Alabama vs Clemson: live updates from the College Football Playoff National Championship.The championship trophy is seen before a news conference for the NCAA college football playoff championship game between Alabama and Clemson Game on Monday, Jan. 7, 2019 at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California.
Clemson advanced to the national title game by defeating Notre Dame in the Cotton Bowl. Alabama defeated Oklahoma in the Orange Bowl to advance.
Live stream: WatchESPN
Who: No. 2 Clemson (13-0) vs. No. 1 Alabama (13-0)
When: Monday, Jan. 7, 2019
Time: 8 p.m. Eastern
Line: Alabama -5.5 (Over/under: 59.5)
Where: Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California
Channel finder: Verizon Fios, AT&T U-verse, Comcast Xfinity, Spectrum/Charter, Optimum/Altice, DIRECTV, Dish.
TV broadcast team: Chris Fowler (play-by-play), Kirk Herbstreit (analyst), Maria Taylor (field reporter)
Radio: ESPN Radio
Radio broadcast team: Sean McDonough (play-by-play), Todd Blackledge (analyst), Holly Rowe and Ian Fitzsimmons (field reporters)
Kratch’s prediction: Alabama and Clemson have completely distanced themselves from the rest of college football, so it is fitting the two programs will meet in the title game after emphatic wins in the semifinal round. This game will be won (or lost) on the lines. Each team is the only one in the nation that can stand toe-to-toe with the other for 60 minutes up front. Even without defensive lineman Dexter Lawrence, the Tigers’ defensive front has the edge against Alabama’s offensive line. And there are some soft spots in the Crimson Tide’s defense as well. Another key to watch: Special teams. Alabama is a bit lacking there, and it may be the breaking point. Tigertown is Titletown again. CLEMSON 28, ALABAMA 27