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BREAKING: Georgia Bulldogs to Play Michigan Wolverines in Orange Bowl

December 5, 2021
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ATHENS - The Georgia Bulldogs will face the Michigan Wolverines in the 2021 Orange Bowl, the College Football Playoff Committee announced Sunday. 

The winner of the Orange Bowl will face the winner of the Cotton Bowl, which features Alabama against Cincinnati, in Indianapolis in January to determine the national champion. Georgia lost 41-24 to Alabama Saturday in Atlanta in the SEC Championship Game

As soon as the Bulldogs lost insiders became all but certain the Bulldogs would play Michigan. It was unclear where the game would be played, however. UGA and Michigan have faced off only twice. The most memorable game between the two game in 1965 and featured a fourth-quarter comeback win for the Dawgs in Vince Dooley’s second season at the helm. 

In that game, Preston Ridlehuber hit Pat Hodgson with a ten-yard pass with 4:11 left in the game to secure a 7-6 win for No. 10 Georgia over No. 7 Michigan. Both games between these two teams have taken place in Ann Arbor. 

The game is expected to be one of the most-watched games in Georgia’s history - likely the same for the Wolverines. TV times have not been announced for the Orange and Cotton Bowls, but executives are likely to put the two power brands on at night while Alabama and Cincinnati fight it out in the afternoon. 

The semifinal game will be played at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida, between the third-ranked Bulldogs (12-1) and the Big Ten champion Wolverines (12-1). It will be televised on ESPN and broadcast on the ESPN Radio Network.
 
Georgia and Michigan have only met twice before with both meetings taking place in Ann Arbor: 1957 (Michigan 26, Georgia 0); and 1965 (Georgia 15, Michigan 7).
 
“On behalf of our team and especially our seniors we are excited to be selected for the College Football Playoff and the opportunity to play in the Capital One Orange Bowl,” said UGA head coach Kirby Smart.  “The goal of every college football team, coach, player, and fan is to be one of the four teams in the Playoff and we are extremely honored. It presents a great opportunity for our fans who have been so supportive of our team throughout the season at home and on the road.  Playing in a city and game with such rich tradition will be a rewarding experience and it represents another step for our program at Georgia. It also represents a great challenge playing a team like Michigan which has proven to be one of college football’s most accomplished programs.”
 
The other CFP semi-final game will feature top-ranked Alabama vs. fourth-ranked Cincinnati in the Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic in Arlington, Texas.  The winners of the two semi-finals will meet for the national championship on Monday, Jan. 10, at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.
 
“We are honored with the selection of our team to represent the Southeastern Conference in the College Football Playoff,” said UGA J. Reid Parker Director of Athletics Josh Brooks. “We have not played in the Orange Bowl since Jan. 1, 1960, so this will create a special experience for our student-athletes, coaches, staff, and fans.  This is an incredible opportunity and I’m sure it will provide a memorable experience for all.”
 
Georgia has appeared in the Orange Bowl three times: Jan. 1, 1942, Georgia 40, TCU, 26; Jan. 1, 1949, Texas 41, Georgia 28; and Jan. 1, 1960, Georgia 14, Missouri 0.
 
This will be Georgia’s 58th bowl game appearance— second most of any team in the country. The Bulldogs’ all-time bowl record is 33-21-3. Georgia is making its 25th consecutive bowl appearance, which ranks as the longest active streak in the country.
 
Georgia’s senior class is 43-8 with three New Year’s Six bowl appearances (2-1), three SEC Eastern Division titles (2018-19-21), and a College Football Playoff appearance (2021).

 

 

 

 

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