Georgia bowls over Ohio State: College Football Playoff Semifinal Picks

  • No. 1 Georgia (13-0) is a 6.5-point favorite over No. 4 Ohio State (11-1) in the College Football Playoff Semifinal
  • Heisman Trophy finalist C.J. Stroud threw for 3,330 yards, 37 touchdowns and six interceptions this season
  • The Peach Bowl will kick off from Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia on Dec. 31 at 8 pm E.T.

Georgia is the No. 1 seed in the College Football Playoff Semifinal after going 13-0 in the regular season. Now just two victories away from securing their second-straight national title, the Bulldogs face Ohio State. The 11-1 Buckeyes backed into the No. 4 seed after USC lost to Utah in the Pac-12 championship, but they’re certainly no pushover.

With the winner set to earn a spot in the 2023 National Championship Game in Los Angeles on Jan. 9, 2023, let’s check the odds for this Peach Bowl matchup. Here’s also where your can find the latest NCAAF betting opportunities and our guide to betting on the 2022 NCAAF National Championship.

Georgia (1) vs Ohio State (4)

BetOnline ReviewSpreadMoney LineTotal Points
Ohio State+6.5 (-103)+215Ov 62 (-115)
Georgia-6.5 (-117)-255Un 62 (-105)

Bulldogs unbeatable?

Georgia is coming off a 50-30 win over No. 16 LSU in the SEC Championship. Kirby Smart’s club also smoked ranked teams such as No. 15 Oregon (49-3), No. 6 Tennessee (27-13) and No. 24 Mississippi State (45-19) to go 13-0 in the regular season.

Despite losing a record five defenders to the 2022 NFL Draft, the reigning national champions still ranked No. 9 in total defense this year. Led by explosive defensive tackle Jalen Carter, the Bulldogs racked up 13 sacks in four games against top-20 offenses, while allowing only seven offensive touchdowns.

Ohio State’s explosive offense

The Buckeyes season looked all but over after a 22-point loss to Michigan on rivalry weekend. But, after other playoff contenders fell by the wayside, Ohio State managed to become only the sixth one-loss team to ever qualify for the four-team tournament without a conference title.

Ryan Day always runs an explosive offense and this year is no different. Heisman Trophy finalist C.J. Stroud passed for 3,330 yards, 37 touchdowns and six interceptions in 2022, averaging 9.4 yards per completion while connecting with the nation’s deepest crop of receivers.

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Bulldogs vs Buckeyes

Georgia is a 6.5-point favorite in the Peach Bowl and the over-under is set at 62 points. The Bulldogs still have one of the nation’s best defenses. But they have been vulnerable on the backend, permitting 502 passing yards against LSU in the SEC title game. That could pose a problem against an Ohio State team averaging 492.7 yards of offense per game.

The Buckeyes will be without Jaxon Smith-Njigba after the star wideout pulled out of the game to protect himself for the NFL Draft. However, they still have Marvin Harrison Jr. (1,157 yards, 12 TDs) and Emeka Egbuka (1,039 yards, 9 TDs) leading the receiving corps.

Best Bet

Kirby’s Smart’s team has won its 13 games by an average of 26.5 points. And while Ohio State has a dangerous passing attack, Georgia has an impenetrable run defense, allowing opponents to average only 76 rushing yards per game. CJ Stroud could be a sitting duck.

Last year, the Bulldogs blew out Michigan 34-11 in the Orange Bowl and smoked Alabama 33-18 to win their first national title in 41 years. Practically playing at home in Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, college football’s reigning champions will roll over the Buckeyes on New Year’s Eve.

Final Score Prediction: Georgia 35, Ohio State 24

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