It’s No. 3 Georgia (12-1) versus No. 2 Michigan (12-1) for a shot at a national title.
The Wolverines enter their first playoff semifinal as Big Ten champions, while the Bulldogs make their second playoff appearance looking for redemption after a 41-24 loss to Alabama in the SEC Championship.
Here’s how to watch, listen or stream the Orange Bowl.
Kickoff: Saturday, Dec. 31
Time: 7:30 p.m. ET
Location: Hard Rock Stadium — Miami, Fla.
Aug. 31, 2018; Madison, Wisconsin; ESPN College Football logo on a tv camera prior to the game between the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers and Wisconsin Badgers at Camp Randall Stadium. Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports
TV: ESPN on ABC
On the call: Chris Fowler, (play-by-play) Kirk Herbstreit (color), Holly Rowe (sideline) and Marty Smith (sideline).
ESPN/ABC is set to televise Louisville’s Sept. 1, 2018 season opener against Alabama.
Satellite Radio: XM 191
Georgia Radio: Athens 960 AM/106.1 FM; Atlanta 750 AM/95.5 FM; Macon 106.3 FM; Augusta 580 AM/95.1 FM; Savannah 1400 AM/104.3 FM; Columbus 1460 AM/100.1 FM; Valdosta 105.9 FM; Rome 107.1 FM (IMG Radio-Scott Howard, Eric Zeier, D.J. Shockley)
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Live stream: Watch ESPN, fuboTV (try it free)
The statue of iconic Dolphins quarterback Dan Marino stands outside Hard Rock Stadium on Wednesday, Dec 29, 2021 in Miami Gardens, Fla. No. 2 Michigan will play No. 3 Georgia in an NCAA college football game in the Orange Bowl on Friday, Dec. 31. Curtis Compton/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP
The Georgia Bulldogs have faced the Michigan Wolverines twice in school history.
Michigan beat Georgia 26-0 at home in 1957.
Vince Dooley and Georgia traveled to Michigan again in 1965. This time, Georgia knocked off Michigan, 15-7, in Ann Arbor.
Michigan Wolverines head coach Jim Harbaugh, left, and Georgia Bulldogs head coach Kirby Smart speak during a coaches luncheon ahead of the Orange Bowl NCAA college football game, Thursday, Dec. 30, 2021, in Miami. Michigan will play Georgia in the Orange Bowl on Friday, Dec. 31. AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell
Georgia has a 66.5% chance to win, according to ESPN’s matchup predictor via Football Power Index.
The Orange Bowl trophy is displayed on a table outside, during a coaches luncheon ahead of the Orange Bowl NCAA college football game, Thursday, Dec. 30, 2021, in Miami. The Michigan Wolverines will play the Georgia Bulldogs in the Orange Bowl on Friday, Dec. 31. AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell
When the final seconds ticked off the clock at this year’s SEC Championship, Georgia had to face something it never had all season – a loss.
And it wasn’t just a loss, either. The way Alabama exposed a Bulldogs defense that had been on a historic pace (6.9 points per game allowed) was something no one saw coming.
That loss, though, may be what Georgia needed to make a national championship run.
Here we are almost a month later and the Dawgs have a shot to put the SEC Championship behind them with a New Year’s Eve date with Michigan.
The Wolverines are no joke, especially on defense.
Michigan is ranked 12th in total defense and are led by Heisman finalist defensive end Aidan Hutchinson, who ranks third in the nation with 12 sacks.
The matchup between the Michigan offense and the Georgia defense is where the Dawgs may have an advantage.
The Wolverines are ranked 12th in the nation scoring 37.7 points per game, relying heavily on a run game that is putting up 223 yards per game.
They’ll face a Georgia defense that is ranked second in the country allowing just 81 yards rushing per game.
If the Dawgs utilize their talent up front and make the Wolverines and quarterback Cade McNamara, who is averaging just 8.0 yards per attempt, beat them through the air, UGA will be able to suffocate that Michigan scoring attack.
My prediction: Georgia’s speed on defense shines, Stetson Bennett makes plays with his legs and the Bulldogs stop Hutchinson and company in their tracks. Dawgs win 31-18.