The 2016-17 college football season ends tonight with what should be an exciting battle and a rematch of last year’s title with Alabama looking to defend its championship against Clemson.
ESPN will broadcast the 5 p.m. PT game, and those looking for an online stream can head to WatchESPN. You will need a log-in from your cable provider, but there are a few workarounds for those who want to watch for free.
One option is to use DISH Network’s Sling TV, a streaming service that carries ESPN. You can sign up today and get a 7-day free trial. You can do the same on streaming services like Playstation Vue and DirecTV Now, which also carry ESPN and offer free trials.
Another option is to access ESPN’s Skycam feed. ESPN is rolling out its MegaCast production for the game, which includes 14 different ways to watch. According to the WatchESPN site, one of those options — the Skycam — does not require authentication. That means you can watch the game for free via Skycam, which is the hovering camera above the action.
Other options on the MegaCast include the Command Center, which uses multiple camera angles in one picture, and Data Center, which shows detailed information alongside the game feed. Both were utilized during the semifinals.
ESPN is using 90 cameras, including four 4K devices, as well as nine super slow-motion cameras, eight Pylon cameras, 35 replay machines, and 70,000 feet of cabling for Monday’s game.
ESPN reported that 11.2 million unique devices streamed WatchESPN content in November, up 13 percent from last year.
Editor’s note: This story was updated to reflect that DirecTV Now and Playstation Vue will stream the game.