Orange Bowl 2021

Orange Bowl: (2) Michigan vs. (3) Georgia

This one is gonna be juicy.

Nicky G
Nicky G

Location: Hard Rock Stadium (Miami Gardens, Fla.)

Time: Dec. 31, 7:30 p.m., ESPN

Teams: No. 2 Michigan (12–1) versus No. 3 Georgia (12–1)

Line: Georgia -7.5

Summary

Hail to the Victors? Will Michigan's magical season continue? Going into the season unranked after a COVID-plagued, horrible 2020 season, the Wolverines surprised everyone as they started unranked and finished with a 12-1 record with victories over Ohio State and then Iowa to win the Big 10 Championship.

Michigan is led by its elite defensive linemen, Heisman finalist Aidan Hutchinson and David Ojabo as well as its two-headed running attack in Hassan Haskins and Blake Corum. Their opponent is the SEC juggernaut Georgia Bulldogs, 12-1 as well, who are led by an elite defense as well with Jordan Davis at the helm. Additionally, after getting throttled by Alabama in the SEC Championship, the Bulldogs may be facing a quarterback controversy as Stetson Bennett IV has had a good, but not elite year and struggled mightily against Alabama.

Our Pick

Michigan not only covers +7.5, but wins outright. Georgia looked very beatable against the Crimson Tide and Michigan's incredible defense and rushing attack will upset the Bulldogs on New Years' Eve.

Say you saw it here first, folks!

The Score: Michigan, 24-17

(We do most of my guessing based on a combination of The Smell Test and gut. If you’re looking for stat-based expertise to help you pick your games, check out our friends over at TeamRankings.com. They have a fantastic strategy guide and expert picks, too.)

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Nicky G

Dad of 3. WVian by birth. ATX for now.