It was a long, eventful journey, but we’ve come the conclusion of the 2019 college football season, with the College Football Playoff National Championship set to go down on Monday night inside the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans. The much-anticipated battle for the biggest prize in the sport this year will witness No. 1 LSU go up against defending national champion Clemson, who entered the playoff field as the third-ranked team in the country despite yet another undefeated season.
This season, which began all the way back on Aug. 24, 2019, will finally reach its conclusion on Monday night as the longest in the history of the sport. Both LSU and Clemson had an astonishing 16 days to prepare for the matchup — an amount of time we haven’t seen to get ready for a title game since the BCS era. And with two of the best coaching staffs in the country involved, you can be certain these two squads will be more than ready to battle it out in New Orleans.
LSU enters carrying all the weight of a “team of destiny.” Heisman Trophy winner Joe Burrow has put together one of the greatest individual seasons we’ve ever seen from the quarterback position, leading an offense that has put up the most points per game (48.9) of the College Football Playoff era. Everything changed for these Tigers when they were able to finally snap a losing streak to rival Alabama that dates back to the 2011-12 BCS Championship Game, putting that humbling defeat in New Orleans behind them and focusing on the opportunity to return to the Superdome and make things all the way right with a title game win. Ed Orgeron makes a point to shout out “the entire state of Louisiana” when celebrating LSU wins, and there’s no doubt that the energy of the entire state will be focused on New Orleans and the opportunity to claim the program’s fourth national championship overall and third since 2000.
Clemson, meanwhile, has the chance to finish back-to-back season as undefeated national champions if they can get past LSU in enemy territory. The Tigers carry the nation’s longest winning streak of 29 games into this showdown.
It’s almost the perfect showdown on paper of arguably the two best teams in the country battling it out with two of the best coaching staffs on the sidelines for the championship trophy. We can’t wait for them both to hit the field in New Orleans.
Here’s how you can watch and stream the College Football Playoff National Championship on Monday night. Check out our full slate ofalong with and what .
Date: Monday, Jan. 13 | Time: 8 p.m. ET
Location: Mercedes-Benz Superdome — New Orleans, Louisiana
TV: ESPN | Live stream: WatchESPN.com
Alternate viewing / streaming options
- Field Pass — ESPN2
- LSU Hometown Radio — SEC Network
- Clemson Hometown Radio — ACC Network
- Coaches Film Room — ESPNU
- Command Center — ESPN News
- Sounds of the game — ESPN Classic
- DataCenter — ESPN Goal Line
- Additional viewing options on the ESPN App include Refcast, Skycast, All-22 and more
Our team of CBS Sports experts have madewith each breaking down all angles of the game. Check out the Cover 3 Podcast below for additional LSU-Clemson analysis.