The college football universe will once again center around the SEC to end the 2021 season — even if the national championship game is in Indianapolis.
No. 1 Alabama and No. 3 Georgia will face off in the 2022 College Football Playoff national championship game at Lucas Oil Stadium, marking the first CFP rematch of a regular-season game since the playoff was implemented in 2014. It is also the second time the Crimson Tide and Bulldogs will decide the national title following the 2018 championship game, which Alabama won 26-23 in overtime.
Only Alabama and Clemson have met more times in the CFP era, facing off every season from 2015 through 2018. The 2017 matchup was the only meeting that did not take place in the national championship game.
Alabama enters the game as a slight underdog to the Bulldogs, despite handing them their first loss of the season in a shocking 41-24 victory in the SEC championship game. The Crimson Tide had to win that game just to make the College Football Playoff, whereas undefeated Georgia was guaranteed a spot regardless of whether it won or lost.
That win vaulted Nick Saban and Alabama to the top overall seed in the 2021 College Football Playoff, where they took No. 4 Cincinnati’s best shot in the Cotton Bowl semifinal and still won 27-6. Georgia, which fell to No. 3, rebounded for a dominant win over No. 2 Michigan, upending the Wolverines 34-11. Those games, coupled with some injuries on Alabama’s roster — most notably 1,000-yard receiver John Metchie III — suggest a closer game in the rematch.
With that, here’s everything you need to watch Alabama vs. Georgia in the College Football Playoff championship game, including TV channel, kickoff time, location and updated betting odds.
What channel is Alabama vs. Georgia on tonight?
The main broadcast of the College Football Playoff national championship between Alabama and Georgia will air nationally on ESPN. Chris Fowler and Kirk Herbstreit will serve as play-by-play announcer and analyst, respectively, while Holly Rowe and Molly McGrath will work the sidelines.
In addition to the main broadcast on ESPN, viewers have a few alternative options to watch the CFP championship game via ESPN’s “Megacast,” including:
- Coaches Film Room: ESPN2
- Command Center: ESPNU
- Skycast: ESPNEWS
- Hometown radio (Alabama first half, Georgia second half): SEC Network
- All-22: ESPN app
What time does the college football championship game start?
- Date: Monday, Jan. 10
- Time: 8 p.m. ET | 5 p.m. PT
The College Football Playoff national championship between Alabama and Georgia is scheduled to kick off at 8 p.m. ET on Monday, Jan. 10.
Where is the CFP national championship 2021?
- Location: Lucas Oil Stadium (Indianapolis)
The CFP national championship for the 2021 season will take place in Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. This will be the first time the site — home of the Big Ten championship game and the NFL’s Indianapolis Colts — hosts the College Football Playoff national championship. This will also be the first time since 2012 (when it hosted Super Bowl 46) that it hosts a football championship game.
Below are all the future dates and sites for ensuing CFP national title games:
|2022||SoFi Stadium (Inglewood, Calif.)|
|2023||NRG Stadium (Houston)|
|2024||Allegiant Stadium (Paradise, Nev.)|
|2025||Hard Rock Stadium (Miami Gardens, Fla.)|
Alabama vs. Georgia odds to win 2022 national championship
Georgia opened as a 2.5-point favorite over Alabama, despite the Crimson Tide’s previous victory over the Bulldogs in the SEC championship game. That line shifted a half-point further in Georgia’s direction a week ahead of the game, according to FanDuel. A reason for that, potentially, is Metchie’s injury, coupled with Georgia’s dominance over a Michigan team that was considered more favorably than Alabama’s semifinal opponent, Cincinnati. Georgia beat the second-ranked Wolverines 34-11 in the Orange Bowl, whereas Alabama beat the fourth-ranked Bearcats 27-6 in the Cotton Bowl.
College Football Playoff history, past winners
|Date||Winning team||Losing team||Score||Location|
|Jan. 12, 2015||Ohio State||Oregon||42-20||Arlington, Texas|
|Jan. 11, 2016||Alabama||Clemson||45-40||Glendale, Ariz.|
|Jan. 9, 2017||Clemson||Alabama||35-31||Tampa, Fla.|
|Jan. 8, 2018||Alabama||Georgia||26-23||Atlanta|
|Jan. 7, 2019||Clemson||Alabama||44-16||Santa Clara, Calif.|
|Jan. 13, 2020||LSU||Clemson||42-25||New Orleans|
|Jan. 11, 2021||Alabama||Ohio State||52-24||Miami Gardens, Fla.|
|Jan. 10, 2022||TBD||TBD||TBD||Indianapolis|