2024 College Football Playoff National Championship Predictions & Betting Tips (Washington Vs. Michigan, January 9)
Washington and Michigan have earned their spots in the CFP championship game. Both teams have showcased exceptional performances throughout their campaigns. Our College Football Final 2024 predictions guide provides the inside scoop.
Time and Place of 2024 College Football Playoff National Championship
Both teams have elevated their performance to reach this stage, maintaining winning streaks throughout the season. The upcoming clash promises to deliver a thrilling display of action.
|College Football Playoff National Championship
|NRG Stadium, Houston, USA
|9th January 2024
|12:30 a.m. GMT on Tuesday
2024 CFP Championship Odds
College Football Super Bowl odds 2024 from several American football sportsbook sites tilt in favor of Michigan. The Wolverines have 1.47 (4/9) odds to win this final. Washington has odds of 2.49 (6/4) to claim victory.
College Football Playoff National Championship History
The CFP National Championship was inaugurated in 2014 to serve as the culmination of the FBS season. The playoff structure consists of a committee that chooses the four top teams in NCAA Division I College Football. These teams are selected based on their performance throughout the season.
These teams then compete in two semi-final matches. The victorious teams move forward to play for the National Championship title. This playoff system ensures a definitive determination of the national champion. Alabama holds three National Championships, with Clemson University behind having won twice.
Last Five CFP National Championship Winners
- 2023 – Georgia 65 –7 TCU
- 2022 – Georgia 33 –18 Alabama
- 2021 – Alabama 52 –24 Ohio State
- 2020 – LSU 42 –25 Clemson
- 2019 – Clemson 44 –16 Alabama
Washington Huskies vs Michigan Wolverines Preview
The Huskies are on a roll this season, securing 14 wins without any losses. Their most recent victory saw them beat Texas 37 –31 in the Sugar Bowl. Although Texas tried to launch a comeback, the Huskies held on tight. They’re poised for a historic moment, eyeing their first national football title in over three decades.
The Huskies have consistently shown both skill and determination this season. Their back-to-back victories against the highly regarded Oregon Ducks stand out as a testament to their prowess and tenacity. Standout players like Michael Penix Jr., Polk, Odunze, and Jalen McMillan further strengthen the team. With talent at their disposal, they can emerge victorious in Tuesday’s final and potentially bring home the highly coveted championship title.
Cameron Davis and Guard Memmelaar are sidelined with injuries. Star running back Dillion Johnson sustained a leg injury against Texas. There are doubts about his availability on Tuesday.
- Last Five Games: WWWWW
Michigan shines as a top team in the Pac-12’s closing season. Like their next rivals, they boast an impressive 14-game winning streak. Their performances earned them the tag of being the top pick heading into the playoffs. The Wolverines clinched their final spot by defeating Alabama 27 –20 victory in the Rose Bowl. The match wasn’t a walk in the park; Michigan trailed by seven in the first five minutes. Yet, their resilience turned the tide, securing their victory.
Michigan triumphed over Maryland, Ohio State, and Iowa before their Rose Bowl victory. The game against Iowa stood out for its exceptional defense, securing a win without conceding. Quarterback J.J. McCarthy has been critical to the success of the Wolverines. Other standout stars for this team include Kris Jenkins, Blake Corum, and Will Johnson. A win for Michigan will see them clinch their first national title since 1997.
Zak Zinter, Karmello English, CJ Stokes, and Leon Forbes are out due to injury.
- Last Five Games: WWWWW
Washington Huskies vs Michigan Wolverines Predictions
2nd half – Draw No Bet – Michigan Wolverines @ 1.61 (8/13)
The Wolverines enter this game as favorites thanks to their outstanding season performance. They lead the league with the strongest defense and have proven offensive capabilities. Initially, Michigan’s offense averaged a high of 40.7 points across their first nine games. While their scoring has dipped in the last five games, their ability to secure wins remains unshaken. With the championship on the line, the Wolverines are well-positioned to secure a victory in the second half or, at the very least, maintain a draw.
Total Points – Under 55.5 @ 1.85 (5/6)
In this closely matched game, betting on total points under 55.5 seems smart. For the Over 55.5 bet to succeed, one team must score at least 29 points. Michigan’s style of play makes this unlikely. They’ve been scoring an average of just 27.6 points in their recent five games and are more focused on securing wins than high scoring. Additionally, they’ve kept their opponents to under 24 points in every game this season.
The Huskies are also unlikely to reach 29 points. Their situation is complicated by the potential absence of Dillion Johnson, their star running back. Johnson’s 1,162 rushing yards and 16 touchdowns have been vital for Washington. Michigan can focus more on pass defense without him, limiting quarterback Penix’s effectiveness.
Washington Huskies Total – Under 24.5 @ 1.80 (4/5)
Washington hitting under 24.5 points is another solid option for players who want to bet on NCAA football championship game. The Wolverines boast a top-10 defense nationally, excelling in limiting passing and rushing yards and keeping total points low. Their offensive strategy is conservative, focusing on running plays and short passes. This disciplined style, a hallmark of Harbaugh’s coaching, ensures minimal mistakes and time-consuming drives.
Their defense consistently keeps scores low, never allowing more than 24 points in a game this year. Based on that stat, they conceded an average of 10.2 points per game. Despite facing a challenging start in the Rose Bowl, they held Alabama to 20 points. Given their defensive strength, it’s unlikely Washington will surpass 24 points.
2024 College Football Playoff National Championship High Odds Prediction
1st Half –1×2 – Draw @ 9.8 (9/1)
Dillion Johnson’s potential absence could significantly impact the Washington Huskies’ strategy in the final. So far, the running back has reached 1,162 rushing yards and 16 touchdowns this season. All other Huskies’ running backs have yet to reach 200 rushing yards, highlighting his importance. Additionally, Washington has scored under 25 points in two of their last four games. Against the league’s top defense, their scoring might dip even further.
Facing these challenges, the Huskies might opt for a more cautious approach to stay competitive. They might aim for a draw in the first half, especially considering Michigan’s conservative offense. A first-half draw, therefore, becomes a likely outcome.
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With a solid defense and excellent offensive abilities, Quarterback J.J. McCarthy and the Michigan Huskies should win their first national title since 1997. Use our 2024 NCAA Super Bowl betting tips for the biggest payout in this thrilling showdown. Also, check out our 2024 College Football Super Bowl betting picks to enhance your game experience. But always bet responsibly.