Will Georgia’s talent and experience or TCU’s belief and explosiveness prevail in national championship game?

TCU is one of college football’s true Cinderellas…for the last 38 years at least…and it’s a debate.

BYU won the 1984 National Championship after a series of circumstances, largely because they defeated Michigan in the Holiday Bowl to become the only undefeated major collegiate team in the country (13-0). In the days before being designated a “Power Five”, BYU was considered a power program at major conferences (WACs).

Boise State defeated Oklahoma to finish in the top 5 and put many players into the NFL during Chris Petersen’s prime. Cincinnati made it to the college football playoffs but was quickly eliminated. As one observer was quick to point out Saturday night, the Horned Frogs played a tougher schedule in a better conference than the Bearcats heading to the CFP.

Oh yeah, TCU also pulled off one of the upsets of the era.Michigan was in the middle of their best season, not just a touchdown so farThe great Bo Schembechler never won a national championship. As NFL rumors swirl around him again, the question arises: Will Jim Harbaugh ever win?

Maybe it’s noisy. The point here is that TCU is Cinderella with brass knuckles. Frogs have proven they can hang and, in some cases, dominate a physical Wolverine. So let go of that concern against Georgia.

These frogs don’t know they can’t winthey are not traditional powers…or even powers at all given their history.

So, like any big game, analysis of the College Football Playoff National Championship is more about strategy than putting numbers together. Bulldogs are probably better, definitely bigger and definitely hairier.

How TCU Wins

Loosen up quarterback Max Duggan. No one has stopped him this season since the senior took over for an injured Chandler Morris in the season opener. Michigan retained Heisman’s finalist, coming closest to his worst passing day of the season (14 of 29) and intercepting him twice. But Duggan was there when he needed it, taking wide receiver Quentin Johnston on a simple crossing route that turned into a 76-yard touchdown pass that turned out to be the winning play in the CFP semifinals at the Fiesta Bowl. I found. Johnston was playing late in the season with an ankle sprain. He didn’t seem to make an impact on him against Michigan.

This makes Duggan even more dangerous and more inspiring. He’s not impressive at 6 foot 2, 210 pounds. Georgia could risk underestimating him. He won’t get nervous and will definitely rebound from his subpar performance against Michigan. Anyone know how Georgia gave up his 1,000 combined yards in the last two games?

Duggan has come a long way since getting a catheter stuck in his groin two years ago to fix a heart problem. But in this age of his transport portal, he broke through it. Monday will be his 48th game with the Frogs.

The biggest surprise against Michigan may have been TCU’s ability to stop runs. Michigan averaged only 3.3 yards per carry after Donovan Edwards’ game-starting he ran back a 54-yard rumble. Backup Karel Millings fumbled at the goal line. The Wolverines had little effect in the Red Zone.

TCU forced QB JJ McCarthy to pass in the second half. It almost worked. McCarthy threw for his career-high 343 yards and recorded his 261 yards in the second half. But this is a TCU defense that can control the running game. Only 28 yards allowed rushing to Texas in a defensive struggle.

As strange as this may sound, the victory over Michigan marked one of the most impressive defensive performances by a team giving up 45 points. TCU linebacker Johnny Hodges may be small for a Navy move, but he’s leading the team in tackles. Dee Winters (3.0 tackles with loss, interception and pass breakup) may have been the best defender on the field because another of his Frogs started his LB.

6-foot-4-inch, 275-pound defensive lineman Dylan Horton will have a tough game for the Dawgs after four sack games. Defensively, his coordinator Joe Gillespie is sneaking well with his 3-3-5 “stack” that relies on a hybrid of his defenders who can drop coverage and play inside the box.

RB Kendre Miller’s health remains critical. The 1,300-yard rusher (TD’s 17 for him!) only played until the early part of the second half, after which he was sidelined with an as yet undisclosed injury. The biggest surprise was backup Emali Demercado, who recorded his career-best 150 yards in his absence. Demercado returns home for his game in the championship. He hails from Inglewood, California, the location of SoFi Stadium.

how georgia wins

Follow Stetson Bennett IV to the Promised Land. he has done it once. why not again? His sixth-year quarterback for Georgia passed all the tests. From walking, playing junior college, riding the bench to becoming a superstar. Currently, he is arguably the most famous signal-caller in the history of the show, and if he can lead the Doges to back-to-back national championships, that title will be firmly established.

Bennett’s latest achievement was rallying Georgia in the fourth quarter for the biggest comeback in CFP history. With nine minutes left in his game against Ohio State, his team trailed him by 11 points. Coach Kirby Smart was able to quickly call a timeout that nullified the first-down run.

On the next play after the punt, Bennett threw a 76-yard touchdown pass to Ariane Smith. The Buckeyes were no longer comfortable. They were protecting an unstable lead. Bennett completed his final six passes for 143 yards and two touchdowns, solidifying his status as captain comeback.

He threw the winning touchdown pass with 10 minutes left against Alabama in the 2022 CFP National Championship. Against Missouri, the UGA’s closest regular shave of the season, he led the Dawgs from his 13-point deficit. In other words, it’s no exaggeration to say that if you beat Bennett, you can beat Dogues.

Much like Michigan, this version of Georgia is solid but not always great offensively. Smart likes to spread the ball on the ground. For the third year in a row, there are no 1,000-yard rushers. All-American tight end Brock Bowers is his breaker in the game, but the match against Ohio State didn’t start until late. So does Possession WR Rudd McConkie.

As physical and productive as TCU’s secondary was against Michigan (two pick sixes), it was flagged several times for hold and pass interference. The Georgia receiver is a little deeper and more dynamic than the Michigan receiver. Bennett will find them. he always does In his career year, he will have to exceed his 4,000 yards against his TCU.

who will win?

After Georgia caught up with Ohio for two touchdowns going into the 4th quarter, it’s hard to buy the bad faith that it just “woke up.” In many ways, Dawgs is lucky to be here. We raise these issues to reinforce how frogs step into doors. Anyone remember LSU throwing over 500 yards in the SEC Championship Game? CJ Stroud may have been the best player on the field in the Peach Bowl. So there are holes in Georgia’s defense. TCU just finds them.

In the final 138 snaps covering the last two games, Georgia gave up 7.36 yards per play. Dawgs’ recent transformation gives Frogs a chance. TCU needs to outperform Georgia and prevent their defense from suddenly becoming overwhelmed. Not when TCU got this far and legally shot Cinderella Shocker.

Shootouts favor frogs. History favors the Doges. Georgia’s back-to-back championships will be his first since Alabama (2011-12) and his first in his playoff era in college football. Bet and bring popcorn. This should be spectacular. Let’s say Georgia 34, TCU 30.

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