WHEN: January 11, 2021 at 8PM ET. WHERE: Live on ESPN from
Hard Rock Stadium in Miami
With the new year comes a new team named the college national champs!
On the road to college football championship glory -- it was the Rose Bowl (Alabama vs Notre Dame) and Sugar Bowl (Clemson vs Ohio State) that served as the semifinals this year. Both games played out on New Year's Day, January 1, 2021.
And with Alabama and Ohio State emerging as the victors, they met in Miami for the final game of the year.
The 2021 championship game was televised on Monday, January 11, 2021 on ESPN beginning at 8:00PM ET live from the Hard Rock Stadium in Miami.
2021 College Football Championship rewind
No. 1 Alabama rolled with a soul-crushing 52-24 win over No. 3 Ohio State in this year's championship. Even with the departure of a number of key players it was quarterback Mac Jones, running back Najee Harris and Heisman Trophy winner Devonta Smith who brought the Crimson Tide to its 18th national title.
All about the College Football National Championship
Much like the NFL playoffs, teams are seeded according to their performances throughout the year. The top four teams then go on to the semifinals, leading to the national championship to determine the current seaon's No. 1 team.
College Football Playoff Championship trophy.
First introduced as the cap to the 1998 college bowl season, the final game of the year was rotated among the four top bowl games - the Rose Bowl, Orange Bowl, Fiesta Bowl, and Sugar Bowl.
By the 2006 season, however, the BCS National Championship Game became a separate event, traditionally played a week after the New Year.
And so it remained until 2015.
The decision to revamp the national college football championship effectively put an end to the BCS game in favor of a four-game playoff that promised to please a legion of college football fans who had been clamoring about the much-need change for years.
Further separating itself from the BCA crystal trophy of years past, the new format also introduces the first college football playoff national championship trophy which was first awarded to Ohio State at the inaugural national championship game on January 12, 2015.
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