No. 1 Georgia is on a mission to become the first repeat national champion since Alabama won back-to-back titles in 2011 and 2012, and it’s captured the attention of the college football world in the process. As that journey hits the homestretch, however, the Bulldogs have one of the college football’s most dangerous teams — No. 4 Ohio State — standing in their way in the Peach Bowl national semifinal Saturday.
The Bulldogs won their first SEC title since 2017 when they topped LSU in Atlanta earlier this month, while the Buckeyes’ quest for a perfect season came to an abrupt halt in the regular-season finale vs. rival Michigan. One of the biggest storylines is that this one will feature two Heisman Trophy finalists — Georgia quarterback Stetson Bennett IV and Ohio State quarterback CJ Stroud.
What will happen in the Peach Bowl? Let’s break down the game and make a pick.
Georgia vs. Ohio State: Need to know
The Stroud factor: It seems like there’s a narrative forming that Stroud’s struggles vs. Michigan make a trend rather than an outlier. In reality, nothing is further from the truth. The star Buckeyes quarterback still threw for 349 yards and completed 64.6 of his passes when, for the most part, Michigan knew that Stroud had to air it out. Plus, Stroud had a month-long reset to build off those mistakes. Can he can take advantage of a Georgia defense that is comparable to what what the Wolverines had to offer? If you choose to count out an angry Stroud, do so at your own peril.
Bulldogs can light it up, too: The Georgia defense gets most of the buzz, but its offense has proven throughout the season that it can light up a scoreboard as well. It ranks in the top 10 in total offense — its 491.9 yards per game are one spot behind Ohio State…