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National championship 2023: How to watch Georgia vs. TCU online

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Date(s) - 01/09/2023
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Georgia vs. TCU live stream, watch online, channel, kickoff time for national championship game 2023. How to watch No. 1 Georgia vs. No. 3 TCU in the 2023 College Football Playoff National Championship. The 2023 College Football Playoff National Championship pits an established power with an entrenched head coach against a program trying to cap off a stunning turnaround, with No. 1 Georgia and No. 3 TCU doing battle to close the season at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, California. The Bulldogs are the reigning national champions and an undeniable juggernaut under seventh-year coach Kirby Smart. By contrast, TCU enters off a 5-7 season in 2021 and is led by a first-year coach in Sonny Dykes.

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But the Horned Frogs are proud program with plenty of winning in their history, and Dykes has quickly unlocked their full potential with a high-powered offense and opportunistic defense. Georgia counters with a deep well of offensive playmakers and a defense that has rebounded stunningly well from losing five players in the first round of the 2022 NFL Draft after last year’s title run.

In some ways, this is a David vs. Goliath matchup given the recent histories of the programs and the fact that Georgia ranks No. 2 in the 247Sports Talent Composite — a whopping 30 spots ahead of TCU. The Horned Frogs do have some high-end talent, though, with a Heisman Trophy finalist at quarterback in Max Duggan, and their 3-3-5 defensive scheme has kept opponents off-balance all season.

While Georgia has been the more dominant team throughout the season with a whopping 344-point margin over its opponents, TCU is battle-tested. The Horned Frogs played seven games decided by one possession and went 6-1 in those contests with the only loss coming against Kansas State in the Big 12 Championship Game. By then, their first-ever CFP berth had been secured by virtue of a 12-0 regular season.

Now, the Horned Frogs have a chance to claim the program’s first national title since 1938. Standing in their way is a giant of college football, however, and the Bulldogs will be eager to add another trophy to their halls after finally breaking through last season for their first national title since 1980.
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

Georgia: If the Bulldogs are going to defend their title and finish 15-0, they will need an all-around effort. Georgia showed a few defensive cracks in the SEC Championship Game against LSU and in a CFP semifinal victory over Ohio State. Specifically, UGA gave up 850 passing yards and seven passing touchdowns in those contests, though their run defense was stout in both games.

Offensively, Georgia will need legendary former walk-on quarterback Stetson Bennett to limit mistakes after he rallied from an otherwise unimpressive performance to lead a stunning fourth-quarter comeback against the Buckeyes. Perimeter receivers Arian Smith and Adonai Mitchell came up with huge grabs in that game, eventually freeing the way for star tight end Brock Bowers to get involved. Bowers is one of the most versatile players in the country, and offensive coordinator Todd Monken can use him either as a decoy or focal point of the game plan to try and keep TCU’s defense off balance.

TCU: The heart and soul of this team is Duggan, who will be foregoing his remaining eligibility and heading to the NFL Draft after this game. While his legacy as a TCU legend is already secure after a magical season that began with him second on the depth chart, a national title would take his stardom to new heights. His favorite target is Quentin Johnston, a likely first-round NFL Draft pick. The 6-foot-4 receiver is both physical and fast, and he showed his playmaking prowess with six catches for 163 yards and a touchdown in the Horned Frogs’ CFP semifinal win over Michigan.

Defensively, TCU ranks behind Georgia in most categories. But in the all-important realm of turnovers forced, the Horned Frogs hold the advantage. TCU has 25 takeaways, including 16 interceptions. Georgia has just 16 total takeaways this season by comparison. In their thrilling semifinal win over Michigan, the Horned Frogs returned two touchdowns for interceptions while demonstrating the clutch playmaking gene that has defined this team through a storybook season.

TCU has proven too clutch and too resilient to reach this stage and suddenly get blown out. Georgia’s defense is good, but not nearly as good as last year’s group, and the Horned Frogs will be able to move the football. Conversely, the Bulldogs hit some concerning offensive snags against Ohio State’s pedestrian defense before staging a remarkable rally in the CFP semifinals. Georgia is the right pick straight up because of its stout red zone defense and diverse array of offensive weapons. But there’s no way this TCU team fades away quietly after everything it has battled through this season. Pick: TCU +12.5 | Georgia 38, TCU 34

The wait for the Georgia Bulldogs and TCU Horned Frogs to decide the champions of college football is almost over.

Teams have been in Los Angeles for several days, as they meet with the media and prepare for the College Football Playoff National Championship Game. The Bulldogs are trying to defend their 2022 title, while TCU is putting the finishing touches on the team’s Cinderella story.

No. 1 Georgia faces off against No. 3 TCU in one of the least likely College Football Playoff National Championships of the modern era. 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.

The Horned Frogs did not receive a single vote in the Preseason AP Top 25 and were picked seventh in their own conference after a 5-7 campaign in 2021. However, TCU went on to become the first team in Big 12 history to win a CFP game and finish the regular season undefeated since the conference switched to a round-robin schedule.

TCU and Georgia have played four times in program history with the Bulldogs winning all four matchups. The Frogs lost a 31-23 nail-biter in the 2016 Liberty Bowl in a game that helped launch both programs towards conference championship contention in 2017. Needless to say, Monday will be slightly bigger than the Liberty Bowl.

As an early passenger on the Horned Frogs’ bandwagon, I’m tempted to hop back aboard after the upset over Michigan. But Georgia feels like a different beast, and while I believe TCU can absolutely cover the spread, I don’t see it having enough talent or firepower on either side of the ball to take down the Bulldogs.

After some initial fits and starts for Kirby Smart, Georgia has a chance to cement itself as the new powerhouse in college football with back-to-back national championships. I expect the Bulldogs will be there come late Monday night.

After four and a half months, only two teams remain in the hunt for college football supremacy. The undefeated No. 1 Georgia Bulldogs will battle the No. 3 TCU Horned Frogs in the 2023 National Championship. This game marks the ninth College Football Playoff (CFP) National Championship.

Georgia and TCU needed late-game heroics to advance in their respective semifinal games. Georgia comes into the championship on a 16-game winning streak, with their last loss coming on December 4, 2021. Georgia will look to win their second-straight national championship while TCU attempts to win its first title since 1938.

The Georgia Bulldogs enter SoFi Stadium as the number-one-ranked team in the country with an undefeated 14-0 record. In their semifinal game, the Bulldogs overcame a 14-point deficit to win 42-21 over Ohio State. After a slow start, Stetson Bennett was masterful, completing 23 of 34 passes for 398 yards with three touchdowns and one interception. With a win on Monday night, the Bulldogs will have gone 28-1 over the past two seasons.

The TCU Horned Frogs come into the National Championship as the number-three-ranked team in the country with a record of 13-1. In their semifinal game, TCU outdueled Michigan 51-45 in one of the most entertaining games in the CFP’s history. After combining for 44 points in the third quarter, TCU’s 10 points in the fourth quarter were enough to hold on for the win. For TCU to pull off the monumental upset, quarterback Max Duggan and the offense will need their A-game again.

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