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How to Watch College Football National Championship 2023: TCU vs. Georgia

TCU and Georgia face off in the biggest game of the college football season.

After a college football weekend that featured great bowl games, botched laterals, and phenomenal semifinal matchups, we’ve arrived at the season’s final stop: the College Football Playoff (CFP) national championship game. Georgia will try to become the first school to win back-to-back national titles since Alabama’s win in 2012, while the TCU Horned Frogs hope that their Cinderella run includes one more upset.

Ahead of tonight’s college football national championship game, here’s your guide to watching TCU and Georgia face off in the College Football Playoff national championship game. Sports logo featuring animated athlete with raised hands.

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When is the College Football Playoff national championship?

The CFP national championship game is Monday, January 9, at 7:30 p.m. ET. TCU and Georgia will face off at SoFi Stadium in California.

What time is the College Football Playoff national championship?
Time: 7:30 p.m. ET
Date: Monday, January 9
Location: SoFi Stadium
Channel: ESPN

What channel is the College Football Playoff national championship game on?

ESPN is the home of the College Football Playoff this year. The College Football Playoff national championship game kicks off at 7:30 p.m. ET on ESPN. ESPN subscribers can also watch on the ESPN mobile app.

ESPN also runs a slate of national championship shows across other ESPN channels as part of its MegaCast simulcast event.

CFP national championship ESPN MegaCast schedule

ESPN channel Programming
ESPN Main game broadcast (Monday, January 9; 7:30 p.m. ET)
ESPN2 Field Pass with the Pat McAfee Show
ESPNU Command Center
ESPN Radio National radio broadcast
ESPN Deportes Spanish-language telecast
SEC Network Georgia Hometown Radio broadcast
ESPN app All-22 feed, TCU Hometown Radio broadcast, Georgia Hometown Radio broadcast, TCU and Georgia halftime marching band shows

How can I watch the College Football Playoff national championship game?

If you’re already paying for a standard cable TV plan, you’ll be able to watch ESPN and tune into the national championship game for free. Otherwise, you’ll have to sign up for a streaming service to watch the CFP national championship game legally.

Services including YouTube TV, Hulu + Live TV, Sling TV, and fuboTV (which earned our Editor’s Choice award) have ESPN and are available on nearly every streaming device. If you want to watch the college football national championship game for free, many of these services also offer free trial periods.

Check out our Best Streaming Services for Sports guide for a full breakdown of each service.

2023 College Football Playoff national championship preview: TCU vs. Georgia

TCU and Georgia head into the national championship after semifinal games against Michigan and Ohio State that went down to the wire. Let’s break down the biggest facts for tonight’s matchup.

Head coaches

Georgia head coach Kirby Smart spent years under Alabama head coach Nick Saban before leaving for Georgia and building the Bulldogs into the monolith they are today.

By comparison, TCU head coach Sonny Dykes made the playoff in his first year with the Horned Frogs. Plus, Dykes is the first head coach to make the College Football Playoff in his first season at a school.

Stetson Bennett vs. Max Duggan

Stetson Bennett put up a stellar 398 passing yards and three passing touchdowns (along with one interception) against Ohio State. But Georgia was playing from behind for much of the game thanks to some uncharacteristic struggles and pressure from Ohio State’s pass rush.

Duggan’s stat line against Michigan was similarly productive: he racked up 225 passing yards, 57 rushing yards, four total touchdowns, and two interceptions. One of Duggan’s biggest strengths is his ability to work around a strong pass rush, and he frequently showcased this skill against Michigan.

TCU and Georgia injuries

With apologies to TCU, the Horned Frogs are once again underdogs against a better-known opponent. At the moment, Vegas favors Georgia over TCU by almost two touchdowns. But if Georgia’s star players have the same issues they had against Ohio State, it’ll increase the odds of a TCU upset.

Georgia defensive lineman Jalen Carter had a single tackle while leading pass catchers Ladd McMcConkey and Darnell Washington were limited by injuries. (That said, reserve receivers like Adonai Mitchell and Arian Smith were more than capable replacements against Ohio State.) TCU running back Kendre Miller is TCU’s most significant injury question mark, but second-string running back Emari Demercado (150 rushing yards, one touchdown) was productive against Michigan.

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