Gearing Up For The College Football Playoff National Championship
One of the key sporting events early on this year is the 2015 College Football Playoff National Championship. This is the national championship game that concludes the season of college football from 2014.
This year, the two teams that will be competing are the Oregon Ducks and the Ohio State Buckeyes and there is a lot of discussion online about just how the matchup is likely to go. Ohio State is the underdog in this particular case, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that the Oregon Ducks will win.
The game is doubly exciting, because it is the first College Football Playoff National Championship that has ever been held. The event is planned to be held on Monday night every year and uses a four-team structure based on results from the college football season.
The amount of interest in the game is growing as its time nears, but surprisingly most discussion is still focusing on other sports events, as there are many different games going on. If you want to watch the championship game, it is being played primarily on ESPN. That’s great if you are in the United States, but not such good news if you are elsewhere in the world.
Watching The Game
A major issue in watching any sports event is getting access. Many sites that stream sports games also have regional restriction in place. This restriction means that you can only view the event if you are located in certain parts of the world.
Regional restriction works because of your IP address. Your IP address provides a strong indication of your general physical location. It is certainly accurate enough to let sites work out whether you should be able to access specific content or not.
If you could simply change your IP address yourself to one from a different country, you would be set, but it isn’t that easy. Your IP address is given to you by your internet provider, and you don’t actually have direct control over it.
This means you have to manipulate it indirectly – which is where a VPN comes in.
As you can probably tell, VPNs are tools that I find highly important. I lived in China for a while, so I know just how important it is to be able to get around regional restriction. You shouldn’t ever be in the position where a website or a government is trying to control what you are able to see.
Virtual Private Networks
A VPN is a Virtual Private Network and these networks can be quite powerful. They provide protection while you are online and also help you to remain anonymous. Another feature of these networks is the ability to mask your IP address. This is actually part of the reason that a VPN helps you to stay anonymous in the first place.
Typically, when you visit a site, the site asks your computer for your IP address which then indicates your location. However, with a VPN, all requests get funneled through that VPN and it provides its own IP address before yours is every provided.
So, the website sees the IP address from the VPN instead of your own IP address. This makes it look like you are somewhere else entirely.
Now, there are a lot of different VPN providers to choose from and some are better than others. However, my personal pick is a provider called VyprVPN, which is very effective at its job.