Flipping the script; Michigan football vs. Georgia Bulldogs
The Bulldogs average 39.4 points per game, which ranks seventh in the country; like the Wolverines, Georgia often leans on their rushing attack led by Zamir White and James Cook. Michigan is allowing just 16.1 points per game which ranks fifth. The Wolverines yield just 121.1 rushing yards per contest; the Bulldogs run for nearly 195 yards per game by a committee. Again, something’s got to give.
White has totaled 718 yards while averaging 5.3 yards per carry and ten touchdowns. Cook is the younger brother of Minnesota Vikings sensational running back, Dalvin Cook. Cook initially committed to Florida State to follow in his brother’s footsteps but later decommitted, opting to play in Georgia.
Cook has rushed for 619 yards and seven touchdowns on the season. The Bulldogs also have four other runners, including their quarterback Stetson Bennett who’s rushed for over 100 yards on the season.
Bennett reminds me of Cade McNamara; he’s primarily a game-manager and likely won’t lose you the football game, but don’t ask him to win one on his own either.
Bennett has tossed for 2,325 yards and 24 touchdowns to seven interceptions. In comparison, McNamara currently sits at 2,470 passing yards with 15 touchdowns to four interceptions.
I expect Michigan star pass-rushers Aidan Hutchinson and David Ojabo to make life miserable for Bennett. These two alone can ruin Georgia’s hope for a rematch against Alabama. Hutchinson led the Wolverines with 14 sacks this season, and not far behind is Ojabo with 11.
Michigan football vs. Georgia Bulldogs betting odds, spread, and prediction
According to WynnBET, the Bulldogs remain a 7.5 point favorite heading into this contest. The Moneyline is -310 to Georgia and +240 to Michigan.
The Under/Over for this playoff matchup is set at 45.0 total points with odds of -110 each way.
I would be reluctant to bet my house on the Moneyline, but I like Michigan to cover the +7.5. This should be a one-possession game, win or lose, for Michigan football. I am also inclined to bet the Over 45. Yes, both defenses are stout, but this is a playoff matchup, and I expect a final score somewhere around 28-24.
A bonus bet for those looking for a parlay, Alabama is favored by 13.5 in their playoff matchup with Cincinnati over at WynnBET. The Under/Over for that is set at 57.5. I am glad to take Alabama to cover but will be staying away from the total points in this game.
This season, the Bearcats have scored plenty of points but haven’t played a team in the same stratosphere as Nick Saban’s Crimson Tide.