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Notre Dame vs. Alabama live stream: Watch the Rose Bowl right now

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Notre Dame vs. Alabama start time and channels

Notre Dame will play Alabama today at 4 p.m. EST/1 p.m. PST. The game airs on ESPN in the U.S.

The Notre Dame vs. Alabama live stream is about to begin, and the race for the national title is on. We're down to four teams facing each other in a postseason playoff, with the winners squaring off in the national championship on Jan. 11 in Miami Gardens, Florida.

First, though, come the semifinals led by Notre Dame vs. Alabama in the Rose Bowl. The Fighting Irish are a controversial addition to the NCAA championship picture leap-frogging undefeated teams thanks to a strong schedule. Notre Dame hopes to pull an upset over Alabama, which is looking for its first national championship since 2017. And oddsmakers currently favor Alabama by a hefty 19.5 points. 

The Notre Dame vs. Alabama game is officially the Rose Bowl, though the game is being moved from its traditional home in Pasadena, Calif., to Arlington, Texas, as COVID-19 restrictions would prevent fans from attending the game in California. The winner of this game faces the winner of Clemson vs. Ohio State in the Jan. 11 title game.

It's easy to find a Notre Dame vs. Alabama live stream no matter where you are in the world. We'll show you where you can watch the game and give you options for using a VPN to find the live stream available in your area.

How to use a VPN to live stream Notre Dame vs. Alabama

If you're not living in an area where a Notre Dame vs. Alabama live stream is readily available, a virtual private network, or VPN, can come to your rescue. With a VPN, you can make it seem as if you're surfing the web from anywhere in the world, which can give you access to live streams that might not otherwise be available to you.

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Notre Dame vs. Alabama live streams in the U.S.

ESPN has the rights to air both of college football's semi-final playoff games, and so you'll find Notre Dame vs. Alabama on ESPN. The game kicks off on Friday, Jan. 1.

If you've got a cable or satellite TV subscription, you can live stream Notre Dame vs. Alabama on ESPN's website. The network also lets you stream coverage from its mobile app (Android, iOS). However, you'll have to sign in with your cable provider's login info, so this approach is a non-starter for anyone who's dropped their cable TV service.

Instead, you could sign up for a streaming TV service that includes ESPN in its package of channels. Top options include two of our favorites — Sling TV and Fubo.TV.

Sling.TV: Pay $30 a month for Sling's Orange package, and you'll get ESPN along with 24 other channels. A promotion at Sling right now takes $10 off your first month of service.View Deal

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Notre Dame vs. Alabama live streams in the U.K.

College football fans in the U.K. can tune into BT Sport ESPN at 9 p.m. GMT to watch Notre Dame vs. Alabama. You can get BT Sport through BT as well as an add-on to Sky. BT Sport subscribers are able to stream Notre Dame vs. Alabama on the BT Sport website or by using the channel's dedicated app (Android, iOS). A monthly BT Sport pass will cost you £25.

Notre Dame vs. Alabama live streams in Canada

TSN carries the Notre Dame vs. Alabama game in Canada, with coverage kicking off at 4 p.m. ET. 

Philip Michaels
Philip Michaels is a senior editor at Tom's Guide. He has strong opinions about Apple, the Oakland Athletics and old movies. Follow him at @PhilipMichaels.