2022 Peach Bowl: Ohio State (4) vs. Georgia (1) Odds, Prediction

Payton Matthews | Updated Dec 27, 2022

Two college football powerhouses go toe-to-toe on New Years Eve with a spot in the national championship on the line as the Ohio State Buckeyes prepare to face the Georgia Bulldogs.

Ohio State
December 31, 2022, 8:00 PM ET
Mercedes-Benz Stadium
Pointspread +4.5 -107
Moneyline +181
Over / Under o +62


Betting Action


Pointspread -4.5 -113
Moneyline -217
Over / Under u +62


Betting Action


The final college football game of the calendar year is New Year’s Eve night from the Peach Bowl in Atlanta as No. 4 Ohio State takes on No. 1 Georgia in the second College Football Playoff national semifinal. The Dawgs are 6.5-point favourites on the NCAAF odds.

Peach Bowl Betting Analysis

Friday is the second all-time meeting between Ohio State and Georgia, two of the sport’s true powerhouse programs. On New Year’s Day 1993, Georgia beat Ohio State in the Florida Citrus Bowl from Orlando.

The Buckeyes last faced an SEC team on Jan. 11, 2021, in the national championship game against Alabama and got routed 52-24. Georgia faced Big Ten school Michigan on Dec. 31 last year also in the College Football Playoff semifinals and won easily 34-11.

The winner faces either No. 2 Michigan or No. 3 TCU in the national title game on Jan. 9 from SoFi Stadium in Los Angeles. We could get a Buckeyes-Wolverines first-ever postseason matchup and rematch from this year’s regular-season finale won by Michigan in Columbus. Despite that, early lookahead lines have OSU -3 for a rematch. Georgia is currently -8 vs. U-M and -15 vs. TCU.

Ohio State Buckeyes (4)

OSU’s playoff chances looked in major trouble following that 45-23 home loss to Michigan on Nov. 26 as the Buckeyes were absolutely gashed on the ground, allowing 252 yards rushing and 530 total. However, the CFP committee only dropped coach Ryan Day’s team from No. 2 to No. 5 in the rankings and when No. 4 USC lost in the Pac-12 title game to Utah, OSU slipped into the final spot and will have played in five of the nine CFP since its inception in 2014. Ohio State won it all that season but not since. The Buckeyes are 1-2 in CFP games under Day.

This may be the last collegiate game for record-setting quarterback CJ Stroud, who was the Heisman Trophy favourite much of this season but finished third. Stroud, who has thrown for 3,340 yards with 37 TDs and just six picks, could be the No. 1 overall pick in the 2023 NFL Draft. Two of college football’s true game-breakers, running back TreVeyon Henderson and receiver Jaxon Smith-Njigba, will miss the playoff due to injury. Ohio State is 2-6 ATS in its past eight non-conference games.

Georgia Bulldogs (1)

Georgia looks to be the first repeat national champion in the CFP era and should have a clear-cut fan advantage as it’s UGA’s 11th game all-time at Mercedes-Benz Stadium, which is 72 miles from the Bulldogs’ campus. They opened this season there with a hugely impressive 49-3 win over Oregon and then beat LSU there 50-30 on Dec. 3 for the SEC title. The Bulldog senior class has established a school record for most career victories with a 47-5 record. It’s UGA’s 26th consecutive bowl appearance, the nation’s longest active streak. UGA is 35-21-3 in bowl games overall.

While the Dawgs can’t really match Ohio State in offensive talent – although Brock Bowers won the John Mackey Award as the nation’s top tight end and quarterback Stetson Bennett was a Heisman finalist – they are again spectacular on defence led by tackle Jalen Carter, who could be the first defender chosen in the 2023 NFL Draft. Georgia ranks second nationally in total defence (12.3 ppg) and No. 1 against the rush (77.0 ypg). It is 4-1 ATS in its past five neutral-site games.

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