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
It’s going to be all defense all day long in Miami. The Georgia defense owns three total touchdowns on the season, while Michigan has one. But with these two matching up on the biggest stage, we expect the grittiest game of the season. If you aren’t sold on a defensive score, maybe check out the sack totals closer to gameday.