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#2 Washington to Play Texas In Sugar Bowl

The Huskies will play a psuedo-road game in the Playoffs with a chance on New Year’s Day to try to advance to the national title

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: DEC 29 Valero Alamo Bowl Photo by John Rivera/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

The College Football Playoff committee announced this morning that the 13-0 Washington Huskies have been assigned the #2 overall seed and will play the #3 seed 12-1 Big 12 Champ Texas Longhorns in the Sugar Bowl. The Michigan Wolverines earned the top seed and will take on #4 seed Alabama in the Rose Bowl.

This will be the second consecutive season that the Huskies will play Texas in the postseason in what should be a Texas-friendly environment. Last year the two schools played in the Alamo Bowl which is only about a one-hour drive from Austin. Now they will match up in New Orleans which is about a seven-hour drive from the Texas campus.

There was clearly an argument that Washington deserved the #1 seed as their slate of wins was more impressive than Michigan’s. It’s also true that the Wolverines blew out every mediocre team on their schedule while the Huskies struggled with subpar teams like Arizona State and Stanford.

Washington had hoped that the committee would allow the Huskies to play in the Rose Bowl given that Michigan is closer to New Orleans than UW. However, preference is given to the #1 seed and it seems obvious that Michigan would rather play Alabama in California than in New Orleans.

The biggest controversy on a national perspective will be that the committee left out 13-0 Florida State in favor of 12-1 Alabama. The Seminoles lost their starting quarterback Jordan Travis in their 3rd to last game and did not look impressive offensively with their backup against Florida and their true freshman 3rd stringer against Louisville.

Washington will open as an underdog in the betting markets for the 3rd time in their last 4 games as Texas is initially a 4.5-point favorite over the Huskies. The Dawgs of course won each of those last two games against Oregon State and Oregon.

The Longhorns were 2 yards away from being eliminated from contention midseason when Kansas State had 1st and goal in OT against Texas where a touchdown clinched the game. Instead, they failed in 4 tries and Texas escaped. Starting QB Quinn Ewers missed a few games but came back healthy as Texas’ offense blew the doors off Texas Tech and Oklahoma State in their last two games. That came despite the loss of star running back Jonathan Brooks who tore his ACL.

We’ll have more on this matchup over the next month.

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