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Rose Bowl Game Thread: No. 1 Michigan vs. No. 4 Alabama

The Wolverines take on Alabama in the CFP Semifinal at the Rose Bowl.

Pasadena Prepares For The Rose Bowl Photo by David McNew/Getty Images
Adam Childs Adam is a freelance writer for MaizeNBrew and is a lifelong Michigan fan.

It’s finally here — the Michigan Wolverines are set to take on the Alabama Crimson Tide this afternoon in the Rose Bowl.

The Wolverines are looking for their first ever playoff victory, but will have a challenge in stopping the Crimson Tide from making their seventh title game in the history of the CFP.

The Crimson Tide are led by quarterback Jalen Milroe who went from benched to the star of the SEC champion. Will Michigan be able to stop him and make the National Championship?

Before we get to the facts of the game, here are some stories our own Trevor Woods has whipped up this week while covering for Maize n Brew in Pasadena:

Now, let’s get to the important stuff you need for today’s game.

Game Info

Teams: No. 1 Michigan Wolverines vs No. 4 Alabama Crimson Tide

Date: Monday, Jan. 1, 2024

Location: Rose Bowl, Pasadena, CA

Kickoff: 5 p.m. EST

Television: ESPN

Radio: WWJ-AM (950), WTKA-AM (1050)

Spread: Michigan -1.5; O/U: 44.5

Today’s question: Can Michigan finally get that elusive first CFP win?

The Wolverines were overmatched in their first playoff game against Georgia and were upset last season against TCU. This year they are ranked No. 1 and enter the game as a slight favorite, but many are picking them to lose.

Will Michigan finally get over the hump and get that first playoff win? The team has been able to go undefeated despite all the obstacles that have been thrown its way. The Wolverines have never wavered, and this game shouldn’t be any different.

They have already dealt with great defenses this year, but the Crimson Tide are a different animal. They have the name and the legacy, but the Wolverines have taken care of everyone on their schedule up to this point. They will need to play an elite game to make it to the National Championship.