College Football Playoff National Championship. Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, Florida Jan. 9, , time TBD (ESPN). Schlabach. ESPN picks: Who will win the College Football Playoff title? Alabama to make history by repeating as national champions in a tight contest, Missing: bcs. Nick Saban's juggernaut remains atop college football after its takedown of Florida State. Meanwhile, the Big Ten lands three teams among the nation's top.