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College Football Playoff: Georgia vs. Michigan Betting Preview

Published on 12/29/2021
By Scott Gramling
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Spread
ML
Total
269GEO(3)
-7.5-110
-330
46.5-110 o
270MIC(2)
+7.5-110
+250
46.5-110 u
Betting Angle
Not available right now

Three things you should know before betting on Georgia-Michigan:

1. Michigan comes into this one on quite a roll, having gone 5-0 both straight-up and against the spread since the start of November and with three straight victories by more than 14 points—the Wolverines outscored Maryland, Ohio State and Iowa by an average margin of 31.7 points per game. Michigan is 7-3 both straight-up and against the spread since the start of 2019 and 5-1 both straight-up and against the spread this season when coming off back-to-back victories over conference rivals.

2. Georgia was one of only four FBS teams to allow an average of fewer than 2.7 yards per carry during the 2021 regular season. Michigan is 5-1 against the spread since the start of 2019, which includes a 3-0 against-the-spread mark this season, when facing an opponent that’s allowing an average of 3.25 or less rushing yards per carry. All six of those games against such tough run defenses have gone Over the total.

3. Although it’s Georgia’s defense that receives the majority of the team’s accolades, the Bulldogs were one of only seven FBS teams to score an average of more than 39 points per game during the 2021 regular season. Since Jim Harbaugh took over as Michigan’s head coach, the Over is 8-2-1 in games the Wolverines have played against teams that score an average of 37 or more points per game. The Over is 17-6-2 in that same timeframe when Michigan has faced an opponent with a win percentage of at least .750, and the Over is 14-3-1 in games the Wolverines have played against opponents that gain an average of at least 6.25 yards per play.

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