Georgia to play Michigan in College Football Playoff Semifinal
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Georgia to play Michigan in College Football Playoff Semifinal

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The Georgia Bulldogs will play the Michigan Wolverines in a College Football Playoff Semifinal game, it was announced on Sunday.

Georgia (12-1) finished as the third-ranked team in the final College Football Playoff Rankings after falling to the Alabama Crimson Tide, 41-24, in the 2021 SEC Championship Game.

“On behalf of our team and especially our seniors we are excited to be selected for the College Football Playoff and the opportunity to play in the Capital One Orange Bowl,” said UGA head coach Kirby Smart. “The goal of every college football team, coach, player, and fan is to be one of the four teams in the Playoff and we are extremely honored. It presents a great opportunity for our fans who have been so supportive of our team throughout the season at home and on the road.  Playing in a city and game with such rich tradition will be a rewarding experience and it represents another step for our program at Georgia. It also represents a great challenge playing a team like Michigan which has proven to be one of college football’s most accomplished programs.”

The Bulldogs will take on the second-ranked Michigan Wolverines (12-1) in the College Football Playoff Semifinal at the Capital One Orange Bowl. The game will be played on Friday, Dec. 31 at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Fla. , and the game will be televised by ESPN at 7:30pm ET.

“We are honored with the selection of our team to represent the Southeastern Conference in the College Football Playoff,” said UGA J. Reid Parker Director of Athletics Josh Brooks. “We have not played in the Orange Bowl since Jan. 1, 1960, so this will create a special experience for our student-athletes, coaches, staff, and fans.  This is an incredible opportunity and I’m sure it will provide a memorable experience for all.”

Alabama (12-1) moved from third to first after defeating previously unbeaten Georgia. The Crimson Tide will play the fourth-ranked Cincinnati Bearcats (13-0) in the College Football Playoff Semifinal at the Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.

Winners of the two playoff semifinals will square off in the College Football National Championship on Monday, Jan. 10, 2022. The game will be played at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Ind., and it will be televised by ESPN at 8:00pm ET.

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