History will be made on Monday night when Oregon and Ohio State meet in the 2015 College Football Playoff National Championship game. It will mark the first time in the sport’s history that the national title will be awarded to the winner of a postseason tournament.
The two teams were selected by a committee to make the playoffs, but they had to earn their trips to the championship game. The No.2 Ducks defeated Florida State, who won last year’s title and were led by 2013 Heisman Trophy winner Jameis Winston. The No.4 Buckeyes won a game that few experts thought they could win, beating Alabama, the top-ranked team in the country.
While millions of fans will be watching the contest on TV, the game will also be available online. ESPN will provide a live stream with WatchESPN. Any cable subscriber can use their account information to watch the game for free.
Last year’s game was close until the end, as Florida State beat Auburn, 34-31. The contest ended up being tied for ninth, in terms of all-time BCS Championship Game viewership, drawing a 15.3 overnight rating. The 2014 title game was the 16th and final championship game in BCS history.
Oregon won the Rose Bowl and Ohio State was victorious in the Sugar Bowl on New Year’s Day, as part of the College Football Playoff Semifinals. According to Nielsen, both games averaged upwards of 28 million viewers. Both contests were seen by more than the 25.6 million people that watched last year’s championship game, and this season’s title game is expected to get more than 30 million viewers.
Chris Fowler and Kirk Herbstreit will call the game for ESPN. Heather Cox and Tom Rinaldi have been tabbed as the sideline reporters.