3 Georgia entered the College Football Playoff Round with an 11-1 record and a chance to win the national championship under coach Kirby Smart.
The Bulldogs fell down the rankings after a 41-24 loss to Alabama in the SEC championship game. Georgia faces No. 2 Michigan in the Capital One Orange Bowl at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami, Gardens, Fla.
Here’s a closer look at Georgia’s playoff history and why the Bulldogs will (or won’t) win the national championship in 2021:
Georgia College Soccer Match History
Georgia will be entering the College Soccer Round for the second time. The Bulldogs won the CFP Championship in 2017, where they lost to Alabama in extra time 26-23 at Mercedes-Benz Stadium.
|2017||4||Beat 3 Oklahoma 54-48, lose 4 Alabama 26-23|
|Year 2021||3||compared to number 2 Michigan|
Georgia hasn’t won a national championship since 1980.
CFP Championship Odds
According to Fanduel.com, Crimson Tide has the best odds to win the national championship.
Georgia odds vs. Michigan
According to Fanduel.com, Georgia is a 7.5-point favorite in the Orange Bowl game against Michigan. The teams have split two previous matches. Bulldogs are 8-5 ATS this season. The werewolf is 11-2 ATS in 2021.
Why Georgia will win the national championship
The Bulldogs can make adjustments from the 41-24 loss to Alabama in the SEC championship game and go from there.
Georgia has a 10-0 lead, and the key will be played from the front should a rematch happen. It’s still a defense that scores 9.5 points per game in the regular season, and momentum won’t be an issue.
The Bulldogs still have to get past Michigan first. It’s a game of teams that like to rely on football management and tough defensive play, and midfielder Stetson Bennett will have enough of a chance in the passing game. Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh lost 1-2 in a botched game against the SEC schools.
A win there, and Georgia is likely to have a rematch with Tide, a match without recipient John Metchie III (knee). Yes, Georgia have lost in their last seven meetings, but that defense has seen Bryce Young and could have a second round of success.
Remember what Alabama did to LSU in 2012 in a rematch? That kind of scenario would lead to Georgia’s first national championship since 1980.
Why Georgia didn’t win the national title
That Alabama barrier became a massive mental block. Seven straight losses, and Bennett struggled to keep up while the foul failed to produce a dominant game. The Bulldogs did not adjust to play without a leader.
Smart has plenty of plans to do if it comes to that to outdo Alabama coach Nick Saban, who owns the CFP championship.
Michigan cannot be ignored either. The Wolves are desperate to prove themselves this time around, and pressure from Aidan Hutchinson and David Ojabo could be a challenge for Georgia’s saves. Michigan plays the same style, and the Big Ten-SEC’s woes on the big stage can produce unexpected results.