Georgia vs Ohio State prediction, picks, Peach Bowl playoff odds, spread, live stream, TV channel

1 Georgia has captured the attention of the college football world as it bids to become the first repeat national champion since Alabama won back-to-back titles in 2011 and 2012. However, the Bulldogs have the No. 4 Ohio State — one of college football’s most dangerous teams — standing in their way in the Peach Bowl National Semifinal on Saturday.

The Bulldogs won their first SEC title since 2017 when they dominated LSU in Atlanta earlier this month, while the Buckeyes’ quest for a perfect season came to an abrupt halt in the regular season finale against his rival Michigan. One of the biggest storylines is that this one will feature two Heisman Trophy finalists – Georgia quarterback Stetson Bennett IV and Ohio State quarterback CJ Stroud.

What will happen in the Peach Bowl? Let’s break down the game and make a choice.

Georgia vs. Ohio State: Need to know

The Stroud factor: There seems to be a narrative forming that Stroud’s struggles against Michigan are trending rather than an outlier. In reality, nothing could be further from the truth. The Buckeyes’ star quarterback still threw for 349 yards and completed 64.6 of his passes when, for the most part, Michigan knew Stroud needed to air. Additionally, Stroud had a month-long reset to fix these errors. Can he take advantage of a Georgian defense comparable to what the Wolverines had to offer? If you choose to count an angry Stroud, do so at your own risk.

Bulldogs can also turn it on: Georgia’s defense is the most noticeable, but its attack has proven throughout the season that it can also light up a scoreboard. He ranks in the top 10 in total offense — his 491.9 yards per game is one spot behind Ohio State — and seventh in yards per game at 6.97. Remember: The Bulldogs haven’t been in many positions where they need to ramp up in order to keep the unblemished record alive. Can Georgia hang if Ohio State forces a shooting? Statistics suggest it is possible.

Ohio State Injury Concerns: Star running back TreVeyon Henderson will not play with a foot injury and wide receiver Jaxon Smith-Njigba will leave for the NFL next season after suffering a hamstring injury all year. Will their absences decide the game? Smith-Njigba probably won’t. He’s only had five catches all season and hasn’t played since Oct. 27. The Buckeyes have two receivers who have passed the 1,000 yard mark in Marvin Harrison Jr. and Emeka Egbuka. If someone tells you that Smith-Njigba’s injury is a factor, that person is either lying or hasn’t been paying attention to Ohio State all year. As for Henderson, his injury is suboptimal, but Ohio State was able to work around it as well. Myian Williams is his best rusher this year with 817 yards and 13 touchdowns and has basically been a co-starter with Henderson.

How to Watch Peach Bowl Live

Date: Saturday 31 December | Time: 8 p.m. ET
Location: Mercedes-Benz Stadium — Atlanta
TV: ESP | Direct: fuboTV (Try for free)

Peach Bowl prediction, choice

Featured game | Georgia Bulldogs vs. Ohio State Buckeyes

I’m going to take the Buckeyes not just to cover, but to win it. The luxury of time will help Ryan Day’s team coach more than Kirby Smart’s, and disrespect will only add to that motivation. Georgia hasn’t been in a shootout situation this year, but Ohio State will on Saturday. I’ll grab the points in case Ohio State fails, but it’s going to be a classic four-quarter. Prediction: Ohio State (+6.5)

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