The New Year’s Eve bowl slate this year is headlined by two of the most important games of the year as the College Football Playoff gets underway. In the second playoff matchup of the day on Friday, No. 2 Michigan battles No. 3 Georgia in the Orange Bowl. Either the Wolverines or Bulldogs will move on to the CFP National Championship if they can come out on top at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida.

Georgia comes into the game surrounded with an odd feeling. The entire 2021 regular season was an exercise in saying the Bulldogs were the only elite team in the country with many wondering if their defense was the greatest ever seen at the college level. The Bulldogs ran roughshod over anybody dumb enough to get in their way … until the SEC Championship Game. Georgia lost to Alabama 41-24 as that vaunted defense was picked apart. Now, the same people who said the Bulldogs had the best defense ever are wondering if it was all a mirage.

Then there’s Michigan, a team that nobody expected to reach the playoff. Everybody was hesitant to take the Wolverines seriously all season, even as they kept winning. It wasn’t until they were able to get the Ohio State monkey off their back in a 42-27 win over the Buckeyes that this team was accepted as a legitimate title contender. Crushing Iowa 42-3 in the Big Ten title only solidified it. Now the Wolverines are hoping to slay another giant.

It’s a rare matchup between two of the sport’s true blue bloods, as it’ll be just the third time these programs have squared off. Georgia won the last meeting 15-7 back in 1965, which avenged their 26-0 loss in 1957. They write a new chapter on Friday, and hopefully, we won’t have to wait another 55 years for the fourth meeting.

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