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National championship game odds and picks

Let’s get weird, y’all.

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Hope everyone is having a good 2024 so far.

The Michigan Wolverines and Washington Huskies will take part in what used to be a regular event of interest long ago for Miami Hurricanes fans but now feels like a universe away: the national championship game.

And guess what? For those folks who’ve followed us along for bowl picks against the spread, there’s still action to be had on Monday night! Our friends over at DraftKings have a number of prop bets available in addition to the game line and over/under figures.

Here are some picks that I like (proceed at your own caution)...

WASHINGTON +4.5 vs. Michigan

Yeah, I know that Michigan seems to hold the edge on both lines of scrimmage. The way they handled Bama in the Rose Bowl was impressive. However, just when I doubt Washington, they continue to prove me foolish, and I’m definitely not going to pick against Michael Penix as well as he’s playing right now. I’ll take the points here.

Washington vs. Michigan; UNDER 56.5

I hate unders, but I think that Michigan will be steady enough on the ground to keep the clocking moving and shorten the game somewhat. A close game that almost gets to the mark, but not quite.

Bo Corum OVER 101.5 rushing yards (-115)

Texas had solid day on the ground last week against Washington, running for almost 6.5 yards a pop. Michigan’s run game is even better.

Michael Penix OVER 1.5 passing touchdowns (-210)

There’s a reason it’s only paying off around fifty cents on the dollar. It’s probably going to happen. I think this is likely enough to absorb the risk here.

Player parlay: Michael Penix 325+ passing yards; Rome Odunze 120+ receiving yards (+390)

Parlays are always risky, but Odunze is one of the best skill position players in college football and Penix just threw for 430 vs. Texas. I’d roll the dice on this play.

Parlay: Michael Penix 350+ passing yards; Washington wins

It might take that kind of showing from Penix for the Huskies to win, so I’d bank on the two of them happening together with a small amount.

Race to 10 points: Washington +125

Michigan is -155 here, and regardless of the final outcome, either of these teams could get to 10 points first. Since it’s a better than even money payout for Washington, I’d much rather go with them here.

Odds/lines subject to change. T&Cs apply. See draftkings.com/sportsbook for details.