Alabama vs Notre Dame live stream: how to watch Rose Bowl 2021 online from anywhere. Crimson Tide and Fighting Irish play in today’s first semi-final. It’s crunch time for two of college football’s elite programs today as the 2021 Rose Bowl sees No. 1 ranked Alabama take on No. 4 Notre Dame in the first NCAA college football playoff semi-final. Follow our guide below as we explain how to get an Alabama vs Notre Dame live stream and watch the Rose Bowl online this New Year’s Day.
While coach Brian Kelly’s 10-1 Fighting Irish can’t ever be discounted thanks to a playmaking D that’s only really been made to look less than ferocious by Trevor Lawrence, they enter tonight’s game at AT&T Stadium in Dallas, Texas – home of the NFL’s Dallas Cowboys – as serious underdogs.
Alabama vs Notre Dame live stream: Rose Bowl 2021
Date: January 1, 2021
Time: 4pm ET/1pm PT/9pm GMT/8am AEDT
Venue: AT&T Stadium (Arlington, TX)
TV channel: ESPN
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Coached by legend college football legend Nick Saban, undefeated Alabama come into today’s game with an 11-0 and a seemingly unstoppable offense that boasts not one but two Heisman Trophy finalists in star QB Mac Jones and stud WR DeVonta Smith – the latter of whom has just been named AP Player of the Year and SEC Offensive Player of the Year.
Throw into the mix one of college football’s most explosive running backs in Najee Harris and you’ve got a team that averaged nearly 50 points a game throughout the regular season and just outmuscled Florida 52-46 in last week’s SEC Championship game.
Read on as we explain how to watch Alabama vs Notre Dame online and get a Rose Bowl live stream for this mouthwatering New Year’s Day college football playoff semi-final. Wherever you are in the world right now, we’ve got you covered.
Rose Bowl: Notre Dame vs Alabama Live stream College Football Playoffs Semifinal
The Alabama Face Notre Dame in the Rose Bowl Game, College Football Playoff semifinals on New Year’s Day. The Rose Bowl kicks off on Friday, Jan. 1 at 4 p.m. ET and will be broadcast on ESPN. The game is often a little bit delayed on live streams, but usually, it’s only between 30 and 60 seconds behind the TV broadcast.
SEC champ Alabama is trying to advance to the CFP title game for the fifth time and is No. 1. Notre Dame is in the CFP semifinals for the second time. The last time Notre Dame met Alabama was in the penultimate BCS National Championship game where they lost 42-10.
The Tide (11-0) have looked nearly infallible all season long behind one of the nation’s best offenses. Notre Dame (10-1) packs a decent punch on offense as well, led by Ian Book at quarterback and Kyren Williams at running back.
Alabama vs. Notre Dame: Live stream, start time, TV channel, how watch Rose Bowl (College Football Playoff Semifinal 2020-21)
The first of two College Football Playoff semifinals on New Year’s Day pits top-ranked Alabama against No. 4 Notre Dame in the Rose Bowl, with the winner advancing to the National Championship to face either Clemson or Ohio State. For the Crimson Tide, the success starts and ends with the three-headed offensive monster of quarterback Mac Jones, running back Najee Harris and wide receiver Devonta Smith. Jones and Smith, who are both candidates for the Heisman Trophy, have been arguably the most dominant QB-WR duo in the country. Jones has thrown for 3,739 yards and 32 touchdowns, while Smith has accounted for 1,511 of those yards and 17 scores on 98 receptions. On the ground, Harris has been unstoppable, finding the end zone 24 times on 1,262 yards.
Quarterback Ian Book leads the offense for the Fighting Irish, recording 2,601 yards and 15 touchdowns with just two interceptions. Two weeks after allowing 34 points to the Tigers in the ACC Championship, the Notre Dame defense faces the daunting task of stopping an Alabama offense that has averaged 50 points and 543 yards a game.
Friday’s game will air on ESPN. If you don’t have cable or a similar TV service, you can also watch the game on fuboTV, which has a seven-day trial for free.
No. 1 Alabama vs. No. 4 Notre Dame
Start time: 4:00 PM ET
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More coverage via the Associated Press:
SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — Brian Kelly isn’t holding back on one of the primary goals for Notre Dame in the College Football Playoff semifinal against Alabama on Friday.
“We want to run the ball, we need to run the football,” Kelly said. “Based upon who we are and how we have operated this year, we will have to run the ball more effectively that we did the last time we played.”
The last time out was a 34-10 loss in the ACC championship to No. 2 Clemson, a sour note for the Fighting Irish heading into the showdown against the top-ranked Crimson Tide. The laundry list of what wrong was long — 44 rushing yards on 30 carries, six sacks of quarterback Ian Book and just 3 of 12 on third-down conversions.
Next up is the high-powered Alabama offense led by a pair of Heisman Trophy finalists in quarterback Mac Jones and wide receiver DeVonta Smith with rugged running back Najee Harris pounding away for a team that averages 49.2 points through 11 straight victories.
The best way to stop that, Kelly believes, is by keeping the offense on the sideline. Notre Dame’s offense is averaging 33:57 minutes of ball control per game (eighth nationally).
“We’re cognizant of the fact that this is an electric offense that scores bushels and bushels of points,” Kelly said of the Tide. “Our offense has traditionally been a ball-control offense. We can’t come into this game and change who we are. That’s kind of been our DNA this year. We can’t be three-and-out. We want to hold on to the football.”
After eking out a 12-7 victory over Louisville Oct. 17, Notre Dame went on a six-game winning streak during which it won the time of possession battle in each game while averaging 217 rushing yards, 279 passing yards and more than 40 points per game. Included in that stretch was a 47-40 double-overtime victory over then top-ranked Clemson during which Book finished with 377 yards in total offense and running back Kyren Williams had 140 rushing yards, one of his six games over 100 yards during a 1,061-yard debut season.
The fourth-ranked Irish will be without junior center Jarrett Patterson, the vocal leader on the offensive line with 21 consecutive starts before season-ending foot surgery in late November.
“Jarrett is the best center in the country, if I’m being honest,” insisted second-team Associated Press All-America tackle Liam Eichenberg. “We miss one of our best players.”
The Irish have started first sophomore Zeke Correll, who suffered an ankle sprain late against North Carolina, and now senior Josh Lugg in Patterson’s place. But the line hasn’t been the same because of some poor execution – Correll and Lugg each have had snap issues – and has surrendered 10 sacks of Book in the last three games.
“We have to focus one play at a time, especially on third down,” Book said. “It’s how you win games. We want to win that third-down battle. And that’s what we plan to do.”
Book has been electric at times this season extending plays with his feet. If that avenue is closed down, it could mean more short passes to tight ends Michael Mayer and Tommy Tremble and possibly screens utilizing Williams.
That could help open the rushing lanes against an Alabama defense that features All-America cornerback Patrick Surtain II and linebackers Dylan Moses, Christian Harris and Will Anderson Jr., a freshman who led the Southeastern Conference with seven quarterback sacks.
First-year offensive coordinator Tom Rees, a reserve quarterback on Kelly’s 2012 Irish team that lost 42-14 to Alabama in the BCS championship game the last time the teams met, doesn’t believe Book needs to put it all on his shoulders.
“I don’t think there’s anything heroic he needs to do that’s going to single-handedly win us the game,” Rees said. “For us (it’s about) being more consistent on first and second down … not getting behind the chains and putting ourselves in third-and-long situations.