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What channel is Alabama vs. Notre Dame on today? Time, TV schedule for College Football Playoff semifinal


The first College Football Playoff semifinal of the 2020 season will take place between two of the sport’s most storied programs, in its most treasured bowl game. Sort of.

No. 1 Alabama and No. 2 Notre Dame are scheduled to face off in the Rose Bowl, but “The Granddaddy of them All” won’t take place in the Rose Bowl Stadium in Pasadena, Calif. The state of California has enacted strict attendance policies in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, and not even the Rose Bowl was exempt. So, in order to keep teams from traveling across the country to play a game no one can watch, the game has been moved to AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.

Apart from the change in venue, there are some interesting storylines to watch. The Fighting Irish hold a commanding 5-2 lead in this series, starting with wins in each of the first four meetings between these teams. The last time Alabama and Notre Dame met, however, was in the 2013 BCS championship game: a 42-14 beating of Brian Kelly’s Irish by Nick Saban’s Crimson Tide team.

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Since that game, Alabama has gone 7-4 in the postseason, winning four CFP semifinals and two national titles. The Irish are 4-2 in the postseason in that same span, but 0-2 in New Year’s Day 6 bowls (including 0-1 in the Playoff).

On paper, Notre Dame may have a tough time slowing down the Tide’s three-headed offensive monster of quarterback Mac Jones, receiver DeVonta Smith and running back Najee Harris to do so; all three finished in the top five of the Heisman voting, with Jones and Smith earning finalist statuses. To that end, look for Ian Book and Kyren Williams to attack an Alabama defense that may have been exposed a little in the SEC championship game vs. Florida.

Here is everything you need to watch the 2021 Rose Bowl game between Alabama and Notre Dame, including the start time and TV channel for the College Football Playoff semifinal.

MORE: Full betting guide for Alabama vs. Notre Dame

What channel is Alabama vs. Notre Dame on today?

  • TV channel (national): ESPN
  • Live stream: ESPN app, fuboTV

Alabama vs. Notre Dame will air live on ESPN. Sean McDonough and Todd Blackledge will call the game from the booth as broadcaster and analyst, respectively. Todd McShay and Allison Williams will serve as the sideline reporters.

Alabama vs. Notre Dame start time

  • Date: Friday, Jan. 1
  • Kickoff: 4 p.m. ET

Friday’s game will begin at 4 p.m. ET. It is one of four games that will take place on the ABC family of networks that day, including the second on ESPN..

Alabama football schedule 2020

Week Date Game
4 Sept. 26 Alabama 38, Missouri 19
5 Oct. 3 Alabama 52, Texas A&M 24
6 Oct. 10 Alabama 63, Ole Miss 48
7 Oct. 17 Alabama 41, Georgia 24
8 Oct. 24 Alabama 48, Tennessee 17
9 Oct. 31 Alabama 41, Mississippi State 0
12 Nov. 21 Alabama 63, Kentucky 3
13 Nov. 28 Alabama 42, Auburn 13
14 Dec. 5 Alabama 55, LSU 17
15 Dec. 12 Alabama 52, Arkansas 3
16 Dec. 19 Alabama 52, Florida 46 (SEC championship)

Notre Dame football schedule 2020

Week Date Game
1 Sept. 12 Notre Dame 27, Duke 13
2 Sept. 19 Notre Dame 52, South Florida 0
3 Oct. 10 Notre Dame 42, Florida St. 26
4 Oct. 17 Notre Dame 12, Louisville 7
5 Oct. 24 Notre Dame 45, Pittsburgh 3
6 Oct. 31 Notre Dame 31, Georgia Tech 13
7 Nov. 7 Notre Dame 47, Clemson 40 (2OT)
8 Nov. 14 Notre Dame 45, Boston College 31
9 Nov. 27 Notre Dame 45, Syracuse 21
16 Dec. 19 Clemson 34, Notre Dame 10 (ACC championship)

College Football Playoff schedule

Here’s the full schedule for the College Football Playoff semifinal and championship games, plus final scores and how to watch every game live.

Friday, Jan. 1

Bowl Matchup Time TV channel
Rose Bowl (AT&T Stadium) No. 1 Alabama vs. No. 4 Notre Dame 4 p.m. ET ESPN, fuboTV
Sugar Bowl No. 2 Clemson vs. No. 3 Ohio State 8 p.m. ET ESPN, fuboTV

Monday, Jan. 11

Bowl Matchup Time TV channel
CFP championship game (Hard Rock Stadium) TBD vs. TBD 8 p.m. ET ESPN, fuboTV




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