The NCAA College Football Playoffs Semifinals kick off on New Years Eve with Alabama vs Washington. Happy Hour starts at 3pm just in time for the start of the second CFP Semifinals game.
Preview via SB Nation:
Alabama has been the dominant program of this era, and the Tide have never looked less beatable than they do right now. They’re 13-0 heading into a Playoff semifinal against Washington at the Peach Bowl on New Year’s Eve (3 p.m. ET, ESPN), and they’re a clear favorite to win it all a week later.
For most of the country, Alabama is literally unbeatable. Most teams don’t have the talent for their shot at beating Bama to be anything more than a rounding error.
But Washington isn’t one of those teams. S&P+ gives the Huskies a roughly 30 percent chance of beating the Tide. Vegas favors Bama by about 15.
Washington’s offense is excellent. Its 44.5 points per game are third in the FBS, and there’s talent all over the field. But that falls to an ordinary 33 in three ranked games.
If Washington is to beat Alabama, it’ll need just about everything to work. But it will start on defense, not offense.