NO. 2 MICHIGAN AND NO. 3 GEORGIA TO MEET IN THE 2021 PLAYOFF SEMIFINAL AT THE CAPITAL ONE ORANGE BOWL
Miami Lakes, Fla. – No. 2 Michigan and No. 3 Georgia are set to meet in the 2021 College Football Playoff Semifinal at the Capital One Orange Bowl on December 31, 2021 at 7:30 p.m. ET at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Fla.
The game will feature two of the top five defenses in the country and two of the top 13 offenses. Big Ten Champion Michigan (12-1, 8-1 Big Ten) is No. 4 in scoring defense, allowing just 16.1 points per game, while Georgia (12-1, 8-0 SEC) leads the nation at No. 1 in scoring defense, allowing just 9.5 points per game. Georgia and Michigan also own the nation’s No. 7 and No. 13 scoring offenses, averaging 39.4 and 37.7 points per game, respectively.
The teams are led by two of the most respected coaches in college football. 7th-year Michigan Head Coach Jim Harbaugh owns a 61-23 record at the helm of the Wolverines, while 6th-year Georgia Head Coach Kirby Smart has a 64-15 all-time record leading the Bulldogs.
Georgia will be making its fourth appearance in a game hosted by Orange Bowl and its first since 1960 when it defeated Missouri 14-0 with the help of quarterback Fran Tarkenton. The Bulldogs also appeared in the 1942 Orange Bowl (40-26 win over TCU) and the 1949 Orange Bowl (41-28 loss to Texas). Georgia is 2nd in yards allowed per game (253.9 YPG) and 5th in total sacks (41 sacks).
Michigan will also be playing in its fourth game hosted by Orange Bowl and its first since its 32-33 loss to Florida State in a down-to-the-wire thriller in 2016. The Wolverines outlasted Alabama 35-34 in overtime in the 2000 Orange Bowl behind quarterback Tom Brady, and first appeared in the Orange Bowl in 1976 in a 14-6 loss to Oklahoma. Michigan ranks 13th in total defense (316.2 YPG) and 10th in rushing offense (223.8 YPG).
For additional information about the Orange Bowl Committee or the 2021 College Football Playoff Semifinal at the Capital One Orange Bowl, please visit www.orangebowl.org or email email@example.com.
About Orange Bowl
Orange Bowl is a 380-member, primarily-volunteer non-profit sports organization that promotes and serves the South Florida community. With its primary mission since being created in 1935 to bring tourism to South Florida through an annual football game and events, it has also maintained a legacy of charitable contributions and community outreach. Orange Bowl community outreach efforts are comprised of four pillars through its Orange Bowl Cares program: Youth Sports, Education, Community Engagement and Legacy Programs. Orange Bowl features a year-round schedule of events culminating with the College Football Playoff Semifinal at the Capital One Orange Bowl on Dec. 31, 2021. For more information on the 2021 Orange Bowl events, including promotional inquiries and volunteer opportunities through the Ambassador Program presented by Panera Bread, log on to orangebowl.org or follow @OrangeBowl on social media.
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