2021 Orange Bowl Preview: Final Predictions

2021 Orange Bowl Preview: Final Predictions

December 30, 2021
Jordan Davis (#99, image via AJC)

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In case you missed it, I have broken the preview down into several parts this week. Feel free to check them out if you want:

  • Roster Notes (LINK)
  • Last Time They Played (LINK)
  • Run O vs. Georgia Run D (LINK)
  • Pass O vs. Georgia Pass D (LINK)
  • Run D vs. Georgia Run O (LINK)
  • Pass D vs. Georgia Pass O (LINK)

The game airs at 7:30 p.m. EST on December 31, 2021. You can watch it on ESPN, listen to it on one of those old radio thingies, or go see the game in Coral Gables, FL.

Hit the jump for the predictions.

Georgia reminds me of a couple teams that gave Michigan problems this year in Michigan State (offensively) and Penn State (defensively). While Georgia’s running backs aren’t as slippery as Kenneth Walker III, the team is also unlikely to hurt itself and will probably stay on schedule. Meanwhile, Penn State gave Michigan problems because they were athletic in the front seven and didn’t allow the big plays that so many other teams did.

Furthermore, Michigan was successful a lot of times this season because they controlled the ball and wore other teams down, but Georgia can do similar things. I don’t think either defense will get worn down, because they’ll both be ball control offenses. Georgia might get a long drive, but Michigan’s defense will get a rest when Michigan starts off on its own long drive.

My final thoughts on the game:

  • Aidan Hutchinson and David Ojabo will still get a pass rush. Georgia’s no better at pass protection than Ohio State; they just don’t have the same offense.
  • Georgia holds Hassan Haskins to 60 yards rushing because the linebackers are fast and the DL is big and skrong.
  • Brock Bowers is the difference-maker in the game with 7 catches, 95 yards, and 2 touchdowns.
  • Georgia 31, Michigan 20

I definitely think Michigan has a chance to win this game, so don’t let the final score prediction fool you. I will not be at all surprised if the Wolverines come out victorious. I just think this is the best team Michigan has faced all year, and they won’t be bullied like Ohio State was.

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