January 10, 2023
After blogging about my food preparations for the College Football championship game yesterday I would be remis to not follow up with the results. Or according to your perspective, the lack of results. Georgia beat TCU 65-7 to secure the program’s first unbeaten season since 1980 and a place in history as back-to-back national champions. The Bulldog’s were the first team in playoff history to score 17 points in the first quarter and were ahead 38-7 at the half. Georgia had 354 yards of offense in the first half, scored points on its first six possessions and did not punt until the third quarter. Quarterback Stetson Bennett completed 18 of 25 passes for 304 yards and four touchdowns and was named the MVP in the final game of his college career. While the Bulldog defense had been torched by LSU in the SEC championship game and Ohio State in the Peach Bowl, they bottled up the Horned Frogs, allowing just 188 yards on 3.7 yards per play with three takeaways. Comparisons are being made between Georgia and the greatest teams ever.
Georgia has already secured a place in college football history as only one of three teams to win back-to-back unshared national championships since 1957. The other two are Nebraska in 1994-95 and Alabama in 2011-12. Unlike the Cornhuskers and Crimson Tide, the Bulldogs did so under a playoff format (started in 2014) that required wins against two of the best teams in the country in just over a one-week span. During their 15 win season Georgia beat five ranked teams, beginning with a 49-3 destruction of the Oregon Ducks in the opener. Most consider the best individual teams during the playoff format to be 2019 LSU or 2020 Alabama. This team may be no comparison with these two teams as best, but what the Bulldogs have done across the past two seasons cannot be overstated.
Despite the 58-point loss in the championship TCU ended with a magical year. The Frogs were picked to finish seventh in the preseason Big 12 poll but came within a win of both the Big 12 and National championships. The Frogs’ season brought credibility to the Big 12 and illustrated the transformative power of the transfer portal. TCU won just 5 games in 2021 but added immediate-impact players to remake the roster in a single offseason, as well as a first year coach in Sonny Dykes. TCU’s run will allow other Power Five teams to dream big. Hoping for comparisons, if the Frogs could go from mediocracy to the doorstep of the national title, maybe they can as well.
THOUGHTS: Football pundits love to make comparisons between teams who have never played each other. I made my own comparisons of how K-State handled TCU (the second time) for the Big 12 Championship, how TCU upset Michigan in the playoff semi-final, and how Michigan destroyed Ohio State in the last league game week of the Big 10. Ohio State’s narrow loss to Georgia hinted at the possibility of another TCU upset, despite the Bulldog’s being a two touchdown favorite (-13). My comparisons even suggested the possibility for my K-State team to have had a similar chance at the upset, even though the crushing loss to Alabama suggested otherwise. Over the years I have heard comparisons about the state of the economy, politics, and relationships. I have found most comparisons to be similar. Until the game is played you never really know the outcome. Act for all. Change is coming and it starts with you.