College GameDay crew breaks down Michigan-Georgia Orange Bowl matchup
The New Year’s Eve Orange Bowl matchup between Michigan and Georgia is a game everyone is talking about. The Wolverines and Bulldogs play similar styles of football, which should set up an entertaining College Football Playoff semifinal showdown.
Saturday, the College GameDay crew broke down some of the key components of this B1G-SEC matchup in Miami.
David Pollack doesn’t believe either team is going to back down in this marquee matchup, and is curious to see how a physical game plays out.
“That’s what’s awesome about this matchup. Obviously, two big-time programs with a lot of tradition, but these coaches are exactly the same,” Pollack said. “They’re not standing in front of the media, making a bunch of points and being entertaining. They’re about toughness, they’re about running the football, they’re about hitting you in the mouth. Old-school coaches. Old-school ways of doing things. Who’s gonna blink? That’s what’s great about it.”
One of the biggest talking points has been about the dominance of Michigan’s offense, especially with the rushing attack. Desmond Howard believes it’s going to take a great game plan from offensive coordinator Josh Gattis to get the job done.
“It’s going to be a great challenge for Michigan’s offense,” Howard said. “Josh Gattis, won the Broyles Award. He’s going up against a defense with athletes all over the field. Very fast, athletic defense. Physical, too. Josh Gattis and Michigan is going to have their hands full trying to prepare for that defense.”
Kirk Herbstreit doesn’t believe this game is all about a ground-and-pound style of offense for Michigan. He likes some of the wrinkles Gattis has been throwing into the mix this season.
“Think about the timing of when they get Georgia. Georgia is coming off an embarrassing loss. You gotta think that defense is chomping at the bit to get back on the field,” Herbstreit said. “I think it’s a bit of a misnomer to look at Michigan and say, ‘they’re physical, they run the football.’ Josh Gattis has done a great job of throwing in just enough wrinkles to make you respect other ways.”
Kickoff between Michigan and Georgia is set for 7:30 p.m. ET on New Year’s Eve.