Georgia vs. Michigan: Booger McFarland predicts Playoff semifinal
The College Football Playoff semifinal from the Orange Bowl kicks off Friday at 7:30 p.m. ET, and Georgia and Michigan figures to be a heavyweight fight.
Both teams are similar in style, with Georgia having an edge with its elite and physical defense.
ESPN analyst Booger McFarland joined the Paul Finebaum Show Thursday afternoon, and he was asked to predict the game. He’s going with Georgia, and he explains why below.
“Georgia, I think, is going to out-man Michigan,” McFarland said. “It’s going to be a style, make-fight type game. It’s going to be a rugged war. I think it’s going to be low-scoring, Paul, and I think in the end, Georgia pulls away in the fourth quarter.
“But I don’t think it’s because of Stetson Bennett. I think it’s because of a defense that has a lot of pride. I think it’s a running game that will ultimately wear Michigan down. But we’re still going to have the same age-old question that we came into the game with, ‘What do we do with Stetson Bennett?'”
Although McFarland sees Georgia beating Michigan, he doesn’t see UGA having a chance to beat Alabama — if Alabama beats Cincinnati — in the national title game.
“The reality is they will not beat Alabama — if Alabama wins there in Dallas — with Stetson Bennett being the quarterback of their team.”
— Paul Finebaum (@finebaum) December 30, 2021