9 places to watch the College Playoff Semifinal at the Capital One Orange Bowl in Birmingham on December 29

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Nick Saban leads his team. Photo via predictem.com

Are you ready for some football? Saturday, December 29 marks the 85th edition of the College Football Playoff Semifinal at the Capital One Orange Bowl. Here’s a look at what to know and where to watch the game in Birmingham.

Date: Saturday, December 29, 2018
Time: 7PM
Where: Hard Rock Stadium, Miami Gardens, Florida
Channel to Watch: ESPN
Competing Teams:
University of Alabama (top ranked) vs. University of Oklahoma (4th ranked)
Previous Meeting: The two teams previously met five times with Oklahoma leading the series, 3-1-1.
Most Recent Meeting: 2014 Sugar Bowl, a 45-31 Oklahoma victory
Winner: Advances to the 2019 College Football Playoff National Championship

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University of Oklahoma’s Kyler Murray throws a pass.


According to ncaa.com, Alabama will come out on top, stating:

“The biggest reason for Crimson Tide confidence has to start with Alabama’s powerful offense going up against Oklahoma’s… not-so-great defense.”

Do you agree with this prediction?

Watch Parties

Birmingham is gearing up for the Orange Bowl. Here are some watch parties happening around town:


Address: 2921 Highland Ave, Birmingham, AL 35205
Time: 7-11PM
Specials: 10% off your entire bill during the game.

Rojo Birmingham, AL.

Iron City Bham

Address: 513 22nd St. S., Birmingham, AL 35233
Time: 3PM

Iron City Bham, Birmingham, AL.

Cantina Tortilla Grill

Address: 2901 2nd Ave S., Birmingham, AL 35233
Time: 3-9PM
Specials: Half-price appetizers and happy hour prices during the game.

Cantina Tortilla Grill, Birmingham, AL.

Bizarre: The Coffee Bar

Address: 217 22nd St. N., Birmingham, AL 35203
Time: 5PM
Specials: $2 Wells, $2.50 Domestic Beer, $1.50 Hot Chocolate, $1.50 Brewed Coffee, $5 House Wine, $3 Caramel Macchiato, $5 Specialty Drinks, $15 Bottomless Mimosas

Bizarre: The Coffee Bar, Birmingham, AL.


Address: 200 41st St. S., Birmingham, AL 35222
Time: 3PM
Age: 18+

Saturn, Birmingham, AL.

Back Forty Beer Company

Address: 3201 1st Ave N., Birmingham, AL 35222
Time: 3PM
Enjoy a special game day section on the menu.

Back Forty Beer Company, Birmingham, AL.


Address: 2306 2nd Ave N., Birmingham, AL 35203
Time: 6-11PM
Specials: Full bar and $6 cocktail specials.

EastWest, Birmingham, AL.

Slag Heap Brewing Company

Address: 227 Main St., Trussville, AL 35173
Time: 3PM

Slag Heap Brewing Company, Trussville, AL.

Derby Bar & Grill

Address: 3630 6th Ave S., Birmingham, AL 35222
Time: 3-11PM

Derby Bar & Grill, Birmingham, AL.

Who else is throwing a watch party in Birmingham? Let us know!

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