Washington Huskies (14-0) vs. Michigan Wolverines (14-0)
Washington Huskies vs. Michigan Wolverines 1/8/24 – In a titanic clash of undefeated titans, the Washington Huskies face off against the Michigan Wolverines in the NCAAF College Football Playoff National Championship on Monday. With both teams boasting an unblemished 14-0 record, this game promises to be an epic showdown. The stakes couldn’t be higher as they meet at the NRG Stadium, aired on ESPN, promising no-cost NCAAF selections for enthusiasts and bettors alike. This game isn’t just about the championship title; it’s about maintaining a perfect season and etching their names in college football history.
Washington Huskies’ success can be credited to running back Dillon Johnson and wide receiver Rome Odunze, two key components of their offense. Johnson led all rushers with 1162 yards and 16 touchdowns, providing crucial openings through defenses to remain undefeated during his unbeaten streak. Meanwhile, Odunze’s contribution as wide receiver has been nothing short of phenomenal: 1553 receiving yards and 13 touchdowns show his key role as part of Washington’s offensive strategy alongside quarterback Michael Penix Jr.
Michigan presents a formidable challenge, led by running back Blake Corum and wide receiver Roman Wilson. Corum amassed 1111 rushing yards and 25 touchdowns during this season – his agility and power have proven a vital asset to Michigan in any situation – while Wilson completed 735 receiving yards with 12 touchdowns to provide an effective balance and explosive offensive front for his team against Washington’s strong defense. Their performances will be key as Washington proves tough competition.
Washington Huskies vs. Michigan Wolverines 1/8/24 Game Info
|Monday, January 8, 2024, at 7:30 PM ET
Michael Penix Jr. QB vs. J.J. McCarthy QB
Michael Penix Jr. has put up video game numbers in his first year at Washington. He threw for 4,648 yards and 35 touchdowns, setting new school records in both categories by a wide margin. Penix excelled at pushing the ball downfield, averaging 9.2 yards per pass attempt. He completed 66.7% of his throws with 9 interceptions. Penix racked up these stats while facing consistent pressure, taking 10 sacks for -71 yards lost. When kept clean in the pocket, he picked apart defenses with precision. His 163.5 quarterback rating ranked among the nation’s leaders.
McCarthy was superb in his first year guiding Michigan’s offense. Despite attempting 190 fewer passes than Penix, McCarthy was highly accurate (73.2%) and avoided mistakes, tossing just 4 picks to 22 touchdowns. While not asked to carry the load himself, McCarthy took what was given and kept the offense on schedule. His leadership ability and composure stood out all season long. McCarthy added another dimension with his scrambling ability when plays broke down, using his speed to rip off big runs. His 170.1 passer rating was among the best nationally among starting quarterbacks.
NCAAF Odds/Point Spread: Michigan Wolverines -195, Total Odds: 56.5
The betting odds lean slightly towards the Michigan Wolverines, reflecting their slightly more balanced team performance throughout the season. The point spread and moneyline suggest a close game, with a slight edge to Michigan.
Washington Huskies Betting Trends
Washington has covered spreads recently, going 4-2 ATS over their last 6 contests. The Huskies are on a 10-game win streak straight up. Nationally ranked scoring offenses like Michigan’s have caused trouble though, with the under hitting in 6 of Washington’s last 9 games against Big Ten foes. Still, as an underdog this year Washington is a perfect 5-0 ATS.
Michigan Wolverines Betting Trends
Michigan has been strong against the spread too, covering in 8 of their last 10 overall. The over has hit in a whopping 8 of the Wolverines’ last 10 as well. Michigan is on a 10-game SU win streak, though against Pac-12 teams they have struggled to cover spreads historically, going just 2-11 ATS in their last 13 matchups. As home favorites this season, Jim Harbaugh’s squad is 14-0 SU.
Washington Huskies vs. Michigan Wolverines 1/8/24 Betting Picks
Considering the trends and performances, this championship game is poised to be a closely contested battle. The key will be the performance of the quarterbacks and how well the defenses can contain the opposing offensive lines. In terms of betting, the safer pick might be Michigan, given their overall balance and slightly better odds.
However, Washington’s tenacity, especially as underdogs, should not be underestimated. Prop bets on individual player performances, particularly on Washington’s Dillon Johnson and Rome Odunze, could be lucrative. The over/under bet is tricky, given the contrasting trends of both teams, but a slightly leaning towards over seems plausible, especially considering the offensive firepower on display. In terms of a top multi-handicapper prediction, the game might lean towards a Michigan win, but expect Washington to cover the spread in a high-scoring affair.
Free Pick and Prediction: Michigan Wolverines 31, Washington Huskies 28