How to watch College Football Playoff online from anywhere

Georgia's Jalen Carter (No. 88)
Georgia's Jalen Carter (No. 88) (Image credit: Todd Kirkland/Getty Images)

After a thrilling season of college football and arguably the best College Football Playoff semifinals ever, the national championship game is set, with TCU taking on Georgia on Monday, January 9.

To make sure that you are able to see all the college football action, we've broken down everything that you need to know about how to watch the 2023 College Football Playoffs either on your TV or online, as well as other key bits of information.

Let's take a look. 

How to watch College Football Playoff in the US

All games for the College Football Playoff are being broadcast on ESPN for US audiences. The cable sports network is available on most traditional pay-TV providers, but is also carried by a number of live TV streaming services, including FuboTV, Hulu with Live TV, Sling TV and YouTube TV, so all you need to do is a be a subscriber to one of these services to be able to watch each game of the College Football Playoffs. 

Sling TV is the most affordable option; you'll need the Orange plan which costs $40 per month (and it's half price for your first month).

In addition, if you have a subscription that gives you access to ESPN, you can also watch the game directly on or through the ESPN app on your mobile device.

In addition to the main coverage the national title game, there are special presentations on ESPN's other channels. This includes Field Pass with The Pat McAfee Show on ESPN 2; the College Football Playoff Command Center on ESPNU, which offers multiple vantage points and real-time stats from the games; AT&T 5G SkyCast on ESPNews; Georgia's hometown radio call on SEC Network; TCU hometown radio broadcast on; All-22, which broadcasts coverage the way that coaches and players watch film, on; and a Spanish-language broadcast on ESPN Deportes.

All of these options are also available through either a traditional cable or live TV streaming service package. 

Though fans could watch select college football games on ESPN Plus during the regular season, at this time ESPN Plus is not listed to carry a live stream of the College Football Playoff. However, the streaming service has featured exclusive content around the CFP in years past. 

How to watch College Football Playoff in the UK

BT Sport is the usual home for college football in the UK and that continues for the College Football Playoff. Both games air on BT Sport 1, which you can access by purchasing BT Sport for a monthly pass starting at £25.

How to watch College Football Playoff online from anywhere

If you're a college football fan but find yourself away from the US and not able to watch ESPN’s broadcast easily, there is a solution — a virtual private network (VPN).

A VPN allows you to access content from different countries by changing your IP address, allowing you to watch ESPN broadcast sporting event like the College Football Playoff where ESPN is not immediately available. Our favorite VPN is ExpressVPN, which is the No. 1-rated VPN in the world right now according to our sister site, TechRadar. 

2022 College Football Playoff matchups

College Football Playoff schedule

TCU 51, Michigan 45
Ohio State 41, Georgia 42

National Championship game (January 9)
TCU vs Georgia, 7:30 pm ET/PT on ESPN

2022 College Football Playoff teams

Michigan's Donovan Edwards

Michigan's Donovan Edwards (Image credit: Zach Bolinger/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

Here is a look at the semifinal college football matchups this year, including a quick synopsis of their resume. We’ll have more in-depth game previews closer to December 31.

Georgia Bulldogs
Record: 13-0
Conference result: SEC champions
Best wins: 49-3 victory over Oregon and 27-13 win over then No. 1-ranked Tennessee

Michigan Wolverines
Record: 13-0
Conference result: Big Ten champions
Best wins: 45-23 road win over Ohio State, 41-17 home win against Penn State

TCU Horned Frogs
Record: 12-1
Conference result: lost in Big 12 championship game (in overtime)
Best wins: 55-24 home win against Oklahoma, 43-40 home win against Oklahoma State

Ohio State
Record: 12-1
Conference result: second best-record in Big Ten
Best wins: 21-10 win over Notre Dame, 44-31 road win against Penn State


Where are the College Football Playoff games?

This year, the College Football Playoff semifinals see TCU vs Michigan play in the Vrbo Fiesta Bowl at State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Ariz., and the Ohio State vs Georgia game played at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta for the Chick-fil-a Peach Bowl.

The national championship game is being played from SoFi Stadium in Los Angeles.

Did Alabama make the college football playoffs?

Nick Saban and the University of Alabama have been a fixture of the College Football Playoffs since they began, only missing out once ahead of the 2022 college football season. However, after suffering two losses in the regular season and not qualifying for the SEC Championship game, Alabama was not selected for the 2022-2023 College Football Playoff. Instead, they are set to play in the Allstate Sugar Bowl against Kansas State on December 31. 

Michael Balderston

Michael Balderston is a DC-based entertainment and assistant managing editor for What to Watch, who has previously written about the TV and movies with TV Technology, Awards Circuit and regional publications. Spending most of his time watching new movies at the theater or classics on TCM, some of Michael's favorite movies include Casablanca, Moulin Rouge!, Silence of the Lambs, Children of Men, One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest and Star Wars. On the TV side he enjoys Only Murders in the Building, Yellowstone, The Boys, Game of Thrones and is always up for a Seinfeld rerun. Follow on Letterboxd.