Watch! Alabama leaves for College Football Playoff semifinal game

Crimson Tide leaves for Dallas

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (WBRC) - The Crimson Tide boarded buses Thursday afternoon outside the Mal Moore Athletic Complex before taking the hour and 10 minute flight to Dallas.

Saban said the Crimson Tide did not have any new positive COVID-19 tests ahead of the big game, even after some players went home for Christmas. “Everyone that’s expected to be on the trip is on the trip,” Saban said Thursday morning during the Rose Bowl coaches press conference.

As far as injuries, Saban said the status of wide receiver Jaylen Waddle and defensive end LaBryan Ray has not changed as they continue to rehab. Despite being a 20-point favorite over Notre Dame, according to Vegas Insider, Saban said the players are focusing on the team and not any outside distractions.

“I think this program is built on players being accountable to do their job at a high level and be accountable to each other, really what other people think and say has nothing to do with the outcome of the game, so we want to stay focused on the things we have to do to get the proper outcome for our team,” said Saban.

No. 1 Alabama and No. 4 Notre Dame kickoff Friday at 3 p.m. central in Dallas, Texas.

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