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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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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 8, 2018 at 8:15pm ET/5:15pm PT, ESPN Networks presented coverage of the College Football Playoff National Championship from Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, GA, where the Georgia Bulldogs (winner of the Rose Bowl) took on the Alabama Crimson Tide (winner of the Sugar 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. Plus, rules expert Dave Cutaia was available in the booth to contribute in specific situations. Alternate coverage on other ESPN Networks included:

- Homers Telecast (ESPN2): Former Alabama standout Landon Collins and Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray are analysts, as the Homers Telecast returns for its third appearance on the CFP National Championship MegaCast, as the offering provides a conversational, casual, fan-view point call of the game. Joe Tessitore will team with guest analyst Landon Collins, providing fans a viewpoint from the Alabama fans perspective, while Adam Amin teams with Aaron Murray to provide people the Georgia perspective. All four will work from the field level of Mercedes-Benz Stadium, which results in game action happening directly in front of them and each analyst reacting as fans would.

- 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. Mike Bobo (Colorado State), Pat Fitzgerald (Northwestern),David Cutcliffe (Duke), Mike Gundy (Oklahoma State), Matt Luke (Ole Miss), and Kevin Sumlin are among the coaches participating.

- ESPN Voices (ESPNU): This year, the Voices telecast offers five different individual ESPN-themed centric shows/productions operating on their own. Each of the five productions features their own cast of ESPN personalities -- and in some cases, guests -- watching and reacting to the game in real-time, while providing their unique vantage point/spin on the action based on their particular show. The five ESPN-centric shows are: The Dan Le Batard Show (Dan Le Batard and Stugotz are joined by their normal cast of their radio program, broadcasting live from their radio studio, inside the Clevelander hotel); SportsCenter (ESPN personalities and guests from SportsCenter including Scott Van Pelt, John Anderson, Matt Barrie, John Buccigross and Elle Duncan, who are pulling double-duty as he will be simultaneously preparing for his own SportsCenter, which will air following the game); NFL Live (Wendi Nix will host and be joined by former LSU safety Ryan Clark, Boston College quarterback Tim Hasselbeck and Pitt safety Louis Riddick from their traditional studio in Bristol, Conn.); ESPN at LA Live (Rachel Nichols, along with Amin Elhassan, LZ Granderson, and Anita Marks will be at ESPN's Los Angeles based studios); and The Cool Room -- NYC (A number of ESPN personalities -- like Bomani Jones, Katie Nolan, Tony Reali and Peter Rosenberg -- watch the game from the ABC Times Square studios in New York)

- Finebaum Film Room (SEC): Paul Finebaum and SEC Network analysts Gene Chizik and Greg McElroy, as well as others, will react to the all SEC CFP National Championship game. In Finebaum tradition, the group will take phone calls from fans while watching the game and providing instant analysis and reaction. The show will be produced at a location near Mercedes-Benz Stadium.

- Sounds of the Game (ESPN Classic and ESPN3): Fans can enjoy the natural sounds of Mercedes-Benz Stadium as if they were sitting inside. Fans will watch ESPN traditional game telecast, sans the 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.


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