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2021 Orange Bowl prediction, CFP semifinal odds, spread: Georgia vs. Michigan picks from model on 43-30 run

The Georgia Bulldogs went undefeated during the regular season for the first time since 1982, winning all 12 of their games to earn the No. 1 ranking in the nation. They lost that distinction on Dec. 4, however, as they suffered a 41-24 setback against then-No. 3 Alabama in the SEC Championship Game and flipped positions with the Crimson Tide. Despite the defeat, Georgia (12-1) secured a spot in the College Football Playoff Semifinal and still has a chance to exact revenge, but it first must get past the second-ranked Michigan Wolverines (12-1) in the 2021 Orange Bowl on Friday.

Kickoff at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami, Fla. is set for 7:30 p.m. ET. The Bulldogs are 7.5-point favorites in the latest Georgia vs. Michigan odds from Caesars Sportsbook, while the over-under for total points scored is 45.5. Before making any Michigan vs. Georgia picks or College Football Playoff predictions, you need to see what the SportsLine Projection Model has to say.

The model simulates every FBS college football game 10,000 times. Over the past five-plus years, the proprietary computer model has generated a stunning profit of almost $3,600 for $100 players on its top-rated college football picks against the spread. It also entered the third week of the 2021-22 college football bowl season on a 43-30 run on all top-rated college football side picks. Anyone who has followed it has seen huge returns.

Now, the model has set its sights on the Georgia vs. Michigan CFP Semifinal game and just revealed its picks and predictions. You can visit SportsLine now to see the model’s picks. Here are the college football odds and betting lines for Michigan vs. Georgia: 

  • Georgia vs. Michigan spread: Bulldogs -7.5 
  • Georgia vs. Michigan over-under: 45.5 points 
  • Georgia vs. Michigan money line: Bulldogs -300, Wolverines +240 
  • UGA: The Bulldogs are 20-7 against the spread in their last 27 games following an ATS loss 
  • MICH: The Wolverines are 0-4 ATS in their last four bowl games

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Why Georgia can cover

The Bulldogs are one of the top offensive teams in the country as they rank seventh with an average of 39.4 points per game. They scored at least 30 points in 11 consecutive contests before the loss to Alabama, producing 40 or more seven times during that run. In its five contests leading up to the SEC title game, Georgia outscored its opponents 219-37.

The strength of the team, however, is its defense. The Bulldogs are first in the nation with an average of 9.5 points allowed and had yielded a mere 6.9 per game before surrendering 41 against the Crimson Tide. Georgia ranks second in total defense (253.9 yards) and is third versus both the run (81.7) and pass (172.2) while sitting even with Clemson and Utah for fifth with 41 sacks.

Why Michigan can cover

If any team can solve Georgia’s defense, it’s the Wolverines, who have been lighting up the scoreboard of late. Michigan, which is 12th in the nation in scoring (37.7 points), has amassed 143 points over its last three contests after posting its second straight 42-point performance in its Big Ten championship victory over Iowa on Dec. 4. The Wolverines do a good amount of their scoring on the ground, as they’ve recorded 39 rushing touchdowns against 20 through the air.

An attack that has a 10th-best average of 223.8 yards per contest is led by Hassan Haskins, who ranks 13th in the country with 1,288 rushing yards. The senior ran for a pair of scores against the Hawkeyes to give him nine touchdown runs over his last three games and 20 on the season, which ties him for third in the nation. With his second TD scamper versus Iowa, Haskins eclipsed the single-season school record set in 1968 by Ron Johnson.

How to make Georgia vs. Michigan picks

SportsLine’s model is leaning under on the total, projecting 45 combined points. It also says one side of the spread has all the value. You can only get the model’s Orange Bowl pick at SportsLine.

So who wins Michigan vs. Georgia in the CFP Semifinal? And which side of the spread has all the value? Visit SportsLine now to see which side of the Georgia vs. Michigan spread to back, all from the advanced model that is up almost $3,600 on its top-rated college football spread picks, and find out.

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