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No 1 Alabama and No. 4 Notre Dame will come together in one of the most unique editions of the Rose Bowl in game history.This is not just one of the years the Rose Bowl played a role in the national champions’ decision as the semi-finals the college football playoffs will be played, but the game will be played for the second year in a row outside of Pasadena, Calif., ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and current health restrictions in Los Angeles County

While we missed the scenic view of the Rose Bowl Stadium on the New Year’s afternoon, we nonetheless get a matchup of epic proportions where two of the sport’s legendary programs clash with a spot in the CFP National Championship on the line These Not only are both programs among the top programs in the country, they have been recognized as two of the top three teams in the country for most of the 2020 season

While these programs have been pooled for 28 national championships, this is only the eighth meeting and the first since Alabama’s 42-14 win in the 2013 BCS championship game Nick Saban is 4-0 overall against the Fighting Irish, but that title win is his only win as coach of the Crimson Tide.This was also Brian Kelly’s only meeting against Alabama.The Irish have a 5-2 lead across the series, but the shadow of a one-sided result in the title game when the two last met , will be an ongoing theme in a game that opened as the biggest point in the series College Football Playoff History

Alabama: One of the most prolific crimes in program history has spawned two Heisman Trophy finalists and five first-team AP All-Americans Najee Harris, Alex Leatherwood and Center Landon Dickerson join quarterback Mac Jones and wide receiver at DeVonta Smith, who was also named AP Player of the Year and SEC Offensive Player of the Year It’s no surprise almost half the seats for that Seeing first-team offense held by Alabama players considering not only where the tides stand in their own history, but how the group as a unit has been elite every time it hits the field of Alabama offense scam averaged 495 points per game during the regular season with 10 games and then completed the year with 52 points and 605 yards of attack when beating Florida in the SEC Championship Game.It was the seventh time in the eleven games of the 2020 campaign that the tide reached 500 yards Attack and the third time more than 600 yards attack dwarfed

Perhaps no player symbolizes Nick Saban’s embrace of winning with insult better than Jones, who plays four out of ten games in which an Alabama passer-by has left 400 yards behind and while the overall length (3rd739 in 11 games) alongside some of the air raid crimes of the early 21st Century could stand, this is a highly efficient passport attack, in which Jones has the best final grade and the best passerby rating in the country

Notre Dame: The first and only year of full ACC membership in football can only be seen as a success for the Fighting Irish, even if there was no championship. There were many intrigues over what would happen if Notre Dame did both had a complete conference schedule and was regularly compared with conference colleagues, and the result was almost complete dominance. After winning 10-0 in the regular season with a 9-0 record against ACC opponents, it won the award season Kelly became the ACC- Trained coach of the year, linebacker Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah named ACC defensive player of the year, Kyren Williams named ACC rookie and offensive rookie of the year, and offensive lineman Liam Eichenberg for the ACC’s Jacobs Blocking Trophy A total of 18 Notre Dame players received all- ACC honors and victories against Clemson and North Carolina Not only did they prove where they hold their ground against the rest of the league, but they also helped keep the Fighting Irish in the top four after losing to Clemson in the ACC Championship Game

However, if the regular season’s dominance over the ACC confirmed Notre Dame as one of the top programs of the college football playoff era, the loss of the conference title game brought back a well-known doubt about the national championship Nobody in the sport gets off the high floor argue that Kelly has built in South Bend, InsiN for the past few years, but this matchup against Alabama will serve as a verdict on the program’s cap that’s not particularly fair to Kelly, or the players who shone all season – especially given the strength of this year’s Alabama team – but it’s the way things work in a reputable sport like college football

Game: Rose Bowl – College Football Playoff Semifinals Date: Friday, Jan 1 | Time: 4 pm ETLocation: AT&T Stadium – Arlington, TexasTV: ESPN | Live stream: fuboTV (test for free)

Notre Dame has been too solid, too veteran, and too ready to take on the challenge all season for me to believe we’ll see another steamroll like the 2013 BCS Championship Game, I don’t doubt Alabama strike early will and likely be in control for most of the game, but that’s too many daggum points for a college football playoff semi-final between two teams that have a combined 21-1 in the year Pick: Notre Dame 20 | Alabama 45, Notre Dame 28

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