Best bets for Ohio State vs. Georgia in CFP Semifinal Peach Bowl (Trust Bulldogs offense)

Georgia quarterback Stetson Bennett (13) celebrates with Georgia wide receiver Ladd McConkey (84) after scoring a touchdown during the first half of a NCAA college football game between Tennessee and Georgia in Athens, Ga., on Saturday, Nov. 5, 2022.News Joshua L Jones
Georgia quarterback Stetson Bennett (13) celebrates with Georgia wide receiver Ladd McConkey (84) after scoring a touchdown during the first half of a NCAA college football game between Tennessee and Georgia in Athens, Ga., on Saturday, Nov. 5, 2022.News Joshua L Jones /
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Georgia’s pursuit of a second straight National Championship continues in the nearby Georgia Dome on New Year’s Eve as they face Ohio State in the College Football Playoff Semifinals.

The Bulldogs have been the best team in the country from Week 1 all the way through, and now get their stiffest test in Ohio State, who were the second choice to win the National Championship before losing to Michigan at home in a battle of CFP contenders. However, Ohio State backed into the top four and will have a chance at redemption against the defending National Champions.

It’s Ohio State’s explosive offense against the vaunted Georgia defense, but what about the other side of the ball where Georgia’s offense will look to continue to tear up an Ohio State secondary that was exposed against Michigan.

Here are the odds and our best bet for the Peach Bowl:

Ohio State vs. Georgia Odds, Spread and Total

Ohio State vs. Georgia Betting Trends

  • Ohio State head coach Ryan Day is 1-3 against the spread (ATS) in bowl games
  • Kirby Smart is 7-2 ATS in bowl games
  • Ohio State is 5-6-1 ATS this season, all as a favorite
  • Georgia is 7-5 ATS this season, all as a favorite

Ohio State vs. Georgia Prediction and Pick

I broke this game down with Chris “The Bear” Fallica of ESPN College GameDay on The Early Reed last week, but there is a noticeable edge for the Georgia offense.

Ohio State’s defensive line is stout at the point of attack, but the team is vulnerable to chunk plays both through the air and on the ground. Despite being No. 1 in defensive line yards this season and generating the 20th most tackles for loss, the team is 100th or worse in both explosive run and pass rate this season.

Meanwhile, the Bulldogs have the capability to dismantle the Ohio State defense with their physicality up front, second in sacks allowed and seventh in yards per play at almost seven. The team is best in the country in terms of EPA/Pass and is ninth in yards per carry. Against a defense that prides itself on imposing their will on the offensive line, they will fail against the hogmollies up front for Georgia.

I make this game closer to Georgia -4, but I don’t trust this Ohio State defense to hold up against the relentless and overpowering Georgia defense. If the Buckeyes passing game can take the top off the Bulldogs secondary, this game can reach the 70’s with each offense dictating the terms. Another path to victory is an overwhelming Georgia result, similar to the Michigan game, which saw the Wolverines get ahead and never look back in the second half, scoring 45 in the process.

With that being said, I’m going to target the Georgia team total over as my best bet in the Peach Bowl.

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Game odds refresh periodically and are subject to change.