Well this is awkward. America is having a big football party tonight and nobody invited the SEC.
For the first time since 2005, there is no SEC team playing in the national championship. Capping an unforeseeably awful performance by the SEC West in bowl games, Alabama blew a 21-6 lead to Ohio State in the playoff, ruining all those "Ole Miss 23, National Champions 17" bumper stickers in the process.
We're left with Ohio State playing Oregon in Jerryworld, which, to be honest, isn't that bad of a thing to be left with. After the Buckeyes downed the Tide despite being down to their third-string quarterback and the Ducks did America a favor by crushing Florida State in the Rose Bowl, it's hard to argue that these aren't the two best teams in the country (though an argument could be made for TCU. Sigh). All-in-all, the first ever college football playoff has been a success.
So while you won't be able to root for The Conference tonight, you'll still be privy to what should be one hell of a game. And let's be honest, nobody wanted to have to read all those "Roll Tide" Facebook statuses of people that are in no way, shape or form Bama fans.
How to watch
Game time: 7:30 p.m. CT
TV: ESPN (Chris Fowler, Kirk Herbstreit, Heather Cox, Tom Rinaldi). You can also watch live commentary by three current head coaches on ESPN2, a broadcast with no announcers on ESPN Classic, and 10 other options throughout ESPN networks.
Online streaming: WatchESPN