By the numbers: Michigan football vs. Georgia

While the last two games had playoff-type feels, this one is actually the College Football Playoff.

Georgia highly expected to be the No. 1 seed come Dec. 31, but a funny thing happened on the way to the CFP — as usual, the Bulldogs couldn’t get past Alabama. Suddenly, the unbeatable defense showed a bit of vulnerability.

Ultimately, as Michigan football and Georgia take a look at each other via the stats, in many ways it’s the Spider-Man meme, two teams pointing at each other with similar identities. While the Dawgs might boast a stouter defense, and a better passing offense, Michigan has a better run offense. But, for the most part, the two teams play the same way, and it very well could end up being a battle of who executes better and who wants it more.

Here is how the Capital One Orange Bowl teams match up against each other statistically.


Rank (metric)

Rank (metric)

Michigan scoring offense

13th (37.7 ppg)

1st (9.5 ppg)

Georgia scoring defense

Michigan rushing offense

9th (223.85 ypg)

3rd (81.69 ypga)

Georgia rushing defense

Michigan passing offense

67th (228.1 ypg)

3rd (171.5 ypga)

Georgia passing defense

Michigan total offense

19th (451.9 ypg)

2nd (253.2 ypga)

Georgia total defense

Michigan yards per play

21st (6.48 ypp)

1st (4.01 ypga)

Georgia yards per play allowed

Michigan first downs

40th (22.2 pg)

2nd (14.2 apg)

Georgia opp. first downs

Michigan third down conv.

20th (45.40%)

15th (32.84%)

Georgia opp. third down conv.

Michigan fourth down conv.

47th (58.33%)

41st (46.43%)

Georgia opp. fourth down conv.

Michigan red zone conv.

7th (92.19%)

1st (60%)

Georgia opp. red zone conv.

Michigan sacks allowed

2nd (0.77 sapg)

6th (3.15 spg)

Georgia sacks

Michigan TFL allowed

1st (2.08 tfla/gm)

29th (6.54 tfl/gm)

Georgia TFL

Michigan long scrimmage plays

68th (173 10+ yd plays)

2nd (109 10+ yd plays)

Georgia long plays allowed

Michigan penalties

19th (42.4…


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