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Pick for total points, over/under: Washington vs. Michigan in CFP National Championship

The Wolverines and the Huskies meet in Houston on Monday. We pick the game’s total.

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The No. 1 Michigan Wolverines take on the No. 2 Washington Huskies in the 2024 college football national championship game on Monday, January 8. After a year filled with conference realignment drama, sign-stealing investigations, and some instant classics, the 2023 season culminates at 7:30 p.m. ET at NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas.

The total for the game is set at 56.5 at DraftKings Sportsbook, and Michigan enters as a 4.5-point favorite. The Wolverines are

Over/Under pick for Washington vs. Michigan

The Wolverines are 7-6-1 on the over this season, and the Huskies are 7-7. Michigan takes over 30 seconds per offensive play — one of the longest in the nation — and relies on a run-heavy, slower-paced game strategy. They lean heavily on their top-ranked defense, which should be able to contain Washington’s high-powered offense to a lower success rate than they’re accustomed to. Washington has not faced a defense like Michigan’s all season, and Michael Penix’s Huskies won’t be able to score at will in this matchup. Roll with the under here.

Pick: Under 56.5