A rematch of the 2013 BCS Championship Game units the stage for a gathering of two of the game’s iconic manufacturers when No. 1 Alabama and No. 4 Notre Dame conflict within the Rose Bowl, considered one of two College Football Playoff semifinals on New Year’s Day.
While the Jan. 1 kickoff could also be regular for the Rose Bowl, the setting is most definitely not as the sport has moved from Pasadena, California, for simply the second time ever and first time since 1942. That 12 months, the Rose Bowl was performed in Durham, North Carolina, after the assault on Pearl Harbor. A singular atmosphere for a bowl with this a lot historical past between packages which have a mixed 28 nationwide championships appears becoming for a 2020 season that was something however regular. Yet by way of all of the testing, twists and turns of 2020, we have ended up with Alabama and Notre Dame rising to the highest of college football.
Alabama is again within the College Football Playoff after lacking out on the occasion for the primary time ever in 2019, hoping to complete off this 12 months of excellence with this system’s first nationwide championship since 2017. Notre Dame has its personal big-picture narratives to deal with within the recreation, trying to show that the hole between these two is nearer than the 42-14 outcome from eight years in the past and the double-digit loss to Clemson from the Irish’s solely different CFP look.
Game: Rose Bowl — College Football Playoff semifinal
Date: Friday, Jan. 1 | Time: 4 p.m. ET
Location: AT&T Stadium — Arlington, Texas
TV: ESPN | Live stream: fuboTV (Try free of charge)
Alabama: One of essentially the most prolific offenses in program historical past has produced two Heisman Trophy finalists and 5 first-team AP All-Americans with operating again Najee Harris, offensive sort out Alex Leatherwood and middle Landon Dickerson becoming a member of quarterback Mac Jones and large receiver DeVonta Smith, who was additionally named the AP Player of the Year and SEC Offensive Player of the Year. It’s no shock to see practically half of the spots for the first-team offense held by Alabama gamers when you think about not solely the place the Crimson Tide stand in their very own historical past however how the group as a unit has been elite each time it hits the sector. Alabama’s offense averaged 49.5 factors per recreation in the course of the 10-game common season and capped off the 12 months with 52 factors and 605 yards of offense within the win towards Florida within the SEC Championship Game. It was seventh time within the 11 video games of the 2020 marketing campaign that the Tide eclipsed 500 yards of offense and third time over 600 yards of offense.
Perhaps no participant higher symbolizes Nick Saban’s embrace of profitable with offense than Jones, who holds 4 of 10 video games through which an Alabama passer has eclipsed 400 yards. And whereas the yardage complete (3,739 in 11 video games) may stand alongside a few of the Air Raid offenses of the early twenty first Century,