Nick Saban and the Alabama Crimson Tide may have missed out on the College Football Playoff for the first time, but they will be looking to end the year on a high note with a marquee matchup on New Year’s Day against Jim Harbaugh and the Michigan Wolverines in the VRBO Citrus Bowl at Camping World Stadium in Orlando, Florida.
Alabama, the No. 13 team in the country, enters the game as 7.5-point favorites over the No. 14 Wolverines.
For the Crimson Tide, the toughest test may be getting motivated to play in a game that is not a national semifinal or national championship.
“I talked to the players about, ‘We want you to have a good time, we want you to enjoy yourself, but we also want to play well in the game,'” Saban said, via ESPN.com. “We’ve got a lot to prove in this game in terms of we’re a little bit disappointed in how we finished the season, so this is an opportunity that we have to try to play well against a good team.
“When you’re in meetings, when you’re at practice, you need to focus on the things that you need to do so that you can go out there and perform better. … So far, the players have been pretty mature about that part of it.”
How can you tune in to today’s action?
All of the information you need to catch the New Year’s bowl game can be seen below.
Michigan vs Alabama Viewing Details
Date: Wednesday, January 1
Time: 1:00 P.M. EST
Location: Camping World Stadium in Orlando, Florida
TV Channel: ABC. (Check local listings.)
Betting Odds: Alabama -7.5 | O/U: 58.5
How To Live Stream Michigan vs Alabama Online
Your best bet for watching Michigan battle Alabama via a live stream is WatchESPN. You will need your log-in and password information for your cable or satellite provider and you’re good to go.
If you don’t have access to a cable or satellite log-in, you can watch the game through Sling TV. Sling TV is service that allows subscribers to watch live and on-demand TV channels on TVs, computer or mobile device for a monthly fee. It’s just like a cable or satellite TV service, except it’s delivered over the internet. The service’s Orange package includes ESPN and costs $20 a month, but you can sign up for a free seven-day trial. If you cancel your subscription within the week, you will not be charged. Once signed up, simply download the app for your computer to start watching.
You can also live stream the game online through DIRECTV NOW. DIRECTV also offers a free seven-day trial, so you will receive a full week free before your paid membership begins. If you cancel your subscription within the seven day period, you will not be charged. DIRECTV NOW is available on Desktop, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV and Chromecast.
Watch Michigan vs Alabama On Phone, Tablet Or Mobile
If you can’t watch today’s game on your TV or computer, the Worldwide Leader has you covered with the WatchESPN app. As long as you have a cable or satellite provider, you can download the app for free in the App Store, the Google Play store, the Amazon App store or the Windows Store.
You can also watch the game on the Sling app. Sign up for a free Sling trial and download their app from the App store or Google Play store. There is also a Sling app for Apple TV, Xbox One, Roku, Chromecast, and Amazon Fire TV.