Michigan vs. Alabama Rose Bowl line, prediction, odds: College Football Playoff semifinal is nearly a pick ’em

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Michigan is undefeated and classed No. 1 successful nan country. Alabama is coming disconnected winning nan SEC and hit Georgia, thing nary different squad has done successful 3 seasons. Even arsenic acold arsenic nationalist semifinals go, this is simply a large matchup connected paper. The Wolverines participate nan Rose Bowl arsenic mini favorites.

Michigan opened arsenic a 2.5-point favorite, but nan statement has moved successful Alabama’s guidance by a point. It’s not rather a toss-up, but it’s close. How do these teams lucifer up?

Michigan hasn’t been an violative juggernaut successful nan past period of nan season, but did support a shutout against Iowa to triumph nan Wolverines’ 3rd consecutive Big Ten title. Quarterback J.J. McCarthy hasn’t thrown for 150 yards successful immoderate of his past 4 games and Michigan managed conscionable 213 yards of discourtesy against Iowa, but that crippled was much astir managing nan crippled and letting nan defense do nan work.

Michigan’s defense has been doing activity each season. The Wolverines person allowed 9.5 points per game, nan fewest successful nan country.

On nan different side, Alabama’s defense has 3 first-rounders successful Dane Brugler’s NFL mock draft (DE Dallas Turner and CBs Terrion Arnold and Kool-Aid McKinstry). If Turner and Alabama’s walk unreserved tin get to McCarthy, Michigan could move into a one-dimensional offense. The Wolverines person gotten distant pinch being one-dimensional against nan likes of Penn State, but will that activity against Alabama?

Alabama’s discourtesy has been connected a roller coaster this twelvemonth arsenic backmost Jalen Milroe has grown into nan position arsenic a first-year starter. When Alabama mislaid to Texas early successful nan season, and nan Crimson Tide labored astatine South Florida a week later, it looked for illustration Alabama could not get here. But Milroe hasn’t thrown 2 interceptions successful a crippled since that Texas nonaccomplishment and has racked up 35 full touchdowns (23 passing, 12 rushing).

Michigan’s defense could beryllium nan champion 1 Milroe and Alabama person seen each year. The Wolverines are allowing 9.5 points a game, a staggering stat, moreover successful nan offensively-challenged Big Ten.

Michigan has been successful nan CFP each of nan past 2 years and has mislaid successful nan semifinals some times. Alabama, of course, has been a champion successful nan CFP. This is nan Crimson Tide’s eighth CFP quality and they are 6-1 successful semifinals. The dispersed is small, but who wants to springiness Nick Saban points successful a neutral-field crippled pinch a period to prepare?

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Opening kickoff is group for 5 p.m. ET connected Monday astatine nan Rose Bowl successful Pasadena, Calif. ESPN will supply sum for nan crippled and it will beryllium streaming connected nan ESPN app.

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