Michael Penix Jr. hasn’t faced a defense like Michigan’s and the Wolverines haven’t tried to stop a quarterback like the Heisman Trophy runner-up from Washington.
That matchup will be one to watch in the College Football Playoff championship game in Houston next Monday. Penix passed for 430 yards and two touchdowns as the No. 2 Huskies beat No. 3 Texas 37-31 in the Sugar Bowl last night. Meanwhile, Blake Corum bolted for a 17-yard touchdown run on the second play of overtime, as top-seeded Michigan got by fourth-seeded Alabama 27-20 in the Rose Bowl.
Washington, which will join the Wolverines in the Big Ten next season, is looking for its first national championship since 1991. Michigan earned part of a split title with Nebraska in 1997, as the Wolverines earned No. 1 in the AP poll with coaches voting the Huskers No. 1.