3 bold predictions for the CFP National Championship Game

Michigan football and Washington will meet on Monday night for the College Football Playoff National Championship. Here are three bold predictions.

Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh reacts to a play against Alabama during the first half of the Rose Bowl.
Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh reacts to a play against Alabama during the first half of the Rose Bowl. / Junfu Han / USA TODAY NETWORK
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J.J. McCarthy has a near-perfect night

Michigan quarterback J.J. McCarthy accounted for over 250 yards and tossed three touchdown passes against Alabama -- good enough to win Rose Bowl MVP -- he can play better. McCarthy missed some throws and outside of the final drive, I'd call his performance average. At least by his standards.

I don't care about the narratives, when McCarthy is on, he throws the ball as well as anyone in college football. He's extremely accurate. He's run a 4.5 in the 40 and he's lost one game in his college career as a starting quarterback.

Still, some people act like he's holding Michigan football back, instead of being one of the main reasons the Wolverines are 14-0. Washington allows 269 yards passing per game. Their defense struggles and McCarthy is as good as Bo Nix. He's definitely a more accurate passer than Quinn Ewers and after Michigan kept him clean against Alabama, the O-line will do the same against Washington.

McCarthy probably won't throw for 300 yards because Michigan will grind the clock once it gets the lead, but he's going to throw a couple of touchdowns (accounting for around 250 yards) and I see him completing a high percentage of passes in what ends up as a Michigan football win.

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Prediction: Michigan 34, Washington 24