Battle In The Trenches

Get your popcorn ready because it’s about to be a defensive slugfest in the Capital One Orange Bowl on December 31.Michigan and Georgia built their name on the defensive side of the ball this season. If you don’t believe us…

  • Georgia has the No. 2 scoring defense in the country, allowing a mere 9.54 points per game while Michigan is tied for the fourth-ranked scoring defense (16.08)

  • The Bulldogs boast the No. 2 ranked defense allowing a mere 254.4 yards per game and Michigan sits at 12th (316.7)

  • Heisman runner-up and Wolverines star Aidan Hutchinson set the school’s single-season sack record, ranking third in the nation (14). He was also named the Big Ten Championship’s first defensive MVP

  • The Bulldogs’ trio of linebackers have a combined 59 quarterback pressures in 258 pass-rushing snaps per PFF, for a pressure rate of 22.9 percent and a sack rate of 4.3 percent

  • Georgia’s cornerbacks are allowing a 50-percent completion rate, 5.9 yards per attempt and boast three interceptions to four touchdowns allowed

  • The Bulldog’s safeties allow just 6.0 yards per attempt and hold a 3:2 interception-to-touchdown ratio

  • The Big Blue’s David Ojabo is tied for tenth in total sacks (11)

  • Bulldogs LB Nakobe Dean earned the Butkus Award as the top linebacker in the FBS 

With two loaded defenses fighting for a spot in the Natty, we’ve got our eye on a tasty prop bet: Will a defensive touchdown be scored? Yes +175 ($100 → $175), No -260

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