Alabama the biggest favorite over Notre Dame in the 7-year history of Playoff
Completing an 11-0 regular season, the No. 1 Alabama Crimson Tide held off the No. 7 Florida Gators, 52-46, in the Southeastern Conference Championship Game at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia on December 19.
Securing the top spot in the seventh annual College Football Playoff, Nick Saban’s Crimson Tide will battle the No. 4 Notre Dame Fighting Irish (10-1) in a semifinal, the Rose Bowl, which will be held at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas at 4 p.m. ET on ESPN on January 1.
This contest was originally scheduled to be held at the Pasadena stadium bearing the game’s name but was moved on December 19 due to California’s coronavirus (COVID-19) policies preventing any spectators from attending.
Per odds from an AL.com article, Alabama has opened as a 20-point favorite over the Fighting Irish, making them the largest favorite in CFP history.
The Crimson Tide held the old record, when they were 14.5-point favorites over the Oklahoma Sooners in the 2018 Orange Bowl at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida, a game Alabama won, 45-34.
Dating to 1973, the Crimson Tide and Notre Dame have met seven times, with the Fighting Irish leading the series, 5-2.
Alabama handily won the last clash, however, 42-14, in the Bowl Championship Series (BCS) National Championship Game at Hard Rock Stadium, which was then known as Sun Life Stadium.