Why Michigan Can Cover vs. Washington and the Total Goes Over


Jan 3, 2024

As the college football season reaches its climax, the stage is set for an epic National Championship showdown between the Washington Huskies and the Michigan Wolverines. The game, to be held on Monday in Houston, is not just a clash of teams but of styles, coaching, and sheer willpower.

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Washington vs. Michigan Odds at FanDuel 

  • Spread: Washington +4.5 (-105) | Michigan -4.5 (-115)
  • Moneyline: Washington (+162) | Michigan (-196)
  • Total: OVER 55.5 (-110) | UNDER 55.5 (-110)

The betting odds speak volumes about the expectations for this game. The Michigan Wolverines, the number one team in the country, are favored by 4.5 points. This isn’t surprising, given their dominance throughout the season, being favorites in all 14 games they’ve played. The over/under stands at an impressive 55.5 points.

However, underestimating the Washington Huskies could be a grave mistake. They have been underdogs three times this season and have won outright in all those games. Their resilience and ability to defy the odds make this matchup even more intriguing.

Mark Zinno, a seasoned analyst, weighs in on Michigan’s advantage. He confidently locked in Michigan at -3.5, expecting the line to shift as it now stands at 4.5. His reasoning is solid – Michigan’s defense has been nothing short of spectacular, especially in their recent games against Alabama and Ohio State. The Wolverines’ defense has proven its might, and Zinno expects no less against the Huskies.

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The key player to watch in this high-stakes game is Washington’s quarterback, Michael Penix Jr. Known for his agility and low sack percentage rate, Penix is a challenge for any defense. If Michigan struggles to contain him, Penix’s ability to scramble and extend plays could be a game-changer for Washington.

However, Michigan’s defensive prowess, combined with their offensive strength, points to a potential mismatch. Jim Harbaugh’s coaching acumen and Michigan’s well-rounded game plan, particularly in the passing game led by JJ McCarthy, the most accurate passer in the country, make them formidable opponents.

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As for the total points, the debate is whether it will be an over or under situation. The consensus leans towards a higher score, especially if Michigan can dictate the pace early. A Michigan lead, controlled by their defense and efficient offense, could see the total points creeping close to or surpassing the 55.5 mark.

While the Huskies have the potential to upset, the Wolverines, with their balanced attack and staunch defense, seem better positioned to take the title. The game promises to be a thrilling encounter, showcasing the best of college football on the national stage.

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