Dec 31, 2021; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; Georgia Bulldogs quarterback Stetson Bennett (13) and running back Zamir White (3) throw oranges after defeating the Michigan Wolverines in the Orange Bowl college football CFP national semifinal game at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports

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Bowl roundup: No. 3 Georgia, No. 1 Alabama set up rematch in CFP final

Stetson Bennett passed for 307 yards and three touchdowns and No. 3 Georgia advanced to the College Football Playoff title game with a dominating 31-11 win over No. 2 Michigan in a national semifinal game on Friday at Miami Gardens, Fla.

Derion Kendrick intercepted two passes as the Bulldogs (13-1) turned the Orange Bowl into a one-sided contest in the first half and were never threatened.

Georgia will meet No. 1 Alabama in the CFP final on Jan. 10 in Indianapolis. The Crimson Tide walloped the Bulldogs 41-24 in the Southeastern Conference title game on Dec. 4, Georgia’s lone loss.

Cade McNamara completed 11 of 19 passes for 106 yards and two interceptions for Michigan (12-2), while backup J.J. McCarthy was 7 of 17 for 131 yards and one touchdown. The Bulldogs rolled up 521 yards of total offense to the Wolverines’ 328.

No. 1 Alabama 27, No. 4 Cincinnati 6

The Crimson Tide will play for a second straight national title after they defeated the Bearcats in a College Football Playoff semifinal at the Cotton Bowl in Arlington, Texas.

Heisman Trophy winner Bryce Young threw for 181 yards and three touchdowns for Alabama (13-1), and Brian Robinson Jr. ran for Crimson Tide bowl-record and career-high 204 yards on 26 carries.

Cincinnati (13-1) managed just 218 total yards. Alabama had 482, including 301 on the ground. Bearcats quarterback Desmond Ridder was 17 of 32 for 144 yards.

No. 17 Wake Forest 38, Rutgers 10

Sam Hartman passed for 304 yards and three touchdowns as the Demon Deacons dominated the final 2 1/2 quarters on the way to an easy win over the Scarlet Knights in the Gator Bowl at Jacksonville, Fla.

The victory allowed the Wake Forest (11-3) to match its most wins in a single season, last achieved in 2006. Ten of Hartman’s passes were caught by A.T. Perry for 127 yards. The Demon Deacons outgained Rutgers 452 yards to 271 and outrushed the Scarlet Knights 148-106.

Noah Vedral led Rutgers (5-8) with 87 yards passing before being replaced at quarterback by Gavin Wimsatt. Five players threw passes for the Scarlet Knights in the defeat. Wake Forest had been to play No. 25 Texas A&M in the bowl game, but the Aggies pulled out of the contest on Dec. 22 because a combination of season-ending injuries and COVID-19 within the program.

Central Michigan 24, Washington State 21

Lew Nichols III rushed for 111 yards and a touchdown as the Chippewas ended its their strange postseason odyssey with a victory over the Cougars in the Sun Bowl at rainy El Paso, Texas.

Marshall Meeder added three field goals for the Central Michigan (9-4), which originally was scheduled to play in the Arizona Bowl until Boise State pulled out Monday due to a COVID-19 outbreak. With Miami having to exit the Sun Bowl for the same reason, Central Michigan struck a deal to bus 300-plus miles from Tucson, Ariz., to El Paso to meet the Cougars.

The Cougars (7-6) were without their top two running backs and three starting offensive linemen between opt-outs, transfers and injuries.

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