The 2018 National Championship Game has Alabama playing Georgia on Monday, Jan. 8. Find time, TV channel and the watch online information below.
The College Football Playoff National Championship game between Georgia and Alabama kicks off Monday night shortly after 8:00 from Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta. There are storylines galore with these SEC rivals, including teacher versus pupil with the coaches, quarterback Jake Fromm who originally committed to Alabama before flipping to Georgia, and President Trump attending the game.
This is the fourth year of the College Football Playoff. Alabama beat defending champion Clemson, 24-6, in the semifinals in the Sugar Bowl. Georgia beat Oklahoma, 54-48, in two overtimes in the other semifinal at the Rose Bowl.
2018 National Championship Game: Time for Alabama-Georgia
The 2018 National Championship Game of Alabama-Georgia starts at 8 p.m. ET.
Time: 8 p.m. ET
Date: Monday, Jan. 8
Location: Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Ga.
2018 National Championship Game: TV channel for Alabama-Georgia
The 2018 National Championship Game will be televised by ESPN.
Alabama is 3-1 against Georgia since Nick Saban arrived in Tuscaloosa in 2007. Kirby Smart came to Alabama with Saban and served as his defensive coordinator from 2008 through 2015 when he was named head coach at Georgia.
The freshman Fromm, who is a Georgia native, said after his commitment to the Bulldogs in 2016: “I’m a relationship guy. Coach Smart, he was kind of my head recruiter (at Alabama). Really fell in love with him and what he had to offer. And just really, when he went to Georgia, it opened up a lot of doors for me. And being a Dog, it’s what I grew up watching. It’s where I always wanted to be.”
Alabama was expected to be in the title game as the top-ranked team in the preseason. Georgia not so much. It ranked 15th before the start of the season in both the AP and Coaches polls. Both schools are loaded with talent. Alabama has had the top recruiting class for seven straight years. Georgia ranked third this past year.
The game will air on ESPN, but fans have 19 other ways to take in the action on ESPN’s sister networks and the ESPN App. The Worldwide Leader is airing a Megacast production of the title game for the fifth time. ESPN2 has a “Homers Telecast” featuring alumni Aaron Murray (Georgia) and Landon Collins (Alabama) with partisan takes on the game. ESPNEWS will have multiple college coaches discussing the action. ESPNU, SEC Network, ESPN Classic and ESPN3 will also have options. Kendrick Lamar performs at halftime from Centennial Olympic Park.
Alabama is favored by 4 ½ points as it shoots for its 17th national title by the school’s count (the NCAA recognizes 13 titles for the Crimson Tide). Here are the numbers you need to know about Monday’s championship game.
$0: Georgia, Alabama and the SEC will not receive any distributions from the NCAA for making or winning the title game. The conferences for each of the four semifinal playoff teams received $6 million with the SEC at $12 million for its two entries. No additional payouts are made around the championship game.
1: Alabama and Georgia both had one player on the 2017 All-American team with safety Minkah Fitzpatrick for the Tide and linebacker Roquan Smith for the Bulldogs. Both were unanimous selections. AFC Championship 2018
2: Alabama’s defensive rank this season after allowing 258 yards per game with only Wisconsin ahead of them. Georgia ranked fourth at 271 yards.
2: Georgia won two National Championships with the most recent for the 1980 season (1942 was the first title). AFC Championship
4: Alabama has made the college football playoffs all four years of the current system (it lost in the semifinals the first year). NFC Championship 2018
5: National Championships for Nick Saban with one at LSU and the last four at Alabama. He was the first coach to win titles at two different schools (Urban Meyer later did as well). NFC Championship
10: Georgia linebacker Smith was the only player in the title game to finish in the top 10 of the Heisman Trophy voting. He finished 10th with three first-place votes.
47: Over/under betting line on the total points scored for the game.
87%: Percentage of games Saban has won since starting at Alabama in 2007.
2018 National Championship Game: Watch online for Alabama-Georgia
The Alabama-Georgia national title game can be watched online through WatchESPN.
2018 National Championship Game: Location for College Football Playoff final
The 2018 National Championship Game will be played at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Ga. The Zac Brown Band will sing the national anthem. The halftime show will be Kendrick Lamar from Centennial Olympic Park and the school bands from Mercedes-Benz Stadium.
National Championship Game: College Football Playoff, history
This is the fourth year of the College Football Playoff. Before that, the BCS National Championship Game crowned the title winner. The BCS era started in 1998. Clemson is the defending national champion, as the Tigers beat Alabama last year. Alabama defeated Clemson the year prior. Ohio State was the first winner of the College Football Playoff.
124: Number of ESPN cameras at the game to take in the action.
267: Rushing yards per game by Georgia, eighth-best in football. Alabama ranked No. 10 with 256 yards.
$1,808: Cheapest ticket available on the resale market for the title game as of Sunday per TicketIQ. It was $1,737 last year.
$3,017: Average ticket price on the resale market per TicketIQ, the highest since at least 2010.
$400,000: Bonus for Saban if Alabama wins Monday night. He’s earned $500,000 in bonuses so far this season with the playoff selection ($200,000) and Sugar Bowl win ($300,000).
710,000: Number of people who streamed the championship game last year. Expect the figure to jump significantly this year.
$1 million: Bonus for Smart if he wins the National Championship. He already has racked up $1.7 million in bonuses from a top 5 poll finish ($200,000), conference title ($400,000), playoff selection ($500,000) and playoff win ($600,000).
$1.2 million: Price for a 30-second ad spot for Monday’s game, according to Broadcasting & Cable.
$3.75 million: Smart’s salary during 2016 (not including bonuses). Ranked No. 23 among coaches, according to USA Today.
$11.13 million: Saban’s salary this season, tops in football.
$310 million: Cost of naming rights deal over 27 years for Mercedes-Benz to sponsor the football stadium in Atlanta.
$7.3 billion: What ESPN is paying to broadcast the college football playoff over 12 years.