Washington vs. Texas – Picks and Predictions

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Washington vs. Texas – Picks and Predictions

Author: Erik Gibbs | Publish Date: December 27, 2023 | Last Updated: December 28, 2023

The #2 Washington Huskies begin the quest for their first national championship since 1991 as they take on the #3 Texas Longhorns in the Sugar Bowl on New Year’s Day from the Caesars Superdome in New Orleans.

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Head-To-Head: Washington vs. Texas

Washington is 13-0 and won the Pac-12 Conference championship after their second victory over the Oregon Ducks by a 34-31 score.   

The Longhorns have claimed nine national championships in their history, the last coming in 2005. They are 12-1 on the season and champions of the Big 12 Conference. Texas suffered its only loss of the season against the then #12 Oklahoma Sooners but recovered from the defeat by running off seven straight wins to end the season, with the last a 49-21 victory at home against the Oklahoma State Cowboys.

The Huskies and Longhorns have only faced each other five times, with Texas holding a 3-2 record. The last time they matched up was in the 2022 Alamo Bowl, with the Huskies taking a 27-20 victory at the Alamodome. Texas won the previous matchup at the 2021 Holiday Bowl in a 47-43 shootout.

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Washington vs. Texas Odds

The Longhorns are favored by 4.5 points to win this matchup, with moneyline odds of -182. Washington is the underdog for the second straight game, with a wager on them to win on the moneyline paying +150 odds. The total for this contest is 63.5 points, with odds on the over paying better odds of -105 against -115 for a bet on the under.

Betting Tips for Washington vs. Texas

The Longhorns are 4-1 against the spread in their previous five games vs. the Pac-12 Conference and are 5-0 in the last five games as the betting favorite. They’re also 4-2 against the spread in their previous six games overall. 

Washington has won 20 straight games, with their last defeat against Arizona State in Week 6 of 2022. The Huskies have a 2-6 record in their previous eight games against Big 12 teams and are 5-1 against the spread in the last six games they played as the underdog.

Washington vs. Texas Predictions

This CFP semifinal game between Washington and Texas will likely be decided in the trenches. The Huskies have one of the top offensive lines in the country, giving up just 11 sacks all season and led by All-Pac 12 left tackle Troy Fautanu. The Longhorns have allowed just 80.0 yards rushing per game this season behind All-Americans Byron Murphy and T’Vondre Sweat and have talented players rushing from the edge.

The Huskies might be feeling disrespected by the bookmakers after winning as 9.5-point underdogs to Oregon and winning a championship in one of the best conferences in the nation. At the same time, the Longhorns performed well in their previous two games against lesser competition in a conference that’s weaker than it's been in many years.

The Huskies should be ready for this matchup, as Texas will undoubtedly have difficulty stopping the top-ranked passing offense in the country in what will likely be a shootout on New Year’s Day.

Prediction: Over 63.5

Erik Gibbs

Erik is a dynamic and seasoned journalist with a passion for all things sports and sports betting. With a career spanning over two decades, he has become a prominent figure in the world of sports journalism, admired for his insightful analysis and engaging storytelling.