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How to watch the 2019 College Football National Championship online for free

It's Alabama vs. Clemson IV.


Ramon Ramirez


Posted on Jan 7, 2019   Updated on May 20, 2021, 10:05 pm CDT

For the fourth year in a row, the Clemson Tigers meet the Alabama Crimson Tide in the college football playoffs. Every year prior, the lower-seeded team has won. This is both good news for the No. 2 Tigers and a testament to how loaded and focused both programs are coming into Levi’s Stadium. There is no doubt about that coaches Nick Saban and Dabo Swinney run the best programs in the country. Viewers may be tired of this matchup by now—especially football fans who don’t reside in the American South—but this one is going to feature jaw-dropping plays and all-in stakes. Watch the 2019 College Football National Championship live stream to see which surging star makes the difference.


2019 College Football National Championship: Alabama vs. Clemson

  • Location: Levi’s Stadium, Santa Clara, California
  • Date: 7pm ET, Jan. 6
  • Streaming: ESPN

2019 College Football National Championship live stream: How to watch Clemson vs. Alabama for free

No matter which one of the services below work best for you, in terms of channels, cost, and devices, you’ll be able start with a one-week trial, which means you can get an Alabama vs. Clemson live stream for free.

1) Hulu with Live TV

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Hulu with Live TV Hulu
  • Cost: $44.95 per month
  • Hulu devices: Roku, Apple TV, Google Chromecast, Amazon Fire Stick and Fire TV, Xbox One, Xbox 360, Nintendo Switch, and iOS and Android devices
  • Local channels: ABC, CBS, Fox, NBC, the CW (check your local availability here)

Hulu with Live TV has all of the essentials when it comes to streaming sports. Its 50-plus channel lineup includes six ESPN channels, seven if you include SEC Network. (Here’s the complete list of Hulu Live TV channels.) While you won’t be able to add NFL RedZone or NFL Network, you’re set for the 2019 College Football National Championship, and Hulu has one thing none of its competitors can match: a massive library of on-demand entertainment you can watch anytime. Here are guides to the best movies, documentaries, anime, and Hulu original series to watch to get you started.


2) Sling TV

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Sling Orange Sling TV

If you want to watch ESPN, which is hosting Clemson vs. Alabama, you’re going to need either on Sling TV‘s Sling Orange ($25 per month) or Sling Orange + Blue ($40 per month). It’s worth splurging here to ensure you get ESPN channels in addition to regional sports networks and FS1 and FS2. (Here’s a complete guide to Sling TV channels.) 


3) YouTube TV

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YouTube TV YouTube

YouTube TV offers a simple and compelling package for sports fans. In addition to all of the local channels, you’ll get ESPN, a couple of college sports networks, and specialty channels like NBA TV and MLB Network. While it’s light on extras like NFL RedZone, YouTube TV is great if you have roommates you’re looking to split the cost with. Each subscription supports up to six accounts per household, and each comes with unlimited cloud DVR. (You can find the full list of YouTube TV channels here.)


Alabama vs. Clemson: Why it matters

Normally, Alabama teeing off against a freshman quarterback would seem like a glaring mismatch. But Clemson QB Trevor Lawrence has been unflappable, leading the Tigers to an undefeated season and a seamless thrashing of No. 3 Notre Dame in the semifinal last week. In September, this was Kelly Bryant’s team, but he’s left the program—and you can partially blame the Crimson Tide for that. (Bryant in December announced he’d be transferring to Missouri.) Swinney must know that he can’t beat Saban without a QB who can air it out, and Bryant’s limited passing skillset left his offense vulnerable: In last year’s semifinal, Bryant threw two interceptions and failed to breach 200 passing yards as the Tigers lost 24-6 to the Tide. With Clemson’s defensive talent, particularly along the front seven and at the point of attack in the trenches, this one will come down to mistakes and guts. Sophomore QB Tua Tagovailoa is a proven machine, so whether Lawrence can continue to play poised in the pocket will be the difference.

New to cord-cutting? Here are our picks for the best movie streaming sites of 2018 and free live TV apps and channels. If you’re looking for a specific channel, here’s how to watch HBO, Showtime, Starz, Sundance TV, ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN3, ESPNU, Willow, AMC, FX, Fox News, Freeform, MSNBC, CNN, CNBC, FS1, TBS, TNT, Tennis Channel, Golf Channel, Syfy, HGTV, Cartoon Network/Adult Swim, Bravo, Lifetime, Discovery, PBS, the CW, BBC, CSPAN, NBA TV, MTV, Comedy Central, Food Network, TLC, HLN, A&E, Animal Planet, National Geographic, the Weather Channel, the History Channel, and NFL RedZone without cable, as well as free movies on YouTube. If you’re on the move, here’s how to watch Fox Sports Go and live stream NBC Sports.

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*First Published: Jan 7, 2019, 8:28 am CST