Alabama, ranked No. 1 in the USA Today Sports AFCA Coaches Poll, comes into the matchup 12-1 overall. Most recently, Alabama defeated Georgia 41-24 on Dec. 4 in the SEC Championship.
The No. 4-ranked UC Bearcats enter the game 13-0 overall. On Dec. 4, Cincinnati beat Houston 35-20 in the AAC Championship.
Entering their CFP semifinal, Alabama leads the all-time series 5-0 vs. the Cincinnati Bearcats.
CFP Cotton Bowl semifinal: Alabama vs. Cincinnati football officiating crew
The officials for the College Football Playoff semifinal at the 2021 Cotton Bowl between the Alabama vs. Cincinnati Bearcats football teams on Friday, Dec. 31 are:
Referee: Steve Strimling
Umpire: Matthew Jordan
Linesman: Darryl Johnson
Line judge: Cravonne Barrett
Back judge: David Ross
Field judge: Brad Glenn
Side judge: Max Causey
Center judge: Jim Wharrie
Alternate: Francisco Villar
Replay: Jim Northcott
Communicator: Dan Antonietti
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