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In what is the least likely matchup for this season’s College Football Playoff National Championship, No. 1 Georgia meets No. 3 TCU on Monday. Georgia went 41 years without winning a national championship until coach Kirby Smart led the program out of the wilderness in 2021. Already, the Bulldogs are back with a chance to become the first team of the College Football Playoff era to win consecutive national championships. Georgia has proven that it can win games with either its offense or defense, but the Bulldogs have an unstoppable trump card in potential top-five NFL Draft pick Jalen Carter on the defensive line.
As it stands entering the fourth quarter in Los Angeles, we are well on our way to crowning Georgia the national champion for the second consecutive season. The Bulldogs have had their way with the Horned Frogs all night as they lead 52-7 with just 15 minutes of game time left on the clock.
How to watch national championship 2023
Game: 2023 College Football Playoff National Championship
Date: Monday, Jan. 9 | Time: 7:30 p.m. ET
Location: SoFi Stadium — Inglewood, California
TV: ESPN | Live stream: fuboTV (Try for free)
Georgia vs. TCU: Alternate viewing options
Field Pass with Pat McAfee Show — ESPN2, fuboTV
Command Center — ESPNU, fuboTV
Skycast — ESPNEWS, fuboTV
Hometown radio (Georgia) — SEC Network, fuboTV
All-22, TCU hometown radio, halftime band performances and more available via ESPN’s app
Georgia vs. TCU storylines
Georgia: The Bulldogs come into the game with a chance to stake its claim as the dominant program in college football. Georgia has put together 28-1 record over the past two seasons, and it avenged its lone loss against Alabama in the SEC Championship Game in 2021 in last year’s national championship.
Georgia quarterback Stetson Bennett IV has transformed himself from walk-on to national champion, but back-to-back crowns puts a player like him in rarified air. In the 21st Century, only Alabama QB A.J. McCarron and USC QB Matt Leinart can boast that accomplishment. However, Bennett will have to play one of his best games against a TCU defense that gave Michigan quarterback J.J. McCarthy fits.
TCU: The Frogs are the biggest Cinderella story since college football introduced national championship games in 1998. TCU has not won a national championship since 1938 — when QB Davey O’Brien led the program to an 11-0 record. However, going undefeated through the Big 12 and vanquishing Big Ten champions Michigan in the Fiesta Bowl is a far more difficult path.
TCU is a nearly two-touchdown underdog heading into SoFi Stadium, but the Horned Frogs are comfortable being overlooked. This will be a showcase game for Heisman runner-up quarterback Max Duggan and future first-round wide receiver Quentin Johnston. TCU needs to stay on schedule against the physical Georgia defense, and its defense will need to find answers for the terrifying pair of Georgia tight ends Darnell Washington and Brock Bowers (provided Washington is 100%). TCU has made it this far against all odds — Monday will be a game for the ages.
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