Alabama takes on Washington in a College Football Playoff semifinal matchup. According to OddsShark, Alabama enters the Peach Bowl as a 13.5 point favorite. The line moved slightly towards Washington in the 24 hours leading up to the game.
The over-under is set at 54 points. Alabama has been great not just on the football field but in Vegas. The Crimson Tide went 9-4 against the spread this season while Washington was 7-6.
The OddsShark computer expects Washington to keep the game close. The computer projects a 41.6-33.7 Alabama victory. The computer is taking Washington against the spread and the over on the point total.
SB Nation’s S&P+ weighted projections also have the Crimson Tide pulling out a narrow victory with Alabama winning by 5.7 points.
Washington’s blueprint to compete with Alabama relies on a defense with several future NFL players and an offense with dynamic playmakers. Receiver John Ross is one of the best receivers in the country and has used his speed to beat teams all season.
Heavy likes Washington to hang around but expects Alabama to ultimately pull out the game. Quarterback Jake Browning has not played well in Washington’s biggest games and is susceptible to turnovers against Alabama’s defense.
Jalen Hurts has added a new dimension to the Alabama offense and has numerous weapons. ArDarius Stewart and Calvin Ridley form one of the best wide receiver duos in college football. They will be matched up against a strong Washington secondary. Alabama’s defense has not just stopped opposing offenses, but has a propensity for finding the endzone.
Look for Alabama to head to another national championship game but not before they get Washington’s best shot.
Heavy’s Pick: Alabama 30 Washington 17. Washington +13.5. Under on the Point Total.