Last Updated on December 20, 2020
The Alabama Crimson Tide are rolling into the College Football Playoff as the favorite to win the National Championship and they are a huge favorite over Notre Dame in the CFP Semifinal. Depending on what sportsbook you check, Alabama is favored from anywhere between 17.5-and 20.5 points.
College Football Playoff Semifinal at The Rose Bowl Game Presented by Capital One
No. 1 Alabama vs. No. 4 Notre Dame
AT&T Stadium (Arlington, Texas)
Jan. 1: 4 p.m. on ESPN and the ESPN App
Alabama -20.5 Spread vs. Notre Dame (’21 Rose Bowl)
— Action Rush (@ActionRushBets) December 20, 2020
The Notre Dame-Alabama line–which opened from -17.5 to -20.5–is the largest in College Football Playoff history.
— David Payne Purdum (@DavidPurdum) December 20, 2020
Seeing Bama open as such a massive favorite against Notre Dame shouldn’t come as much of a surprise. The Crimson Tide are undefeated and have won every single game except one by double digits. They had their hands full with Florida in the SEC Championship Game, but they still managed to hold on and remain unbeaten.
The Fighting Irish were able to sneak into the CFP despite getting blown out by Clemson in the ACC Championship. It makes sense to see Notre Dame make it. They are a one-loss team with two top-25 wins on their resumé.
Unfortunately for Notre Dame fans, the Irish might be sacrificial lambs in this game. Alabama appears destined for another trip to the National Championship.
Alabama’s College Football Playoff Reign Continues
It’s another year and another College Football Playoff appearance for Bama. After missing out on the CFP for the first time last season, Alabama is back in a big way. They went 11-0 despite playing a brutal schedule in the SEC.
In most years, Bama is led by the defense, but 2020 has been a weird year in a lot of regards. Mac Jones is the favorite to win the Heisman Trophy and he’s leading the Crimson Tide offense to new heights. Bama is averaging just under 50 points per game this season and they have already eclipsed the 60-point mark twice this season.
It’s safe to say Notre Dame is going to have their hands full with Bama in this one. The last time these two teams met was in the 2013 BCS National Championship. Alabama routed the Irish by a score of 42-14. Clearly, oddsmakers think this game is going to be another one-sided affair.