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Biggest X-Factor for Washington in National Championship vs. Michigan

We go over the most important factor in a potential win for the Huskies in the College Football Playoff National Championship.

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The No. 2 Washington Huskies defeated Texas in the Sugar Bowl to reach the 2024 College Football Championship Game. They will face the undefeated No. 1 Michigan Wolverines in Houston on Monday, January 8 at 7:30 p.m. ET. Who will be the difference-maker for the Huskies in this matchup?

Michigan vs. Washington National Championship

X-Factor for Huskies: Edefuan Ulofoshio, LB

You know how the saying goes — offense wins games, defense wins championships. And while Washington’s high-powered passing offense will be a major key to winning this game for the Huskies, they will need to be able to step up on the other side of the ball and stop the run. If Michigan RB Blake Corum is able to run the ball at will and eat up clock time, the Huskies’ offense will be playing a game of panicked catch-up.

Linebaker Edefuan Ulofoshio, a former walk-on who hails from Anchorage, Alaska, tied for the team lead in solo tackles this season with 58. He had 90 total solo and assisted touchdowns. He recorded three sacks, one forced fumble, and one interception. The plan to stop Michigan’s hard-nose offense will center around Ulofoshio’s ability to pressure quarterback JJ McCarthy and close in on the elusive Corum.