It's almost time to watch the Cincinnati vs Alabama live stream, which has the Crimson Tide heavily favored in its pursuit of winning a 16th national title. Alabama needs just two more wins to accomplish that goal.
Standing in their way is a Bearcats team that is looking for their first ever title while heading into the college football playoffs as an undefeated. It's Bama and the Bearcats when you watch the Cotton Bowl online.
The Cincinnati vs Alabama live stream is today (Dec. 31).
• Time — 3:30 p.m. ET / 12:30 p.m. PT / 8:30 p.m. GMT
• U.S. — Watch on ESPN via Sling (opens in new tab) or Fubo.TV (opens in new tab)
• U.K. — Watch on BT Sport (opens in new tab)
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The Alabama Crimson Tide (12-1) has Heisman Trophy winner Bryce Young eager to pick up from where he left off in Bama’s 41-24 SEC Championship win over Georgia. The sophomore signal caller added to his already stellar resume by setting a SEC Championship record with 421 passing yards in the win.
While Young lead’s the Crimson Tide offense, sophomore linebacker Will Anderson leads the defensive unit. Anderson put together a 15.5 sack season, tied with Army’s Andre Carter II for most in the nation.
The Cincinnati Bearcats (13-0) are looking to stay perfect on the season and add to the history that they’ve already made. After beating Houston 35-20 for the AAC championship, the Bearcats became the first non-Power Five school to make the college football playoffs. Now they’ll also look to be the first to win a playoff game.
Senior quarterback Desmond Ridder will look to lead Cincinnati to a win after throwing for three touchdowns in the conference championship. Junior running back Jerome Ford will also look to stay hot after taking Houston for 187 yards and two touchdowns on just 17 carries. Ford has run for a touchdown in all but one game this season.
Alabama is currently a big 13.5-point favorite against Cincinnati. The over/under is 57.5. Bama is playing in their seventh playoff game since the creation of the format eight seasons ago.
For more college bowl action, check out how to watch Georgia vs Michigan live stream in the Orange Bowl.
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Cotton Bowl: Cincinnati vs Alabama live streams in the US
In the U.S., Cincinnati vs Alabama is going to be broadcast on ESPN, which is available with most cable packages and on two of our favorite streaming services fuboTV and Sling TV.
The game starts at 3:30 p.m. ET / 12:30 p.m. PT on Friday (Dec. 31).
If you've cut the cord but still want to watch ESPN, you can rely on the very affordable Sling while the more comprehensive channel package comes from fuboTV. They are two of our picks for the best streaming services.
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Cotton Bowl: Cincinnati vs Alabama live streams in the UK
College football fans across the pond can watch Cincinnati vs Alabama on BT Sport (opens in new tab).
A great option for non-BT subscribers is the BT Sport Monthly Pass (opens in new tab) (£25), which lets you watch via an app for a fixed time and doesn't require a lengthy subscription.
The Cotton Bowl live stream starts at 8:30 p.m. GMT Friday night on BT Sport.
Americans abroad could just use the service of their choice, provided they log in via a VPN such as ExpressVPN (opens in new tab).
Cotton Bowl: Cincinnati vs Alabama live streams in Canada
Canadian college football fans will need TSN.ca to watch Cincinnati vs Alabama live streams in Canada. It will be carried on TSN 2.