ARLINGTON, Texas – After 10 months of COVID-19 concerns, we became concerned and worried about how this college football season was going to play out or even if it could play at all

But we did it. It’s time for the College Football Playoff Semifinals on Friday with No. 1 seed Alabama versus No. 4 Notre Dame in the first semifinals

The Rose Bowl game is being played in Arlington, Texas instead of Pasadena, California due to COVID-19 issues in California.There will be fans in the stands but the number has increased to 16000 fans limited

Alabama was a staple of the college football playoffs, reaching every year through 2019 when LSU won the SEC and eventually the national title Nick Saban’s decade of dominance was unique in college football history CLICK HERE

Notre Dame played a conference schedule for the first time this season due to planning issues related to COVID-19 The Fighting Irish, who have been a member of the ACC in every other sport, played a full league schedule and reached the ACC Championship Game They did were undefeated all season until they lost in the ACC title game to Clemson

2012 – Alabama 42, Notre Dame 14 (BCS Championship) 1987 – Notre Dame 37, Alabama 6 (South Bend, Ind) 1986 – Alabama 28, Notre Dame 10 (Birmingham, Ala) 1980 – Notre Dame 7, Alabama 0 (Birmingham, Ala) 1976 – Notre Dame 21, Alabama 18 (South Bend, Ind) 1974 – Notre Dame 13, Alabama 11 (Orange Bowl) 1973 – Notre Dame 24, Alabama 23 (Sugar Bowl)

Mac Jones has been a pleasant surprise for Alabama this season He became an All-American quarterback and led the most explosive Crimson Tide offensive during the Nick Saban eraPassed 739 yards with 32 touchdown passes and only four interceptions. He completed 765 percent of his passes

He did it because he received excellent pass protection. Notre Dame has to bother him and force quick throws

If you put pressure on and take the deep throws away, Jones will either have to hold on to the ball longer so that deep routes can be opened (which increases the chance of getting hits and sacks) or he has to let the ball drop which allows Irish linebackers, security guards and corners to use their athleticism to rally for football and keep Alabama for shorter wins

Notre Dame has suffered some embarrassing losses nationally this decade while battling for national titles, but this time around, coach Brian Kelly believes the offensive line has the size and talent to hang with Alabama

It’s key to the game because Notre Dame only needs to score to keep up with Alabama, the Fighting Irish Blockers are one of three finalists for the Joe Moore Award, three of their linemen have been named Associated Press All-Americans, and all of them five starters received All-ACC awards

Alabama only played one top 25 offense (Ole Miss) this season, giving up 268 yards in that game. Alabama’s two losses in 2019 averaged 173 to5 rushing yards per game

The answer is most likely no Mac Jones has a career year behind him and is surrounded by guns The Crimson Tide is at 5,439 yards per game The 2018 Alabama record is 5,220 yards

Devonta Smith leads the nation with 1511 yards and 98 catches, while she ranks second nationwide with 17 touchdowns that includes 67 first downs that make up his 98 receptions (68 4 percent), totals that are both tops in college football did so while playing only 11 games against opponents from the Southeastern Conference

Najee Harris is often overlooked as a running back, but he’s also one of the best in the country and we got to see a heavy dose of him today262 yards and an average of 5 rushed yards per carry

Tom Brew is an award-winning journalist who has worked as a reporter and editor for some of America’s top newspapers, including the Tampa Bay, Florida) Times, the Indianapolis Star, and the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reported on college sports on the digital platform for five years, including the last two as editor of HoosiersNow at Sports Illustrated

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