This year’s Peach Bowl is one half of the College Football Playoffs and will take place on Saturday Dec. 31. The New Year’s Eve bout will feature No. 4 Ohio State and No. 1 Georgia. Below you’ll find betting information and edges on the marquee matchup.
Ohio State (11-1, 5-6-1) vs. Georgia (13-0, 7-6)
Moneyline: Ohio State +205, Georgia -255
Spread: Georgia -6.5
Ohio State needed help from Utah in order to get back into the College Football Playoff. The Utes beat USC on Friday in the Pac-12 Championship Game to bump the Trojans out of the field of four and opening a spot for the Buckeyes.
The last time we saw Ohio State, though, the Buckeyes were getting embarrassed at home by Michigan. The Wolverines won that game 45-23 and Ohio State was limited to just three second half points. It was an ugly showing that makes it difficult to rationalize the Buckeyes being competitive against Georgia in the CFP semifinals.
Georgia has been the top team in college football all season long, and although the Bulldogs have six losses ATS, they’ve rarely been challenged all year. Georgia is coming off a dominant 50-30 win over LSU in the SEC Championship Game.
This game features Ohio State’s second-ranked scoring offense vs. Georgia’s second-ranked scoring defense. The Buckeyes have the 13th-ranked scoring defense and will try to stop the Bulldogs 11th-ranked scoring offense.
On paper, there’s nothing to suggest that Georgia is the vastly superior team and both sides have rosters full of NFL prospects. We are well aware by now that the SEC is by far the top conference in the nation, and the defending champs mowed through it with relative ease this season.
It’s hard to rewatch Georgia trouncing LSU and Ohio State getting embarrassed by Michigan and walk away thinking the Buckeyes have a chance in this one, but that’s why they play the game.