2018 College Football National Championship: Alabama vs Georgia Live Stream. Alabama head coach Nick Saban will face one of his former assistants for the 12th time in his career in Monday’s CFB National Championship.
Georgia head coach Kirby Smart, who was Saban’s defensive coordinator at Alabama, has built a mirror image of the Crimson Tide in his first two seasons in Athens, Georgia.
Despite their budding rivalry on the recruiting market and on the field, Saban and Smart still have close ties.
ESPN’s fifth national championship MegaCast production will be it’s most comprehensive to date, offering 20 productions of the College Football Playoff National Championship Presented by AT&T between Georgia and Alabama on Monday, January 8, at 8 p.m. from Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta. Fans can watch the traditional telecast on ESPN or choose to sample the alternate productions across 10 additional ESPN platforms: ESPN2, ESPNU, ESPNEWS, ESPN Classic, ESPN Goal Line, SEC Network, ESPN Deportes, and multiple options on ESPN3. ESPN Radio and ESPN Deportes Radio will broadcast the game. The record-setting number of MegaCast productions is up from the 14 offered last year and all 20 are available on the ESPN App.
ESPN debuted the MegaCast production at the conclusion of the 2014 season and has activated it for all four of the College Football Playoff National Championships. The barrage of fan viewing options has also been offered in the College Football Playoff Semifinals and, this season, for a regular season game, when ESPN televised the Thursday night season opener between Ohio State and Indiana.
Chris Fowler and Kirk Herbstreit will call the Bulldogs–Crimson Tide matchup, remaining the only play-by-play and color analyst to call a College Football Playoff National Championship. Tom Rinaldi also works his fourth CFP National Championship, reporting on Alabama, as he has done the previous two years in this game. Maria Taylor makes her CFP National Championship debut, reporting on Georgia. Rules expert Dave Cutaia will be available in the booth to contribute to specific situations.
ESPN will have more than 110 cameras inside the new Mercedes-Benz Stadium, including utilizing more than 80 for the College Football Playoff National Championship. ESPN’s state-of-the-art production will feature two never-before-used camera angles for a national championship game: First-and-10 marker cam and the Dual SkyCam System.
The first-and-10 cam is a camera inside the first down marker, providing viewers a look at the line to gain. ESPN first utilized the unique camera angle at the College Football Playoff Semifinal at the Allstate Sugar Bowl. The Dual SkyCam System uses a second SkyCam, positioned higher than the traditional SkyCam, providing viewers two different vantage points from, typically, behind-the-offense. Both of the SkyCam’s individual feeds will be available as part of the MegaCast production