Tide Grabs No. 1 Playoff Spot, Will Play Notre Dame In Dallas

Ryan Phillips

TUSCALOOSA, AL. — The undefeated Alabama Crimson Tide (11-0) was selected for the No. 1 spot in the College Football Playoff semifinals and will take on the No. 4 Notre Dame Fighting Irish (10-1) in what promises to be an unorthodox Rose Bowl Game at AT&T Stadium in Dallas on New Year's Day.

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The Tide and Irish will be joined in the semifinals by a matchup featuring the No. 2 Clemson Tigers (10-1) against the No. 3 Ohio State Buckeyes (6-0). Clemson and OSU will play in the Sugar Bowl in New Orleans, while the Rose Bowl was moved to Texas due to rising COVID-19 cases in southern California, in addition to state public health protocols barring players' and coaches' families from attending.

Bill Hancock, executive director of the College Football Playoff, said on Saturday that the game in Arlington at AT&T Stadium will still be played in the "mid-afternoon window on New Year's Day."

Alabama's selection to the CFP marks the sixth time in the seven years of the playoff format that the Crimson Tide has been selected to play in the semifinals. The pick is also the fourth time Alabama has received the No. 1 spot in the CFP — the most of any program.

The Crimson Tide was a presumed playoff pick regardless of the outcome of Saturday's SEC Championship game, which saw the Tide roll to a record-breaking 52-46 shootout victory against the Florida Gators. The win represents the 28th conference title for the Tide.

The College Football Playoff National Championship will be played on Monday, Jan. 11, 2021, at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami.

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This article originally appeared on the Tuscaloosa Patch