Date, time, TV schedule for Alabama-Clemson Alabama will face Clemson in the College Football Playoff National Championship Game on Monday, Jan. 9. Playoff Semifinal Head Coach News Conference - 12/8. Show more videos Selection Committee Convenes In Preparation for Season. 08/10/17. The college football season gets underway August 26 and runs through the National Championship Game on January 8. The season gets started in.