Georgia Returns To College Football Playoff For Second Time In Kirby Smart Era; even after losing to Alabama in the SEC Championship game last weekend, Georgia’s undefeated regular season was enough to keep them in the top four without winning the SEC.
Some may describe Georgia’s current position as uncharted territory. In years gone by, a loss in the SEC Championship game meant Georgia was knocked out of the playoffs and meant playing in a New Years Six Bowl game. Making it even more unknown to fans is that after dominating their opponents throughout the regular season, even beating the same teams as Alabama but by a wider margin, Georgia still lost. against the Tide 41-24.
With Georgia’s previously ranked No. 1 defense dismantled on Saturday, allowing just 6.9 points per game, Georgia must readjust and regain the advantage the team played before Atlanta. A 25-day layoff certainly helps, leaving more time for training and recovery as they prepare for a semifinal game against the No.2 Michigan.
The Wolverines are one of the most prominent teams in college football, coming off their first victory over longtime rival Ohio State since 2011, and coming off their first outright Big-10 title since 2003. Everything seems to be going in Jim Harbaugh’s direction after taking a pay cut and gutting his coaching staff in the offseason to save more time at Ann Arbor.
With a 7:30 a.m. kickoff set for December 31, the two teams are set to deliver a hotly contested game in the limelight in Miami.
ESPN’s Kyle Rittenberg spent time breaking down the forty-four bowl games after their announcement on Sunday and gave a prediction, even for Georgia against Michigan.
“Jim Harbaugh’s mission to make Michigan a team that truly reflects his personality took longer than expected, but it has happened. The Wolverines will be making their CFP debut against a team that looks a lot like them. Like Michigan with Aidan Hutchinson and David Ojabo, Georgia has elite defensive linemen like Jordan Davis. Both teams are built around multiple running options, talented tight play and little-known but effective quarterbacks at Cade. McNamara (Michigan) and Stetson Bennett IV (Georgia). Will Georgia consider a QB change after Bennett struggles in the SEC title game? Coach Kirby Smart must guard against a hangover in Alabama, or the four-decade drought for Georgia’s national title will add another painful year. Michigan has played its best football in the home stretch and will outlast Georgia in a defensive fight der laugh two turnovers forced by Hutchinson. “
Before predicting a Wolverines victory over Georgia, 24-21, advancing Michigan to the national championship for the first time since 1997.
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