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The Georgia Bulldogs will take on the Michigan Wolverines on Dec. 31 in the College Football Playoff from the Orange Bowl in Miami, Florida.
Georgia, coming off its first loss of the season against Alabama in the SEC Championship, is the only team to make the playoff that did not win its conference championship. Michigan is fresh off a Big Ten title win over Iowa.
Georgia is a 7.5-point favorite, which is a testament to how good the Bulldogs have looked this year despite a poor showing in Atlanta.
But the national media is split on who will win this game. Both teams match up pretty evenly and play similar styles of football.
Here are some early predictions from the national media:
Betting Lines are courtesy of Tipico Sportsbook.
ESPN's Adam Rittenberg: Michigan wins
Oct. 30, 2021; East Lansing; Michigan Wolverines defensive end Aidan Hutchinson (97) battles against Michigan State Spartans offensive tackle AJ Arcuri (76) during the fourth quarter at Spartan Stadium. Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports
Via Adam Rittenberg – ESPN
Will Georgia consider a QB change after Bennett’s struggles in the SEC title game? Coach Kirby Smart must guard against an Alabama hangover or Georgia’s four-decades-long national title drought will add another painful year. Michigan played its best football down the stretch and will outlast Georgia in a defensive struggle behind two Hutchinson-forced turnovers.
Prediction: Michigan, 24-21
Detroit Free Press: Three of the four pick Michigan
Via Jeff Seidel, Michael Cohen, Rainer Sabin and Shawn Windsor of the Detroit Free Press
Jeff Seidel: Georgia, 27-23
Ranier Sabin: Michigan, 20-17
Michael Cohen: Michigan, 24-23
Shawn Windsor: Michigan, 26-23
CBS Sports: Four of the 11 pick Georgia
Dec. 4, 2021; Atlanta; Georgia Bulldogs tight end Brock Bowers (19) scores a touchdown against the Alabama Crimson Tide in the second half during the SEC championship game at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports
Via Dennis Dodd – CBS Sports
Dennis Dodd: Michigan
Tom Forenelli: Michigan
Chip Patterson: Georgia
Barrett Sallee: Georgia
David Cobb: Georgia
Shehan Jeyarajah: Michigan
Jerry Palm: Michigan
Adam Silverstein: Michigan
Marcus Nelson: Michigan
Jack Crosby: Michigan
Ben Kercheval: Georgia
ClutchPoints: Georgia wins by a field goal
Via Jack Conahan – ClutchPoints
Georgia is going to show Michigan it is a much more physical team than them and why it was the best team in the country for most of the season. Before the loss against Alabama, people believed Georgia was the best college football team that has been seen in quite some time.
Prediction: Georgia wins by a field goal
College Football News: Georgia wins
Jordan Davis #99 of the Georgia Bulldogs reacts after rushing in for a touchdown during the first half against the Charleston Southern Buccaneers at Sanford Stadium on Nov. 20, 2021 in Athens, Georgia. Todd Kirkland/Getty Images
Via Pete Fiutak – College Football News
Knee-Jerk Instant Analysis: Oh, poor Georgia. It was exposed for not playing anyone that amazing in the regular season, the defensive front couldn’t get to Bryce Young, the offense folded under the pressure, and now all we thought we knew about the former No. 1 team in the country turned out to be a mirage.
Prediction: Georgia, 30-17
Bleacher Report: Georgia wins
Via Jake Rill – Bleacher Report
It should be a competitive game, so Georgia will not win by eight or more points. However, it will prove it’s the better team and find a way to pull out a victory late, advancing to the national championship game for the first time in four years.
Prediction: Michigan covers spread; Georgia wins