Peach Bowl Betting Odds
The first playoff game of the day is the 2016 Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl with No. 1 Alabama facing No. 4 Washington at 3PM ET.
According to oddsmakers at BetDSI, Alabama is the clear favorite in this game, as the Tide are getting odds of -14 points against the Huskies. The over/under total is listed at 53 points. These two will meet from the Georgia Dome in Atlanta at 3PM ET on ESPN. The opening odds for this game had Bama favored by 15.5 points. The spread peaked at 16.5 points and hit a low of 13.5 before settling at 14. The public is soundly behind Alabama for this game, as with the Tide getting 66 percent of the wagers.
Alabama is the defending national champion and a perfect 13-0 coming into the playoffs. The Tide have been pretty dominant once again in 2016, going 9-4 against the spread thanks to the play of the top defense in the country. Alabama allowed just 11.8 points and 248.2 yards per game this season. Their run defense held opponents to only 63.8 yards per game and they gave up just 184.5 passing yards per contest. The Bama offense doesn’t need to do much to win games, but they still do. Bama is posting 471.3 yards and 40.5 points per game. The Tide has a balanced attack with freshman Jalen Hurts, who has thrown for 2,592 yards and 22 touchdowns while rushing for 841 yards and 12 touchdowns. Damien Harris has added 986 rushing yards and two scores.
Washington is making a surprising appearance in the playoffs as not many forecasted the Huskies to be a contender this year. However, Washington went 12-1, winning the Pac-12, while posting a 7-6 mark against the spread. Washington has a respectable defense that allows just 17.2 points and 316.2 yards per game, but they haven’t been stellar against the run, allowing 123.5 yards per game on the ground. That front line will certainly be tested by Alabama. Offensively, Washington is a powerful attack. The Huskies average 44.5 points and 477.2 yards per game. Jake Browning established himself as one of the top quarterbacks in the nation in 2016 by throwing for 3,280 yards and 42 touchdowns with only seven interceptions. John Ross was his top target, catching 76 passes for 1,122 yards and 17 scores. They also have two great rushing options as Myles Gaskin had 1,339 yards and Lavon Coleman tallied 836 yards.