The Notre Dame Fighting Irish will battle the Alabama Crimson Tide in this Rose Bowl showdown. The Fighting Irish will try and get their scoring going again. The Crimson Tide will try to stack up the points again and punch their ticket to the national title game. Who will win this game? Read our Notre Dame vs Alabama picks, find the best odds, lines, free bets, and legal US Sportsbooks where to place your bets!
When is Notre Dame vs Alabama?
Date: Friday, Jan. 1
Location: AT&T Stadium – Arlington, Texas
Time: 4:00 PM EST
Fighting Irish vs Crimson Tide Odds & Spreads
Moneyline: ND: (+950) I BAMA: (-1120)
Spread: ND: +20 (-110) I BAMA: -19.5 (-108)
Total: Over: 65.5 (-108) I Under: 65.5 (-102)
Notre Dame finished fourth in the college football rankings, 10-1 overall, and second in the ACC. The Fighting Irish have an above average offense, but they do rank in the middle of the pack in the passing game. The offense is good at staying on the field for a while. They score around 35 points per game. The defense is above average, and they are ranked 18th in stopping the rushing game.
They give up around 19 points per game. Notre Dame is 2-1 against ranked teams and they just lost their first game of the season, and it was for the ACC title. The Fighting Irish lost to Clemson 34-10. The game was done at halftime and they were shutout for two quarters. Quarterback Ian Book went 20 of 28, for 219 yards, and 0 touchdowns. They struggled in the rushing game and stopping the big yards per play.
Alabama finished first in the college football rankings, 11-0 overall, and won the SEC championship. The Crimson Tide have an above average offense and they rank third in passing. They score around 50 points per game. The defense is slightly above average, and they rank 15th in stopping the rushing game. They give up around 19 points per game. Alabama has had easy wins all season long and their offense hasn’t missed a beat.
In the SEC title game, the Crimson Tide beat the Florida Gators 52-46. It was a high scoring shootout and Bama was able to get some late scores to finish them off. Quarterback Mac Jones went 33 of 43, for 418 yards, 5 touchdowns, and 1 interception. Alabama had big games from their key guys and great production on each drive.
Head to Head
This will be the eighth all-time meeting between the Fighting Irish and Crimson Tide. Notre Dame leads the series with a 5-2 record. Looking at the last time these teams played against each other, the Crimson Tide have the edge in all the key areas, and they can pile up the points with ease.
Our Notre Dame vs Alabama Picks & Predictions
The Rose Bowl is here, and we have two good quarterbacks going at it. Alabama had one close game this season and the rest were pretty easy. Notre Dame looked like they couldn’t hang with number no. 2 Clemson and that is bad news for the Fighting Irish. The Crimson Tide are the third best team in college football with yards per play. They also have some of the best receivers around and great running backs. Now Notre Dame does have the better defense and that might keep things close. The Crimson Tide will give up points, but it might be when things are already out of reach. Alabama wins 44-21 and covers the spread.