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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) – The latest information on the College Football Qualifying Championship game (all local time):

8:10 p.m.

A sold-out crowd, dressed largely in red, filled Lucas Oil Stadium arrived early for the national championship game between SEC rivals No.1 in Alabama and No.3 in Georgia.

Organizers were following county health department guidelines – strongly encouraging the wearing of masks but not requiring them. Unlike last year’s title game in Miami, fans weren’t socially distanced.

The capacity of the stadium is approximately 70,000.

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7:30 p.m.

College Football Hall of Fame inductee Andrew Luck returned to Lucas Oil Stadium for what would be his first appearance on the Indianapolis Colts since his unexpected retirement in August 2019.


Luck was one of 21 former players or coaches named as part of this year’s Hall of Fame class earlier today.

The two-time Heisman Trophy finalist looked a lot slimmer than he did when playing for the Colts from 2012-18. He was the first pick in the 2012 draft and replaced Peyton Manning as a starter of the Colts.

When rumor of Luck’s retirement leaked near the end of a preseason game, Indy’s fans started booing. After the game, Luck made the official announcement of his retirement – a little earlier than he had expected.

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3 p.m.

The streets of the city of Indianapolis were busy Monday afternoon, nearly five hours before the Alabama No.1 and Georgia No.3 played for the College Football National Championship.

The Colts’ blue outfit that local fans usually wear has been replaced with red hats, shirts, jackets and jerseys from both Southeastern Conference teams, playing for a title in the Midwest.

Fans lined up inside and outside the restaurants despite hovering temperatures in the mid-1920s, while others flocked to Monument Circle for afternoon concerts with Breland and Sam Hunt under the sunny sky.

Alabama beat Georgia five weeks ago in the SEC title game, but the Bulldogs are a slight favorite. This is the first rematch for the Championship in the playoff era.

The game kicks off at Lucas Oil Stadium at 8 p.m. and will be broadcast on ESPN.

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