Washington vs Michigan: how to watch, betting preview & predictions for National Championship

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Washington quarterback Michael Penix Jr. (9) runs against Texas defensive back Kitan Crawford (21) during the second half of the Sugar Bowl CFP NCAA semifinal college football game, Monday, Jan. 1, 2024, in New Orleans. (AP Photo/Butch Dill)

Washington vs Michigan: After a College Football season filled with thrills and spills, it all comes down to this. The Washington Huskies take on the Michigan Wolverines for the National Championship in what promises to be a thrilling affair.

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Washington vs Michigan: National Championship Game info

Date: Monday, January 8th
Time: 7:35 PM ET
Location: NRG Stadium, Houston, Texas
TV channel: ESPN

Washington vs Michigan: National Championship Betting info

Spread: Washington Huskies +5 | Michigan Wolverines -5
Moneyline: Washington Huskies +164 | Michigan Wolverines -198
Total: Over/Under 56

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Washington vs Michigan: National Championship Betting preview

And then there were two. This has the potential to be a coming-of-age game for Michael Penix, who put in an elite performance against the Texas Longhorns. The Michigan defense is about as intimidating as they come, but provided that the Huskies OL can keep the pocket relatively clean, he will have ample opportunities to elevate arguably the nation’s top receiving group to somewhat nullify the ridiculous defense across from him.

For Michigan, the challenge will be overcoming the noise. Is this Harbaugh’s last game before a potential NFL return? Are they going to be upset by an upcoming Huskies team that has taken no prisoners this season?

In reality, the Wolverines have performed better against power 5 defenses than the Huskies have. Washington hasn’t been dominant all season in the same way that Michigan has. If the Wolverines can stick to their tried and tested blueprint, they should be able to dictate the tempo and generate pressure up the middle on Penix in a way that Arizona State did not too long ago.

Public money has certainly favored the underdog Huskies, largely due to the aura of Michael Penix that has lifted Washington to a simply remarkable season. It’s a year that very few saw coming, but the Huskies have proven time and time again that they’re they real deal. Can they step up against a team as dominant as Michigan?

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Washington quarterback Michael Penix Jr. grets fans after the Sugar Bowl CFP NCAA semifinal college football game between Washington and Texas, Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2024, in New Orleans. Washington won 37-31. (AP Photo/Jacob Kupferman)

Washington vs Michigan: National Championship Betting pick

While I do think Michigan wins this game outright, I feel like Washington will play the Wolverines close. Against Texas, they were underdogs and won outright. While Michigan is the better team, I just can’t see a fired up Washington team failing to cover.

Washington vs Michigan betting pick: Washington +5

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