The matchup of Texas and Washington in a bowl game will occur for the second straight season, and the pre-game odds are almost a mirror image. The Longhorns and Huskies met in the 2022 Alamo Bowl, where Michael Penix Jr. and company represented the Pac-12 well and upset the favored ‘Horns 27-20 at the Alamodome in San Antonio. In their rematch, the winner of the Allstate Sugar Bowl will be ushered into a CFP Championship matchup against the team that emerges victorious between #1 Michigan and #4 Alabama.
Texas is favored again, this time by four points compared to 3.5 in 2022, and the point total is slightly lower at 63.5 after these opponents finished well under the number of 66 a year ago.
Washington wrapped up one of four undefeated seasons in the country with their second triumph over Oregon in the Pac-12 title game and are listed as the last of the four playoff teams according to the futures markets.
With Michigan, Texas, and Alabama all carrying odds shorter than +300, the Huskies are the outliers, sitting at +700 at the best available outlets. Penix finished behind LSU’s Jayden Daniels for second place in the Heisman voting and will look to cap off his college career with a pair of CFP victories and the program’s first championship since 1991.
Texas, one of the winningest programs in the sport, appears on the verge of finally being able to declare themselves ‘back’ after years of trying to reclaim the former glory of a program that struggled to find its footing following Mack Brown’s departure. Steve Sarkisian has built a formidable front on both sides of the ball and has a road win in Tuscaloosa on his resume this season.
We’ve outlined what’s at stake and who’s vying for this semifinal victory. Let’s add some player props to the mix to spice up this matchup; Our best bets for the 2023 Sugar Bowl are handicapped next.
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