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How to watch the UC-Alabama game: Watch parties scheduled around town

AAC Championship Football
Posted at 12:02 PM, Dec 30, 2021

CINCINNATI — The big game is almost here – the University of Cincinnati Bearcats' historic Friday game against Alabama in the semifinals of the College Football Playoff.

Thousands of fans have already flocked to Texas to see UC in-person at AT&T Stadium in Arlington. If you weren't able to make the trip, you've got a few local options.

First, if you want to safely enjoy the game from the comfort of your own home with the rise of COVID cases in the area, the game will be on ESPN with a kickoff time of 3:30 p.m. Friday afternoon. ESPN is only available on cable and streaming packages where you've selected it as a premier channel. Here's what channel that is on your cable networks:

Cincinnati Bell - 528
Spectrum - 1401
Dish Network - 140
DirecTV - 206

Switch over to WCPO 9 for post-game coverage. ESPN will almost immediately move on to the second game in their doubleheader semifinals when Michigan plays Georgia at 7:30 p.m.

If you feel up to gathering with some friends, there are a variety of places around town that are hosting UC watch parties. Here's a list:

The UC game will be on the big screen outside throughout the DORA. Our forecast shows around 60 degrees, 15% chance of rain at the time of the game.

Moerlein Lager House
Reservations are recommended. There will be raffles, prizes, and giveaways.

Holy Grail Tavern
The bar opens at 11 a.m and will be first-come, first-served. WLW will be broadcasting live there from 12-3. A DJ will join the party later for the regularly scheduled New Year's Eve celebration.

Opens at 2:30 for the game.

Jefferson Social
Opens at 11 a.m., playing UC game with sound.

Tin Roof
Opens at 2 p.m. with bucket specials.


Murphy's Pub
Opens at 3 p.m.
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