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.