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A Very Brief History of Georgia vs. Michigan Matchups

Georgia Bulldogs vs. Michigan Wolverines 2021 Capital One Orange Bowl/College Football Playoff Semifinal

The Orange Bowl/College Football Playoff Semifinal matchup between Georgia and Michigan will be just the third meeting between these two schools

The Orange Bowl/College Football Playoff Semifinal marks only the third game between Georgia and Michigan. These two powerhouses have only previously played in the regular season in 1957 and 1965. Here is a brief recap of those games.

Michigan 26, Georgia 0

October 5, 1957 – Ann Arbor, Mich.

In the first-ever meeting between these two programs, Michigan halfback/defensive back Mike Shatusky scored on a 56-yard interception return and a six-yard touchdown run, and quarterback Stan Noskin ran for two touchdowns. The Bulldogs gained 272 offensive yards but were hampered by 110 yards in penalties. Michigan ended the season at 5-3-1, while Georgia finished 3-7.

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Georgia 15, Michigan 7

October 2, 1965 – Ann Arbor, Mich.

In this top-10 matchup, Michigan led Georgia 7-6 with a little over four minutes left in the game when Bulldog quarterback Preston Ridlehuber rolled out and hit Pat Hodgson with a 10-yard touchdown pass. The two-point conversion failed, but safety Lynn Hughes intercepted Wolverine quarterback Dick Vidmer's pass and returned it to the Michigan nine-yard line on the next possession. Kicker Bobby Etter then put the game away with his third field goal. The win snapped the Wolverines' eight-game winning streak, and they proceeded to lose five of their next seven games. Georgia finished 6-4.

— Written by Aaron Tallent, who is part of the Athlon Contributor Network. Tallent is a writer whose articles have appeared in The Sweet Science, FOX Sports' Outkick the Coverage, Liberty Island and The Washington Post. Follow him on Twitter at @AaronTallent.