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Peach Bowl Washington vs Alabama Betting Odds & Game Info

Written by on December 30, 2016

The first semifinal game in the College Football Playoff features the fourth seed, Washington, against the top seed, the Alabama Crimson Tide. The Washington Huskies (12-1) demolished Colorado, 41-10, in the Pac-12 title game, while Alabama routed Florida in the SEC title game, 54-16. In 10 of Alabama’s 13 wins, they have won by huge margins — the only exceptions have been Ole Miss (48-43), LSU (10-0) and Arkansas (49-30). Check out our take on this bowl game as well as all the rest of the remaining bowls — and the College Football Playoff — before you finish your college football betting.

Peach Bowl Washington vs Alabama Betting Odds & Game Info

When: Saturday, December 31, 2016, 3:00pm ET Where: Camping World Stadium, Orlando, FL TV: ESPN Radio: ESPN Radio Live Stream: WatchESPN NCAAF Odds: Alabama (-15.5), O/U 54.5

Why should you bet on the Huskies?

Some look at the fact that USC beat Washington back on November 12 — a team that Alabama demolished in Week 1 in a neutral site game — as support for this gargantuan point spread. However, you also have to look at some of the solid games that Washington has played, such as a 44-6 whipping of Stanford and a 45-17 win over a solid Washington State team. Even on a night when quarterback Jake Browning struggled, in the Pac-12 title game, the Huskies were still able to cruise against a Colorado team that was in the top ten. Tailbacks Lavon Coleman and Myles Gaskin picked up a combined 260 yards, giving the offense real balance, and Taylor Rapp picked off two passes in the second half to help turn the game into a laugher. On the season, Browning has played mostly masterful ball, throwing 42 touchdown passes against just seven interceptions. Underestimating this Washington team — particularly the running game and the defense — could lead to a lot of lost wagers.  

Why should you put your money on the Crimson Tide?

Alabama has won 25 straight games now; against Florida in the SEC title game, their offense sputtered early, gaining minus-7 yards in the first quarter. However, they used a pick-six by Minka Fitzpatrick and a blocked punt return to get their scoring up and running. Tailback Jalen Hurts didn’t have to do much with his arm, just going 11 for 20 for 137 yards, because the Crimson Tide not only ran for 234 yards, but their defense held the Florida Gators to zero net yards on the ground. Florida did throw for 261 yards — but they also threw three interceptions. This is a defense that is fast and furious, and the special teams play intense ball too. If Washington commits a couple of early turnovers, this game could turn into a rout as well.   Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction I have a lot of respect for Alabama and see them advancing to the CFP final, but I don’t see them beating Washington by two touchdowns — Washington is just too solid in all phases of the game for things to get out of hand. I predict a final score of Alabama 34, Washington 24.