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2021 CFP Preview: No. 2 Michigan vs. No. 3 Georgia

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By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

The No. 2 Michigan Wolverines and the No. 3 Georgia Bulldogs play in the second College Football Playoff Semifinal. The two teams will compete in the Capital One Orange Bowl.

The game will kick off at 7:30 pm EST on December 31st on ESPN from Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida.

Hassan Haskins during practice for the 2021 College Football Playoff semifinal against the Georgia Bulldogs (Photo by Michigan Football/Instagram)

Both teams come into this game with a 12-1 record. The Bulldogs suffered a loss to the top-ranked Alabama Crimson Tide in the Southeastern Conference Championship game in a 41-24 loss on December 4th at Mercedes Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia.

Will the Bulldogs come to play? Or will they have a letdown?

The Wolverines have won five straight games since their first loss of the season. Michigan was defeated by rival, Michigan State, in a 37-33 loss on Oct. 30th.

The Bulldogs are averaging 39.4 points per game. That is good for seventh-best in the country.

The Wolverines have the 12th-best offensive unit in the country. They are averaging 37.7 points per game.

Georgia has the best defensive unit in the country. They are giving up 9.5 points per game.

Michigan has the fourth-best defensive unit. The Wolverines are giving up 16.1 points per game.

This is the first time that the Wolverines have made the College Football Playoff. Georgia is in their second College Football Playoff appearance.

The Bulldogs were the runner-up to the Crimson Tide during the 2017 College Football Playoff.

Michigan and Georgia are playing for just the third time. Georgia won the last meeting in a 15-7 meeting on October 2nd, 1965 in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

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The Wolverines won the first meeting in a 26-0 win on October 5, 1957.

Bulldogs quarterback Stetson Bennett has gone 148 of 231 for 2,325 yards. He has thrown 24 touchdown passes and seven interceptions.

Zamir White has had 135 carries for 718 yards and 10 touchdowns. Brock Bowers has had 47 receptions for 791 yards and 11 touchdowns.

Wolverines quarterback Cade McNamara has gone 199 of 308 for 2,470 yards. He has thrown 15 touchdown passes and four interceptions.

Hassan Haskins has had 261 carries for 1,288 yards and 20 touchdowns. Cornelius Johnson has had 38 receptions for 609 yards and three touchdowns.

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Anthony Caruso III
Anthony Caruso IIIhttps://thecapitalsportsreport.com
Anthony Caruso III is the Publisher of The Capital Sports Report. He has been in the sports journalism field since 2002 and has covered numerous high-profile events, including 11 Heisman Trophy ceremonies.
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