DALLAS, TX — College football championship weekend is expected to be as exciting as ever and it involves fixtures that should decide which four teams secure College Football Playoff places.
First, at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, No. 14 Texas and No. 5 Oklahoma will battle in the BIG 12 title game with the Sooners looking to improve their chance of moving into the CFP Top 4.
Meanwhile, at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, No. 1 and defending champion Alabama will aim to lift the SEC title when the Crimson Tide travel to face-off with No. 4 Georgia.
These two programs last met in the 2017 national championship nearly 11 months ago with Alabama rallying to win 26-23 in overtime.
Alabama coach Nick Saban said about the Bulldogs heading into the game: “Georgia is one of the most complete teams in the country.
“They haven’t really like dramatically changed. I think they’ve made a lot of improvement. I think their efficiency on offense has been very good all year long.
“Defensively, their scheme has not changed a lot, but some of their players have. They still have really, really good players and they play well together. They’re well coached. Nothing easy against them.”
Georgia coach Kirby Smart believes both sides have evenly matched options all over the park but has given Alabama the edge on defense.
“Quarterback play and third-down conversions and protecting the ball and not turning the ball over a lot. Those are similarities,” Smart said.
“Both got good set of backs, good set of receivers. Both teams are scoring points.
“The biggest difference is they play better defense, obviously, than we have.”
Live broadcasting coverage will be CBS, starting at 4:00 pm ET.
Meanwhile, No. 6 Ohio State, fresh off its dominating win over Michigan last week, will take on No. 21 Northwestern in the Big Ten Championship Game at Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis.
This conference title game on Saturday night will be live on FOX and streamed live on FoxSportsGo.com at 8 p.m. ET.
College Football Championship Game – Schedule – Live TV Channels
Akron at South Carolina 12:00pm SECN | WatchESPN
Drake at 23 Iowa State 12:00pm Cyclones.TV
East Carolina at NC State 12:00pm ACCNExtra | WatchESPN
Marshall at Virginia Tech 12:00pm ACCNExtra | WatchESPN
Louisiana at Appalachian State 12:00pm ESPN| WatchESPN
14 Texas vs. 5 Oklahoma (in Arlington, TX) 12:00pm ABC| WatchESPN
UAB at Middle Tennessee 1:30pm CBSSN
Norfolk State at Liberty 2:00pm ESPN3
Stanford at California 3:00pm Pac-12N
Memphis at 8 UCF 3:30pm ABC | WatchESPN
1 Alabama vs. 4 Georgia (in Atlanta, GA) 4:00pm CBS
25 Fresno State at 22 Boise State 7:45pm ESPN | WatchESPN
2 Clemson vs. Pitt (in Charlotte, NC) 8:00pm ABC | WatchESPN
21 Northwestern vs. 6 Ohio State (in Indianapolis, IN) 8:00pm FOX | FoxSportsGo.com