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Saturday, Dec. 31, the Alabama Crimson Tide take on the Washington Huskies. The game, to be played at the Georgia Dome, is slated for a 3:00 p.m. ET start time. Read on for our Peach Bowl preview.
According to ESPN’s matchup predictor, which is based on its Football Power Index, Alabama wins the matchup between the two teams 68.2% of the time. The spread also favors the Tide.
Spread: Alabama -16
Game Time: 3:00 p.m. ET
Peach Bowl preview:
Pick any bowl game. Alabama is probably the biggest favorite to win despite playing the No. 4 team in the country, Washington. The Tide opened as a 14-point favorite, but the spread quickly rose to -16 in Alabama's favor.
The Tide finished the season undefeated, and really didn't face much adversity at all. Alabama dominated opponents from the opening whistle and wore them out by the final one. The Crimson Tide enter this game coming off of their demolition of Florida in the SEC Championship Game and have eyes on another national title.
Washington started out the season with nine straight wins and then dropped its only contest against a solid USC team. After losing their first game of the season, the Huskies bounced back in a big way by winning its last three games, including the Pac-12 Championship by at least 26 points.
The Crimson Tide and Huskies have played four times in history, with the Tide winning all four contests, the last of which was played in 1986.
Peach Bowl prediction:
Washington has been doubted all season. Now, the Huskies find themselves as huge underdogs pitted against the best team in the nation. Can Chris Petersen lead his team to the promised land by defeating Nick Saban and the Tide?
Probably not. But it will be closer than people think!
The Huskies will stick with the Tide until midway through the third quarter when Alabama's big boys wear down Washington's front line on both offense and defense.
Alabama 43, Washington 27