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How to Watch Michigan vs Iowa, other top games on Championship Weekend

The Wolverines are going for the three-peat.

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The Michigan Wolverines defeated the Ohio State Buckeyes in Ann Arbor, 30-24, last Saturday, sealing the Big Ten East Division crown as their undefeated season continues on a path to the Big Ten Championship.

They’re headed down to Indianapolis to face an Iowa Hawkeyes squad boasts one of the best defenses in college football. Michigan is expected to win the game handily.

Let’s check in on the Big Ten Championship and some of the other conference championship games across college football with some insights from DraftKings Sportsbook.

Odds/lines subject to change. T&Cs apply. See draftkings.com/sportsbook for details.

No. 2 Michigan Wolverines vs. No. 16 Iowa Hawkeyes

  • Time: 8 p.m.
  • TV: FOX
  • Location: Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Weather: DOME - Lucas Oil Stadium
  • DraftKings Odds: MICH -23, O/U: 35.5, ML: MICH -2100, IOWA +1100
  • Best Bet (21-17-2): MICH -23

I’m really trying to not look at this game with maize and blue glasses on, but how does Iowa’s offense score in this game?

Michigan has the No. 2 defense in college football, per SP+. Iowa has played two other teams in the current top-10: Nebraska (No. 7) and Penn State (No. 3). The Hawkeyes scored 13 points against Nebraska last week, and six of those came off turnovers. Brian Ferentz’s offense was shut out against the Nittany Lions in Week 4.

The Wolverines' defense is statistically better than both those teams. Not only that, but Michigan has also demolished one-dimensional offenses like Iowa’s all season long. The Hawkeyes are getting only 3.5 yards per carry this season and quarterback Deacon Jones completes less than 50 percent of his passes and has thrown more interceptions (six) than touchdowns (five).

Jim Harbaugh is going to be back on the sidelines this week, and you better believe his players will come out on a mission to have Tony Pettiti hand him the Big Ten Championship trophy.

I love Michigan to cover the spread, and I like the over a lot, too, because I believe the Wolverines could surpass 35.5 points themselves. Give me Michigan by a ton.

No. 5 Oregon Ducks vs. No. 3 Washington Huskies

  • Time: 8 p.m. - Friday
  • TV: ABC
  • Location: Las Vegas, Nevada
  • Weather: DOME - Allegiant Stadium
  • DraftKings Odds: ORE -9.5, O/U: 66.5, ML: ORE -355, UW +280
  • Best Bet (21-17-2): UW +9.5

The Oregon Ducks should be undefeated, their only loss is to these Washington Huskies in Seattle in one of the best games in this season.

Since then, Washington is 2-4 ATS and it feels like its offense has lost firepower. The Huskies narrowly escaped games against Utah, Oregon State and Washington State in a tough three-game stretch before this final Pac-12 Championship.

Meanwhile, Oregon has looked like a freight train. The Ducks crushed Oregon State last week, gave Utah their worst loss in Salt Lake in the last five seasons, and cruised through the remainder of their schedule leading to this rematch.

I do believe Oregon wins this game and is headed for the College Football Playoff because of it, but I think 9.5 points is a little too rich. I’ll take Washington and the points a little closer to kickoff, hoping we see this cross 10 points or more.

No. 1 Georgia Bulldogs vs. No. 8 Alabama Crimson Tide

  • Time: 4 p.m. ET
  • TV: CBS
  • Location: Atlanta, GA
  • Weather: DOME - Mercedes-Benz Stadium
  • DraftKings Odds: UGA -5.5, O/U: 54.5, ML: UGA -218, BAMA +180
  • Best Bet (21-17-2): O54.5

There is no more meaningful game for the College Football Playoff committee than this one. What is going to happen if Alabama wins?

As usual, both these defenses are among the best in the country, per SP+, but neither are the world-beaters they have been in previous seasons. Alabama has given up 20 or more points in six of its last seven games. Georgia’s offense will be the best the Tide have faced this season.

Similar things can be said about the Bulldogs, who have allowed 20 points or more in six of their last nine. Alabama’s Jalen Milroe could pose problems to a Georgia defense that has not seen many dual-threat quarterbacks this season.

This game is basically on Georgia’s home turf being played in Atlanta. Bulldogs fans are going to come out in droves, and I have a feeling they wind up being on the winning side of a game that should be a shootout.