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DAWGS PREVIEW: ALLSTATE SUGAR BOWL WASHINGTON PREVIEW



The Texas Longhorns (12-1) and the Washington Huskies (13-0) travel to Caesars Superdome in New Orleans, LA to meet in the Allstate Sugar Bowl. This will be the sixth meeting between the teams with Texas holding a 3-2 edge over Washington. The last meeting was December 29, 2022, a 27-20 Washington win in the Alamo Bowl.

 

Texas -4 O/U 63.5

 

BROADCAST INFORMATION:

 


- Monday, January 1, 2024, 8:45 PM Eastern Time Kickoff on ESPN

- Sean McDonough and Greg McElroy will be on the call for ESPN while Molly McGrath and Katie

George will be on the sideline.

- On the Texas side the radio broadcast will be on FM 98.1 and AM 1300. On the Washington side, the

radio broadcast will be on FM 93.3.

 

WHAT’S AT STAKE?

 

The winner moves on to the College Football Playoff National Championship Game to play the winner of the Rose Bowl between Alabama and Michigan.

 

KEY PLAYERS

 

Washington



QB Michael Penix, Jr. – Finalist for the Heisman Trophy. Finished the season with 65.9% passes completed, led the nation with 4,218 passing yards, and tied for third in the nation with 33 TDs and 9 INTs.

 

WR Rome Odunze – Finished the season with 81 receptions, was third in the nation with 1,428 receiving yards, and tied for sixth with 13 receiving TDs.

 

RB Dillon Johnson – Rushed for 1,113 yards, tied for 29th in the nation, and 14 TDs, tied for 14th nationally. Normally, the run game is used to set up the passing attack. For Washington, the opposite can be true. The Huskies will need Johnson to help draw in the Texas defensive backs to create mismatches for the Washington receivers.

 

Three Washington players have entered the transfer portal since the end of the regular season.

 

KEY MATCHUP - Sugar Bowl

 

The potent Husky passing attack against the Texas pass defense.  The Huskies led the nation with an average of 343.8 passing yards per game. Penix and the Washington receivers have dominated opposing defenses for the majority of the season. The Texas pass defense ranks No. 93 giving up 240.8 yards per game. That does not bode well for the Longhorns’ chance to win this game. However, Texas is tied for eighth in the country with 16 interceptions, two of which they returned for touchdowns. While Texas has sacked opposing quarterbacks 32 times, the Huskies have only allowed 11 sacks all season, tied for fourth nationally.

 

PREDICTION - Sugar Bowl

 

Washington’s defensive statistics are why the Huskies are underdogs in this game. Texas drew the least favorable matchup in the Huskies as both Michigan and Alabama do not boast the offensive output that Washington does, especially through the air. This will be a shootout for sure and the Washington defense will make enough plays to stop Texas and get the win. A little betting nugget: Washington is 4-0 outright as an underdog under head coach Kalen DeBoer. Give me Washington winning 41-37, take Washington getting points, and take the over.

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