The first college football playoff semifinal of the 2020 season will take place between two of the sport’s most storied programs, in their most treasured bowling game. Something like.
No. 1 Alabama and No. 2 Notre Dame are scheduled to meet in the Rose Bowl, but “Everyone’s Grandpa” will not take place at Rose Bowl Stadium in Pasadena, California. The state of California has enacted strict attendance policies amid the COVID-19 pandemic, and even the Rose Bowl was not exempt. So, to prevent teams from traveling across the country to play a game no one can see, the game was moved to AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.
Aside from the change of place, there are some interesting stories to watch. The Fighting Irish have a dominant 5-2 advantage in this series, beginning with wins in each of the first four meetings between these teams. The last time Alabama and Notre Dame met, however, it was in the 2013 BCS championship game – a 42-14 beating of Brian Kelly’s Irishman by Nick Saban’s Crimson Tide team.
Since that game, Alabama has been 7-4 in the postseason, winning four CFP semifinals and two national titles. The Irish are 4-2 in the postseason over the same span, but 0-2 in all 6 New Year’s Day bowls (including 0-1 in the Playoffs).
On paper, Notre Dame may have a hard time stopping Tide’s three-headed offensive monster: quarterback Mac Jones, wide receiver DeVonta Smith and running back Name Harris from doing so; all three finished in the top five of Heisman’s voting, with Jones and Smith gaining finalist status. To that end, I sought out Ian Book and Karen Williams to attack an Alabama defense that may have been a bit exposed in the SEC championship game against Florida.
Here’s everything you need to watch the 2021 Rose Bowl game between Alabama and Notre Dame, including the start time and TV channel for the college football playoff semifinal.
MORE: Complete Betting Guide for Alabama vs. Notre Dame
What channel is Alabama vs. Notre Dame today?
- TV channel (national): ESPN
- Live broadcast: ESPN app, both
Alabama vs. Notre Dame will air live on ESPN. Sean McDonough and Todd Blackledge will call the game from the booth as announcer and analyst, respectively. Todd McShay and Allison Williams will serve as supporting reporters.
Alabama vs. Notre Dame start time
- Date: Friday january 1
- Kick off: 4 pm ET
Friday’s game will begin at 4 pm ET. It’s one of four games that will take place on the ABC family of networks that day, including the second on ESPN.
2020 Alabama Soccer Schedule
|4||September 26||Alabama 38, Missouri 19|
|5||October 3||Alabama 52, Texas Am 24|
|6||October 10th||Alabama 63, Be miss 48|
|7||October the 17th||Alabama 41, Georgia 24|
|8||October 24th||Alabama 48, Tennessee 17|
|9||31 October||Alabama 41, Mississippi State 0|
|12||November 21||Alabama 63, Kentucky 3|
|13||November 28||Alabama 42, Chestnut 13|
|14||December 5th||Alabama 55, LSU 17|
|fifteen||December 12th||Alabama 52, Arkansas 3|
|sixteen||Decembre 19th||Alabama 52, Florida 46 (SEC championship)|
Notre Dame 2020 football schedule
|1||September 12||Notre Dame 27, Duke 13|
|2||September 19th||Notre Dame 52, South Florida 0|
|3||October 10th||Notre Dame 42, Florida St. 26|
|4||October the 17th||Notre Dame 12, Louisville 7|
|5||October 24th||Notre Dame 45, Pittsburgh 3|
|6||31 October||Notre Dame 31, Georgia Tech 13|
|7||November 7||Notre Dame 47, Clemson 40 (2OT)|
|8||November 14th||Notre Dame 45, Boston College 31|
|9||November 27||Notre Dame 45, Syracuse 21|
|sixteen||Decembre 19th||Clemson 34, Notre Dame 10 (ACC championship)|
College Football Playoff Schedule
Here’s the full schedule of college football playoff championship and semifinal games, plus final results and how to watch each game live.
Friday january 1
|Rose Bowl (AT&T Stadium)||No. 1 Alabama vs. No. 4 Notre Dame||4 pm ET||ESPN, both|
|Sugar bowl||No. 2 Clemson vs. No. 3 Ohio State||8 pm ET||ESPN, both|
Monday January 11
|CFP Championship Game (Hard Rock Stadium)||TBD vs. TBD||8 pm ET||ESPN, both|
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.