College sports is beginning to mirror the irresistible force paradox.
When the Michigan Wolverines and Georgia Bulldogs face off in the Orange Bowl on Friday night in Miami, Florida, both teams will feel like they are looking in the mirror.
Take a look at the final #CFBPlayoff Top 25 rankings for the 2021 regular season.
Is your team in? pic.twitter.com/vw9hDKeIbD
— College Football Playoff (@CFBPlayoff) December 5, 2021
Harbaugh’s Defining Win Propels Wolverines To CFP
The Michigan Wolverines have been mired in mediocrity since Harbaugh’s arrival in 2015. The Wolverines lost their first five matchups against archrival Ohio State during Harbaugh’s tenure, causing an unsettling and angst amongst “Big Blue” brass and alumni.
That win, followed by a 42-3 win over Iowa in the Big Ten Championship Game, punched their ticket to the CFP and eliminated the Buckeyes.
Michigan Wins By Running The Football And Stopping The Run
They’re led by Heisman runner-up defensive end Aidan Hutchinson on the defensive side of the football. He and bookend David Ojabo have wreaked havoc on opposing offenses all season.
Hassan Haskins had the biggest game on the biggest stage 💪
He ties the Michigan record for most Rush TD in a single game! pic.twitter.com/DEhAGY1dv8
— ESPN College Football (@ESPNCFB) November 27, 2021
They aren’t cute in their approach and that won’t change against the Bulldogs.
The Georgia Bulldogs were the most dominant team in CFB all season until they ran into Alabama in the SEC Championship. That day they were exposed in a few areas, mainly their pass defense and lack of a big-time QB capable of making explosive plays when needed. That defeat doesn’t erase how dominant they were up to that point.
If all ends well, Georgia Pride can chalk it up to one bad game. The Bulldogs will have an opportunity to right their mistakes on Friday in a No. 2 versus No. 3 matchup against the hungry Wolverines.
Bulldogs Are Dominant On Both Lines: Defense Is The Key
Your 2021 Butkus Award 𝐖𝐈𝐍𝐍𝐄𝐑 @NakobeDean! #GoDawgs pic.twitter.com/clUDfIczqd
— Georgia Football (@GeorgiaFootball) December 5, 2021
The Bulldogs are led by a stingy defense which is littered with players who’ll be playing on Sundays. Linebacker Nakobe Dean and nose guard Jordan Davis are the linchpins, but Georgia head coach Kirby Smart has elite talent oozing from this defense. The Bulldogs had allowed just 83 points for the season prior to Alabama’s 41-point blitz.
Georgia – 21
Michigan – 17
Load the wagon the mule gone pull it, GO DAWGS‼️‼️‼️@thegreat__4 pic.twitter.com/QYXVnAgyAd
— Zamir White (@zeus1_34) October 30, 2021
Bulldogs win a defensive slugfest with linebacker Nakobe Dean making a game-changing play for the UGA defense.
He’s also named MVP.
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