After long-standing complaints about a lack of parity in college football, the sport’s biggest arena, the College Football Playoff and its semifinal matchups, will feature new blood, namely Michigan and, most notably, Cincinnati.
Cincinnati is the first Group of 5 school to make the Playoffs thanks to an undefeated regular season and a conference title. The Bearcats finished the season in fourth place, meaning they will face No. 1 seed Alabama as Nick Saban’s group seeks their fourth Playoff-era national championship and second straight title.
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The Bearcats have become college football favorites by making the playoffs, but they have shown before that they can compete with some of the best teams. They lost to Georgia by three points last season.
They are strong on defense, ranking second in passing defense, fourth in scoring defense and eighth in total defense nationally this season. Defensive back Coby Bryant is the unit leader. And the offense, led by quarterback Desmond Ridder and running back Jerome Ford, has more than enough firepower.
Alabama, meanwhile, is still Alabama. Crimson Tide ranks third nationally in sacks, ninth in defense on third down, second in offense on third down, sixth in total offense and fourth in scoring offense.
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At the center of Alabama’s success has been Heisman-winning quarterback Bryce Young, while linebacker Will Anderson has anchored the defense. However, The Tide will be one of its main recipients; John Metchie will be out of season with a torn ACL.
Sporting News is tracking live score updates and Alabama vs. Alabama highlights. Cincinnati in its college football playoff semifinal on Friday. Follow below to see the full results of the 2021 Cotton Bowl Classic.
Alabama vs. Cincinnati score
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Alabama vs. Cincinnati live scores, updates
3:37 pm: Cincinnati wins the drawing and adjourns. The Bearcats’ attempt to make history begins on defense, which they have to like. They rank fourth in scoring defense and eighth in total defense.
Alabama vs. Cincinnati start time
The start of Alabama vs. Cincinnati is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. ET on Friday, December 31. It’s the first of two Playoff games, with the Orange Bowl between No. 2 Michigan and No. 3 Georgia beginning at 7:30 pm ET.
What channel is Alabama vs. Cincinnati?
Alabama vs. Cincinnati will air nationally on ESPN. Sean McDonough (play-by-play) and Todd Blackledge (analyst) will call the game from the booth, while Molly McGrath and Laura Rutledge will report from the bench.
ESPN is also launching its Megacast for the College Football Playoff, once again providing alternative broadcasts across its entire family of networks. Here’s the full rundown.
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How to stream college football playoff games live
Both semifinals of the college football playoffs will air on ESPN and will be available to stream live on all digital platforms on the network, including ESPN.com and the ESPN app.
Cable cutters have several live streaming options. Below is the list.
|Streaming option||Cable subscription required?||Free?||cost||Free Trial?|
|Yahoo! Sports app||No||Yes||–||–|
|fuboTV||No||No||$ 60 / month||Yes|
|AT&T TV now||No||No||$ 55 / month||Yes|
|Hulu Plus Live TV||No||No||$ 55 / month||Yes|
|Sling tv||No||No||$ 35 / month||No|
|YouTube TV||No||No||$ 65 / month||Yes|
College Football Playoff Schedule
|December 31st||Cotton Bowl Classic (CFP semifinal)||No. 1 Alabama vs. No. 4 Cincinnati||3:30 pm||ESPN, fuboTV|
|December 31st||Orange Bowl (CFP semifinal)||No. 2 Michigan vs. No. 3 Georgia||7:30 pm||ESPN, fuboTV|
|January 10||CFP National Championship Game||TBD vs. TBD||8 p. M.||ESPN, fuboTV|
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.