The College Football Playoff is almost here, and FanDuel has released the odds for every potential national championship matchup. Alabama, Michigan, Texas, and Washington will compete in the semifinals on New Year’s Day, with only two teams emerging victorious and earning the opportunity to hoist the national title trophy.
There are several intriguing potential matchups, including a possible rematch of the September game between Alabama and Texas. Another possibility is a matchup between Texas and Michigan, as well as a rematch between Alabama and Washington from the 2016 Peach Bowl.
If Alabama and Texas face off in the national championship game, Vegas favors the Crimson Tide. Texas defeated Alabama back in September, but since then, Alabama has reeled off 11 straight victories and will be looking for redemption in a potential rematch.
Assuming Alabama can defeat Michigan in the Rose Bowl, Washington is its other potential opponent. The two teams last met in the Peach Bowl in 2016, with Alabama emerging victorious. Quarterback Michael Penix Jr. and the Washington passing attack would provide a challenge for Alabama’s defense.
If Texas faces Michigan in the national championship, it will be a rematch of the 2004 Rose Bowl, with Vegas favoring Michigan in this potential matchup. Finally, if none of the above matchups take place, we could see a Michigan-Washington national championship game. Michigan holds the lead in the all-time series against Washington, and oddsmakers don’t like the Huskies’ chances in this matchup.
To reach the national championship, each of these teams must first pass their tests in the semifinals. Alabama and Michigan will face off in the Rose Bowl, while Texas and Washington will compete in the Sugar Bowl. Both matchups are expected to be intense and closely contested.
Ultimately, the College Football Playoff is shaping up to be an exciting and unpredictable event, with several potential matchups that could keep fans on the edge of their seats.