Can't Wait For Saturday | Who is going to win the football title? Taking Michigan in a close one

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Greetings from "Can't Wait For Saturday," your morning morsel of college football, courtesy of longtime Illini beat writer, AP Top 25 voter and Heisman state rep Bob Asmussen. He'll give you his views each day on the game he loves.


Before I get to what I think will happen in Monday night's national title game, let's first discuss what won't happen.

The final score won't be 65-7.

That was the nightmare scenario that took place in the 2023 championship game between Georgia and TCU. Would Michigan have fared any better? Remember, the Wolverines lost a close game to the Horned Frogs in the semifinals.

The Fighting Harbaughs wouldn't have been much closer against Georgia, which played like it wanted to be called the greatest of all time. Hard to argue, though I still really like LSU's team with Joe Burrow in charge.

Enough about the past. Here is what is going to happen Monday:

Points. Maybe a lot more points. Washington's offense is humming behind the best player in college football, Michael Penix Jr. He's got great receivers and a talented running back Dillon Johnson battling back from injuries.

And there isn't a better offensive line in the country. So, Penix isn't hit too often and is able to move away from trouble.

If the game is close, the Huskies usually have the upper hand. Washington has won its last 10 games in a row all by 10 points or less. A great run of clutchdom.

But Michigan is going to move the ball too. On the ground with Blake Corum and pals. And in the air when J.J. McCarthy gets going.

So, the streak of wins in close games ends for the Huskies, with Michigan scoring a 33-30 victory.

You can make fun of me if it is a blowout for either team. But my guess is the folks at Houston's NRG Stadium are going to be on the edge of their seats.