Georgia vs Ohio State Injury Report & News for CFP Semifinal Peach Bowl
- In the Georgia vs Ohio State injury report for the Saturday, December 31 Peach Bowl CFP Semifinal, there’s good news for both teams
- Buckeyes RB Miyan Williams (illness) will be playing
- Anticipation is that Bulldogs starters WR Ladd McConkey (knee) and T Warren McClendon (knee) each will be good to go
As the #1 Georgia Bulldogs (13-0, 7-6 ATS) meet the #4 Ohio State Buckeyes (11-1, 5-6-1 ATS) in the Peach Bowl College Football Playoff semifinal, it’s the first game in nearly a month for both teams.
The Bulldogs haven’t played since whipping LSU 50-30 in the SEC Championship Game on December 3. It’s been even longer idle time for the Buckeyes. Ohio State’s last game was a 45-23 loss to Michigan on November 26.
From an injury standpoint, that’s a lot of healing time, and it appears to be working in favor of both teams. Ailing starters on each roster appear to be healing up and are likely to be suiting up.
The unbeaten Bulldogs are 6-point favorites over the Buckeyes. Georgia is 7-6 against the spread as a betting favorite this season.
Kickoff on Saturday, December 31 at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium is set for 8 pm ET. ESPN is providing the broadcast.
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The Bulldogs are the -140 chalk in the National Championship odds. Ohio State is the +350 third betting choice.
Georgia Bulldogs Injury Report
Georgia coach Kirby Smart indicated that he is hopeful that both WR Ladd McConkey and RT Warren McClendon will be playing in the Peach Bowl.
Stat of the day:
Ladd McConkey currently has 51 receptions for 675 yards and five TDs this season.
He is just 53 yards away from having the most yards by a Georgia wide receiver since 2016.
George Pickens has the highest with 727 yards in 2019. pic.twitter.com/2HcbnoAzwD
— Jonathan Williams (@Dr_JWill) December 12, 2022
Both starters suffered knee injuries in the SEC title game win over LSU. Each was seen during practice on Thursday and neither was wearing a non-contact jersey.
Linebacker Marvin Jones Jr, who missed the LSU game with an ankle sprain, has been cleared and is good to go.
Georgia Injury Report
|Marvin Jones Jr||LB||ankle||probable|
Another bonus for Georgia will be the presence of WR AD Mitchell. He’s been battling a nagging ankle injury since the second game of the season. Mitchell was able to play 15 snaps against LSU. He’s been given a clean bill of health for this game.
Ohio State Buckeyes Injury Report
According to Ohio State coach Ryan Day, RB Miyan Williams has been battling a stomach bug all week long. He missed some practice time earlier this week.
TreVeyon Henderson unable to play but still with his fellow running backs in practice. pic.twitter.com/STyHcfuMEx
— Dave Holmes (@DaveHolmesTV) December 29, 2022
However, Williams, leading rusher for Ohio State this season with 817 yards and 13 touchdowns, was back at practice and trending toward playing as the week’s workouts continued.
Ohio State Injury Report
Wide receiver Jaxon Smith-Njigba (hamstring) and running back TreVeyon Henderson (foot) are out. Henderson underwent season-ending surgery earlier this month.
How Could Injuries Affect Georgia vs Ohio State Lines?
Williams missed the Michigan loss. His absence would be devastating, since Henderson is already out. Chip Trayanum (14 carries, 83 yards) did the bulk of the rushing against the Wolverines. Dallan Hayden (510 yards, five TDs) is another option in the Buckeyes backfield.
Could the loss to Michigan prove a blessing in disguise for Ohio State? Not needing to play in the Big Ten Championship game allowed the Buckeyes an additional week to mend the wounded, and it appears to be paying off.
Guard Matt Jones and cornerbacks Cam Brown, Jordan Hancock, and Denzel Burke are all healthy. Jones has been back at practice the past two weeks. He missed Ohio State’s last game with a sprained ankle.
Smith-Njigba is one of the most talented WR in the country. But he’s only caught five balls all season and hasn’t played since October 27. In his place, both Marvin Harrison Jr and Emeka Egbuka went over 1000 receiving yards, so it’s hard to make a case that Smith-Njigba has been missed.
McConkey leads all Bulldogs wideouts with 51 catches and 5 TD receptions this season. McClendon has started 37 successive games at RT. If he’s unable to answer the bell, Amarius Mims would get the start.
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