How to watch the CFP Championship: NPR
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The No. 1 Michigan Wolverines and the No. 2 Washington Huskies will meet in the College Football Playoff National Championship Game on Monday, setting up what is expected to be a competitive season finale between two 14-0 teams.
Michigan is a 5.5-point favorite to beat Washington, according to FanDuel Sportsbook odds as of Sunday night.
What’s at stake?
It is Michigan’s first national championship appearance since 1997, with nine national titles to their name. Washington, which holds two national titles, is playing its first title game since 1991.
In the two seasons since he was hired in Washington, coach Calen DeBoer has turned a 4-8 team into a 25-2 team with 21 straight wins.
Jim Harbaugh, in his ninth season as Michigan State’s coach, has taken his alma mater to the semifinals the past two years. He now advances to the title game after a bumpy season that saw him suspended six games, three for recruiting violations and three related to a sign-stealing scandal.
Historically, the Wolverines have outscored Washington with an 8-5 all-time record against the Huskies.
Both teams are full of experience
NCAA players who would have lost a year of eligibility for the pandemic-shortened 2020 season were given an additional year on the roster. The coronavirus exemption has translated into solid experience for both teams.
Fourteen of Washington’s 22 offensive and defensive players are in their fifth or sixth season, while Michigan has nine starters in their fifth or sixth season.
The older players on both teams have pledged to use that extra year to pursue a national championship, the Associated Press reported.
“Just knowing the guys we had in this room and the brotherhood, we saw all the things we could do together,” Michigan sixth-year linebacker Michael Barrett told the AP. “We talked about what is good for the hive is good for the bee, and what is good for the bee is good for the hive.”
How to watch the match
when: Monday, January 8, at 7:30 PM ET
where: NRG Stadium, Houston
Where to watch: ESPN and stream on the ESPN app