Can TCU football stop Georgia from back-to-back national titles?

Los Angeles, California - The Georgia Bulldogs want a repeat to become college football National Champions. TCU wants to make history. Who will win the coveted title in this David vs Goliath showdown?

Max Duggan (c) will lead his TCU team against the Georgia Bulldogs on Monday in the CFP National Championships.
Max Duggan (c) will lead his TCU team against the Georgia Bulldogs on Monday in the CFP National Championships.  © Christian Petersen / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / Getty Images via AFP

As the reigning National Champions, the Bulldogs were projected to be a 2023 national title contender all season along.

TCU, however, weren't even expected to be a top-seeded team with the chance to play in the College Football Playoffs (CFP) at all.

Nonetheless, the Horned Frogs' first-year coach Sonny Dykes completely shocked the college football world with a monstrous undefeated regular-season that capped off with a huge upset to Michigan at the Fiesta Bowl, and a date with Georgia on Monday.

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TCU's quarterback, Davey O'Brien winner and Heisman runner-up Max Duggan, is arguably one of the toughest players in all of college football, who led the Big 12 in passing yards and touchdowns this year. His sheer will and combined ability to run and throw deep passes makes him one of the hardest players in the country to defend.

While Georgia is in the midst of trying to secure their status as the next college football dynasty, TCU is trying to win the program's first national title in 83 years.

The Horned Frogs have the opportunity to become the first unranked team of the preseason AP rankings to win the national title since Georgia Tech in 1990.

The Georgia Bulldogs are still the team to beat

The Georgia Bulldogs will look to use their experience on the National Championship stage to outplay TCU in their first championship game in the modern CFP era.
The Georgia Bulldogs will look to use their experience on the National Championship stage to outplay TCU in their first championship game in the modern CFP era.  © CARMEN MANDATO / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / GETTY IMAGES VIA AFP

Outside of Fort Worth, many won't be betting on the Horned Frogs to deliver a national title upset. Amid all the blowouts and nail-bitters over the course of this season, Georgia is still undefeated and enters the showdown on Monday as the heavy favorites.

The last time the Bulldogs lost a football game was over a year ago to Alabama, and coach Kirby Smart won't allow the end of his winning-streak to go down without a huge fight on the biggest stage in college football.

Georgia boast one of the top defenses in the country and are led offensively by the experienced 25-year-old quarterback Stetson Bennett.

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In other words: the Bulldogs are sure to give TCU some major trouble.

Georgia's experience on the national stage will likely be used as a major boost of confidence, an advantage its underdog competitor TCU doesn't have.

The National Championship game marks the Horned Frogs' first time at a CFP championship, and will also serve as the first major championship Dykes has ever coached.

Yet, Bulldogs players have been plagued by injuries, so you just never know what could happen.

The CFP National Championship game is set for Monday, January 9 at 7:30 PM EST at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, California.

Cover photo: Collage: Christian Petersen / CARMEN MANDATO / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / GETTY IMAGES VIA AFP

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