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Key player for Washington in National Championship vs. Michigan

We go over which key player needs to step up in order for the Huskies to win the College Football Playoff National Championship.

Allstate Sugar Bowl - Texas v Washington Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images

After the Washington Huskies’ 37-31 victory over Texas in the Sugar Bowl, they are headed to the 2023 National Championship where they will face the Michigan Wolverines. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. ET on Monday, January 8.

Michigan vs. Washington National Championship

Huskies Key Player: Rome Odunze, WR

Michael Penix has put together a phenomenal year as a Heisman finalist, Pac-12 champion, and undefeated QB. But in this matchup, it’s going to be up to the guy on the other end of those passes to make the plays. Michigan has one of the best defenses in the nation, and Penix’s receivers will be challenged to make plays on those his jaw-dropping passes. Odunze will lead the charge as the Huskies’ top receiver of the season.

Odunze had over 1,500 receiving yards this season and scored 13 touchdowns in the air. His size, speed, and ball awareness make him arguably the best college wide receiver in the nation right now, and with running back Dillon Johnson injured, he will need to rise to the occasion as the go-to guy on offense. Odunze had 126 receiving yards against Texas.

Ja’Lynn Polk is side-by-side with Odunze downfield. Polk had over 1,100 receiving yards this season, and finished the semifinal with 125 yards and a touchdown. Michigan’s elite defense will be focused on Odunze, and Polk will also have the chance to step up as the WR2.