Washington @ Michigan 1/8/24 Free Pick, NCAAF Odds, NCAAF Predictions

Washington (14-0) at Michigan (14-0)

Game Info: Monday, January 8th, 2024 at  7:30 p.m. EST (NRG Stadium)

Betting Odds: Michigan -4.5 (-110) - Over/Under (56.5)

Pick: Michigan -4.5 (-110)

Monday night will be the final edition of the four team college football playoff national championship. Two teams who have yet to compete for a national championship in the playoff era will square off here in this game in Houston on Monday night as Washington and Michigan battle it out to determine this seasons title winner. This is also the final season for the Pac 12 and Washington has an opportunity to send the conference out on top before joining Michigan Michigan in the Big Ten next season. There are plenty of storylines involved in this game here on Monday night between these two solid programs, and no matter which way the game ends up going. We are sure to be in for an instant classic here here in this one. 

Washington put together an epic performance in their semifinal victory against Texas, even though it came down to the very final play after it looked like Washington had the game wrapped up. Now they will look to put together another spectacular performance and win a national championship here on Monday night against Michigan and they will have to get the job done on both sides of the football. As they will have to find a way to overcome the Michigan defense if they want to pick up the victory here in this game. They will need their starting quarterback, Michael Pennix to put up another fantastic performance like he did in the semifinals match up against Texas and they will need their running back Dillon Johnson to get the job done on the ground if they want to control the time of possession in this game. 

Washington has been playing consistent football all season long and they will look to go out and do it once again and they will need to rely on their loaded offense to get the job done here in this one. Washington comes into this game with plenty of momentum, but the key matchup will be their NFL caliber wide receivers against Michigan’s cornerbacks, and if they can exploit that matchup, they will likely win a national championship this season. If Washington gets the job done, it would be their first national championship in 33 years and it would be their third national championship overall. They would also be the first team from the Pac 12 to win a national championship since the USC dynasties of the mid 2000s. 

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Michigan has put together a perfect season and they will look for their crowning achievement with their first national championship since the late 1990s. They have beaten Ohio State for the third consecutive year, and won their third consecutive conference championship, and now they have their first playoff victory as well. Now they will look for a second consecutive victory in the postseason and their first national championship in over 30 years as they look to close out Washington here in this game, and welcome them to the Big Ten conference with a victory over them in the national championship game as well. 

JJ McCarthy will look to get the job done after he let an incredible comeback against Alabama in their previous game. They will need to rely on their incredible defense and Blake Corum. Once again, if they want to get the job done here in this one against a solid Washington Huskies team. Michigan certainly has all the tools to get the job done but they will have to find a way to shut down Washington’s incredible wide receiver core if they want to lift the national championship at the end of this game on Monday night. However, they have a much better defense than Texas, and they should be able to make some necessary stops to keep themselves competitive throughout this game, and in a position to lift the national title this year.

Betting trends to consider in this matchup:

- Michigan is 14-0 as a favorite

- Michigan is 4-0 against ranked opponents 

- Michigan is 2-0 at a neutral site 

I expect this to be a solid back-and-forth game between these two teams on Monday night, but in the end I look for the Michigan Wolverines to come out on top and win the national championship. I look for Michigan’s defense to be the difference in this game as they have a much superior defense compared to Texas, and I look for them to make necessary stops to stop the Washington Huskies offense and pick up the victory here in this game on Monday. 

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