Get ready for the ultimate showdown in college football! The race to determine the national champion kicks off on New Year’s Day with the highly anticipated College Football Playoff Semifinals. On this day, the undefeated No. 1 Michigan Wolverines (13-0) will square off against the formidable No. 4 Alabama Crimson Tide (12-1) in the epic 2024 Rose Bowl. Brace yourself for an intense battle at the iconic Rose Bowl stadium in Pasadena, California.
- Date: Monday, Jan. 1
- Time: 5 p.m. ET
- Location: Rose Bowl Stadium — Pasadena, California
- TV: ESPN | Live stream: Fubo (Try for free)
Rose Bowl: Alabama vs Michigan
The Wolverines have undoubtedly dominated this football season, which is why they’re a formidable opponent going into the Rose Bowl 2022. One could argue that Michigan’s team boasts the best defense in the nation, while their offense is explosive. The Wolverines only allow an average of 9.5 points per game, the fewest in FBS, since 2011 and have achieved 4.3 yards per play, which is fourth in FBS, and 2.9 per rush, which is sixth. Moreover, the offense has scored at least 30 points in 11 of 13 games, with UM outscoring their opponents by more than 27 points per game. The team’s quarterback, J.J. McCarthy, has proven that he can protect the ball, with only four interceptions and rising to the second rank of completion percentage in the nation (74.2%). After falling short the past two seasons, the Wolverines have to believe that this is their year, and the sign-stealing controversy’s suspension of coach Jim Harbaugh has served to galvanize the team.
On the other hand, Alabama hasn’t been an underdog against a team other than Georgia and has won six straight-up in their past eight underdog games. Bama is 9-4 against the spread this season and has won 11 straight games since a devastating loss to Texas. Additionally, the team will have a major chip on their shoulder after receiving negative criticism of their CFP selection, and quarterback Jalen Milroe has become a game-changer after a rough start in the season. Alabama is 10-0 straight-up and 8-2 ATS in his starts. Milroe has accounted for 35 TDs and has amassed a remarkable 2,718 passing yards and 468 rushing yards. Running backs Jase McClellan and Roydell Williams provide a fantastic balance, with a formidable 803 and 561 rushing yards, respectively.
The Rose Bowl 2022 is set to be a game of epic proportions, and it promises to bring excitement to viewers worldwide. Michigan has a fantastic chance of covering the spread, while Alabama has their sights set on upsetting the Wolverines. The two teams will bring their unquestionable strength and skill on game day, with both aiming to emerge victorious, and this serves to make for a thrilling match to watch.