Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Peach Bowl

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Peach Bowl

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PEACH BOWL

No. 4 Washington (12-1, Pac-12) vs. No. 1 Alabama (13-0, SEC), in Atlanta, 2 p.m. (ESPN)

Key matchup * Alabama CBs Anthony Averett and Marlon Humphrey vs. Washington WRs John Ross, Dante Pettis and Chico McClatcher. Alabama, first in the nation in total defense, is 15th against the pass. The Huskies' offense is not one-dimensional, but Ross has 17 TD catches, a big reason Washington is fourth in the nation in scoring.

Players to watch * Washington RB Myles Gaskin needs to find success to keep Alabama's defense from focusing on the passing game. Gaskin ran for 159 yards in the Huskies' Pac-12 championship game win over Colorado and topped 1,300 yards for the second straight year. ... Alabama DE Jonathan Allen swept the Bronco Nagurski Trophy, the Bednarik Award and the Hendricks Award after leading the Tide with 8 sacks. …

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