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Michigan Wolverines (14-0) vs Washington Huskies (14-0)
2024-01-08 19:30:00 EDT
The Line: Betting Odds: Michigan Wolverines -4.5 -- Over/Under: 55.5
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The Washington Huskies look for a perfect 15-0 record and their first national title since 1991. The Michigan Wolverines also look for an undefeated season and their first national title since 1997. Let’s preview the CFP National Championship and give out a Washington Huskies vs Michigan Wolverines prediction.

Washington Huskies Betting Preview 

The Washington Huskies are coming off wins over top-5 teams in Oregon and Texas. Washington has a chance to win 15 games for the first time in school history. Michael Penix Jr. is completing 66.7 percent of his passes for 4,648 yards, 35 touchdowns and 9 interceptions. Rome Odunze and Ja’Lynn Polk have combined for 2,675 receiving yards and 22 touchdowns, while Jalen McMillan has 39 receptions. The Washington Huskies ground game is averaging 125.2 yards per contest, and Dillon Johnson leads the way with 1,162 yards and 16 touchdowns. Defensively, Washington is allowing 23.6 points and 396.9 yards per game. Dominique Hampton leads the Washington Huskies with 98 tackles, Bralen Trice has 7 sacks and Jabbar Muhammad has 3 interceptions.

Michigan Wolverines Betting Preview 

The Michigan Wolverines have beaten three straight ranked teams in Ohio State, Iowa, and Alabama. Michigan looks for its first undefeated season since 1997 when it when the national championship. J.J. McCarthy is completing 73.2 percent of his passes for 2,851 yards, 22 touchdowns and 4 interceptions. Roman Wilson and Colston Loveland have combined for 1,320 receiving yards and 16 touchdowns, while Cornelius Johnson has 44 receptions. The Michigan Wolverines ground game is averaging 161.8 yards per contest, and Blake Corum leads the way with 1,111 yards and 25 touchdowns. Defensively, Michigan is allowing 9.5 points and 239.7 yards per game. Junior Colson leads the Michigan Wolverines with 89 tackles, Jaylen Harrell has 6.5 sacks and Mike Sainristil has 5 interceptions.

Matchup/League Facts

  • Washington rank 10th among FBS teams for points per game this season (37.6).
  • Washington are one of only 10 FBS teams undefeated in road games this season ((5-0)).
  • Michigan rank 1st among FBS teams for points allowed per game this season (10.2).
  • The Michigan are one of only 10 FBS teams undefeated in road games this season ((5-0)).

Washington Huskies vs Michigan Wolverines prediction

The Michigan Wolverines are the better team overall in terms of taking care of the ball offensively, physical in the trenches and their elite defense. The Washington Huskies pass defense is 122nd in the country and I question if the front seven can handle this Michigan physical offensive line. Michigan could play bully ball, bleed the clock and ugly its way to a national title. With all that said, Washington has the best player on the field in Michael Penix and when he’s cooking, he’s impossible to stop. Penix is too comfortable in the pocket, and he’s throwing to NFL caliber wide receivers. We’ve seen star quarterbacks will their team to championships from Trevor Lawrence, Joe Burrow, Deshaun Watson, Jameis Winston, Cam Newton, Tim Tebow, etc. You can have the better team, sometimes all you need is a superstar quarterback to just take over the game. Washington has that. Give me the points with the Huskies.  

Randy Chambers's Free Pick: Washington Huskies +4.5

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Randy Chambers

Randy has covered sports betting since 2014 and writes about everything from NFL to WNBA. Follow Randy Chambers on Twitter.

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