No. 1 Alabama and No. 3 Ohio State are facing off in the final game of the 2020 college football season.
The top-ranked Tide (12-0) will be looking for Nick Saban’s seventh career national championship, and his sixth at Alabama; that mark would tie him for the most by an Alabama coach, while the former would give him the all-time lead. Ohio State (7-0), meanwhile, will look for its second of the College Football Playoff era, having won the inaugural title in 2014.
Who will persevere in this, only the fifth all-time meeting between these teams (and first ever with a championship on the line)? Alabama, Saban and the terrific trio of quarterback Mac Jones, receiver DeVonta Smith and running back Najee Harris? Or Justin Fields and Trey Sermon lead Ryan Day’s Buckeyes to one more victory?
Sporting News is tracking live scoring updates and highlights from Alabama vs. Ohio State in college football’s national championship game. Follow below for complete results from the College Football Playoff final.
Alabama vs. Ohio State score
Alabama vs. Ohio State live updates, highlights
(All times ET)
First quarter: Alabama 7, Ohio State 0
8:34 p.m.: Ohio State’s back at it from its 25.
8:29 p.m.: TOUCHDOWN, ALABAMA. Harris breaks the plain with ease, giving Alabama the first points in the game. That makes it 7-0 Crimson Tide with 8:07 left in the first quarter. The Tide’s drive took 12 plays, traveled 78 yards and took 5:32 off the clock.
8:28 p.m.: Call confirmed. Alabama’s offense still on the field on fourth-and-goal with inches to gain.
8:26 p.m.: Bolden’s feet were in the end zone, but officials will review whether Bolden caught the ball with it in the end zone. It’s right on the line.
8:25 p.m.: Jones finds receiver Slade Bolden at the 1. Will they review this?
8:24 p.m.: Jones had Smith open in the end zone but just overthrew him. Second-and-goal from the 6 upcoming.
8:23 p.m.: There’s Waddle, in his first play of the game. Jones finds him on an underneath route for a 15-yard gain down to the 6-yard line. He’s a little gimpy heading off the field, however. First-and-goal Alabama.
8:22 p.m.: Bama facing its first third down at Ohio State’s 24. Harris tried to bounce it out again and cornerback Shaun Wade caught him for a 2-yard loss.
8:21 p.m.: There’s another run by Harris; he takes it 13 yards off left tackle for a first down to the Ohio State 29.
8:21 p.m.: Meanwhile, Jones checks down to Najee Harris, and he gets another first down at Ohio State’s 44.
8:20 p.m.: Uh-oh. Trey Sermon heading to the locker room. His left arm’s hanging at his side. That’d be a big loss for Ohio State.
8:19 p.m.: Jones’ hits Smith on the swing route, and he finds the edge for a 21-yard gain to the 44.
8:17 p.m.: Alabama forces a quick three-and-out; Justin Fields nearly scrambled on third-and-8, but Christopher Allen got him from behind. Buckeyes punt on fourth-and-7, and Jameson Williams tackles DeVonta Smith immediately on the punt return. Now it’s Alabama’s turn from the 23.
8:16 p.m.: Ohio State calls fair catch on the opening kickoff and will take over at its 25. Here we go.
8:14 p.m.: Alabama center Landon Dickerson serving as Alabama’s captain at the coin toss, by the way. Linebacker Tuf Borland doing it for Ohio State.
8:13 p.m.: Alabama wins the toss and defers. Ohio State’s offense will receive the ball first.
8 p.m.: Ohio State players out for Monday’s game:
Alabama vs. Ohio State start time
The College Football Playoff national championship between Alabama and Ohio State is scheduled to kick off at 8 p.m. ET on Monday, Jan. 11.
How to watch college football championship game
The College Football Playoff national championship between Alabama and Ohio State will be broadcast nationally on ESPN. Chris Fowler and Kirk Herbstreit will serve as play-by-play announcer and analyst, respectively, while Maria Taylor will work the sideline.
Holly Rowe, who was also scheduled to work the game, is no longer able after testing positive for COVID-19.
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:
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