Washington vs. Texas Sugar Bowl line, prediction, odds: Longhorns favored in College Football Playoff semifinal

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Washington was a two-score underdog entering nan Pac-12 title crippled and will besides beryllium nan underdog against Texas successful nan Sugar Bowl. The Longhorns are favored by little than a touchdown for this nationalist semifinal successful New Orleans.

The Huskies’ discourtesy has been nan eye-popping facet of this team. They are 11th successful nan state pinch 37.7 points per game, person nan nation’s starring passer (Michael Penix Jr. pinch 4,218 yards) and nan second-leading receiver (Rome Odunze astatine 1,428 yards). Despite that violative output and an undefeated record, it hasn’t been easy for Washington this season. The Huskies person won 4 successful a statement and 7 of their past 9 games by 1 score, but nan Huskies did outgain Oregon by 118 yards successful nan Pac-12 title game.

Texas’ discourtesy is besides connected occurrence lately. With questions of whether nan Longhorns would get into nan CFP, Texas deed nan turbo fastener connected offense. The Longhorns put up 57 against Texas Tech successful nan regular play finale and 49 against Oklahoma State successful nan Big 12 title game. Both games felt for illustration Texas could person scored much if it wanted to.

The absence of standout moving backmost Jonathon Brooks owed to wounded is still worthy mentioning, but Texas has tally nan shot conscionable good successful nan 3 games without him, averaging 207.7 yards connected nan crushed successful nan 3 games Brooks has missed. Washington’s defense has been porous astatine times this play and will person a reliable clip pinch each nan weapons Texas has, notably wide receivers Xavier Worthy and Adonai Mitchell.

The quarterbacks will get plentifulness of attraction successful this matchup. Penix was nan Heisman Trophy runner-up and Texas’ Quinn Ewers was nan No. 1 wide enlistee successful nan Class of 2022 who has blossomed successful his 2nd twelvemonth pinch nan Longhorns. Ewers completed much than 70 percent of his passes and threw for 3,161 yards contempt missing 2 games owed to injury. If Ewers goes down again, it would apt beryllium freshman Arch Manning taking complete aft Maalik Murphy, who started erstwhile Ewers sewage hurt, entered nan transportation portal and is not expected to beryllium pinch nan squad for nan Sugar Bowl.

These teams met successful nan Alamo Bowl past year, a 27-20 Washington win.

Texas is making its first quality successful nan CFP. Washington is making its 2nd CFP quality aft losing a semifinal successful nan 2016 season.

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Opening kickoff is group for 8:45 p.m. ET connected Monday astatine nan Caesars Superdome successful New Orleans. ESPN will supply sum for nan crippled and it will beryllium streaming connected nan ESPN app.

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(Photo of Michael Penix Jr.: Brian Rothmuller / Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

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