Alabama vs. Ohio State live stream, watch online, tv channel, kickoff time, national championship game 2021
National championship 2021: Alabama vs. Ohio State live stream, watch online free, TV channel, kickoff time
How to watch Alabama Crimson Tide vs. Ohio State Buckeyes (1/11/2021): College Football Playoff national championship TV channel, time, live stream
College Football Playoff: Opposing coaches scout Alabama and Ohio State
Alabama and Ohio State most recently met during the inaugural College Football Playoff in 2015. Behind coach Urban Meyer and quarterback Cardale Jones, the Buckeyes won the Allstate Sugar Bowl semifinal 42-35 and went on to a national title.
Since that loss, Nick Saban and Alabama have won two national championships and played in two other title games. Ohio State, now led by Ryan Day, is making its first trip to the championship game since winning that title in 2015.
Two of college football's true blue bloods meet again on Monday in the College Football Playoff National Championship Presented by AT&T in Miami Gardens, Florida (8 p.m. ET, ESPN and the ESPN App).
Alabama-Ohio State national championship game preview: Analysis, predictions and more
Even in an era deprived of any semblance of parity -- and college football has had many of those -- an Alabama-Ohio State game feels huge.
While Bama and Clemson have played four times in the past six years, and Ohio State and Clemson have played in three of the past five, Bama and Ohio State have only ever met four times. Three of their battles were top-10 vs. top-10 matchups, and the other was No. 6 vs. No. 13.
In 2014, they played in the inaugural College Football Playoff semifinals; six years later, they play with a national title on the line (8 p.m. ET, Monday on ESPN/ESPN App). Here's everything you need to know about this titanic, and rare, matchup.
Alabama vs. Ohio State predictions, picks, odds, spread, line for college football national championship 2021
No. 1 Alabama and No. 3 Ohio State will meet at Hard Rock Stadium on Monday night in the College Football Playoff National Championship -- a contest which may turn out to be one of the most intriguing title game matchups in recent memory. The Crimson Tide have run roughshod through the SEC en route to the conference title, while the undefeated Buckeyes needed only six games to claim their conference crown and earn a berth in the CFP.
That was where things got really interesting. Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields exploded vs. No. 2 Clemson with 385 yards passing and six touchdown tosses despite suffering a rib injury late in the second quarter that had the junior wincing in pain throughout the second half. Speaking of explosions, running back Trey Sermon has rushed for 636 yards and four touchdowns over the last three games, and he has benefitted from an offensive line that has come of age as the Buckeyes found their offensive identity. The defense showed out against the Tigers, which was the most important development of the Sugar Bowl. Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence was harassed all night, including up the middle -- a quarterback's worst nightmare.
The big story in Columbus, Ohio, over the last week has involved player availability. All eyes have been on Fields' ribs, and coach Ryan Day insists that his superstar will be ready to go on Monday night. The Buckeyes have also been dealing with a COVID-19 issue that has brought up the possibility of delaying the game until January 18.
Alabama, led by Heisman Trophy-winning wide receiver DeVonta Smith and star quarterback Mac Jones, had no issue with No. 4 Notre Dame in the Rose Bowl. The offense racked up 7.95 yards per play thanks to brilliant play-calling from offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian. His ability to scheme to get his playmakers -- including running back Najee Harris -- the ball in space has been stellar all season no matter what the opposing defense is giving them. There might be a small concern that Sarkisian's new role as Texas coach could become a distraction, but Alabama coach Nick Saban has plenty of experience preparing for big games with assistants who are set for bigger roles elsewhere.