The Georgia Bulldogs and Michigan Wolverines both are more than capable of putting points on the board, as they respectively rank seventh and 12th in the nation in scoring with averages of 39.4 and 37.7 points per game. But both teams are astute defensively, with Georgia giving up a nation-low 9.5 points per contest and Michigan yielding 16.1, which is fourth-best in the country. That makes for an intriguing battle in the College Football Playoff Semifinal as the No. 3 Bulldogs (12-1) face the second-ranked Wolverines (12-1) on Friday in the 2021 Orange Bowl.
Kickoff at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami, Fla. is set for 7:30 p.m. ET. The Bulldogs are 7.5-point favorites in the latest Georgia vs. Michigan odds from Caesars Sportsbook, while the over-under for total points scored is 46. Before making any Michigan vs. Georgia picks and college football predictions, you need to see what the SportsLine Projection Model has to say.
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Now, the model has set its sights on the Georgia vs. Michigan CFP Semifinal game and just revealed its picks and predictions. You can visit SportsLine now to see the model's picks. Here are the college football odds and betting lines for Michigan vs. Georgia:
- Georgia vs. Michigan spread: Bulldogs -7.5
- Georgia vs. Michigan over-under: 46 points
- Georgia vs. Michigan money line: Bulldogs -330, Wolverines +260
- UGA: The Bulldogs are 20-7 against the spread in their last 27 games following an ATS loss
- MICH: The Wolverines are 0-4 ATS in their last four bowl games
Why Georgia can cover
The Bulldogs possess one of the top aerial attacks in the nation as they are ninth in yards per pass attempt (9.2) and 11th in yards per completion (14.3) while ranking 10th in yards after the catch (6.9). Stetson Bennett leads the Power 5 with an average of 10.1 yards per pass attempt and is second with a first down-per-attempt rate of 42 percent. The senior quarterback has thrown seven of his 24 touchdown passes this season in his last two games and was sacked only six times over 11 contests before Alabama brought him down on three occasions en route to victory in the SEC championship game.
Tight end Brock Bowers has had a strong freshman season as he leads Georgia with 47 receptions and 791 yards while tying for 14th in the nation with 11 touchdown catches. On the ground, the Bulldogs have a pair of capable rushers in junior Zamir White and senior James Cook. White tops the team with 718 yards and 10 TDs while Cook has gained 619 yards and run for seven scores in addition to hauling in three touchdown passes.
Why Michigan can cover
The Wolverines enter having won five straight contests and scoring at least 42 points in each of the last three following a 42-3 rout of Iowa in the Big Ten championship game on Dec. 4. Michigan is 12th in the nation in scoring with an average of 37.7 points and ranks 10th in rushing at 223.8 yards per outing. Hassan Haskins is the leader of the ground attack as he is 13th in the country with 1,288 yards and tied for third with a single-season school-record 20 rushing touchdowns.
The senior running back has posted six 100-yard performances this season and run for at least two scores on seven occasions, amassing nine TDs during his current three-game streak. Haskins isn't the only member of the backfield Georgia will need to worry about, as sophomore Blake Corum has gained 939 yards on 141 carries and recorded 11 rushing touchdowns. Michigan also is strong on the other side of the ball, as it is 12th in total defense (316.2 yards) and tied for fourth in average points allowed (16.1).
How to make Georgia vs. Michigan picks
SportsLine's model is leaning under on the total, projecting 44 combined points. It also says one side of the spread has all the value. You can only get the model's Orange Bowl pick at SportsLine.
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