Michigan vs. Washington: College football final odds, prediction for national title

Washington Huskies quarterback Michael Penix Jr. (9) pass the ball during the Sugar Bowl College
Washington Huskies quarterback Michael Penix Jr. (9) pass the ball during the Sugar Bowl College / Sara Diggins/American-Statesman / USA

Monday night's Michigan vs. Washington national title game isn't exactly what everyone expected when the season began, but here we are.

The Wolverines enter the game as favorites, but Washington has to feel extremely slept on. The Huskies aren't being given much of a chance by the national media on Monday to take down the Wolverines, but that could be a mistake.

This game is going to be much closer and entertaining than most expect.

Will Michigan win its first national title since 1997 or will Washington pull off the upset and score one final time for the dying Pac-12 Conference?

Here’s your kickoff time and channel for the big game:

Time: 7:30 p.m. ET

Let’s get into the final odds for the 2024 national title game in Houston.

Michigan vs Washington odds as of game day

As stated previously, Michigan opened as a favorite to start the week and the odds have only increased for the Wolverines. I saw them at -4.5 as recently as Sunday night and now the Wolverines are up to 5-point favorites. The over/under is set at 55.5 which is somewhat low, but Michigan has a good defense while Michael Penix Jr. is arguably the best passer in college football.

Here are the official odds, courtesy of DraftKings:

Spread: Michigan -5
Moneyline: Michigan -205 | Washington +170
Over/Under: 55.5

Michigan vs Washington final predictions

As a Michigan State alum, it would be easy for me to say Washington is going to win because, well, that's what would happen for me in an ideal world. Unfortunately, this Michigan team just feels like it's destined for a national title and while the Huskies have the best offense that the Wolverines have probably seen all year, I don't think they have what it takes to stop Blake Corum and JJ McCarthy.

This game will undoubtedly be entertaining and no one will regret tuning in, but Michigan will finally win its first national title in 25-plus years, silencing the doubters while Jim Harbaugh mulls a decision to return to the NFL.

My final score prediction would have to be somewhere in the ballpark of 31-27 Michigan.