The end of the 2020 college football season is in sight as No. 1 Alabama and No. 3 Ohio State face off in the 2021 College Football Playoff championship game.
The Crimson Tide are looking for the first national title since 2017, which would give coach Nick Saban his sixth at Alabama and seventh overall (eclipsing Paul “Bear” Bryant for most all time). The Buckeyes, meanwhile, are looking for their first since the 2014 season — one that No. 4 Ohio State upset No. 1 Alabama en route to winning the championship.
Will Monday’s matchup be another classic meeting between the two teams, or will fans be subject to yet another title game blowout? Either way, the host city of Miami Gardens, Fla., should be a worthy backdrop to the final game of the 2020 season.
Here’s everything you need to know as Alabama and Ohio State face off in the 2021 CFP title game:
Where is the College Football Playoff championship game in 2021?
- Location: Hard Rock Stadium (Miami Gardens, Fla.)
- Matchup: No. 1 Alabama vs. No. 3 Ohio State
For the first time of the College Football Playoff era, Hard Rock Stadium will host the CFP national title game. Still, it has hosted plenty of big games in recent years outside of the Orange Bowl, which it has hosted every season since 1996; that includes Super Bowl 54 and CFP semifinal games in 2015 and ’18. It also hosted the 2009 and 2013 BCS championship games.
The Crimson Tide are 2-0 all time while playing in Hard Rock Stadium, beating No. 1 Notre Dame 42-14 in the 2013 BCS championship game (it was called Sun Life Stadium at the time) and No. 4 Oklahoma 45-34 in the 2018 Orange Bowl semifinal. The Buckeyes are 0-1 all time there, losing 40-35 to Clemson in the 2013 Orange Bowl.
CFP championship game location by year
- TV channel: ESPN
- Start time: 8 p.m. ET
This season marks the seventh of 10 straight years where the CFP title game will take place in a new stadium. Following Alabama and Ohio State’s Monday matchup, the game will move to Indianapolis, Inglewood, Calif. and Houston. The College Football Playoff has not announced future venues beyond the 2023 college football season.
|2015||No. 2 Oregon vs. No. 4 Ohio State||AT&T Stadium (Arlington, Texas)||Ohio State 42, Oregon 20|
|2016||No. 1 Clemson vs. No. 2 Alabama||University of Phoenix Stadium (Glendale, Ariz.)||Alabama 45, Clemson 40|
|2017||No. 1 Alabama vs. No. 2 Clemson||Raymond James Stadium (Tampa, Fla.)||Clemson 35, Alabama 31|
|2018||No. 3 Georgia vs. No. 4 Alabama||Mercedes-Benz Stadium (Atlanta)||Alabama 26, Georgia 23|
|2019||No. 1 Alabama vs. No. 2 Clemson||Levi’s Stadium (Santa Clara, Calif.)||Clemson 44, Alabama 16|
|2020||No. 1 LSU vs. No. 2 Clemson||Mercedes-Benz Superdome (New Orleans)||LSU 42, Clemson 25|
|2021||No. 1 Alabama vs. No. 3 Ohio State||Hard Rock Stadium (Miami Gardens, Fla.)||TBD|
|2022||TBD vs. TBD||Lucas Oil Stadium (Indianapolis)||TBD|
|2023||TBD vs. TBD||SoFi Stadium (Inglewood, Calif.)||TBD|
|2024||TBD vs. TBD||NRG Stadium (Houston)||TBD|
How many fans can attend CFP title game?
Hard Rock Stadium, which has a listed capacity of 65,326, will host only 16,000 fans amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Below is ticket information on the 2021 CFP national title game:
Alabama vs. Ohio State odds
Alabama opened as a seven-point favorite against Ohio State; the line has jumped by one, with Alabama considered an eight-point favorite just days prior to the title game. Three of Sporting News’ four expert pickers think Alabama will win the national title game.