2024 College Football Playoff National Championship Favorite Betting Analysis: Michigan Odds

2024 College Football National Championship Favorite Betting Analysis: Michigan Odds

Despite being undefeated on the season, Kalen DeBoer and his Washington Huskies are the underdogs as we head to the National Title game in College Football.  The Huskies beat the Texas Longhorns in New Orleans on New Year’s Day to move to 14-0 on the season. 

Washington scored 37 points in the game, but needed a stop late to seal the deal on the way. Washington came into the College Football Playoff after beating Oregon in the Pac-12 title game. The Washington Huskies are +4.5 against Michigan.

Thanks to this look at the National Championship betting underdog that could potentially rise up and take that title from Michigan that could challenge for the 2024 College Football Playoff National Championship game.


2024 College Football National Championship Favorite Betting Analysis: Will Michigan Win the Game | MyBookie Championship Game Preview

2024 National Championship | 10th College Football Playoff National Championship
Monday, January 8th, 2024 at 7:30 pm | ESPN
NRG Stadium, Houston, Texas

Washington Huskies vs Michigan Wolverines
ATS Odds: Michigan -4.5
SU Odds: Michigan -150 / Washington +160
O/U Odds: 55.5


Washington Elite on the Offense End

The Washington Huskies certainly can win this game over Michigan. This is a team that has been doubted all season. The Huskies were underdogs in the Pac-12 title game to an Oregon team that they had beaten earlier in the season. 

The question is, why are they overlooked? The offense is absolutely stacked from top to bottom. There is a reason quarterback Michael Penix Jr needs 352 yards to get to 5,000 on the season. Rome Odunze is nearly automatic, with 87 receptions, 1,553 yards and 13 touchdowns on the season.

If it is not Odunze, then there are other options. Ja’Lynn Polk is going to be a problem at the next level as an elite receiver. He finished second on the team with 1,122 yards and 9 touchdown receptions. Jalen McMillan also had a solid season, with 39 receptions, 526 yards and 4 touchdowns.

The running game is not a huge priority for the Huskies, but they use it to make sure the defense is staying honest on the pass game. Penix rushed a few times in the win over Texas, but mostly it’s Dillon Johnson. The running back has 222 carries, 1,162 yards and 16 touchdowns on the season.


Washington Will Need Some Defense

On the other side, the Washington Huskies would love to get to the quarterback more. The Huskies only had 21 sacks all season. Their top guy was defensive end Zion Tupuola-Fetui, and also linebacker Edefuan Ulofoshio. They combined for 6.5 of those sacks.

Causing turnovers has been a focal point for the defense. On the season, Washington has 16 interceptions. Two of those were returned for touchdowns. The Huskies also forced six fumbles, recovering four of them on the season. The two defensive touchdowns came from Ulofoshio, and safety Mishael Powell.


Huskies Winning Tight Games

One of the more amazing statistics you will see regarding the Washington Huskies is their ability to win tight games. After blowing out Boise State, Tulsa, Michigan State and California in their first four games, it’s been pretty close games ever since. The Huskies have won 10 straight games by 10 points or less.

The streak started with a road win at Arizona by 7, and moved to Oregon by 3, Arizona State by 8, Stanford by 9, USC by 10, Utah by 7, Oregon State by 2, Washington State by 3, and Oregon again by 3. The win over Texas was by 6, with the Longhorns having a chance to go ahead late in the game.


College Football National Championship Underdog Final Betting Analysis | How Can They Do It?

How can the Washington Huskies beat the Michigan Wolverines and win the National title? Easy. Michael Penix Jr continues to do Michael Penix Jr things. This is by far the best defense he will face. He has some experience against Michigan and their system from previous seasons, but never seen the talent the Wolverines have on the field.

If Penix can continue to move the ball effectively enough, and not turn it over, Washington can win this game. The Huskies defense is good enough to limit JJ McCarthy and the Michigan offense. Will they win it? Yes! Washington wins this game and the national title 31-28.

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Michigan Wolverines Last 5

Date OPP Result
12/1/24 vs ALA W27-20 OT
12/2/23 vs IOWA W26-0
11/25/23 vs OSU W30-24
11/18/23 @ MD W31-24
11/11/23 @ PSU W24-15

Michigan Wolverines Season Leaders

Passing Yards: J.J. McCarthy
230-314, 2851 YDS, 22 TD, 4 INT
Rushing Yards: B. Corum
237 CAR, 1111 YDS, 25 TD
Receiving Yards: R. Wilson
45 REC, 735 YDS, 12 TD


Michigan Wolverines vs Michigan Wolverines Trends

  • Washington has gone in seven of 14 games this season
  • Washington is 2-0 ATS as an underdog this season
  • Michigan is 3-0 ATS as a single-digit favorite this season
  • Washington is 7-6-1 against the spread this year.
  • Washington is unbeaten ATS (1-0) as a 4.5-point underdog or greater this year.
  • There have been seven Washington games (out of 14) that hit the over this year.

Michigan Wolverines Leaders

  • Penix: 4,648 PASS YDS / 332 YPG / 66.5% / 35 TD / 9 INT
  • Dillon Johnson: 222 CAR / 1,162 YDS / 83 YPG / 16 TD / 22 REC / 166 YDS / 11.9 YPG / 0 TD
  • Will Nixon: 31 CAR / 194 YDS / 13.9 YPG / 1 TD / 10 REC / 77 YDS / 5.5 YPG / 0 TD
  • Odunze: 87 REC / 1,553 YDS / 110.9 YPG / 13 TD
  • Ja’Lynn Polk: 65 REC / 1,122 YDS / 80.1 YPG / 9 TD
  • Jalen McMillan: 39 REC / 526 YDS / 37.6 YPG / 4 TD
  • Bralen Trice: 42 TKL / 9 TFL / 6.5 SACK
  • Dominique Hampton: 88 TKL / 2 INT / 3 PD
  • Jabbar Muhammad: 31 TKL / 3 TFL / 2 SACK / 3 INT / 3 PD

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2023 NCAA College Football National Championship Odds to Win

Team Odds
Michigan Wolverines -200
Washington Huskies +170

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