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Washington vs Michigan Preview & Picks – Huskies To Cover As College Football National Championship Underdog

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06 Jan 2024
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Leigh Copson 06 Jan 2024
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  • Washington vs Michigan picks for Monday, January 8
  • College Football National Championship kicks off at 09:30 ET at NRG Stadium
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    Washington vs Michigan Preview & Picks
  • Washington vs Michigan Preview & Picks
  • Head To Head
  • Washington Form
  • Michigan Form

Washington vs Michigan Preview & Picks

Washington are tipped to cover as a betting underdog in the National Championship.

The Huskies boast the best player on the field, quarterback Michael Penix Jr, leading an explosive offense.

They have been a reliable underdog pick this season, so we expect them to, at the very least, run Michigan close.

  • Washington are 3-0-0 ATS as a betting underdog
  • Washington are 3-0 straight up in their 3 games as a betting underdog
  • The Over has cashed in 8 of Michigan’s last 10 games
  • The Over has hit in 4 of Washington’s 7 games against ranked teams

Head To Head

  • Michigan lead the all-time series 13-5
  • Michigan won 31-10 when the two teams last met in September 2021

Washington Form

Washington enter the National Championship Game as the Pac-12 champions and boasting a perfect record.

The Huskies faced no less than four ranked teams on their way to the conference championship game, winning all four of them.

They edged #8 Oregon 36-33 in a massive showdown in October, before beating #24 USC 52-42, #13 Utah 35-28 and #10 Oregon State 22-20.

Washington then secured a place in the College Football Playoffs by beating #5 Oregon in the rematch in the Pac-12 Championship, 34-31.

The Huskies backed that up in the Sugar Bowl, downing #3 Texas 37-31 to set up this meeting with Michigan.

Michigan Form

Michigan have also won all 14 of their games this season, winning the Big Ten Championship and the Rose Bowl along the way.

The Wolverines started the season without suspended head coach Jim Harbaugh, and after he returned they went on a dominant run in conference play.

Their playoff quest appeared to suffer a setback when Harbaugh was suspended for a second time prior to the game at #9 Penn State, but they responded by downing the Nittany Lions, 24-15.

Despite his absence Michigan then beating bitter rivals, #2 Ohio State, 30-24 to seal a trip to the Big Ten Championship.

Harbaugh returned to lead the Wolverines to a 26-0 shutout of #18 Iowa, and they then clinched a place in the National Championship by beating #5 Alabama, 27-20, in the Rose Bowl.

Verdict

Michigan are unsurprisingly the favorites for this clash, but Washington are loaded with value.

Penix Jr is the best player on the field, ably assisted by a talented receiving corps, and they offer plenty of appeal as an underdog.

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