College Football Playoff championship: Alabama vs. Georgia score, TV channel, how to watch live stream
Get the complete box score and in-game stats above, TV channel and live stream info for the College Football Playoff championship below:
What: No. 3 Georgia Bulldogs (13-1) vs. No. 4 Alabama Crimson Tide (12-1)
When: 5 p.m. PT, Monday, Jan. 8.
Where: Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Atlanta, Georgia.
Live stream: Watch ESPN and the ESPN app
Line: Georgia +3.5
Series history: Alabama leads the series 38-24-3.
Did you know? The local police chief implored the more than 100,000 participants in events related to the big game to leave their guns at home.
AP PREVIEW: Alabama and Georgia showed that talk of the Southeastern Conference losing some of its might was very much overblown.
At least at the top, the SEC still owns bragging rights in college football.
A ninth national title in the past 12 seasons is for the conference as the Crimson Tide and Bulldogs meet Monday night in the heart of SEC country at Atlanta’s new $1.6 billion Mercedes-Benz Stadium.
Alabama, playing in its third straight College Football Playoff championship game, is seeking its fifth national title in nine years under coach Nick Saban.
Georgia, which hired former Crimson Tide defensive coordinator Kirby Smart away from Alabama two years ago, is trying to join the recent list of SEC winners after not claiming the national championship since the 1980 season.
“I’m proud of the SEC and I’m proud of the competition in our league,” Saban said. “Kirby has done a great job and has Georgia playing really well.”
The only other time that two teams from the same conference played for the title was at the end of the 2011 season, when it was also an SEC exclusive. Alabama defeated Louisiana State near the end of the two-team Bowl Championship Series, which began with the 1998 season.
Since the four-team playoff debuted for the 2014 season, no conference had gained more than one representative until this season, and many voiced displeasure that Alabama — which didn’t make the SEC Championship Game in Atlanta — was included along with Georgia.
The Crimson Tide (12-1) showed they belonged, though, with a 24-6 victory over defending national champ Clemson at the Sugar Bowl in a semifinal rematch of last year’s title game.
“We wanted to prove that the naysayers and doubters were wrong and we hadn’t lost anything,” said Alabama defensive tackle Da’Ron Payne, who had a key interception and even caught a touchdown pass against Clemson.
Georgia (13-1) had already assured that one SEC team would be playing for the title by edging Oklahoma 54-48 in double-overtime at the Rose Bowl on Sony Michel’s touchdown run. The Bulldogs rallied from a 31-14 deficit in the second quarter to beat the Sooners.
“They say adversity kind of reveals character,” Smart said. “I think it exposes character, for sure. We found out we’ve got a pretty good character team.”