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Sport Alabama vs. Cincinnati live score, updates, highlights from 2021 College Football Playoff semifinal

03:26  01 january  2022
03:26  01 january  2022 Source:   sportingnews.com

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College Football Playoff preview: Alabama vs . Cincinnati . Top-seeded Alabama scored the first time it touched the ball after running the ball on its first 10 offensive snaps and that was representative of the dominance the Crimson Tide showed in the first half of the 2021 Cotton Bowl against No. 4 Cincinnati . The Bearcats also scored on their opening drive – a short field goal, after failing to convert on three goal-to-go plays – but Cincinnati , the first ever non-Autonomy 5 team other than Notre Dame to reach the College Football Playoff , totaled just 76 yards of offense in the first half and 60 of those

(CNN) The College Football Playoff (CFP) semifinals kick off on Friday, with reigning champion Alabama facing Cincinnati in the Goodyear Cotton Bowl in Arlington, Texas. Later Georgia will look to bounce back from a loss in the SEC Championship in their semi against No. 2 Michigan in the Despite being considered a David vs . Goliath match, Cincinnati coach Luke Fickell said he's looking forward to the challenge as underdog. "This isn't a team that wants to ride the, 'Hey, let's shock the world' or do anything like that," said Fickell. "We understand that it's a larger challenge than maybe

After longstanding complaints about a lack of parity in college football, the sport's biggest stage — the College Football Playoff and its semifinal matchups — will feature some new blood, namely Michigan and, most notably, Cincinnati.

Cincinnati is the first Group of 5 school to make the Playoff thanks to an undefeated regular season and a conference title. The Bearcats finished the season ranked No. 4, which means they'll take on No. 1 seed Alabama as Nick Saban's group looks for its fourth national championship of the Playoff era and second straight title.

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College Football Advanced Stats. Alabama vs . Cincinnati picks for CFP semifinal , best bets for 2021 Cotton Bowl. The Alabama Crimson Tide and Cincinnati Bearcats face off in the 2021 Cotton Bowl. Alabama (12-1) returns to the CFP for a seventh time and is looking to make its sixth title game during the playoff era. The 2021 Crimson Tide weren’t as dominant as last year’s title team, but still got the job done when it counted the most. The team looked its most vulnerable for three and a half quarters against arch rival Auburn in the Iron Bowl, but eventual Heisman Trophy winner Bryce Young was

Alabama (12-1, 7-1 SEC) needed to be just about perfect over the final two months of the season after a loss to the Texas A&M Aggies, and they won seven in a row to reach the College Football Playoff for the seventh time in the event’s eight years of existence. Cincinnati (13-0, 8-0 AAC) will look to prove If you aren’t around a TV to watch the College Football Playoff semifinal , you can stream the game via WatchESPN or the ESPN app if you have a cable-login subscription. If you don’t have a cable log-in, you can get a free trial from YouTube TV, Hulu with Live TV, AT&T TV Now, FuboTV, or Sling TV to

The Bearcats have become the darlings of college football for making the Playoff, but they've shown before that they can compete with some of the best teams. They lost to Georgia by three points last season.

They're stout on defense, ranking second in pass defense, fourth in scoring defense and eighth in total defense nationally this season. Defensive back Coby Bryant is the unit's leader. And the offense, led by quarterback Desmond Ridder and running back Jerome Ford, has more than enough firepower.

Alabama, meanwhile, is still Alabama. The Crimson Tide rank third nationally in sacks, ninth in third-down defense, second in third-down offense, sixth in total offense and fourth in scoring offense.

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Cincinnati DB Bryant honors late NBA star with number switch

  Cincinnati DB Bryant honors late NBA star with number switch ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Cincinnati cornerback Coby Bryant, winner of the Jim Thorpe Award that goes to the nation’s best defensive back, changed his number for the College Football Playoff semifinal at the Cotton Bowl against No. 1 Alabama on Friday. Yes, Bryant is named after the late NBA great, even with the different spelling of the first name. For the playoff game, Bryant switched from the No. 7 he had worn throughout his Cincinnati career to No. 8, one of the two numbers the basketball Hall of Fame player wore during his 20 seasons with the Los Angels Lakers.“My parents loved Kobe Bryant and my brother does too,” the Bearcats cornerback said.

All Videos Scoring Plays . play . Check out how Alabama vaulted to No. 1 this season (1:30). Take a look back at the Crimson Tide's best moments from the 2021 -22 season as they prepare for the College Football Playoff . (1:30). play . How Cincinnati became the first non-power 5 to reach the CFP (1:18). Take a look at Cincinnati 's path to an undefeated 2021 season and the CFP semifinal to face Alabama .

Alabama , on the other hand, is not the same dominant Alabama team that we are used to seeing in the College Football Playoff but they are certainly better than Cincinnati . For the Bearcats to have a chance of winning, QB Desmond Ridder is going to have to play the game of his life and Cincinnati will have to be turnover-free while also forcing a couple of Alabama turnovers. Unfortunately, for Cincinnati , Alabama has the Heisman Trophy winner on their team in Bryce Young and he is going to tear apart the Bearcats defense. When the dust settles, the Crimson Tide will advance to the National

At the center of Alabama's success has been quarterback and Heisman winner Bryce Young, while linebacker Will Anderson has anchored the defense. The Tide will be down one of their top receivers, however; John Metchie is out for the season with a torn ACL.

Sporting News is tracking live scoring updates and highlights from Alabama vs. Cincinnati in their College Football Playoff semifinal on Friday. Follow below for complete results from the 2021 Cotton Bowl Classic.

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Alabama vs. Cincinnati score

Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 F
Alabama 7 10 - - -
Cincinnati 3 0 - - -

Alabama vs. Cincinnati live score, updates

End third quarter: Alabama 17, Cincinnati 6

6:16 p.m.: Brian Robinson's great game continues. He takes it 11 yards to the Cincinnati 44 to end the third quarter. Alabama is 15 minutes away from another national title game berth.

6:14 p.m.: It's quickly third-and-16 with the clock running here in the third and just over 1:20 remaining. But Young hits Jameson Williams on a hybrid crossing route and the Tide convert.

Michigan vs. Georgia live score, updates, highlights from 2021 College Football Playoff semifinal

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Alabama played close to perfect against college football ’s No. 1 defense. The pass-protection woes that plagued the offense all year long — including in Week 13’s 4OT Iron Bowl win — weren’t a significant issue. Quarterback Bryce Young wasn’t sacked once, and the Crimson Tide offensive line was Regardless of whether Alabama continues to shine the playoff , one thing is for certain: Young is perhaps the best processor at the quarterback position in college football . Cincinnati ’s pass rush is going to need to get after him quickly to prevent Alabama from running up the score .

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6:12 p.m.: Whatever Cincinnati dialed up coming out of the timeout, it didn't work. Will Anderson gets to Ridder quite easily for the sack and Cincinnati can't capitalize off the interception. A punt means Alabama takes over at its own 30.

6:10 p.m.: Cincinnati gets hit for a penalty and then a loss of yards on a run by Ford. Ridder's pass on second-and-16 falls incomplete and the Bearcats call timeout with a third-and-16 looming.

6:03 p.m.: INTERCEPTION CINCINNATI. The Bearcats get the ball right back as Bryce Young is pressured and tries to throw out of a sack but instead gets picked. Bearcats take over near midfield.

5:59 p.m.: The two teams trade three-and-outs. Alabama takes over at its own 26 and will look to get on the board for the first time this quarter with 6:03 remaining.

5:56 p.m.: A promising drive stalls and Alabama punts it away. Cincinnati takes back over at its own 29.

5:51 p.m.: It's Brian Robinson's world and we're just living in it. He's got runs of 2, 17 and 3 yards in his last three plays.

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5:47 p.m: FIELD GOAL CINCINNATI. The Bearcats get points to open the quarter and cut into Alabama's defecit. Alabama 17, Cincinnati 6 with 9:57 left.

5:46 p.m.: Cincinnati gets into the red zone, to the Alabama 19, but Desmond Ridder sails two straight passes and overthrows them. Fourth-and-5 from the 19 and the field goal unit comes out.

5:44 p.m.: Ford takes it for 9 and then Ridder finishes the job and gets 3 and the first down to the Alabama 24. The Bearcats are nearing the red zone.

5:43 p.m.: Ridder and the Cincinnati offense are driving right now. He hits Alec Pierce for 12 yards and another first. The Bearcats are at the Alabama 36.

5:42 p.m.: Jerome Ford finishes what Ridder started and gains 2 for the first down. Ridder then completes two straight passes of 7 and 9 yards to Tyler Scott for another first down past midfield.

5:39 p.m.: The third quarter starts with a 9 yard rush by Desmond Ridder to the Cincinnati 34.

Halftime: Alabama 17, Cincinnati 3

5:12 p.m.; The Bearcats go three-and-out after two incompletions and two sacks to end the half. The Bearcats get the ball back to start the second half.

5:07 p.m.: TOUCHDOWN ALABAMA. Young hits Brooks for the 44-yard score as Brooks extends at the end and punches it in. Alabama 17. Cincinnati 3 with 1:28 remaining.

5:05 p.m.: Another big run by Robinson, this one for 23 yards puts Alabama at their own 42 and then a catch by Ja'Corey Brooks goes for 14 and the Tide cross midfield to the Cincinnati 44.

5:04 p.m.: Now more manageable field position and more breathing room for Alabama. Jameson Williams hauls it in for 4 yards to the 16 with 2:36 left. Each team has two timeouts left

5:00 p.m.: Cincinnati punts it away and Alabama muffs it, but the Tide recover and fall on it just barely. Some flags on the play though. Alabama takes over at its own 6-yard line now following the penalty.

4:54 p.m.: The Crimson Tide go three-and-out after Young can't hit Billingsley on two straight attempts. The field goal unit comes out but Reichard misses the 44-yarder. Still Alabama 10, Cincinnati 3 with 6:21 left in the first half.

4:53 p.m.: Coming out of the timeout, Young hits Ja'Core Brooks for 10 yards to the Cincinnati 30 anf a first a down.

4:51 p.m.: Cincinnati calls Its first timeout of the game with 6:21 left in the second quarter and Alabama looking at second-and-1.

4:49 p.m.: Jameson Williams makes his first appearance of the game and hauls it in for 6 yards and a first down.

4:48 p.m.: Runs by Brian Robinson of 6 and 13 put Alabama at their own 45. Robinson up to 93 yards on 13 carries, good for 7.2 yards per rush.

4:46 p.m: On second-and-11 from the Alabama 8 following an injury timeout, Young hits Jahleel Billingsley for a gain of 12.

4:36 p.m.: The Bearcats can't make anything happen and they'll punt it away on fourth-and-4. Alabama takes over at their own 9. Worst starting field position of the game so far for the Tide.

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4:31 p.m.: On third-and-14, Cincinnati rushes and draws a hold. Alabama gets hit with a hold but the Bearcats force the three-and-out. On fourth-and-14, Alabama punts it away for the first time and Cincinnati takes over at its own 30. There's 11:17 left in the second quarter.

4:30 p.m.: Alabama gets hit with an illegal formation penalty. Now first-and-15.

4:27 p.m.: Cincinnati's drive following the Alabama field goal seems to be going nowhere quickly. Ridder is sacked for a loss of 9 on second down and then only picks up 5 on third. Fourth-and-9 and the Bearcats punt it away and Alabama takes over at its own 31.

4:25 p.m.: FIELD GOAL ALABAMA. The Crimson Tide extend their lead as Will Reichard's kick from 26 yards out is good. Alabama 10, Cincinnati 3 with 14:56 left in the first half.

4:24 p.m.: Nick Saban sends out the field goal unit but they get driven back 5 yards on a penalty.

4:23 p.m.: The second quarter will start with Alabama looking at fourth-and-goal from the Cincinnati 3. 142 total yards so far for the Tide in that quarter.

End first quarter: Alabama 7, Cincinnati 3

4:21 p.m.: On second-and-goal, Bryce Young is sacked for a loss of 6, but it ultimately doesn't matter as he gains those yards back and then some with a 12 yard run to end the first quarter.

4:18 p.m.: It's the Brian Robinson show so far this corner as he has yet another double-digit run. This one goes for 15 yards and Alabama is now looking at first-and-goal from the 10.

4:17 p.m.: Alabama keeps the offense on the field on fourth down and it pays off. Needing 2 yards, Robinson gets 4 and the first down. Now first-and-10 Alabama from the 25.

4:17 p.m.: The ruling of Illegal forward to pass stands, but it's now third-and-14.

4:13 p.m.: Our first real need for replay is here. Currently looking at whether Alabama committed an illegal forward pass.

4:11 p.m.: Another strong run by Brian Robinson, this one goes for another 16 yards and Alabama moves all the way up to the Cincinnati 37.

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  How they're built: Alabama, Georgia's blue-chip talent on display in CFP title game rematch Alabama and Georgia are once again meeting for the right to claim a national championship. A look at their recruiting prowess over the past several seasons shows why.No. 1 Alabama (13-1) and No. 3 Georgia (13-1) will lay it all on the line again come Monday after meeting in the 2021 SEC championship game. The Crimson Tide won the first round 41-24 to claim the conference title, and Georgia would be happy to return the favor with a bigger prize up for grabs. This is also the second time these teams have met at this stage, with Alabama scoring a 26-23 overtime victory in the 2018 CFP championship game.

4:10 p.m.: Young finds Bolden again and picks up 16 yards, including 11 after the catch. Ball at the Alabama 47 now for the Tide.

4:09 p.m.: After an incompletion on second down, it's quickly third-and-9 but the ball moves up 5 yards on a defensive penalty. Now third-and-4 for Bryce Young and Alabama.

4:08 p.m.: Alabama's second drive of the game starts at the 25 again and they begin it the same way they began the last one — with a run. But it only gains 1 yard.

4:04 p.m.: FIELD GOAL CINCINNATI. The Bearcats do in fact get points out of their opening drive, albeit only three. Cole Smith hits a 33-yard field goal and puts Cincinnati on the board. Alabama 7, Cincinnati 3 with 4:52 left in the first.

4:02 p.m: Wow. Alabama's defense perfectly sniffs out Cincinnati's screen pass on third-and-goal from the 9 as they register a tackle for loss of 6 yards. Field goal unit coming out.

3:57 p.m.: On second-down, Cincinnati picks up 22 as Ridder hits Tyler Scott out of the backfield. Alabama calls its first timeout of the game as Cincinnati is at the Alabama 9 with 5:48 left in the quarter.

3:57 p.m.: Desmond Ridder completes a nice 19-yard pass to Michael Young, making an impressive throw on a roll out. Ball at the Alabama 31 with second-and-10 upcoming.

3:55 p.m.: On third-and-1, Ryan Montgomery gets three yards and Cincinnati is officially at midfield with a first down coming up.

3:53 p.m.: The Bearcats are now at their own 47 thanks to a 9-yard run by Jerome Ford. Cincinnati is attempting to answer with points on its opening drive.

3:52 p.m.: Cincinnati's opening drive will begin at their 25.

3:47 p.m.: TOUCHDOWN ALABAMA. The Tide pass it for the first time on the 11th play of the drive and Bryce Young hits a wide open Slade Bolden for 8 yards and the score. Alabama out front first. Alabama 7, Cincinnati 0 with 9:51 left in the first.

3:47 p.m.: 10 plays so far for Alabama, all of them runs. A change of pace for Nick Saban's squad.

3:45 p.m.: Robinson then peels off 16 more yards on runs of 9 and 7 plus a penalty and Alabama is now well inside the red zone at the Cincinnati 13.

3:44 p.m.: Jameson Williams makes his first appearance. This time it's out of the backfield for 18 yards and it puts the Crimson Tide across midfield to the Cincinnati 35.

3:42 p.m.: Alabama starts the game with three runs by Brian Robinson and pick up the first down on third-and-1.

3:41 p.m.: The opening kick goes for a touchback. Alabama takes over at its own 25.

3:37 p.m.: Cincinnati wins the toss and defers. The Bearcats' attempt at making history starts on defense, which they have to like. They rank fourth in scoring defense and eighth in total defense.

Alabama vs. Cincinnati start time

  • Kickoff: 3:30 p.m. ET

Kickoff for Alabama vs. Cincinnati is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. ET on Friday, Dec. 31. It is the first of the two Playoff games, with the Orange Bowl between No. 2 Michigan and No. 3 Georgia kicking off at 7:30 p.m. ET.

What channel is Alabama vs. Cincinnati on?

  • TV channel: ESPN

Alabama vs. Cincinnati will be broadcast nationally on ESPN. Sean McDonough (play-by-play) and Todd Blackledge (analyst) will call the game from the booth while Molly McGrath and Laura Rutledge will report from the sidelines.

ESPN is also rolling out its Megacast for the College Football Playoff, once again providing alternate broadcasts across its family of networks. Here's the full rundown.

Telecast TV channel
Command Center ESPN2
Skycast ESPNU
All-22 ESPN News
Spanish language ESPN Deportes

How to live stream College Football Playoff games

  • Live streams: ESPN app, fuboTV (7-day free trial)

Both College Football Playoff semifinals will be broadcast on ESPN and are available to stream live on all of the network's digital platforms, including ESPN.com and the ESPN app.

Cord-cutters have several live streaming options. Below is the list.

Streaming option Cable subscription needed? Free? Cost Free trial?
ESPN.com/ESPN App Yes Yes - -
Yahoo! Sports App No Yes - -
fuboTV No No $60/month Yes
AT&T TV Now No No $55/month Yes
Hulu Plus Live TV No No $55/month Yes
Sling TV No No $35/month No
YouTube TV No No $65/month Yes

College Football Playoff schedule

Date Bowl Matchup Time (ET) TV
Dec. 31 Cotton Bowl Classic (CFP semifinal) No. 1 Alabama vs. No. 4 Cincinnati 3:30 p.m. ESPN, fuboTV
Dec. 31 Orange Bowl (CFP semifinal) No. 2 Michigan vs. No. 3 Georgia 7:30 p.m. ESPN, fuboTV
Jan. 10 CFP National Championship Game TBD vs. TBD 8 p.m. ESPN, fuboTV

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Alabama and Georgia are once again meeting for the right to claim a national championship. A look at their recruiting prowess over the past several seasons shows why.No. 1 Alabama (13-1) and No. 3 Georgia (13-1) will lay it all on the line again come Monday after meeting in the 2021 SEC championship game. The Crimson Tide won the first round 41-24 to claim the conference title, and Georgia would be happy to return the favor with a bigger prize up for grabs. This is also the second time these teams have met at this stage, with Alabama scoring a 26-23 overtime victory in the 2018 CFP championship game.

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