NEWS BRIEF: College Football Championship

Michigan Wolverines Claim Their Tenth National Title Monday Night, Defeating the Huskies 34-13
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The undefeated BIG10 Champions Michigan Wolverines re-established themselves as a dominant in college football with a commanding victory over undefeated PAC12 opponents, the Washington Huskies, during the CFP National Championship Monday, Jan 8. 

Michigan Quarterback junior JJ McCarthy finished 27-1 as a starter during his tenure, securing a title and writing himself off into the history books along other Michigan greats; while McCarthy played sharp, the battle was won on the ground for the Wolverines. Running back tandem senior Blake Corum and junior Donovan Edwards broke off for two touchdowns apiece, totaling 134 and 104 rushing yards respectively. 

The five-man front for the Wolverines simply overpowered the Huskies, and Michigan claimed the line of scrimmage on both ends for the duration of the game. 

Cornerbacks Mike Sainristil and sophomore Will Johnson each collected interceptions, encapsulating what was a superior performance from the Michigan defense. Washington quarterback Michael Penix Jr. was in trouble all night long as the Wolverines were relentless upfront, sending pressure and blitz packages from all over the field. 

Washington’s proven, eccentric offense came to a standstill for most of the game as they could not seem to find their rhythm, in part again to the Michigan defense. Penix finished with 255 yards, a touchdown and two interceptions, almost 200 yards less than the show he put on in the semifinal against Texas.

Highly touted junior wide receiver Rome Odunze and company had limited production as a flaming hot Michigan secondary neutralized Penix’s explosive agenda.  

Both teams will see off considerable talent to the NFL next year, and both will look to be back on this stage with the new twelve-team CFB playoff taking place in the 2024-2025 season. 


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