as the championship game for the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS), features the two college football teams that won the College Football Playoff Semifinal games held on New Year's Day. At the end of the FBS regular season and conference championships, the four teams participating in the semifinal games are selected and seeded by the College Football Playoff Selection Committee, which is comprised of a group of individuals with experience as coaches, student-athletes, collegiate administrators and journalists, along with sitting athletics directors. The semifinal games rotate among six different bowls (Rose, Sugar, Orange, Fiesta, Cotton and Peach), with the championship game occurring on a Monday after New Year's Day, no earlier than January 8. Ohio State beat Oregon in the inaugural COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYOFF CHAMPIONSHIP GAME, which was played on Monday, January 12, 2015 at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, TX.
On January 9, 2017 at 8:15pm ET/5:15pm PT, ESPN Networks presented coverage of the third College Football Playoff National Championship from Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, FL, where the Auburn Crimson Tide (defending champion and winner of the Fiesta Bowl) took on the Clemson Tigers (winner of the Peach Bowl), a re-match from the previous year's championship game. The primary (and traditional) broadcast on ESPN was called by Chris Fowler and Kirk Herbstreit, with Samantha Ponder and Tom Rinaldi reporting from the sidelines. Alternate coverage on other ESPN Networks included:

- Homers Telecast (ESPN2): Clemson's all-time leading passer Tajh Boyd and former Alabama center and three-time national champion Barrett Jones for the second consecutive year. The duo will serve as quasi-'game analysts' with a decidedly partisan view as they did last year for the national championship. Joe Tessitore handles the majority of the play-by-play and Adam Amin interviews additional personalities and assists with the game call. All four will work from field level of Raymond James Stadium, which can result in game action happening inches from them and Boyd and Jones celebrating with the teams.

- Coaches Film Room (ESPNews): During some breaks in the action on the other networks, ESPNEWS will stay with the Bristol, Conn., based production as the coaches provide in-depth analysis from a film room equipped with multiple camera angles, clicker technology and telestration. Brian Griese, ESPN college football analyst and national championship winning quarterback with Michigan (1997), joins these coaches: Steve Addazio (Boston College), Dino Babers (Syracuse), Dave Doeren (NC State), Mike MacIntrye (Colorado), Matt Rhule (Baylor), and Kalani Sitake (BYU).

- ESPN Voices (ESPNU): ESPN personalities watch the Crimson Tide-Tigers matchup unfold in a living room-type setting. Participants include Michelle Beadle, Jay Bilas, Keyshawn Johnson, Bill Walton and Marcellus Wiley. Additional guests could be added for the Los Angeles-based production.

- Finebaum Film Room (SEC): Paul Finebaum and SEC Network analysts Greg McElroy and Booger McFarland along with Florida head coach Jim McElwain watch the game and provide instant analysis and reaction. The show, which will be produced at a location near Raymond James Stadium, will also take live calls throughout the game.

- Sounds of the Game (ESPN Classic and ESPN3): This offering has pre-game on-field festivities, including band performances, as well as ESPN's entire game telecast -- sans commentators. The presentation's audio will be amplified with dozens of microphones positioned throughout the stadium in addition to the public address announcer and referee calls to simulate the in-stadium fan experience. Both school's halftime band performances will also be featured.


Other Titles

  • Also known as: College Football Playoff National Championship


  • Cowboys Stadium / AT&T Stadium (2015) - Dallas, Texas USA - Map It!
  • University of Phoenix Stadium (2016) - Glendale, Arizona USA - Map It!
  • Raymond James Stadium (2017) - Tampa, Florida USA