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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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  • 2018: Alabama vs. Georgia
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  • 2019 [Blu-ray]
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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 7, 2019 at 8:15pm ET/5:15pm PT, ESPN Networks presented coverage of the College Football Playoff National Championship from Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, CA, where the Clemson Tigers (winner of the Cotton Bowl) take on the Alabama Crimson Tide (winner of the Orange Bowl). The primary (and traditional) broadcast on ESPN was called by Chris Fowler and Kirk Herbstreit, with Maria Taylor and Tom Rinaldi reporting from the sidelines. Alternate coverage on other ESPN Networks included:

- Field Pass (ESPN2): Field Pass will offer free-flowing commentary of the CFP National Championship, anchored by Adam Amin and Steve Levy who will roam the sidelines of Levi's Stadium. The two play-by-play announcers will call the action from the unique vantage point while simultaneously being joined by a rotation of ESPN analysts, notable personalities and celebrities throughout the game. The Field Pass concept has been utilized in the last two national championships during the pre-game, providing fans an alternate angle of the warm up period.

- Monday Night Film Room (ESPNews): Monday Night Film Room will house ESPN's MNF trio -- Joe Tessitore, Jason Witten, and Booger McFarland -- along with college football and NFL Draft analyst Todd McShay. The four football minds will breakdown the game in real time the way active players and coaches do leading up to and following each game. The production will take place within the compound of Levi's Stadium, be presented with limited commercial breaks.

- Thinking Out Loud (SEC): Thinking Out Loud the popular weekly show during college football season on SEC Network, makes its CFP National Championship debut following a success CFP Semifinal appearance. The trio of Marcus Spears, Greg McElroy and Alyssa Lang bring hijinks, highlights and hilarity, while offering astute analysis and reaction throughout the game. They will be joined by other guests throughout the game.

- Command Center (ESPNU): A split-screen with simultaneous multiple camera views, which could include the main ESPN camera angle, the SkyCam, High SkyCam, and All-22 among others, and isolated camera feeds of both Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney and Alabama head coach Nick Saban. Enhanced statistics and real time drive charts supplement the game action. The traditional telecast's call of the game will be part of the presentation.

- Sounds of the Game (ESPN Classic): Fans can enjoy the natural sounds of Levi's Stadium as if they were sitting inside. Fans will watch the ESPN traditional game telecast, sans commentators, and hear the complete pre-game on-field festivities, including band performances, the public address announcer and referee calls. The presentation's audio will be amplified with dozens of microphones positioned throughout the stadium. Both school's halftime band performances will also be featured.

- TechCast (ESPN3): TechCast will spotlight the best of ESPN's innovation throughout the game, as 12 different camera views will be showcased in smaller boxes, surrounding a split screen view. The split screen views will rotate between the 12 options throughout the game. Among the vantage points include: SkyCam, High SkyCam, RefCam, PylonCam, AllCam, Marker Cam, and many more.

- BlimpCast (ESPN3): BlimpCast will bring the MegaCast to unprecedented heights, as SportsCenter's Matt Barrie and Elle Duncan will be inside the Goodyear Blimp for the full duration of the game. The unique viewing option will be tri-box, showing the duo in one screen, the game telecast in another, and the view from the blimp in the third -- with the entire presentation accompanied by the two college football fans commentary throughout the duration of the game.


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
  • Mercedes-Benz Stadium (2018) - Atlanta, Georgia USA
  • Levi's Stadium (2019) - Santa Clara, California USA