The #CFBPlayoff National Championship Trophy is back at Mercedes-Benz Stadium for tonight's Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl Kickoff game. [email protected] CFBPlayoff. Clemson, College Football Playoff Championship: Time, TV schedule, live night in Tampa for the national championship, in a rematch of last year's title game. TV: 8 p.m. ET, ESPN, with kickoff coming at p.m. ET. What time is the college football national championship game? Clemson- Alabama will kick off shortly after 8 p.m. ET.