Alabama vs. Clemson live stream: Watch College Football Championship online

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Alabama vs. Clemson live stream: Watch College Football Championship online

For the fourth consecutive year, Alabama and Clemson will meet in the College Football Playoff. And for the third time, the matchup is for all the marbles.

In 2016, Alabama won 45-40. One year later, Clemson got revenge and took home the title, 35-31. Last year, in one of the CFP semifinals, Alabama won 24-6 and went on to beat Georgia in the national title game.

On Monday night, the Crimson Tide and the Tigers will meet in the 2019 CFP National Championship at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara.

The game pits the two best teams in the country, and they are littered with NFL draft prospects. Alabama is led by defensive lineman Quinnen Williams and safety Deionte Thompson. Clemson's top prospect is defensive lineman Clelin Ferrell.

Alabama coach Nick Saban is looking for a record seventh college football national championship. He's currently tied with legendary Alabama coach Bear Bryant.

Here's how to watch the Alabama versus Clemson college football national championship game live on TV and online:

When: 5 p.m. PT/8 p.m. ET on Monday, Jan. 7
TV Channel: ESPN
Live Stream: Watch ESPN

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Alabama vs. Clemson: National title at Levi's Stadium not a hot ticket

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Alabama vs. Clemson: National title at Levi's Stadium not a hot ticket

If you want to see the (potential) future stars of the 49ers and Raiders, you'll want to watch Alabama and Clemson square off at Levi's Stadium next Monday.

If you really want to be an Amateur Draft Scout, you may even want to watch college football's national title game in person. As it turns out, it may not be quite as expensive as you first thought.

As of this writing, tickets on the secondary market were being sold for as low as $138 (before fees). That's still a pretty penny, but the average price of this year's ticket is down in comparison to recent championship games. 

Last year, an Alabama-Georgia ticket in Atlanta sold on SeatGeek for an average of $3,046, Yahoo's Dan Wetzel reported on Wednesday. The year before, it was $1,262 for Alabama-Clemson in Tampa, Florida.

As of Tuesday, the average ticket price for this year's game was $1,043 per Wetzel -- and trending downward. 

“Tickets sold in the past 24 hours have gone for an average of just $533 each,” SeatGeek's Chris Leyden told Wetzel on Wednesday. 

On a lot of levels, this makes sense. Both schools have official alumni chapters in Northern California, but each is located thousands of miles away from Santa Clara and the two are meeting in the championship for the third time in four years. Fatigue is understandable, especially when it involves a cross-country trek to a venue that doesn't exactly have a long, hallowed history. 

That ambivalence means Bay Area fans can get a ticket for the low, low price -- well, it's still pretty high, all things considered. 

College Football National Championship 2019: Alabama, Clemson set for Levi's

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College Football National Championship 2019: Alabama, Clemson set for Levi's

Who else could it have been?

When the College Football Playoff concludes at Levi's Stadium on Jan. 7, the top-ranked Alabama Crimson Tide will take on the No. 2 Clemson Tigers. Clemson steamrolled No. 3 Notre Dame 30-3 in the Cotton Bowl, while Alabama withstood a late charge from Heisman Trophy winner Kyler Murray and his Oklahoma Sooners en route to a 45-34 win in the Orange Bowl. 

That means one of the best rivalries in the sport is coming to the Bay Area. It will mark the third time in four years the schools will square off in the title game, and the fourth consecutive season they've met in the playoff.

49ers and Raiders fans with an eye to the future will have plenty of reason to watch, too. Both teams are on course to pick in the top five of the 2019 NFL Draft, and the best two teams in college football feature plenty of blue-chip players that could begin their NFL careers in the Bay Area -- and/or wherever the Raiders play next season.

Here are a pair of prospects 49ers and Raiders fans should have their eyes on:

Clelin Ferrell, DE (Clemson)

Ferrell moved into a tie with William "The Refrigerator" Perry for fourth on Clemson's all-time sacks list on Saturday. He also forced -- and recovered -- a fumble, and broke up a pass against the Fighting Irish. 

His ability to rush the passer is something the 49ers and Raiders desperately need, as the teams entered Week 17 standing 19th and 32nd in sacks, respectively. The 6-foot-5, 260-pound edge rusher was initially expected to enter the draft last spring, but his decision to spend another year in school could prove to be a boon for either Bay Area franchise if they take him in the first round. 

Ferrell may be a reach in the top five, as he's projected by many mocks to be picked after the top 10. That just may make him an option for the Raiders second (and maybe third) first-round pick -- one of which was acquired, ironically enough, when they traded their best pass rusher. 

Quinnen Williams, DL (Alabama)

Pro Football Focus rated Williams as the best player in college football this season, and he showed why on Saturday. Williams backed up his (almost) trash talk about Murray, helping the Crimson Tide hold the Sooners to just 10 points in the first half.

While the 49ers and Raiders don't need an interior lineman per se, Williams may be too good for either team to let slip past them. Rams superstar Aaron Donald has shown just how valuable an interior rusher could be, and neither the 49ers nor the Raiders are in a position to be choosy about how to make vital improvements in their pass rush. 

It's unlikely Williams will remain on the board much longer after San Francisco and Oakland end up picking, assuming he enters the draft. But if he does, a strong performance in their own backyard could be enough to convince the 49ers or Raiders to call his name.