Texas vs Washington Predictions & Picks

Skyler Carlin
Last Updated: Dec 15, 2023

The Texas Longhorns and the Washington Huskies are slated to face each other in the Sugar Bowl on New Year’s Day at Caesars Superdome.

Both teams boast explosive offenses, so it is expected to be a shootout between Texas and Washington. The Huskies will enter as underdogs to the Longhorns, but that won’t be an unfamiliar feeling for Washington.

In what should be an action-packed game, here are the latest Sugar Bowl odds and our Texas vs Washington predictions and best bets for this College Football Playoff showdown.

Texas vs Washington Odds

NCAAF betting odds are current as of Thursday, Dec. 14 and courtesy of DraftKings Sportsbook.

  • Moneyline: Texas (-180) vs Washington (+150)
  • Spread: Texas -4 (-110) vs Washington +4 (-110)
  • Over/Under: Over 64 (-110) / Under 64 (-110)

Texas vs Washington Matchup

The Longhorns concluded their regular season with a 49-21 lopsided win over Oklahoma State in the Big 12 Championship to secure the No. 3 spot in the College Football Playoff.

On the other side of the field, the Huskies beat Oregon 34-31 as 9.5-point underdogs in the Pac-12 Championship to clinch the No. 2 seed in the CFP.

The quarterback matchup will be discussed plenty ahead of the game, as Quinn Ewers and Michael Penix Jr. can put up gaudy numbers against any defense.

This game could be decided by which defense can make a crucial stop late in the contest or force a game-changing turnover.

Texas vs Washington Prediction

Washington 34, Texas 31

Both of these teams should be expected to come out swinging with their high-octane passing attacks once the game starts.

After losing running back Jonathon Brooks to a knee injury earlier this season, Texas has leaned on Ewers and the passing game even more.

The receiver duo of Xavier Worthy and Adonai Mitchell will present Washington with plenty of challenges as they surrendered 263.2 passing yards per game (11th-most in the nation).

With Penix having command of Washington’s offense, Rome Odunze, Jalen McMillan, and Ja’Lynn Polk are all capable of ripping off a chunk play at any moment.

The difference will be Wasington’s ability to win close games in a feisty Pac-12 this season, defeating Oregon by three (twice), Washington State by three, Oregon State by two, Utah by seven, and USC by 10.

It will be a back-and-forth contest until late in the game when Penix connects on a deep pass to help the Huskies advance to the National Championship. (Get the latest National Championship betting odds here.)

Texas vs Washington Best Bet

Washington +4 (-110)

Once again, the Huskies were relentless in finding different ways to win close games throughout the season against talented Pac-12 opponents.

Meanwhile, Texas had a hiccup against Oklahoma earlier in the season, and the Big 12 didn’t appear as strong as previous years.

That isn’t to take away from what the Longhorns accomplished, as they won their final three games of the season by at least 10 points.

While these teams differ from a season ago, the Huskies defeated the Longhorns 27-20 as three-point underdogs in the Alamo Bowl.

Washington was underdogs just twice this season, and it covered the spread in both of those matchups.

Texas vs Washington Parlay

Best Texas vs Washington Parlay (+340)

  • Washington +4 (-110)
  • Washington: Over 33.5 Points (+140)
  • Texas: Over 30.5 Points (-200)

Let’s have fun with a parlay where we’ll be rooting for a high-scoring bout between two offenses that can score points in bunches.

Defenses are less sticky come bowl season, and both teams average 36.2 points per game or more.

We are already riding Washington to cover the spread, so we’ll include that in the parlay in hopes the Huskies emerge victorious in a must-watch offensive battle.

Texas vs Washington Prop Bet

Washington: Over 29.5 Points (-120)

There was a reason why Penix was a finalist for the Heisman Trophy: the Huskies deployed an explosive offense that tallied 37.7 points per game (11th-most in the nation).

Entering the Sugar Bowl, Washington has notched 30 or more points in 10 of its 13 games this season.


Skyler Carlin

Before joining The Game Day, Skyler has written for various sites for 5-6 years and his work has been (or is) currently featured on Bleacher Report, USA TODAY, and SB Nation. Skyler loves to talk about movies, TV shows, and anything sports. He has taken part in multiple well-known fantasy contests like RazzBowl, Scott Fish Bowl, and NFL DFS Wars.

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