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ESPN Announces Change to CFP National Championship Kickoff Time

NCAA Football: Northwestern at Wisconsin

ESPN has announced a change to the 2023 College Football Playoff National Championship on Thursday as the game will now kick off at 7:30 p.m. ET instead of 8:30 p.m. on Jan. 9, 2023.

The final game of the 2022-23 season will be played at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, California, the site of last year’s Super Bowl between the Cincinnati Bengals and the Los Angeles Rams.


Prior to that game, the College Football Playoff Semifinal games will be played on December 31, 2022 at the Fiesta Bowl (Glendale, Arizona) and the Peach Bowl (Atlanta, Georgia). Those games are still scheduled to kick off at their original times, with one game starting at 4:00 p.m. ET and the other starting at 8:00 p.m. ET. Each games start time will be decided once the matchups are set at the conclusion of conference championship weekend.

With the 2022 College Football season entering just the third week of action, the national championship race is still wide open but it does appear that last year’s champion, the Georgia Bulldogs, haven’t missed a beat in 2022 as they have risen to the top spot in the AP Top 25, overtaking the likes of Alabama and Ohio State in doing so.

There is one team from the Big 12 that is currently projected to make one of the semifinal games, and you can read more about that in our Week 3 Big 12 Bowl Projections.

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