Alabama vs. Michigan live score, updates, highlights from 2023 College Football Playoff semifinal

Michigan has lost one regular-season game in the last three seasons, but postseason success still eludes the Wolverines.

Jim Harbaugh’s group was non-competitive against Georgia in the semifinals two years ago, and an upset loss to TCU in the semis last season overshadowed one of the all-time great seasons in Michigan history.

There arguably has never been a better opportunity than now for the Wolverines to return to the pinnacle of college football. To get there, a win over a disciplined, motivated Alabama team led by legendary coach Nick Saban is the next step.

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Few expected Alabama to be in this position early in the season, when the Crimson Tide struggled to find much momentum offensively after a home loss to Texas. Even if it wasn’t always pretty, all Alabama did was win, win and keep winning, all the way through the SEC championship against reigning national champion Georgia.

Saban has won seven national titles, but an eighth would have a strong case to be his best coaching job yet.

Breaking down a tough Michigan defense could be one of the biggest challenges Alabama has faced this season. Quarterback Jalen Milroe has impressed with his mobility down the stretch, but the Wolverines are allowing less than three yards per carry. On the other side, Michigan’s inconsistent passing game led by J.J. McCarthy is in for a major test against Kool-Aid McKinstry and Alabama’s secondary. 

After a tumultuous few months for Harbaugh, who served two separate suspensions and was caught up in a sign-stealing scandal that never shook Michigan’s confidence on the field, the ninth-year coach has a chance to ensure the Wolverines’ 2023 season is defined by a trophy rather than a scandal.

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The Sporting News is tracking live updates and highlights from Alabama vs. Michigan in the College Football Playoff semifinals. Follow along with the Rose Bowl action below.

Alabama vs. Michigan score

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Alabama vs. Michigan live updates, highlights from College Football Playoff semifinal

(All times Eastern)

Regular updates will begin closer to kickoff at 5 p.m. ET.

11 a.m. — Michigan’s pregame video is voiced by Lions star and former Wolverine Aidan Hutchinson: 

10:31 a.m. — Alabama is first with the game-day hype video, narrated by former running back Mark Ingram. He won a title and a Heisman Trophy with the Tide in 2009 and, coincidentally or not, grew up in Michigan. 

Alabama vs. Michigan start time

  • Kickoff: 5 p.m. ET (2 p.m. PT)

The Rose Bowl is set to kick off at 5 p.m. ET on Monday, Jan. 1. It is the first of the two Playoff games, with the Sugar Bowl between No. 2 Washington and No. 3 Texas kicking off at 8:45 p.m. ET.

What channel is Alabama vs. Michigan on today?

  • TV network (national): ESPN

Alabama vs. Michigan will be broadcast nationally on ESPN. Chris Fowler (play-by-play) and Kirk Herbstreit (color analyst) will be on the call from the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif.

ESPN is also rolling out its Megacast for the College Football Playoff, once again providing alternate broadcasts across its family of networks with just about the same setup as last season’s semifinals.

Telecast  TV channel 
Field Pass with The Pat McAfee Show ESPN2
Command Center ESPNU
Skycast ESPN News
Spanish-language ESPN Deportes

How to live stream College Football Playoff games 

  • Live streams: ESPN App, Fubo

Both College Football Playoff semifinals will be available to stream live on all of the network’s digital platforms, including and the ESPN App. 

Cord-cutters have several live streaming options, including Fubo, which offers a free trial:

Streaming option  Cable subscription needed?  Free?  Cost  Free trial? App Yes Yes
Fubo No No $75/month Yes
AT&T TV Now No No $70/month Yes
Hulu Plus Live TV No No $76/month Yes
Sling TV No No $40/month No
YouTube TV No No $73/month Yes

College Football Playoff schedule

Date Bowl Matchup Time (ET) TV
Jan. 1 Rose Bowl (CFP semifinal) No. 1 Michigan vs. No. 4 Alabama 5 p.m. ESPN, Fubo
Jan. 1 Sugar Bowl (CFP semifinal) No. 2 Washington vs. No. 3 Texas 8:45 p.m. ESPN, Fubo
Jan. 8 CFP National Championship Game TBD vs. TBD 7:30 p.m. ESPN, Fubo


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