• December 30, 2021

Georgia vs. Michigan Touchdown Scorer Props – Orange Bowl Bets To Consider

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Georgia’s defense was considered the Bulldogs strong suit throughout the regular season and the unit’s stinginess was becoming legendary. Then came Alabama and the SEC Championship Game, a 41-24 rout that proved even the best can have a bad game.

The question heading into Friday night’s Orange Bowl (7:30 p.m. ET, ESPN) is whether the Bulldogs can bounce back, or whether the Michigan Wolverines can exploit the weaknesses Alabama exposed.

The oddsmakers consistently have Georgia (12-1 SU, 8-5 ATS) as 7.5 favorites at most sportsbooks with the total sitting at either 45 or 45.5 points, so they feel confident the Bulldogs will revert to the form that saw them allow just 83 total points before facing Alabama.

Michigan (12-1 SU, 11-2 ATS) saved its best football for the end of the season, blitzing Ohio State in the regular-season finale and then dispatching Iowa in the Big Ten Championship Game. The Wolverines averaged 37.8 points and 451.9 yards per game, but are facing a defense that allowed just 9.5 points and 254.4 yards per game.

Dan Lanning will be calling the shots defensively for Georgia, despite the fact he was hired as Oregon’s head coach earlier this month. Lanning said there will be no difference in the unit’s approach, according to ESPN.com.

Michigan’s defense, meanwhile, allows just 315.8 yards and 16.1 points per game, so the Bulldogs likely won’t be easily waltzing into the end zone, either.

DraftKings is offering wagers on alternate totals ranging from ‘under’ 39 at +200 to ‘over’ 49 at +135.

BetMGM, meanwhile, is offering prop bets on who scores the Orange Bowl’s first and last touchdown, in addition to odds on which players will score at any point of the game. Here’s a look at a few of the selections.

First Touchdown – If Georgia Scores First

A well-balanced offense means there’s no one Bulldog listed as an overwhelming favorite to score Georgia’s first touchdown. The team had 33 passing touchdowns and 28 on the ground this season, leaving opposing defenses with plenty to account for.

Defensively, Michigan allows 194.7 passing yards (ranked No. 22 nationally) and 121.1 rushing yards (No. 21), so it’s ready for whatever approach Georgia takes.

If Georgia does score first, here are some key players to keep an eye on, as well as a longshot or two:

  • Zamir White +600: White rushed for 718 yards and 10 TDs.
  • Brock Bowers +600: The tight end had 791 receiving yards and 11 TDs.
  • James Cook +650: Cook had seven rushing TDs and three catches for scores as well.
  • Kenny McIntosh +1200: The running back had five total touchdowns this season.
  • Ladd McConkey +1400: The wide receiver had 5 TDs.
  • Jermain Burton +1400: The receiver had four TDs
  • Any Georgia Defensive Player +4000 Given the unit’s strength, this could be a smart pick.
  • Stetson Bennett: +2500 The most intriguing of the bunch, but with just one rushing TD you see why he’s such a longshot.

First Touchdown – If Michigan Scores First

Georgia pitched three shutouts this season, but those opponents (Vanderbilt, Arkansas, and Georgia Tech), don’t compare to Michigan’s offense. Still, the Wolverines are going up against a defense ranked third against the pass (172.2 yards per game) and fourth against the rush (82.2 yards per game).

The key for Michigan will be getting its running game on track as the Wolverines rushed for 39 touchdowns this season while passing for 20 touchdowns. Michigan’s offense isn’t as balanced as Georgia’s and the Bulldogs make running the ball hard for most teams not named Alabama.

If Michigan does score first, here are players to keep an eye on, and a few longshots:

  • Hassan Haskins +700: With 20 rushing touchdowns, he leads the team in scoring.
  • Blake Corum +1000: Corum’s rushed for 11 TDs and added 1 TD reception.
  • Cornelius Johnson +3000: The wide receiver had 3 TDs on the season.
  • A.J. Henning +3000: The receiver had 2 rushing TDs, but none as a receiver.
  • Luke Schoonmaker +3300: The tight end had 3 TDs this year.
  • Roman Wilson +3000: The receiver had 3 TDs this year.
  • Luke Schoonmaker +3300: The tight end had 3 TDs this year.
  • Donovan Edwards +5000: The running back had 3 rushing scores and 1 as a receiver
  • Cade McNamara +8000: The quarterback isn’t much of a running threat with just 1 TD.
  • Any Michigan Defensive Player +8000: Can Michigan upstage Georgia’s defense?

Who Will Score At Any Time During The Orange Bowl?

With points expected to be at a premium, it’s likely the team’s top players will have the ball in their hands most often – barring a successful gadget play or two.

  • Hassan Haskins -250
  • Blake Corum -125
  • Brock Bowers +125
  • Zamir White +130
  • James Cook +140
  • Cornelius Johnson +290
  • Kenny McIntosh +300
  • A.J. Henning +333
  • Ladd McConkey +333
  • Donovan Edwards +500

Who Will Score The Last Touchdown Of The Orange Bowl?

If the game is a blowout, it could be a deep reserve for either team reaching the end zone for the final time on the evening. But this will likely be a competitive game, meaning one of the top players is likely to close out the scoring:

  • Brock Bowers +600
  • Zamir White +600
  • James Cook +650
  • Hassan Haskins +700
  • Blake Corum +1100
  • Kenny McIntosh +1200
  • Ladd McConkey +1400
  • Cornelius Johnson +3000
  • A.J. Henning +3300
  • Donovan Edwards +5000