2021 Rose Bowl Game: Alabama vs. ND preview

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

The top-ranked Alabama Crimson Tide will face the No. 4 Notre Dame Fighting Irish in the Rose Bowl Game presented by Capital One. The name of the game may change since the game is no longer located in Pasadena, California.

Local officials forced the game out of town. They refused to let fans in attendance.

Mac Jones attempts a pass against the Florida Gators in the 2020 SEC Championship game (Photo by Alabama Football/Instagram)

As a result, the game was moved to AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. With the move, fans will be allowed to attend the game — at least nearly 10,000 fans.

This will be the eighth meeting between the two teams. The two teams have only played once in the past 30-years.

The Crimson Tide defeated the Fighting Irish 42-14 in the BCS Championship game in Miami, Florida. The game was played at Sun Life Stadium on January 7, 2013.

Notre Dame leads the all-time series 5-2. However, the two losses came in their last three games with the Alabama-based school.

Their other game, which led a 28-10 loss, came on October 4, 1986. The game was played in Birmingham, Alabama.

The Crimson Tide ended their regular season with an Southeastern Conference Championship. They barely escaped in a 52-46 win over the Florida Gators on Saturday night at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia.

The Fighting Irish lost in their pursuit of the Atlantic Coast Conference Championship. They were defeated by the Clemson Tigers 34-10 at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Crimson Tide quarterback Mac Jones went 250 of 327 for 3,739 yards. He had 32 touchdowns and four interceptions.

Najee Harris led the backs with 214 carries for 1,262 yards and 24 touchdowns. DeVonta Smith was the best wide receiver on the team, as the senior had 98 receptions for 1,511 yards and 17 touchdowns.

The 1,511 receiving yards were the most by a wide receiver in the country. The nearest competitor was Ole Miss’ Elijah Moore, who had 1,193 yards.

Notre Dame quarterback Ian Book went 201 of 314 for 2,600 yards. He threw 15 touchdowns passes and had two interceptions.

Kyren Williams had 195 carries for 1,061 yards and 12 touchdowns. Javon McKinley led the team with 40 receptions for 697 yards and three touchdowns.

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