The College Football Playoff kicks off with The Rose Bowl. The venue is AT&T Stadium in Arlington Texas. So the pomp and circumstance usually attributed to “The GrandDaddy of them all” will be missing with the venue change. But, look for The Fighting Irish of Notre Dame and Crimson Tide of Alabama to bring it in this marquis match up. After all, it’s a play in game for the National Championship.
The 4th ranked Notre Dame Fighting Irish finished their regular season with an overall record of 10-1 and had a successful season in the ACC after finishing conference play with a regular season record of 9-0 which included wins against North Carolina and a short-handed Clemson team. Notre Dame had a chance to make a statement in the ACC Championship against Clemson who had their main players back, including Trevor Lawrence, however, Notre Dame dominated on both ends of the field in a 34-10 loss. Notre Dame will be playing in their 4th straight Bowl game and had plenty of success in last year’s Bowl game as they defeated the Iowa State Cyclones by a 33-9 margin in the Camping World Bowl. Notre Dame is holding their opponents to an average of 18.6 ppg on 335.1 total yards per game (224.5 passing yds/g; 110.5 rushing yds/g).
The Alabama Crimson Tide finished the season with a perfect 11-0 overall record while finishing SEC play with a 10-0 record. Alabama made plenty of statements throughout the regular season after defeating ranked opponents in Texas A&M, Georgia, & Auburn by an average of 24.7 ppg. Alabama faced a tough test in the SEC Championship against the Florida Gators, however, behind their incredible offense, the Crimson Tide were able to win their 3rd SEC Championship over the past five years. Alabama last won the CFP National Championship in 2017 and although they didn’t make the top-4 last season, the Crimson Tide did win the Citrus Bowl against the Michigan Wolverines. Alabama is holding their opponents to an average of 19.5 ppg on 351.2 total yards per game (243.5 passing yds/g; 107.6 rushing yds/g).
The Under is 4-0 in Fighting Irish last 4 games after allowing more than 200 yards rushing in their previous game. The Crimson Tide are 7-0 ATS in their last 7 games after accumulating more than 280 yards passing in their previous game. The Under is 4-0 in the Fighting Irish last 4 vs. SEC. The Crimson Tide are 7-0 ATS in their last 7 games after accumulating more than 280 yards passing in their previous game. The Under is 4-0 in Fighting Irish last 4 neutral site games. The Crimson Tide are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games after allowing more than 40 points in their previous game. The Fighting Irish are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 non-conference games. The Crimson Tide are 7-0 ATS in their last 7 games following a ATS loss. The Fighting Irish are 1-6 ATS in their last 7 games after accumulating less than 275 total yards in their previous game. The Crimson Tide are 0-5 ATS in their last 5 Friday games.
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