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Georgia and Michigan: What To Watch For

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Georgia and Michigan meet in the Orange Bowl in Miami Gardens, Florida, at Hard Rock Stadium on ESPN on Friday, December 31, at 7:30 P.M. Eastern Time. Georgia is 12-1 overall, 8-0 SEC. Michigan is 12-1 overall, 8-1 Big Ten. Georgia is ranked three, and Michigan is ranked 2.

What Is On The Line

Georgia and Michigan come together for the third time in school history, but the first time in a bowl game.
Michigan appears in their first College Football Playoff and their 49th bowl appearance, playing in their fourth Orange Bowl. Michigan is coming off a massive victory over Iowa to become the Big Ten Champions.

Georgia is coming off a loss to Alabama in the SEC Championship Game for its only loss of the season. Georgia is playing in their fourth Orange Bowl Game, making their 57th Bowl Game appearance, their 25th back-to- back.

What is on the line? Orange Bowl Trophy and a place in the National Championship Game on January 10 in Indianapolis, Indiana.

What To Watch For

Watch for a phenomenal competitive game with emotions running high. Both teams will play as hard as possible. This game has a significant meaning to both teams, fighting to make it to the National Championship Game.

Georgia’s defense against Michigan’s offense will be something to watch. The Bulldogs have allowed an average 9.5 points, 172.2 passing yards, 81.7 rushing yards, and 253 total yards per game. Michigan scores an aveage 37.7 points per game with 228.1 yards passing, 223.8 yards rushing per game.

Nakobe Dean leads the Bulldogs defense with 61 tackles, tackles for loss, and is tied with Adam Anderson for five sacks in thirteen games. Channing Tindall, Quay Walker, and Jordan Davis contribute.

Cade McNamara directs the offense for the Wolverines, completing 399 passes out of 308 total, 15 touchdowns, four interceptions, 2,470 total yards.

Running backs Hassan Haskins and Blake Corum will test Georgia’s defense. Together they have rushed for 31 touchdowns, totaling 2,227 yards on the season. Michigan runs the ball 61% of the time. Michigan allows ten sacks. Michigan’s defense allows 16.1 points, 316.2 total yards, 194.7 passing, 121.5 rushing yards per game.

Aidan Hutchinson leads Michigan’s defense, along with David Ojabo and Daxton Hill.

Aidan pressed with 17.5 percent of 342 pass rush attempts forcing 19 incomplete passes, two interceptions, and four turnovers. David and Aidan both have 10.0 sacks each. Together they have 26.0 sacks. Daxton Hill has two interceptions, and one recovered fumble.

Georgia scores an average of 39.2 points, 442.8 total yards, 247.9 yards passing, 194.9 yards rushing per game, and allows 11 sacks. Quarterback Stetson Bennett leads the offense, completing 64.1 percent of his passes for 2,325 yards, 24 touchdowns, and seven interceptions. He has carried the ball 45 times for 251 yards.

Other guys contributing are Brock Bowers, Zamir White, James Cook, Kenny McIntosh, and Kendall Milton.

Brock has 47 catches for 791 yards and 12 touchdowns, James Cook contributed with 101 catches for 619 yards and seven touchdowns, and Zamir White had 135 catches for 718 yards and ten touchdowns.

The good news is George Pickens has arrived in Miami, along with JT Daniels. George Pickins should be able to play. If he is able to play, he will help the offense.

To Sum It Up

To sum it up, it will be a hard-fought battle. Both teams want to win to move forward to the National Championship Game. It will be a phenomenal game to watch. Georgia and Michigan each need to stay as healthy as possible. In games like this, stats don’t mean much. Georgia could win.

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