Alabama advances to College Football Playoff national championship game

No one could stop Alabama in 2020. And on the first day of 2021, Notre Dame couldn’t do it, ya sea.

The top-ranked Crimson Tide have advanced to the College Football Playoff national championship game, defeating the fourth-ranked Fighting Irish 31-14 in the Rose Bowl semifinal on Friday.
Alabama (12-0) will face either No. 2 Clemson (10-1) or No. 3 Estado de Ohio (6-0) in the championship game. Clemson and Ohio State are playing in the other semifinal, the Sugar Bowl, in New Orleans.
The Rose Bowl semifinal game had been moved from the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California, to AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, because of Covid-19 pandemic restrictions. The game was relocated because families of the football teams would not have been able to attend the game in Pasadena. The announced attendance Friday in Arlington was 18,373.
    We’ve played here (AT&T Stadium) antes de,” Alabama head coach Nick Saban said. “I think this is one of the finest venues in college football. I don’t think that there’s anything quite like the Rose Bowl. The tradition, the setting, the mountains, it’s just a phenomenal experience to play in the Rose Bowl. I wish our players would have gotten that opportunity, pero al mismo tiempo, these people did a phenomenal job of the transition from the Rose Bowl to here.
    Alabama was led by Heisman finalists Mac Jones and DeVonta Smith on offense. Jones completed 25 de 30 pasa por 297 yardas y cuatro touchdowns. Herrero, the first wide receiver to win The Associated Pressplayer of the year award, caught seven passes for 130 yardas, tying a Rose Bowl record with three touchdown catches. Adicionalmente, Najee Harris rushed for 125 yards on 15 carries and had 30 receiving yards.
    Nuestra dama (10-2) ends the season with back-to-back lopsided losses, the other coming to Clemson in the ACC title game.
    Fighting Irish head coach Brian Kelly did not appear to enjoy the line of questioning from reporters after once again losing in the College Football Playoff; Notre Dame lost 30-3 to Clemson in the semifinals two seasons ago.
      “No nos vamos a ir,” Kelly said. “Great year. It’s not where we wanted it. We wanted to win a national championship. But Notre Dame nation, you guys can get some sleep, recharge your battery, and we’re going to get ourselves back in this position again. So you don’t need to jump off a bridge, a building. We’re going to keep working, we’re going to rededicate ourselves in the offseason, back in the weight room, and we hope to get right back here in Dallas next year.
      The national championship game is scheduled for January 11 at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida.

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