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College Football Playoff: 2021 Rose Bowl* open thread

The first of two college football semifinal games is set to begin in Arlington.  Follow and discuss the games with us here!

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First up, the #1 Alabama Crimson Tide (11-0) face the #4 Notre Dame Fighting Irish (10-1) in the Rose Bowl Game presented by Capital One®, the first of two college football semifinals this New Year’s Day. The winner moves on to National Championship Game in Miami, Florida on January 11th. This game is usually known as the “Grandaddy of Them All” but just like it has changed all of college football, COVID has drastically changed the Rose Bowl.

This year’s Rose Bowl will not be played at the... Rose Bowl. Due to strict COVID restrictions in California, the New Year’s tradition will be moved from its home in the shadow of the San Gabriel Mountains to the not-as-historic JerryWorld™ outside of Dallas. It will be quite different, but it will still be a very important game. This matchup will hopefully be better than we all think it will be. Let the College Football Playoff begin!

Rose Bowl*

#1 Alabama vs. #4 Notre Dame

Location: AT&T Stadium - Arlington, Texas

Game Time: 1:00pm PST / 3:00pm CST / 4:00pm EST

Network: ESPN

Odds: Alabama -19.5; O/U 65.5

Enjoy the game and Happy New Year!