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Alabama to face Notre Dame in 2021 Rose Bowl in CFP semifinal

The Alabama Crimson Tide and Notre Dame will meet in the at AT&T Stadium in Dallas for the 2021 Rose Bowl. The game was relocated due to California COVID-19 safety regulations.

Head coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide paces the sidelines during the SEC Championship football game between the Florida Gators and the Alabama Crimson Tide on December 19, 2020 at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia. Photo by David J. Griffin/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

The Alabama Crimson Tide will face the Notre Dame Fighting Irish on January 1st in the Rose Bowl Game, albeit in a new location. The game will take place at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas because of Covid-19 restrictions in California and the inability to have limited fans and player families attend the game. Kickoff is scheduled for 5 p.m. on ESPN and the game will be live streamed at WatchESPN.

This will be the first Rose Bowl outside of Pasadena since 1942, when the game was played on the campus of Duke University.

The Tide (10-0) rolled over the Florida Gators 52-46 in the SEC Championship to lock up their spot in the College Football Playoff Semifinal. Quarterback Mac Jones finished the season with 3,739 yards passing and 32 touchdowns with four interceptions. Running back Najee Harris will have a claim to a Heisman Trophy nomination as well, with 1,262 yards rushing and 24 touchdowns, with 32 receptions for 316 yards and three scores as well.

Florida in the SEC Championship was the only team to keep the Tide within one score this year, as everyone else lost by 15 points or more.

They will face the Notre Dame Fighting Irish (10-1), who was the runner-up in the ACC. The Irish might feel lucky to be here after falling 34-10 to the Clemson Tigers in the ACC Championship, and not exactly wowing the eye test. But it was a great season for ND via their first in a conference, with quarterback Ian Book finishing with 2600 and 15 touchdowns against two interceptions. Freshman tight end Michael Mayer looks to be an NFL player someday as well, with 388 yards and two touchdowns for the Mackey Award nominee.