SEC Network Sets Off for Santa Clara as No. 1 Alabama and No. 2 Clemson Clash in the College Football Playoff National Championship

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SEC Network Sets Off for Santa Clara as No. 1 Alabama and No. 2 Clemson Clash in the College Football Playoff National Championship

  • Nearly 20 Hours of Live Coverage from Santa Clara
  • Thinking Out Loud returns to MegaCast

With top-ranked Alabama playing in its fourth College Football Playoff National Championship, SEC Network will feature nearly 20 hours of studio analysis and in-game reaction surrounding the Crimson Tide’s quest for their third CFP title.

SEC Nation Presented by AT&T and SEC Now will wrap up their 2018-19 coverage of SEC football, including several editions of SEC Now over the days leading up to game day from SEC Network sets at Levi’s Stadium and downtown Santa Clara.

SEC Now kicks off the conversation on Friday, Jan. 4 at 7 p.m. ET from Plaza de Cesar Chavez. Dari Nowkhah, Greg McElroy and Gene Chizik will be on the desk Friday, breaking down the storylines heading into Championship Monday.

Live coverage from Santa Clara begins Saturday at 11:30 a.m. with SEC Now from Media Day at the College Football Playoff National Championship, as the show will cover both Alabama and Clemson’s appearances at the event. Joining host Laura Rutledge will be SEC Network’s Tim Tebow, Marcus Spears and Lauren Sisler, as well as Greg McElroy and special guest, SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey.

Immediately following SEC Now, Alyssa Lang will host SEC Featured: Alabama at 2 p.m., which will showcase Alabama-focused features leading into Monday’s matchup. SEC Now will originate from SEC Network’s Charlotte studios beginning at 3 p.m. with host Peter Burns and college basketball analysts Antoine Walker and Andy Kennedy manning the desk throughout the day. The trio will recap Saturday’s SEC basketball action with additional reporting surrounding the CFP from the SEC Network set in Santa Clara.

Laura Rutledge and Jordan Rodgers will take the reins Sunday for live coverage from the Coaches’ Press Conference on SEC Now at noon. Later that evening, Nowkhah, Chizik, Rodgers, McElroy, Marcus Spears, Tim Tebow and Paul Finebaum will all contribute to a two-hour edition of SEC Now at 7 p.m. from Plaza de Cesar Chavez, breaking down all the buildup to the national title game.

The Paul Finebaum Show will be live on Monday with a three-hour edition from the Champ Tailgate location at Levi’s Stadium, taking calls and providing analysis as the two teams prepare for kickoff. SEC Nation Presented by AT&T will take over the pre-game action at 6 p.m., with host Rutledge joined by regular SEC Nation deskmates and analysts Tebow, Spears and Finebaum, and reporter Lauren Sisler. Teaming up with the SEC Nation crew will be SEC Network analysts Chizik, McElroy and Rodgers providing additional pre-game insight.

Thinking Out Loud makes its CFP National Championship debut following a successful CFP Semifinal appearance at the Capital One Orange Bowl. The trio of Spears, McElroy and Alyssa Lang will bring hijinks, highlights and hilarity, while offering astute analysis and reaction throughout the game. They will be joined by additional guests throughout the game, as they share a unique setup in a TV trailer at Levi’s Stadium. SEC Now will close out the night right after the final whistle with Rutledge, Spears, Tebow, Chizik and Rodgers.

SEC Network social and digital will provide on-site, behind-the-scenes coverage from the College Football Playoff National Championship. Fans can follow along with SEC Network on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook, as well as at

Date Time (ET) Programming
Fri, Jan 4 7 p.m. SEC Now
Sat, Jan 5 11:30 a.m. SEC Now: Media Day
2 p.m. SEC Featured: Alabama
3 p.m. SEC Now
Sun, Jan 6 Noon SEC Now: Coaches’ Press Conference
7 p.m. SEC Now
Mon, Jan 7 3 p.m. The Paul Finebaum Show
6 p.m. SEC Nation Presented by AT&T
8:15 p.m. Thinking Out Loud: CFP National Championship Presented by AT&T
  11:45 p.m. SEC Now


About SEC Network
The Southeastern Conference and ESPN launched SEC Network on August 14, 2014. The network televises over 45 SEC football games, 100 men’s basketball games, 60 women’s basketball games, 75 baseball games, and other events from across the SEC’s 21 sports annually. Programming includes in-depth analysis and storytelling in studio shows such as SEC Nation, Thinking Out Loud and Rally Cap, daily news and information with SEC Now, original content such as TrueSouth, SEC Storied and SEC Inside, and more. Hundreds of additional live events are available for streaming exclusively on SEC Network’s digital companion, SEC Network+, via the ESPN App and The network is also available in more than 50 countries throughout Europe, Middle East and Africa via ESPN Player, ESPN’s sports streaming service in the region.

Amanda Brooks

Amanda is the Senior Director of Communications overseeing publicity strategy for ESPN’s entire college sports portfolio, including college football and the College Football Playoff, 40 NCAA Championships and ESPN's college networks. Amanda is a proud alum of Hendrix College in Conway, Ark., and earned her master's in ethics from Vanderbilt University. A native of Kent, Ohio, she is a die-hard Cleveland Guardians fan.
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