We have the 2020 Citrus Bowl between two of the most prestigious football programs in the country. The Michigan Wolverines will battle the Alabama Crimson Tide. We have Jim Harbaugh taking on the legendary Nick Saban. The Michigan versus Alabama can sell itself, but having Harbaugh going up against Saban is box office stuff. The Wolverines late season run had many people thinking they had a shot at Ohio State. After barely falling to Penn State, Michigan had a great month stretch run. They blew out Notre Dame the following week and proceeded to stomp out Indiana and Michigan State. How will Michigan fare against Alabama seeing their final game was them being blown out by Ohio State? With Alabama, we’re usually seeing them in the college football playoffs this time of year.
With their loss to Auburn in the final regular season game, Alabama’s chances of making the playoffs went out the window. When Tua went down with his injury, many thought the Tide would suffer. The offense still looked in sync, but the defense hasn’t been the typical Alabama defense. Will the Tide be motivated since they’re playing for the 2020 Citrus Bowl crown and not the national title? Will Alabama use the 2020 Citrus Bowl as a launching pad for the upcoming season?
Michigan’s defense definitely took a step back from the one a year ago. As the season progressed, the Wolverines defense managed to turn things around. In the process, Shea Patterson and the offense managed to pick up steam. With the Crimson Tide defense struggling, could the Wolverines be in for a good day? The problem for Michigan will be trying to cover those NFL receivers Alabama has. Michigan could try to rush fewer defenders and have more help in the secondary. If that were to happen, Najee Harris could have a field day in the ground. Either way, Alabama could put up some substantial numbers against Michigan. With Nick Saban having about a month to prepare for a team that usually means trouble for the opposing squad.
While the Tide defense hasn’t been the best, I’m expecting them to play their best ball in the 2020 Citrus Bowl. Mac Jones should have an amazing game if he limits his turnovers. In the end, I’m picking Alabama to walk away as the 2020 Citrus Bowl Champions.
Alabama Win 41-24