Updated Georgia vs. Michigan Betting Odds: Spread Drops, Rises Again for Orange Bowl CFP Semifinal

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  • Georgia is a 9-point favorite over Michigan in the College Football Playoff semifinals, with the total at 43.
  • This line has dropped and risen quite a bit over the last two days. UGA opened at -9 on Saturday night, then dropped to -7.5 on Sunday afternoon before being bet back up to -9.
  • Get updated odds for the Orange Bowl between Georgia and Michigan below.

Georgia vs. Michigan Odds

Georgia Odds -9
Michigan Odds +9
Over/Under 43
Date Dec. 31
Location Miami, Fla.

The Georgia Bulldogs are a big favorite over the Michigan Wolverines in the Orange Bowl on New Year’s Eve in Miami, Fla.

FanDuel opened Georgia at -9 on Saturday night, but it dipped to -7.5 as of Sunday morning when the game was officially announced. The total is set at 43, the lowest in College Football Playoff history.

The spread jumped up again on Sunday night to Georgia -9.

Find our expert’s projected odds, a recap of each team’s seasons, plus more information on the 2021 College Football Playoff semifinal below.


Our Projected Georgia vs. Michigan Spread

Georgia Spread -8
Michigan Spread +8
Over/Under N/A

These Georgia vs. Michigan projections are based on Collin Wilson’s college football power ratings, which help power our PRO Projections — they compare all of his projections to real-time college football odds in order to easily identify betting edges.

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How Georgia Reached the Orange Bowl

Georgia’s perfect season came to an end in the SEC title game against Alabama.

The Bulldogs entered the conference championship having allowed 17 or fewer points in every game this season. The Tide had 24 at half.

It was a monumental season nonetheless for head coach Kirby Smart, whose club still has unfinished business with the Playoff looming. Smart has one SEC title under his belt, which came back in 2017. It was the same year the Bulldogs met Alabama in the title game, with the Crimson Tide registering an overtime victory.

Accounting for his 8-5, debut season in 2015, Smart has never finished worse than second in the East Division.

Georgia has won four of the last six bowl games, playoff contests included.

How Michigan Reached the Orange Bowl

It was a year rife with milestones for head coach Jim Harbaugh, who netted his first 11-win season and first victory over rival Ohio State.

Had Michigan held on to its 16-point lead over Michigan State in Week 9, we’re likely viewing the Wolverines as the clear-cut second-best team in the entire country.

The offense relies heavily on the ground game. Michigan is top 20 in rush rate (60.2%) and churns out 5.3 yards per carry, which is good for ninth nationally.

The defense, meanwhile, owns a top-10 scoring unit in coordinator Mike MacDonald’s first season.

Harbaugh and Co. have admittedly struggled in the postseason, losing four straight bowl games.


Georgia vs. Michigan Matchup Analysis

Toggle the dropdowns below to hide or show how Georgia and Michigan match up statistically:

Georgia Offense vs. Michigan Defense
Offense
Defense
Edge
Rush Success 39 22
Line Yards 20 18
Pass Success 24 17
Pass Blocking** 10 3
Big Play 9 26
Havoc 6 54
Finishing Drives 7 13
** Pass Blocking (Off.) vs. Pass Rush (Def.)

Michigan Offense vs. Georgia Defense
Offense
Defense
Edge
Rush Success 16 5
Line Yards 45 11
Pass Success 47 1
Pass Blocking** 45 13
Big Play 80 1
Havoc 1 14
Finishing Drives 51 1
** Pass Blocking (Off.) vs. Pass Rush (Def.)

Pace of Play / Other
PFF Tackling 1 6
Coverage 1 15
Middle 8 2 8
SP+ Special Teams 32 2
Plays per Minute 113
Rush Rate 57.8% (41) 60.4% (26)

Data via College Football Data, FootballOutsiders, SP+, PFF and SportSource Analytics.


Orange Bowl Date, Time, TV, More Info

  • Date: Dec. 31
  • Time: 3:30 or 7:30 p.m. ET
  • Location: Hard Rock Stadium in Miami, Fla.
  • TV Info: ESPN

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