Michigan Football: 5 Wolverines to watch against Georgia

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The second-ranked Michigan Wolverines are set to face off with the No. 3 Georgia Bulldogs in the first round of the College Football Playoff in just two days.

The Bulldogs spent a majority of the season as the consensus top-ranked team but were thoroughly routed by rival Alabama in the SEC Championship Game, knocking them down to #3. As the Wolverines prepare to face off the Bulldogs, we take a look at five players who will be key to Michigan football’s efforts.

QB Cade McNamara (R. So, #12)

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McNamara has been the leader of this Michigan offense since Jim Harbaugh named him as the Wolverines’ starting QB back in the spring. He will be crucial to Michigan football‘s success against the Bulldogs, as they rank as the nation’s top-scoring defense, allowing an average of just 9.5 points per contest.

However, Alabama gave everyone the blueprint to beating the Bulldogs imposing defense, namely, throwing the ball with a lot of success. Crimson Tide QB Bryce Young, the Heisman Trophy recipient, threw for 421 yards, three touchdowns, and no interceptions against Georgia.

Whether McNamara is capable of replicating that performance or not, it will be crucial to the Wolverines that he is efficient and smart with the football when Michigan does need to turn to the air to pick up first downs.