Live stream, time, date, odds, how to watch College Football Playoff semifinal

The long-awaited College Football Playoff has arrived. The New Year’s Eve playoff doubleheader gets underway at the Cotton Bowl, where top-seeded Alabama takes on No. 4 Cincinnati.

The Crimson Tide enter the contest significantly favored. That is to be expected when you are the program that has won six national championships under coach Nick Saban, although some Tide players have said they want to take an underdog mentality into the game. The Bearcats, however, are the true underdogs, even though they just completed a second consecutive undefeated regular season. UC is in the playoff for the first time, and is the first program from outside the so-called Power Five conferences to make the top four under the current playoff format.

Can the Bearcats pull off the upset, or will it be business as usual for the Tide?

Alabama Crimson Tide quarterback Bryce Young passes against the Georgia Bulldogs during the second half of the SEC championship game.

Here’s everything you need to know for the Cotton Bowl:

What time does Alabama vs. Cincinnati start?

The first College Football Playoff semifinal, the Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic, kicks off on Friday, Dec. 31 at 3:30 p.m. ET at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.

What TV channel is Alabama vs. Cincinnati on?

The game will be shown nationally on ESPN. Sean McDonough (play-by-play) and Todd Blackledge (analysis) will call the game with Molly McGrath and Laura Rutledge serving as reporters.

How can I watch Alabama vs. Cincinnati online via live stream?

The live stream is accessible via the ESPN app and FuboTV.

What are the odds for Alabama vs. Cincinnati?

Alabama is favored to win by 13.5 points with an over/under of 57.5, according to Tipico Sportsbook.

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This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Live stream Alabama vs. Cincinnati: Time, TV info, how to watch, odds