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CFP National Championship Betting

CFP National Championship Betting

The College Football Playoff National Championship Game for the 2023 season took place on January 8, 2024 at NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas and it was the No. 1 Michigan Wolverines defeating the No. 2 Washington Huskies by a score of 34-13. The Wolverines defeated the Alabama Crimson Tide in one of the College Football Playoff semifinal games, winning 27-20 in overtime, while the Washington Huskies outlasted the Texas Longhorns in the other semifinal game, winning 37-31. The Wolverines controlled the College Football National Championship Game from start to finish and it was Michigan covering the 5.5-point spread with the total going under the number of 55.5. The College Football National Championship Game at the conclusion of the 2023 season marked the end of the four-team playoff. The College Football Playoff will expand to 12 teams for the 2024 season.

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The Michigan Wolverines were listed as the favorite on the moneyline to win the national title at odds of -192, while the Huskies were +170 on the moneyline. The Wolverines not only won the national title game outright, they easily covered the 5.5-point spread and the game was never in danger of going over the total.

2023-2024 College Football National Championship Game

Michigan Wolverines 34 Washington Huskies 13

In the College Football Playoff title game on Monday, January 8, 2024, No. 1 Michigan, led by Jim Harbaugh, defeated No. 2 Washington 34–13. Blake Corum ran for 134 yards and two touchdowns in the fourth quarter. The team seemed unfazed by suspensions and a case of sign-stealing that followed the program.

With 3:37 remaining, Corum, who had earlier in the Rose Bowl semifinal against Alabama scored the game-winning touchdown in overtime, blasted in from the 1-yard line to put Michigan ahead by 21 and ignited yet another wild reenactment of "The Victors," securing the Wolverines' (15-0) first national championship since 1997.

Despite missing six regular-season games this season due to separate sanctions, Harbaugh delivered the championship that so many had anticipated when he took over a failing powerhouse in 2015. And he did it with a team that Bo Schembechler, his former coach, would have been proud of. In their victory over Washington, the Wolverines amassed 303 yards on the ground, while their defense, which twice intercepted the Heisman Trophy runner-up, Michael Penix Jr., held the Huskies' explosive passing game to just one touchdown.

Penix finished his six-year collegiate career with what may have been his poorest game of the year. Penix was not nearly as accurate against a Michigan defense that negated his hallmark deep throws. Penix threw for 255 yards and a touchdown on 27 of 51 attempts. J.J. McCarthy of Michigan had a quiet game, passing for 140 yards and gaining 31. However, it was sufficient to raise his record to 27-1 while starting for the Wolverines.

The Wolverines led 17-3 early in the second quarter because of two lengthy touchdown runs by Donovan Edwards and 229 yards of rushing in the first quarter, which brought back thoughts of the historic Georgia rout of TCU last year.

In the first half, Washington steadied and didn't let the Wolverines score another point. With 4:46 remaining in the second quarter, the Huskies stopped Michigan on a fourth-and-2 from the UW 38, and Penix got to work. With 42 seconds remaining in the first half, he connected with Jalen McMillan for a 3-yard score on a fourth-and-goal. The Huskies were down 17–10 at the half.

After Will Johnson intercepted Penix on the opening play of the second half, Michigan had another chance to take a two-touchdown lead, but they had to settle for James Turner's field goal to make the score 20–10.

Up until halfway through the fourth quarter, Michigan maintained a touchdown lead. However, the Wolverines eventually gained some breathing room with a 27-13 lead with 7:09 remaining after a 71-yard drive that was finished by a tackle-breaking 12-yard touchdown from Corum who was recognized as the national championship game's offensive player.

National Championship Game Format

The College Football Playoff National Championship Game pairs the winning teams from the College Football Playoff semifinal rounds. Seven teams have made it to the CFP multiple times since its inception with Alabama and Clemson leading the way. Ohio State and Georgia have both made it to the CFP National Championship Game twice, while Notre Dame, and Oklahoma have never made it this far as they are winless in the CFP.

CFP National Championship Past Results

2023 (No. 1) Michigan (No. 2) Washington 34-13
2022 (No. 1) Georgia (No. 3) TCU 65-7
2021 (No. 3) Georgia (No. 1) Alabama 33-18
2020 (No. 1) Alabama (No. 3) Ohio State 52-24
2019 (No. 1) LSU (No. 3) Clemson 42-25
2018 (No. 2) Clemson (No. 1) Alabama 44-16
2017 (No. 4) Alabama (No. 3) Georgia 26-23 (OT)
2016 (No. 2) Clemson (No. 1) Alabama 35-31
2015 (No. 2) Alabama (No. 1) Clemson 45-40
2014 (No. 4) Ohio State (No. 2) Oregon 42-20

The Wolverines broke the stranglehold that the SEC had in the title game, as an SEC team had won the College Football Playoff National Championship Game for four straight seasons until Michigan broke that trend. LSU was the most dominant team we’ve seen in years during the 2019 campaign and Alabama smashed Ohio State at the conclusion of the 2020 season. Georgia toppled Alabama in 2021 after a heartbreaking loss to the Crimson Tide at the end of the 2017 season in Atlanta, and the Bulldogs completely dominated TCU from start to finish to win to wrap up the 2022 season. Michigan controlled Washington to take the national championship for the 2023 regular season.

CFP National Championship By Team

6 Alabama 3 (2015, 2017, 2020) 3 (2016, 2018, 2021)
4 Clemson 2 (2016, 2018) 2 (2015, 2019)
3 Georgia 2 (2021, 2022) 1 (2017)
2 Ohio State 1 (2014) 1 (2020)
1 Michigan 1 (2023) 0
1 LSU 1 (2019) 0
1 Oregon 0 1 (2014)
1 TCU 0 1 (2022)

Three programs have stood above the rest when it comes to college football in the CFP era. Alabama, Georgia and Clemson have clearly been the elite programs in the nation, although the Tigers have not made it to the CFP for the last three seasons. These three schools have combined to win seven of the last eight national championships.

Georgia has emerged as the new team to beat in the current era. The Bulldogs became the first team in the CFP era to win consecutive titles in 2022, and they nearly knocked off Alabama in overtime of the 2017 National Championship Game. Kirby Smart has built a Death Star in Athens, and the Bulldogs look to be a serious contender for the foreseeable future.

Since its inception, two teams have been constant fixtures in the College Football Playoff. Alabama has made it to the CFP eight times and has played in the CFP National Championship Game six times. The Crimson Tide are 3-3 in the national championship, with two of their losses coming to the other power in this era.

Clemson went to the CFP for six straight seasons from 2015 to 2020. The Tigers lost twice in the national semifinals, and they made it to the title game four times. They bested Alabama twice thanks to standout performances from Trevor Lawrence and Deshaun Watson.

Now, it might be Georgia’s turn to dominate. The Bulldogs secured the biggest blowout in national championship history with a 65-7 throttling of TCU at the end of the 2022 season to win their second straight national championship. They are the first team to repeat as national champions in the CFP era. The Bulldogs did not get a chance to three-peat, as they were left out of the 2023 College Football Playoff.

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2023-24 College Football Bowl Games

Saturday, December 16
Myrtle Beach Bowl 11:00 AM / ESPN Georgia Southern vs. Ohio
Celebration Bowl 12:00 PM / ABC Florida A&M vs. Howard
New Orleans Bowl 2:15 PM / ESPN Jacksonville State vs. Louisiana
Cure Bowl 3:30 PM / ABC Miami (Ohio) vs. Appalachian State
New Mexico Bowl 5:45 PM / ESPN Fresno State vs. New Mexico State
LA Bowl 7:30 PM / ABC UCLA vs. Boise State
Independence Bowl 9:15 PM / ESPN Texas Tech vs. California
Monday, December 18
Bahamas Bowl (Temporarily Famous Toastery Bowl) 2:30 PM / ESPN Western Kentucky vs. Old Dominion
Tuesday, December 19
Frisco Bowl 9:00 PM / ESPN Marshall vs. UTSA
Thursday, December 21
Boca Raton Bowl 8:00 PM / ESPN USF vs. Syracuse
Friday, December 22
Gasparilla Bowl 6:30 PM / ESPN Georgia Tech vs. UCF
Saturday, December 23
Birmingham Bowl 12:00 PM / ABC Troy vs. Duke
Camellia Bowl 12:00 PM / ESPN Arkansas State vs. Northern Illinois
Armed Forces Bowl 3:30 PM / ABC Air Force vs. James Madison
Famous Idaho Potato Bowl 3:30 PM / ESPN Georgia State vs. Utah State
68 Ventures Bowl 7:00 PM / ESPN Eastern Michigan vs. South Alabama
Las Vegas Bowl 7:30 PM / ABC Northwestern vs. Utah
Hawai'i Bowl 10:30 PM / ESPN San Jose State vs. Coastal Carolina
Tuesday, December 26
Quick Lane Bowl 2:00 PM / ESPN Bowling Green vs. Minnesota
First Responder Bowl 5:30 PM / ESPN Texas State vs. Rice
Guaranteed Rate Bowl 9:00 PM / ESPN Kansas vs. UNLV
Wednesday, December 27
Military Bowl 2:00 PM / ESPN Tulane vs. Virginia Tech
Duke's Mayo Bowl 5:30 PM / ESPN North Carolina vs. West Virginia
Holiday Bowl 8:00 PM / ESPN (15) Louisville vs. Southern Cal
Texas Bowl 9:00 PM / ESPN (20) Oklahoma State vs. Texas A&M
Thursday, December 28
Fenway Bowl 11:00 AM / ESPN (24) SMU vs. Boston College
Pinstripe Bowl 2:15 PM / ESPN Rutgers vs. Miami
Pop-Tarts Bowl 5:45 PM / ESPN (18) NC State vs. (25) Kansas State
Alamo Bowl 9:15 PM / ESPN (12) Oklahoma vs. (14) Arizona
Friday, December 29
Gator Bowl 12:00 PM / ESPN (22) Clemson vs. Kentucky
Tony the Tiger Sun Bowl 2:00 PM / CBS (16) Notre Dame vs. (19) Oregon State
Liberty Bowl 3:30 PM / ESPN Memphis vs. Iowa State
Cotton Bowl 8:00 PM / ESPN (7) Ohio State vs. (9) Missouri
Saturday, December 30
Peach Bowl 12:00 PM / ESPN (10) Penn State vs. (11) Mississippi
Music City Bowl 2:00 PM / ABC Auburn vs. Maryland
Orange Bowl 4:00 PM / ESPN (5) Florida State vs. (6) Georgia 
Arizona Bowl 4:30 PM (Barstool) Wyoming vs. Toledo
Monday, Jan. 1, 2024
ReliaQuest Bowl 12:00 PM / ESPN2 (13) LSU vs. Wisconsin
Citrus Bowl 1:00 PM / ABC (17) Iowa vs. (21) Tennessee
Fiesta Bowl 1:00 PM / ESPN (8) Oregon vs. (23) Liberty
Rose Bowl (CFP Semifinal) 5:00 PM / ESPN (1) Michigan vs. (4) Alabama
Sugar Bowl (CFP Semifinal) 8:45 PM / ESPN (2) Washington vs. (3) Texas
Monday, Jan. 8, 2024
CFP National Championship Game 7:30 PM / ESPN (1) Michigan vs. (2) Washington

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