Monday Night at SoFi Stadium in Los Angeles at SoFi Stadium in Los Angeles on Monday Night, the No. 1 from Georgia and the No. 3 from TCU will meet to determine the national championship for this season. The Bulldogs took a 42-41 victory over No. 4 Ohio State in the Peach Bowl semi-finals, and the Horned Frogs are still going strong after No. 2 Michigan’s stunning 51-45 in the Fiesta Bowl semi-finals.
Georgia is looking to become the first multiple national champion of the CFP era and the first since Alabama accomplished the feat in 2011-2012. Led by Heisman Trophy finalist Stetson Bennet IV as quarterback, the Dawgs have developed into one of the most balanced and effective offenses in the country. The Frogs also sent the player to New York as a Heisman finalist. Max Duggan, who didn’t even start the season as TCU’s number one signalman, has grown into one of the most dynamic players in the country.
What to expect in Los Angeles on a Monday night? Let’s break the game down and make a choice straight up and against the spread.
Georgia vs TCU: Need to know
Bulldogs have evolved on the outside: En route to the playoffs, Georgia’s list of top pass catchers was incredibly odd. His leading receiver was a tight end (Brock Bowers), while wide receiver (Ladd McConkie) and running back (Kenny McIntosh) filled out the top three. At the Peach Bowl, it became apparent that Bennet had more weapons on the outside than originally thought.
Adonai Mitchell, who was injured for most of the season, had the game-winning touchdown and receiving for 43 yards, Aryan Smith had 129 yards and a critical score in the fourth quarter, and Marcus Rosemee-Jexent had two critical catches. It’s surprising that all these receivers have stepped up, especially considering McConkey isn’t at 100% since last month’s knee injury and Darnell Washington’s tight end monster status is up in the air.
“We’ve had musical chairs and most people have them because people get injured in wide receiver positions, but between AD, Marcus, there’s been a lot,” coach Kirby Smart said this week. And I think [WR coach] Brian McClendon and [offensive coordinator Todd] Monken did a great job of slicing these roles.”
TCU running hours: Star winger Kendre Miller, who has 1,399 yards and 17 touchdowns this season, has retired from the Fiesta Bowl with a knee injury. His status for the title game. If he can’t get away, senior Emari Demercado will likely get first-team representatives. Demercado rushed for 125 yards on 14 throws and hit a critical 69-yarder in the third quarter. Louisiana Transfer Emani Bailey has had 29 carries, 241 rushing yards and two touchdowns this season and is likely to be a top backup. Bailey had 642 yards and eight touchdowns last season with the Ragin’ Cajuns.
“I think he’s doing pretty well,” trainer Sonny Dykes said of Miller. “We got a pretty good (grade) on him the night before last when we got back from Phoenix. He was pretty sick. Woke up yesterday feeling a little better. I saw him a little ago. … So I’d say he’s probably dubious, how would I put it. We will see how he progresses over the course of the week, see how he feels and we will try to make a decision as we get closer to playing time. whether we think he will be ready to play or not.”
Battle for big plays: Wide receiver Quinten Johnston has been Duggan’s top pass catcher all season, and he’s going to have a very interesting matchup Monday night against the ultra-talented secondary Dogz.
“We’re just starting to get into them today, but their size on the outside really stands out,” Georgia guard Javon Bullard said this week. “We know that they have very large receivers, a large catch radius and they can run. Whenever you have that size on the perimeter, whether it’s a fast game or a deep pass, it’s always a great match.”
However, this minor player was set on fire by Ohio State’s passing game and star wide receiver Marvin Harrison Jr. in particular. This came one game after LSU had a 502-yard pass in the SEC championship game.
“Ohio State made some big games against them,” Dykes said. “And I’m sure especially in the passing game. And I’m sure they will work on solving some of these problems. group of wide receivers. And those guys did a really good job.”
A chess match between receiver Frogs and secondary Dawgs could decide the title game.
How to watch Georgia vs TCU live
A game: College Football National Playoff Championship
date of: Monday, January 9 | Time: 20:00 ET
Location: SoFi Stadium – Los Angeles
TV SET: ESPN | Live Stream: fuboTV (Try for free)
Predictions between Georgia and TCU, elections
Barret Sully: TCU is 9-3-1 against the scatter this season, but hasn’t yet faced something like it will face him in a title match. Georgia’s speed, depth and experience will end TCU’s magical run in a game that will resemble the Dawgs’ victory over Tennessee earlier this season. They’ll win the line of scrimmage early, turn it into a couple of touchdowns in the first half, and lower the level of football en route to a resounding victory they’ll control from the start. The public will want a shootout similar to the one that both of these teams staged last weekend. Unfortunately for the public, it will be the complete opposite. Selected: Georgia (-13) | Georgia 31, TCU 14
Tom Fornelli: I stopped trying to figure out who TCU can and cannot beat this year and this game. I focus on outcome. There have been eight CFP National Championships and they have generally produced strong results despite featuring some of the best defenses in the country. Eight games averaged 64.5 points. While it’s true that having an elite defense is often what separates the top tier teams from the rest of the pack, once you get to this point, we see over and over again that the offense wins. I expect this to take place on Monday. Teams may not be led by future first-round NFL draft picks, but it’s no coincidence that Duggan and Bennett were Heisman’s finalists this season. Choice: Over 62.5 | Georgia 38, TCU 30
Chip Patterson: On the cusp of creating a new modern dynasty, Georgia enters this showdown with TCU, which boasts a talent advantage and championship experience that contributes to their status as favorites. But after seeing how TCU made Michigan pay for their offense and defense mistakes in the Fiesta Bowl, I think Smart is happy to approach it the same way the old school Alabama team did against a high-octane offense. Limit the number of mistakes, position the playing field and let Jimmy and Joe in the trenches wear down TCU. I believe the back door will never be completely locked against Duggan and a fast scoring attack from the Frogs, but I see the Dogs fighting for their second title in a row. Selected: TCU (+13), up to 62.5 | Georgia 34, TCU 27
Dennis Dodd: The biggest reason TCU can win this game… they play it! In this, the Frogs have already done what previous claimants to the throne have not done. Boise didn’t make it here. Not Cincinnati, not UCF. So, taken in a vacuum, TCU may well win. Michigan underestimated this. Georgia won’t, but will it matter? The frogs are better than advertised. Scoring and coming out from behind is built into their DNA. Don’t intimidate them. They won’t go crazy losing 10 points in the fourth quarter. Actually, that’s the way they like it, it seems. If you want an early indicator of this game, watch TCU center Steve Avila vs. Georgia take on Jalen Carter. All Ávila needs is a confrontation. Can Georgia explain TSU athleticism in defense? Bennett hasn’t been stopped yet in at least the last 16 games of the longest winning streak in the country. Selected: TCU +13, Over 62.5 | Georgia 34, TCU 30
Shehan Jeyaraj: TCU staged the biggest betting setback in college football history to beat Michigan. Why give up frogs now? TCU boasts NFL talent from across the field and a receiver that will be first in April. Georgia made mistakes at times against Ohio State, most notably when Darnell Washington pulled out with an injury. The Bulldogs rely on tight discrepancies to create…