It has come down to this as Michigan and Washington will play in the College Football Playoff title game. It will be the first time since the 2018 Clemson team won it all that a team outside the SEC will win the CFP title. The college football betting lines have Michigan listed as the favorite in the College Football Playoff championship game.
The teams have only played once in the last 20 years and host Michigan won 31-10 in 2021 when listed as a 6½-point favorite. The game went under the 47½-point total.
When looking at the odds for the bowl games, the line opened with Michigan favored by 4½ points.
Running back Dillon Johnson was injured late in Washington’s win over Texas but he is listed as probable. Running back Sam Adams is questionable.
Washington coach Kalen DeBoer said he expects injured running back Dillon Johnson to play in the College Football Playoff championship game against Michigan.https://t.co/WlA6CFmlDQ
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Michigan will be without starting offensive lineman Zak Zinter and receiver Karmello English.
Keep on reading for some information heading into the College Football Championship game between a pair of 14-0 teams.
College Football Playoff Game Information
- Game: Washington (14-0, 9-0 Pac-12) vs Michigan (14-0, 9-0 Big Ten)
- Date/Time: Monday, Jan. 8, 7:30 p.m. ET
- Location: NRG Stadium, Houston, TX
- Washington vs Michigan Live Stream: ESPN
Michigan was 0-2 in the College Football Playoffs and Washington lost its only previous appearance before both teams won their semifinal games,
Michigan had lost its last six bowl games before topping Alabama in overtime in the Rose Bowl. Washington is 4-3 in its last seven bowl games with two of those losses coming to Big Ten teams.
Michigan has -185 odds to win the game outright with Washington priced at +160 to cap a perfect season. according to the Las Vegas odds.
Washington vs Michigan Odds and Spreads
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Washington vs Michigan Betting Trends
- Both Washington and Michigan are 2-0 against the spread in neutral-site games this season.
- Michigan is 8-2 against the college football odds in its last 10 games.
- The total has gone under in six of Washington’s last nine games against Big Ten teams.
- Eight of Michigan’s last 10 games when being listed as the favorite have finished over the total.
- The Huskies have covered in four of their last six contests.
- Washington is 5-0 against the spread in its last five games as an underdog.
- Michigan has won its last 14 games as the favorite.
- The total has gone over in 12 of Michigan’s last 16 games played in January..
CFP Championship Game O/U Pick: Under 56
This is a tough call because Michigan has faced just one team ranked in the top 25 in passing offense this season. The Wolverines held Maryland to 247 yards with no touchdown passes and two interceptions.
The receivers for Washington are going to cause more issues for the Michigan defense than Maryland’s pass catchers did.
It still feels like Michigan can do enough on defense to slow down the Huskies while eating up valuable time with its power running game for this game to go under the Las Vegas odds total of 56.
CFP Championship Game ATS Pick: Washington (+4½)
Before Washington faced Texas in the Sugar Bowl, much of the action in a potential Michigan-Washington title matchup would have landed on the favored Wolverines. However, watching Heisman Trophy finalist Michael Penix Jr. spread the ball around to his dynamic receivers has won over many of those who bet online.
Don’t expect to see Penix have another game with 430 passing yards like he had against the overmatched Texas secondary. However, Penix should be able to do enough to keep Washington close in this game.
No team in the country knows how to play in close games more than Washington – the Huskies’ last 10 games were decided by eight points or less. The last time Penix played against Michigan, he was still at Indiana and he finished with 342 passing yards, so that is something to keep in mind.
Player Prop Pick: Washington WR Rome Odunze to Score At Least One TD (-143)
There are those who think that Washington’s Rome Odunze and not Ohio State’s Marvin Harrison is the best receiver in NCAA football.
The Michigan secondary will get to answer that question after allowing Harrison to catch five passes for 118 yards and a touchdown in the regular-season finale.
Odunze is priced at +114 to have at least 106 receiving yards but the safer option might be to go with Odunze to catch a touchdown pass.
Washington vs Michigan Prediction
College Football Pick: Michigan 27, Washington 24
Questions Of The Day
Which RB is the most likely to rush for more yards in this game?
Michigan loves to play with the lead so the Wolverines can lean on record-setting running back Blake Corum and they will look to follow that script against Washington.
Which player prop bet offers the best value for this game?
The first touchdown prop bets carry a great deal of risk but also plenty of reward. Blake Corum (+350), Dillon Johnson (+800), and Rome Odunze (+800) are tempting options.