ESPN analyst predicts final score of Alabama vs. Michigan CFP semifinal
ESPN analyst Adam Rittenberg published score predictions for every bowl game on Friday morning.
That includes the Rose Bowl, which is set to include Alabama and Michigan as part of the College Football Playoff. Michigan earned the No. 1 overall seed after going 13-0 during the regular season.
However, Rittenberg is predicting an Alabama victory in this matchup. He called the Crimson Tide an “ascending team” and is predicting the Wolverines will bow out in the semifinals for the third straight season.
Here’s an excerpt from Rittenberg’s analysis:
The disparity among the two teams in the postseason is too much to ignore. Alabama’s Nick Saban has won seven national titles and boasts a 9-4 record in CFP games. Michigan’s Jim Harbaugh, like his college coach, Bo Schembechler, has been much better in the Big Ten than on the national stage, going 1-6 in bowls and 0-2 in the CFP. Milroe leads a big fourth quarter as the Tide roll on to the national title game.
Prediction: Alabama 31, Michigan 23
Last season, Michigan lost to TCU in a back-and-forth semifinal game. Alabama last played in the College Football Playoff in 2021 when the Crimson Tide defeated Cincinnati 27-6.
Since losing to Ohio State in the inaugural College Football Playoff, Alabama has won 6 consecutive CFP semifinal matchups.
Kickoff at the Rose Bowl is set for 5 p.m. ET on Jan. 1.