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Ohio State vs Alabama live stream: How to watch national championship game now

Ohio State vs Alabama live stream
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The Ohio State vs Alabama live stream begins tonight at 8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT. It's on ESPN.

The Ohio State vs Alabama live stream is on. And the top ranked Tide may roll over the Buckeyes, at least if history repeats itself and coach Nick Saban nets his sixth title. And Saban is well equipped, with five All-Americans, including WR DeVonta Smith (the Heisman Trophy winner). 

Bama quarterback Mac Jones and RB Najee Harris also finished in the top five of the Heisman voting,. Meanwhile, Buckeyes QB Justin Fields is the subject of a lot of headlines, after his massive game against Clemson, where he took an equally massive hit to the side but also threw for six touchdowns.

It's been a long road to this game, as Big Ten games were postponed early in the season, and the Buckeyes only got six games in before the playoffs. On top of that, there are new positive test results for COVID-19 for Ohio State.

The oddsmakers are favoring Alabama in this championship game, as the Crimson Tide is currently expected to win by 9 points. 


How to watch Ohio State vs Alabama live streams with a VPN

If you're away from home and can't watch tonight's Ohio State vs. Alabama live stream, you can still find the college football championship game. Using the best VPN makes it so that you can appear to be surfing the web from your home town, so you can access the same streaming services you already pay for.

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Ohio State vs Alabama live streams in the US

In the US, Ohio State vs Alabama is going to be carried on ESPN, which is available on two of our favorite streaming services fuboTV and Sling TV. The game starts at 8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT today (Jan. 11).

Of the two, football fans will probably want fuboTV, as it has all five of the main channels you'll want: CBS, NBC, Fox, ESPN and the NFL Network. That's why it's one of the best streaming services.

Sling will get you this game on the cheap with the Orange package of channels that includes ESPN. That will cost you $30 a month, while Fubo.TV is now $65.

Fubo.TV (opens in new tab) is one of the best streaming services that offers ESPN. Fubo has all of the right broadcast networks and the two cable channels you'll need to get your football fix. Who needs cable? Not Fubo subscribers. It's got a 7-day free trial (opens in new tab) so you don't need to pay up front.

Sling TV (opens in new tab) is an affordable live TV service with some of the channels that football fans want, providing a middle ground. The $45 per month Sling Orange + Blue package has ESPN for this game, as well as local Fox and NBC affiliates. A $30 package includes fewer channels, but saves you money — and you still get ESPN.

Ohio State vs Alabama live streams in the UK

College football fans in the UK will need to stay up late, as the game starts at 1 a.m. local BST. It's going to be on BT Sport ESPN. 

You can get BT Sport through BT as well as an add-on to Sky (opens in new tab). BT Sport subscribers are able to stream Ohio State vs Alabama on the BT Sport website or by using the channel's dedicated app (Android (opens in new tab)iOS (opens in new tab)). A monthly BT Sport pass will cost you £25. 

Ohio State vs Alabama live streams in Canada

You're going to need TSN for the Ohio State vs Alabama live stream. Coverage starts at 8 p.m. ET.

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