The time is finally here. We watched all the meaningless bowl games, so we can finally get to the good stuff (that Michigan Florida St. Orange Bowl was a classic last night however). Four conferences represented, with a winner take all opportunity. It doesn’t get much better than that. Well maybe it would if you had an 8 team playoff 🙂
Saturday January 30th – 3:00pm EST
Chick-Fil-A Peach Bowl
#1 Alabama (-14) vs #4 Washington
It is the powerhouse in Alabama versus the underdog in Washington. It will take the most perfect game from the Huskies in order to keep this game close, if even win. Nothing against Washington, but that is just how good Alabama is. The Tide are a team that doesn’t make too many mistakes, and when they do, you better capitalize right there and then.
So what do you need to know for this match up?
With Chris Petersen at the helm for Washington, you better be prepared for a trick play or two. Remember the 2007 Fiesta Bowl? Boise St vs Oklahoma? Of course you do!
Nick Saban is the Bill Belichick of college football, and when you give him this much time to prepare for an opponent, there is nothing that him and his staff do not prepare for. But how do you plan to attack a team that will use the ol’ State of Liberty play at any moment? you just can’t. Stanford came in as the Pac-12 North favorite and Washington settled that debate rather convincingly with a 44-6 rout over the Cardinals. So while Alabama is a 14 point favorite, Petersen may just be the guy to take on this challenge, and shock the world!
In the short College Football Playoff history, an undefeated team has entered the playoffs undefeated, and zero times they have been crowned champions. This time around, Alabama is the only remaining undefeated program in the playoffs and they will look to be the first team to run the table. Washington is unlike any other team Alabama has faced this season, and will provide the toughest challenge for this Bama squad.
Need two players to watch in this game? We got you covered. For Washington, it is wide receiver John Ross. In order to beat Alabama, it will take a full team effort, and Ross can provide that spark that could change the outcome of the game. The Huskies most dynamic player also returns kick and punts. For Alabama, tight end O.J Howard steps up when the lights are on. In last season’s National Championship game, Howard had a 208 yard game with two scores. With zero games this season of 80+ receiving yards, look for Howard to turn it on again, especially against this Washington D who has struggled against tight ends all season.
So who wins?
Do you really need me to answer that? The Huskies will put up a valiant effort, but Alabama is just too damn good! Why do you think Penn State fans are happy they are playing in the Rose Bowl?
Bama 34 – Huskies 23
Be careful what you wish for…