Top-ranked Crimson Tide College Football advanced to the playoff national championship game, beating fourth-ranked Fighting Irish 31-14 in the Rose Bowl semifinals on Friday.
Alabama (12-0) will face No. 2 Clemson (10-1) or No. 3 Ohio State (6-0) in the championship game. Clemson and Ohio State are playing in another semifinal Sugar Bowl in New Serlens.
“We’ve played here (AT&T Stadium) before,” said Alabama head coach Nick Suban. “I think this is one of the best places in college football. I don’t think there’s anything like the Rose Bowl. The tradition, the setting, the mountains, it’s an extraordinary experience playing in the Rose Bowl. I wish our players could have had that opportunity, but At the same time, these people did an extraordinary job of moving here from the Rose Bowl. “
Notre Dame (10-2) ends CC with a back-to-back lopside loss, the second ACC title comes from Clemson in the game.
Fighting Irish head coach Brian Kelly once again could not enjoy the line of questioning of reporters after losing in the college football playoffs; Notre Dame lost 30-3 to Clemson in the semifinals two seasons ago.
“We’re not going away,” Kelly said. “Great year. We didn’t want that. We wanted to win the national championship. But the nation of Notre Dame, you guys can get a little sleep, recharge your batteries, and we’ll get ourselves back in that position again. So you have no bridge. We don’t have to jump off the building, we keep working, we’ll find ourselves back in the Wade Room in Se Fison, and now in Dallas we hope to get back from here. Year. “
The national championship game is scheduled for January 11 at the Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida.