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CFP Last-Minute Shopping: Michigan Best Bet

In less than eight hours, No. 2 Washington will kick off against No. 1 Michigan to determine the winner of the College Football Playoff. The teams don’t play often, but that will change when Washington joins the Big Ten next year, so it’s best they get acquainted now.
This is the first time either team has appeared in the CFP Finals. However, the Huskies were consensus national champions in 1991, while Michigan is 1-2 in the CFP, with their last title coming in 1997.
But we’re not here for a history lesson; we’re here to make some money with college football picks for Monday night.
The odds saw a late shift, so let’s dig around and see if we can determine why and how to use the shift to our advantage.

Here’s a look at some NCAA football odds to consider!

CFP Last-Minute Shopping: Michigan Best Bet
J.J. McCarthy #9 of the Michigan Wolverines/Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images/AFP

Washington vs Michigan Game Information

  • Game: Washington (14-0) vs Michigan (14-0)
  • Location: NRG Stadium, Houston, TX
  • Day/Time: Monday, Jan 8, 7:30 p.m. ET
  • Where to watch Washington vs Michigan Livestream: ESPN

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Michigan Odds Shift

The Wolverines were favored to win this matchup since Jump Street, with the spread opening at -4 at most places, including BetUS Sportsbook. As they do, the college football odds shifted over the last week, with the line growing to -4.5, where it settled for the week. That is until it was unsettled, and the Wolverines are now -5 or 5.5 at some spots.
While a one-point jump in the college football lines isn’t unheard of, it’s something to watch, especially when it happens less than 24 hours before kickoff. As you would expect, this move comes down to the amount of action Michigan sees in the college football betting market.


While on the subject, note that the Huskies have been underdogs in several big games this season. Their 14-0 record tells us that the bookmakers had them pegged wrong, especially when the Huskies were double-digit underdogs to Oregan in the Pac-12 title game. Who is setting these betting lines?
The odds are on the move, but that hasn’t changed my NCAAF score prediction that the Wolverines will win this game and take home the hardware for the first time this century.

 

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Question Of The Day

Which team is the favorite to win the CFP Final?


The Michigan Wolverines are widely considered the best team in college football and as a result, are favored by 5 points over the Washington Huskies on the NCAA football spread.

 

The odds and predictions in the article are based on the time of writing and publication. They may differ as to when the actual event takes place.

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