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Orange Bowl By the Numbers: Michigan vs. Georgia

by PeteSnydes

The Orange Bowl may not be as big of a David vs. Goliath-type matchup as the Cotton Bowl between Alabama vs. Cincinnati, but there aren’t many people outside of Ann Arbor giving the Wolverines much of a fighter’s chance.

Michigan closed the regular season with a bang while Georgia was handled by Alabama in the SEC Championship. Let’s take a by-the-numbers look at how the teams stack up for the matchup in Miami:



Michigan – Junior QB, Cade McNamara

Season Stats: 64.6 completion percentage, 2,470 passing yards, 15 touchdowns, four interceptions

Georgia – Senior QB, Stetson Bennett

Season Stats: 64.1 completion percentage, 2,375 passing yards, 24 touchdowns, seven interceptions

Advantage: Draw

Running Backs


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Michigan – Hassan Haskins, Blake Corum

Senior RB, Hassan Haskins – Season Stats: 261 carries, 1,288 rushing yards, 20 touchdowns, 4.9 yards per carry

Sophomore RB, Blake Corum – Season Stats: 141 carries, 939 yards, 11 touchdowns, 6.7 yards per carry

Georgia – Zamir White, James Cook

Junior RB, Zamir White – Season Stats: 135 carries, 718 yards, 10 touchdowns, 5.3 yards per carry

Senior RB, James Cook – Season Stats: 101 carries, 619 yards, seven touchdowns, 6.1 yards per carry

Advantage: Michigan

Wide Receivers

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Michigan – Cornelius Johnson, Roman Wilson, Mike Sainristil

Junior WR, Cornelius Johnson – Season Stats: 38 receptions, 609 yards, three touchdowns, 16 yards per catch


Sophomore WR, Roman Wilson – Season Stats: 24 receptions, 378 yards, three touchdowns, 15.8 yards per catch 

Junior WR, Mike Sainristil – Season Stats: 20 receptions, 295 yards, two touchdowns, 14.8 yards per catch

Georgia – Ladd McConkey, Jermaine Burton, Adonai Mitchell

Freshman WR, Ladd McConkey – Season Stats: 28 receptions, 430 yards, five touchdowns, 15.4 yards per catch

Sophomore WR, Jermaine Burton – Season Stats: 23 receptions, 412 yards, four touchdowns, 17.9 yards per catch

Freshman WR, Adonai Mitchell – Season Stats: 25 receptions, 342 yards, two touchdowns, 13.7 yards per catch

Advantage: Draw. This position is not a strength for either school.

Tight Ends

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Michigan – Erick All, Luke Schoonmaker

Junior TE, Erick All – Season Stats: 34 receptions, 374 yards, two touchdowns, 11 yards per catch

Senior TE, Luke Shoonmaker – Season Stats: 17 receptions, 165 yards, three touchdowns, 9.7 yards per catch

Georgia – Brock Bowers, Darnell Washington

Freshman TE, Brock Bowers – Season Stats: 47 receptions, 791 yards, 11 touchdowns, 16.8 yards per catch 

Sophomore TE, Darnell Washington – Season Stats: Nine receptions, 145 yards, touchdown, 16.1 yards per catch

Advantage: Georgia

Overall Offensive Numbers

Team Stats

Points Per Game 39.4 37.7
Total Yards 442.8 451.9
Yards Passing 247.9 228.1
Yards Rushing 194.9 223.8

Advantage: Michigan


Defensive Line


Michigan – Aidan Hutchinson, Mazi Smith, Christopher Hinton 

Senior DE, Aidan Hutchinson – Season Stats: 58 tackles, 14 sacks, two forced fumbles, fumble recovery


Junior DL, Mazi Smith – Season Stats: 35 tackles, three passes defended

Junior DL, Christopher Hilton – Season Stats: 30 tackles, sack, two fumble recoveries, two passes defended

Georgia – Devonte Wyatt, Travon Walker, Jordan Davis, Jalen Carter

Senior DL, Devonte Wyatt – Season Stats: 34 tackles, 2.5 sacks, two forced fumbles

Junior DL, Travon Walker – Season Stats: 32 tackles, four sacks, fumble recovery, two passes defended

Senior DL, Jordan Davis – Season Stats: 28 tackles, two sacks

Sophomore DL, Jalen Carter – Season Stats: 31 tackles, three sacks

Advantage: Georgia (Very close)


Michigan – Josh Ross, Junior Colson, Nikhai Hill-Green, David Ojabo 

Senior LB, Josh Ross – Season Stats: 95 tackles, 0.5 sacks, two passes defended

Freshman LB, Junior Colson – Season Stats: 56 tackles, 0.5 sacks, fumble recovery, two passes defended

Sophomore LB, Nikhai Hill-Green – Season Stats: 46 tackles, pass defended

Junior LB, David Ojabo – Season Stats: 35 tackles, 11 sacks, five forced fumbles, fumble recovery

Georgia – Nakobe Dean, Channing Tindall, Quay Walker, Nolan Smith

Junior LB, Nakobe Dean – Season Stats: 61 tackles, five sacks, forced fumble, two interceptions, touchdown, five passes defended

Senior LB, Channing Tindall – Season Stats: 58 tackles, 4.5 sacks, forced fumble

Senior LB, Quay Walker – Season Stats: 49 tackles, 1.5 sacks, pass defended

Junior LB, Nolan Smith – Season Stats: 40 tackles, two forced fumbles, fumble recovery, interception

Advantage: Michigan (Slim)


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Michigan – Daxton Hill, Brad Hawkins, Vincent Gray, DJ Turner  

Junior DB, Daxton Hill – Season Stats: 65 tackles, 0.5 sacks, fumble recovery, two interceptions, seven passes defended

Senior DB, Brad Hawkins – Season Stats: 54 tackles, two forced fumbles, fumble recovery, four passes defended

Senior DB, Vincent Gray – Season Stats: 41 tackles, sack, forced fumble, seven passes defended

Junior DB, DJ Turner – Season Stats: 29 tackles, two interceptions, seven passes defended

Georgia – Derion Kendrick, Christopher Smith, Kelee Ringo, Lewis Cine

Senior DB, Derion Kendrick – Season Stats: 33 tackles, two interceptions, three passes defended

Senior DB, Christopher Smith – Season Stats: 26 tackles, two interceptions, touchdown

Freshman DB, Kelee Ringo – Season Stats: 27 tackles, sack, interception, seven passes defended

Junior DB, Lewis Cine – Season Stats: 61 tackles, interception, eight passes defended

Advantage: Georgia

Overall Defensive Numbers

Team Stats

Points Allowed Per Game 9.5 16.1
Yards Allowed 253.9 316.2
Pass Yards Allowed 172.2 194.7
Rush Yards Allowed 81.7 121.5

Advantage: Georgia

Conclusion: Bet the under and expect a defensive brawl.

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