How to watch Georgia vs. Ohio State: TV channel, live stream, Peach Bowl odds, college football playoff game

No. 1 Georgia is looking to complete its run to become the first national champion since Alabama in 2011-12, and as that journey reaches the College Football Playoff semifinals, a formidable foe stands in the way of the No. 4 of Ohio State in the Peach Bowl. This matchup between the two giant programs should provide plenty of excitement as we prepare to crown a national title winner for the 2022 college football season.

The Bulldogs won their first SEC title since 2017 when they topped LSU in Atlanta earlier this month, while the Buckeyes’ quest for a perfect season came to an abrupt halt in the regular-season finale against rival Michigan. One of the bigger stories is that this one will feature two Heisman Trophy finalists — Georgia quarterback Stetson Bennett IV and Ohio quarterback C.J. Stroud.

Follow all the action in the Peach Bowl semifinal LIVE updates from Georgia vs. Ohio State.

How to watch the Peach Bowl live

Date: Saturday, Dec. 31 | year: 8 p.m. ET
Location: Mercedes-Benz Stadium — Atlanta
TV: ESPN | Live broadcast: fuboTV (Try Free)

Georgia vs. Ohio State: I need to know

The Stroud factor: There seems to be a narrative that Stroud’s games against Michigan make a trend rather than an outlier. In fact, nothing could be further from the truth. The Buckeyes quarterback still threw for 349 yards and completed 64.6 passes when, for the most part, Michigan knew Stroud had to air it out. In addition, Stroud had a one-month reset to remedy these errors. Can he take advantage of a Georgia defense comparable to what the Wolverines had to offer? If you choose to reckon with an angry Stroud, do so at your own peril.

Bulldogs can also light it up: Georgia’s defense gets most of the buzz, but its offense has proven throughout the season that it can light up a scoreboard, too. It ranks in the top 10 in total offense — its 491.9 yards per game is one spot behind Ohio State — and seventh in yards per game at 6.97. Remember: The Bulldogs haven’t been in many positions where they need to pick it up to keep their unblemished record alive. Can Georgia hang on if Ohio State forces punts? Statistics show it can.

Ohio State injury concerns: Star running back TreVeyon Henderson will be out with a leg injury and Jaxon Smith-Njigba will play in the NFL next season after dealing with a hamstring injury all year. Will their absences decide the game? Smith-Njigba probably won’t. He has just five catches all season and hasn’t played since Oct. 27. The Buckeyes have two receivers who have surpassed the 1,000-yard mark in Marvin Harrison Jr. and Emeka Egbuka. If anyone tells you Smith-Njigba’s injury is a factor, that person is either lying or hasn’t been paying attention to Ohio State all year. As for Henderson, his injury isn’t optimal, but Ohio State was able to deal with him as well. Myian Williams is this year’s leading rusher with 817 yards and 13 touchdowns, and he’s essentially been involved with Henderson.

Peach Bowl prediction, picks

Selected game | Georgia Bulldogs vs. Ohio State Buckeyes

I’ll take the Buckeyes to not only cover it, but outright win it. The luxury of time will help coach Ryan Day’s team more than Kirby Smart’s, and the lack of respect will only add to that motivation. Georgia hasn’t been in a penalty situation this year, but Ohio State will this Saturday. I’ll take the points in case Ohio State falls behind, but this will be a classic four-quarter game. Prediction: Ohio State (+6.5)

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