No. 3 Georgia holds a commanding 27-3 lead over No. 2 Michigan at halftime of their College Football Playoff semifinal matchup in the Orange Bowl on Friday. Bulldogs quarterback Stetson Bennett has risen to the occasion on the heels of that brutal SEC Championship Game loss to No. 1 Alabama, throwing for 234 yards and two touchdowns.
But, as he been the case throughout most of the year, it’s that vaunted Georgia defense that has shined the brightest. That unit has held the Wolverines to just 101 total yards in the first half, including just 29 yards on the ground.
If this stands throughout the season half, Georgia will earn the opportunity to avenge that loss to Alabama on the biggest stage in the game.
LIVE updates: No. 2 Michigan vs. No. 3 Georgia in Orange Bowl semifinal
How to watch Orange Bowl live
Game: Orange Bowl
Date: Friday, Dec. 31 | Time: 7:30 p.m. ET
Location: Hard Rock Stadium — Miami Gardens, Florida
TV: ESPN | Live stream: fuboTV (Try for free)
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Michigan vs. Georgia: Need to know
Georgia’s run defense: Michigan thrives on its ability to run the ball, but Georgia suffocates opponents by stopping the run. Michigan’s Hassan Haskins ran for 169 yards and five touchdowns while averaging six yards per carry on 28 attempts against Ohio State. Iowa’s vaunted defense did a decent job of bottling up Haskins, but the Wolverines still managed to run for 211 yards and four touchdowns as a team against the Hawkeyes. It was the first time Iowa allowed 200 yards rushing this season. It was an impressive performance, but Georgia’s…