This is the national title game live chat. The last college football game of the 2023-24 season.
See you all in the ACC.
NRG Stadium (Houston)4:30 p.m. Pacific, 7:30 pm Eastern, ESPN and the ESPN App
Michigan should play now
South Dakota State!
Hadn't seen that many Michigan games, and many were against significantly inferior competition, but against Alabama and Washington, the Wolverine defense is as advertised except for [only] a couple of blown coverages.
The right side of the Michigan o-line had a couple of drive, and therefore game, altering tremendous blocks.
Having watched every down of Washington at USC, against Utah, at Oregon State (in a deluge for 3 quarters) when Oregon State was still good, against Washington State (it was the Cougs, but it was the Cougs after they had recovered, and in the Apple Cup), vs. Oregon, and in a road game disguised as a neutral site game against Texas, I was surprised to see the Huskies make as many miscues of various sorts (dropped ball as well as uncharacteristic poor throws, missed blocks and tackles, defensive mis-reads and wrong decisions, offensive mis-reads that led to missed open receivers, o-line mistakes, linebackers over-committing several times, etc.) against the Wolverines as they had in their last 6 games added up.
I was disappointed with the ACC crew. It's incorrect to say they were the reason Washington lost, but there were a number of missed calls, a couple of inconsistent calls, and a case of calling what initially looked like happened (but replay showed didn't), but several of those happened while the issue was in doubt, and some were drive changing. In the biggest game of the year, I would have thought the crew assigned would be sharper.
Didn't have a dog in this wolverine hunt but the Bear reigns supreme over all forest creatures. Fuskies played fugly and gulo gulo (look it up) played only well enough to win. Meh. Still just glad no SEC team was in it and my two least favorite non $C or Furd teams in Shitty Texas and Bumblefreak Alabama didn't make it.
Penix went flaccid at the worse time.
It is past time for the NFL to take over referring at the D1 college level. You don't see these game changing questionable calls in NFL games nearly as much as in college football. The questionable calls against Washington sealed their fate.
With 2 1/2 “super conferences” there is simply too much money at stake to allow these incompetent refs on the field
Ugh, not the performance from Penix & co. that you’d want in a title game. Tough way to close a career.
Only consolation will be seeing Michigan have to vacate the title in eighteen months or so.
Wow! It’s almost like Michigan knows what plays Washington is going to run.
Go Blue! Couldn't be happier.
Welp, have fun facing these guys in conference, Huskies.
UW had their chances but that TD should do it
Will Nixon with a horrible drop.
THAT’S how WR are supposed to block on the bubble screen. Cal receivers should take note!
Every time UW seems out of it, they show life. Doing the Pac 12 proud.
Seems like Michigan’s offensive line is holding - but no calls
Washington finally settled in and is making this a game.
UW needed that in the worst way
big respect for johnson, but he needs to sit, no way he's better now than their #2 back
Rare for Penix to miss a throw like that.
Washington is delivering a Cal performance.
Had we the personnel, wonder if that could have been Ott.
My God what a mauling of a Q1
Huskies might want to defend against that happening a third time.
hmmmm UW better remember how to pursue and tackle or this is going to be ugly
Equating a football game to the moon landing is so stupid, arrogant, disrespectful (to the sacrifices made) that it defies description. Clearly, ESPN execs need to unstick their heads out of their asses.
Iim a Cal fan and a PAC 12 fan in any bowl game. As such I’m probably a bit bias in favor of Washington, but I predict the difference in the game will be Penix and the long ball he throws. It seems to float into the hands of the receiver and Penix can drop it over the receiver’s shoulder as the sideline approaches. He did this to Cal in at least 5 3rd and long situations. I thought he was just having a great day but I’ve seen this over and over including in semi final.
Go dawgs! Make the pac proud!
I work at UW so my rooting interest is clear. Plus Penix is fun and Harbaugh is terrible. I’m definitely a fair weather UW fan, though.
Probably good Cal is nowhere near games like this, as I already feel like I’m going to have a heart attack.
Go Dawgs! Let's show the PAC12 officials what a bunch of idiots they are for letting the best P5 conference in football become extinct.