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Fiesta Bowl 2022: Michigan vs TCU live stream, watch online, tv channel, start time, preview, odds

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Michigan’s No. 2 faces TCU’s No. 3 in the Fiesta Bowl on Saturday, marking the official start of the 2022 College Football Playoff. The Wolverines and the Horned Frogs will face off in a battle that showcases one of college football’s blue bloods and a program that stormed the party in 2022.

Michigan is making its second College Football Playoff appearance in as many years, but it’s in a very different situation this year. At this time last season, the Wolverines were underdogs to the eventual national champion Georgia Bulldogs, a team that hung its hat on an elite defense. Michigan, on the other hand, is favored by a complete touchdown against a TCU team that got here lighting up the scoreboard. The Wolverines’ defense has been solid all season, but will be tested by the powerful Horned Frogs offense. Of course, Michigan’s offense has been strong in its own right, averaging over 40 points per game.

TCU was not expected to be here. In Sonny Dykes’ first season as head coach of the Horned Frogs, being in contention for the Big 12 championship would have been considered a victory. The team did that and more. TCU led the table in the regular season before falling to Kansas State in the conference title game, but that loss didn’t stop them from playing in the College Football Playoff. Quarterback Max Duggan was the runner-up for the 2022 Heisman Trophy and is a big reason the Horned Frogs are losing an average of 40.3 points per game over their opponents. The question for TCU will be whether their defense can get enough stops against a physical Michigan offense.

How to watch Fiesta Bowl live

Game: party bowl
: Saturday, December 31 | Time: 4pm ET
Localization: State Farm Stadium — Glendale, Arizona
TV: ESPN | Live broadcast: fuboTV (Try it for free)

Three Players to Watch at the Fiesta Bowl

Michigan QB JJ McCarthy: McCarthy started last season’s College Football Playoff match against Georgia on the bench. Cade McNamara waved to the Wolverines, but McCarthy ended up getting into the game in the second half. This season, McCarthy earned the job out of training camp and gave the Wolverines offense a higher roof. In his first full season as a starter, McCarthy completed 65.3% of his attempts for 2,376 yards, 20 touchdowns and three interceptions. In the biggest game of the season so far, the away game against archrival Ohio State, McCarthy threw for 263 yards and three touchdowns.

TCU QB Max Duggan: Duggan has the ability to take control of a game with some help from wide receiver Quentin Johnston. He did this several times throughout TCU’s magical season and came close to single-handedly winning the Big 12 championship with his legs. Duggan is an excellent athlete who can beat opponents by shooting from the pocket or escaping to extend the play. This fall, Duggan has amassed 3,321 passing yards, 404 rushing yards and 36 total touchdowns. Michigan’s defense will have a hard time trying to contain him.

Michigan DB Mike Sainristil: Sainristil started his college career at wide receiver but ended up converting to defensive back, and that decision paid off. Sainristil is now a key part of the Wolverines’ defense, and he will be tasked with countering TCU’s explosive passing game. In that regard, Sainristil must not lack confidence. He was one of Michigan’s biggest stars as the team beat Ohio State with seven total tackles and a pair of passes defended.

Fiesta Bowl Prediction

Odds via Caesars Sportsbook

This will be a fascinating game because the ways these two teams win are very different. Michigan wouldn’t mind being able to shove the ball down an opponent’s throat all day while playing stifling defense, and TCU is right at home in high-scoring penalty shootouts. In this game, I think Michigan’s experience and defense is capable of winning, but TCU is capable of sticking around and taking it down. Forecast: TCU +7.5

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