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Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl

Peach Bowl

The unbeaten Alabama Crimson Tide continue their quest for a second consecutive national championship as massive favorites against the Washington Huskies in the 2016 Peach Bowl, which is the first of two College Football Playoff semifinal matchups. Alabama opened as 14-point chalk and brings a 25-game winning streak into the Peach Bowl while going 16-9 against the spread during that stretch.

Kickoff: Saturday, December 31, 2016 @ 3:00 p.m. ET
Location: Georgia Dome, Atlanta, Georgia
Additional Read: Washington vs Alabama Betting

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2016 Peach Bowl Matchup

The Huskies were the committee’s controversial fourth and final choice to make this year’s CFP field after winning the Pac-12 regular season title and then the conference championship game in convincing fashion 41-10 over the Colorado Buffaloes as 8-point favorites. Washington’s lone loss came to the USC Trojans 26-13 as 9.5-point chalk on Nov. 12.

The Crimson Tide have not lost since falling 43-37 to the Ole Miss Rebels as 9-point home faves back on Sept. 19, 2015. They won 12 in a row following that loss en route to winning their 16th national title, their fourth in seven years. This season, Alabama has seen just one of its games decided by less than double digits.

This matchup features two of the country’s top defensive teams, with the Tide limiting opponents to an NCAA-low 11.8 points per game and the Huskies allowing an average of 17.2 to tie for eighth nationally. Alabama also surrendered only 248 yards per game to rank first in the nation, with Washington giving up an average of 316 (10th).

Offensively, the Huskies ranked fourth in the country by scoring 44.5 points per game compared with 40.5 for the Tide (13th). Led by sophomore quarterback Jake Browning, Washington’s passing offense ranked 31st with 267.2 yards per game while true freshman Jalen Hurts paced Alabama with an average of 226.3 (68th).

The key for the Huskies will be whether or not Browning can find a way to beat a defense filled with NFL prospects. He completed just 38 of 80 passes (48 percent) versus the three best teams he faced in the Buffaloes, Trojans and Utah Utes. The Tide’s defense is obviously better than all of those Pac-12 schools.

Hurts is also trying to become the first true freshman quarterback to win an NCAA championship in college football since Jamelle Holieway of the Oklahoma Sooners in 1985. Alabama’s offense is much different than a year ago when the signal-caller was senior Jake Coker and Heisman Trophy winner Derrick Henry was the workhorse. The inexperience of the turnover-prone Hurts (nine interceptions and five fumbles) is really the team’s lone concern.

2016 Peach Bowl Betting Trends
  • Washington is 15-1 SU in its last 16 games.
  • Washington is 4-0 ATS in its last four games in December.
  • Alabama is 25-0 SU in its last 25 games (16-9 ATS).
  • Alabama is 7-2 SU in its last nine games in the postseason.
  • Alabama is 6-1 ATS in its last seven games against teams with winning records.
  • The total has gone OVER in seven of Washington's last 10 games against teams with winning records.
  • The total has gone OVER in five of Alabama's last six games in December.

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Peach Bowl History
YearBowlTeamScoreTeamScoreSpreadATS WinnerSU Winner
1995Chick-Fil-A BowlGeorgia27Virginia34-6VIRGNAVIRGNA
1996Chick-Fil-A BowlClemson7LSU10-6.5CLEMLSU
1997Chick-Fil-A BowlClemson17Auburn21-6CLEMAUBRN
1998Chick-Fil-A BowlGeorgia35Virginia33-2GEORGIGEORGI
1999Chick-Fil-A BowlClemson7Mississippi State17-2.5MIS.STMIS.ST
2000Chick-Fil-A BowlLSU28Georgia Tech14-8.5LSULSU
2001Chick-Fil-A BowlNorth Carolina16Auburn10+2.5UNCUNC
2002Chick-Fil-A BowlMaryland30Tennessee3-1MARYLMARYL
2003Chick-Fil-A BowlTennessee14Clemson27+5CLEMCLEM
2004Chick-Fil-A BowlFlorida10Miami27-3MIAMIMIAMI
2005Chick-Fil-A BowlLSU40Miami3-6LSULSU
2006Chick-Fil-A BowlVirginia Tech24Georgia31+3GEORGIGEORGI
2007Chick-Fil-A BowlAuburn23Clemson20-2AUBRNAUBRN
2008Chick-Fil-A BowlLSU38Georgia Tech3-4LSULSU
2009Chick-Fil-A BowlTennessee14Virginia Tech37-5VTECHVTECH
2010Chick-Fil-A BowlFlorida State26South Carolina17-2.5FLASTFLAST
2011Chick-Fil-A BowlVirginia24Auburn43-3AUBRNAUBRN
2012Chick-Fil-A BowlClemson25LSU24-3.5CLEMCLEM
2013Chick-Fil-A BowlDuke48Texas A&M52-14TX A&MDUKE
2014Peach BowlMississippi3TCU42-3TCUTCU
2015Peach BowlHouston38Florida State24-7.5HoustonHouston
2016Peach BowlWashington-Alabama--14  
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