Texas @ Washington 1/1/24 Free Pick, NCAAF Odds, NCAAF Predictions

Texas (12-1) at Washington (13-0)

Game Info: Monday, January 1st, 2024 at  8:45 p.m. EST (Sugar Bowl)

Betting Odds: Washington ML (+145) - Over/Under (63.5)

Pick: Washington ML (+145)

Monday night will feature one of the two college football playoffs semifinals and this is arguably going to be the most interesting one of the two games. The Texas Longhorns and the Washington Huskies will meet up with both teams looking to advance to the national championship game for the first time in the playoff era. Both of these teams put together fantastic seasons and both of them came away with conference championships in their respective conferences. Now one of them will be looking to grab a victory in the Sugar Bowl and advance to the college football playoff national championship game against the winner of Michigan and Alabama. 

Despite slipping up against Oklahoma, Texas put together a fantastic regular season, and they capped it off with a blowout victory in the big 12 conference championship game against Oklahoma State. It was the perfect way to put a bow on their final year in the conference before they head to the SEC, and they will be looking to further stamp this season as memorable with another victory over Washington here in this game on Monday night. They certainly have all the tools to be successful in this semi finals match up against Washington, but they will have to find a way to stop the high flying offense of the Huskies. 

The Texas offense themselves will have to get going throughout this game on Monday night if they want to pick up a victory in advance to the national championship game. Texas is red hot at the moment and they will look to keep the momentum rolling throughout this game on Monday night against Washington, as they look to advance to their first national championship game since 2009. A victory in this game would be monumental for the Texas program as they get ready to head into the SEC and it could set up a potential rematch with an Alabama team that they beat earlier on this year on the road in Tuscaloosa.

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The Washington Huskies have put together a fantastic season, and they won the final edition of the Pac-12 conference championship game in a huge rematch against the Oregon Ducks. It was their second victory against Oregon of the season and now they will look to grab a huge victory over Texas here in this one on Monday night to advance to the national championship game for the first time in the playoff era. This is the second playoff appearance for Washington and last time they made the postseason they were beaten by Alabama in the opening round. They also have a chance to avenge that loss if Alabama gets past, and they manage to pick up victory on Monday night against the Texas Longhorns. 

Washington put together a perfect regular season that included some major victories over top programs, like USC, and Oregon. They will look to take the next step and pick up a victory in this game against Texas, as they look to play for a national championship game against the winner of the game between Michigan and Alabama. As long as Michael Penix remains healthy, they have a legitimate shot to win the national championship this season, and he will be a serious factor throughout this game against Texas on Monday night. He has looked like one of the best quarterbacks in the country all season long and he arguably should’ve won the Heisman Trophy this season as well. He will look to prove the doubters wrong, and the Heisman Trophy voters wrong with a quality performance here in this one on Monday against Texas.

Betting trends to consider in this matchup:

- Washington is 13-0 this season

- Texas is 1-1 in Neutral Site games  

- Washington is 4-0 against Ranked Opponents 

I expect this to be a back-and-forth high scoring contest between two quality football teams here on Monday night in Louisiana. In the end I look for the Washington Huskies to pull out the victory over the Texas Longhorns as I look for their superstar quarterback to get the job done here in this one late in the game. I expect Washington to make the necessary plays to pick up the victory and I look for the Huskies to play for a national championship against either Alabama or Michigan next week.

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