by Eric Fulton & Julian Spivey
*This conversation has been edited for grammar and clarity.
JS: We have our championship games set. The NFC Championship will feature the Philadelphia Eagles vs. San Francisco 49ers after the Eagles felled the Giants and the Niners bested the Cowboys in a shootout during the Divisional Round. The AFC Championship is an exact rematch of last year’s game with the Cincinnati Bengals going back to Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City to take on the Chiefs. The Bengals really dominated the Bills to get there, and the Chiefs held on against the Jaguars despite an ankle injury to quarterback Patrick Mahomes. Which Divisional Round game was your favorite of the weekend?
EF: Most of the games were not competitive during Divisional weekend. If I had to pick one, it would be Jaguars vs. Chiefs. I thought it was good from start to finish. The Mahomes injury added drama into the game and had Mahomes not gotten hurt, it probably would have been a complete blowout, as well. From that, it was a better game than anticipated.
JS: Yeah we definitely got the short end of the stick as fans during Divisional Round weekend. Which player gets your game ball for the weekend?
EF: I am going with Joe Burrow. He seems not to get phased with being on the road in the playoffs. He led the Bengals to wins at Tennessee and Kansas City for a trip to the Super Bowl last year and it looks as though he could help end the Chiefs’ season for the second year in a row on Sunday.
JS: I saw a lot of talk about how Joe Burrow should now be ranked ahead of Josh Allen as far as active QBs in the league go. What do you think?
EF: He has to be especially given the opportunity Burrow has a chance to lead the Bengals to back-to-back Super Bowl appearances. Allen has only made it to the conference championship game once.
JS: I’ll give my game ball to Patrick Mahomes for his gutsy performance on a bum ankle. Burrow threw for more yards during the Divisional Round, but Mahomes actually had a slightly higher QB rating even with the hurt ankle.
JS: Let’s get into the Conference Games. The NFC Championship game sees the top two seeds in the NFC match up together - the Philadelphia Eagles vs. San Francisco 49ers in Philly. The game will be at 2 p.m. on Fox. How do you see this one playing out?
EF: This will be a great game. The 49ers and Eagles are the two best teams in the NFC. Both teams are well deserved to make this game. Wow! This is a tough game to pick. I like both teams. This will be a more defensive game than most people think because both defenses are really good. I just have a funny feeling that San Francisco is going to make one big play on defense that will turn things around. I am going with the Niners in a very close game. 28-24.
JS: This is an old-school match of offense versus defense and should be a fun one. The Eagles were the second-best offense in the league this year (behind the Kansas City Chiefs) and first in the NFC. The 49ers weren't so shabby either, though, ranking as the sixth-best offense. The 49ers were the no. 1 ranked defense this season, whereas the Eagles defense was eighth. So, both of these squads are pretty well-rounded. The 49ers haven't lost since October 23 against the Chiefs (whom they'd rematch with in the Super Bowl if both they and KC win this weekend). That's 12 straight wins. The Eagles have been the hottest team in the NFC all year and have only lost once this season when quarterback Jalen Hurts started. You're right, Eric, this one is so tough to predict. I want to ride with the team that's been clicking the entire year and it will also make things more fun to differ, so I'll take Philly to win.
JS: The AFC Championship game, which will be at 5:30 p.m. on Sunday on CBS is an exact rematch of last year's AFC title game between the Cincinnati Bengals and the Kansas City Chiefs. Is it going to play out like last year with the Bengals pulling out the upset (though they are now favored in the odds), or will the Chiefs get their revenge?
EF: Patrick Mahomes has been incredible in his brief career in the NFL. The Chiefs under coach Andy Reid have been one of the top teams in the NFL. Seems like we should pencil in Arrowhead Stadium to be the host of the AFC championship game every year with it now being the fifth year in a row. The Chiefs are 2-2 in the previous four games. As much as I like Mahomes, Reid and the Chiefs, Burrow has their number lately, winning the last three matchups between the two teams. I think Burrow and Cincinnati will make it four in a row over Kansas City.
JS: I’m worried about Patrick Mahomes’ injured ankle. I know he practiced this week and he’s going to play, but I just don’t know what impact it’s going to have. Even Mahomes and Chiefs at 100 percent have lost three straight to the Joe Burrow-led Bengals. I haven’t picked against the Chiefs one time in the last couple of years we’ve been having this playoff conversation, but that run is over now. I also think the Bengals will win the AFC title and make their second consecutive Super Bowl appearance, which is absolutely wild to me saying about a team who couldn’t win even one playoff game for decades recently.
So, there you have it. Eric believes Super Bowl LVII will be a match between the San Francisco 49ers and Cincinnati Bengals, which has happened two previous times in Super Bowl XVI (1982) and Super Bowl XXIII (1989) with the 49ers winning both. I’m predicting the Bengals will take on the Philadelphia Eagles, which will be a first-time Super Bowl matchup.
by Eric Fulton & Julian Spivey
*This conversation has been edited for grammar and clarity.
JS: Alright Eric, that’s a wrap on the Wild Card weekend of the NFL Playoffs. What did you think was the best of the six games played?
EF: Four of the games were close. Three were really good. I have to say Miami-Buffalo was the best. The Dolphins played well, despite being a third string quarterback. They did not give up after trailing early and really played Buffalo tough three times this year. I feel as though with Mike McDaniel in charge, they are one quarterback away from being really good.
JS: That Buffalo/Miami game was shocking to me. I thought the Bills would blow them out. I also thought the Bengals wouldn’t have much trouble with the Ravens. Maybe those two teams aren’t as good as we thought they were?
EF: Injuries and sloppy play have caught up to both teams and now they will meet since the Damar Hamlin situation went down. Thankfully, he is out of the hospital and back in Buffalo after a scary injury. I will also mention the Jaguars comeback over the Chargers. From down 27 and basically was dominated in the first half to a very shocking comeback that is the stuff of legends.
JS: Let me tell you what I was doing during that Jaguars comeback - one of the biggest and greatest in NFL Playoff history... I was watching "The Banshees of Inisherin," a critically acclaimed movie I've wanted to see for a while because I thought that game was DONE. The Chargers were up by, I believe, more than three touchdowns late in the first half and I'd see all I needed to see with Trevor Lawrence throwing picks every time he possessed the ball. I guess that's my bad. Don't ever give up they say. At least the movie was good.
JS: Who do you think had the most impressive weekend as far as player performance goes?
EF: I have to say Dak Prescott. Prior to the game against Tampa Bay, he had at least one interception for seven weeks in a row. He had a bad thumb injury that sidelined him for a few weeks. I did not think he would outperform Tom Brady and I also did not expect it to be super close. Prescott was brilliant against the Bucs. His best game of his NFL career. He was spectacular.
JS: Yes, I’ll agree with Prescott. I’ve seen his play in the last few games of the season and it wasn’t good. He was a pick machine and honestly I expected that to be the case in the playoffs. I predicted the Cowboys would lose to Tampa Bay. He comes out with five total touchdowns (four passing, one rushing) and over 300 passing yards with no interceptions. It may have been a career night for him on a big stage.
JS: Alright let’s get to the Divisional Round matchups. The first game of the weekend will be the Jacksonville Jaguars coming off of that epic comeback win against the L.A. Chargers traveling to Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City to take on the Chiefs, who had a first round bye as the No. 1 seed. How do you see this one playing out?
EF: The Jaguars magical season comes to an end in Kansas City. I know they met a few weeks ago with the Chiefs winning in a close game. Kansas City will win by double digits, but Jacksonville will be a force in the AFC for years to come.
JS: The game you referenced was Week 10 in mid-November. Kansas City beat Jacksonville 27-17. Patrick Mahomes threw for 331 with four TD passes and a pick. Trevor Lawrence had 259 yards with two TD passes. I’ve thought the Chiefs have been the best the league has had for about four or five years now, but that doesn’t always mean Super Bowl run. With the way the Jags came back last weekend nothing will shock me, but I’m predicting Chiefs. Not sure if it’ll be the double digit win you’re predicting but as long as K.C. is in the playoffs I don’t think I can pick against them.
EF: I will say it be a 10 point decision just like earlier.
JS: That game will be at 3:30 CT on NBC - the final NBC broadcast of the year - by the way.
JS: The second game on Saturday will be the New York Giants, fresh off their win against the Minnesota Vikings, traveling to Philadelphia to take on the No. 1 NFC seeded Eagles. This is, of course, a NFC East rival. The Giants have failed to beat the Eagles twice this year, losing 48-22 in week 14 and 22-16 in week 18. So, this will be the second straight game against the Giants for Philly. This game will be at 7:15 CT on Fox. Do the Giants finally beat the Eagles, or will it be three strikes and they’re out?
EF: This will be interesting. Eagles is coming off a bye, but they have had to deal with injuries. Jalen Hurts dealt with a right shoulder injury and Lane Johnson with ribs (both will play). But with extra rest, that should help them both. This is one of the better rivalries in the NFL. Very emotional and intense. I was wrong with the Giants/Vikings prediction. Brian Daboll is the Coach of the Year. But the Eagles will win this game in a really close game. A field goal in the last seconds will win it for Philadelphia.
JS: I think it’ll be a close matchup too simply because of the familiarity between the two. Philly beat the Giants by a combined 32 points this season (most of that coming in the first matchup). I’m going to pick the Eagles to win their third game against New York this season, but this may be me hoping more for the Eagles to win than predicting it simply because I’d hate to see such a dominant team in the NFC during the season go one and done in the postseason.
JS: The first game on Sunday is a rematch of a game that unfortunately didn’t get far a few weeks ago on Monday Night Football when Buffalo Bills safety Damar Hamlin suffered a cardiac arrest after a hit in a game against the Cincinnati Bengals. It could be an emotional game for both of these teams but it’s also what I think should be the best game of the Divisional Round. It’ll start at 2 p.m. on CBS. How do you see this game playing out?
EF: I agree with you on Bengals-Bills on being a very emotional game for both teams given what happened the last time the two teams met. For Cincinnati, the offensive line is down three starters. Two of the three won't play for sure. That is a major disadvantage going against a tough Buffalo defense. On the other hand, Josh Allen has been mistake prone lately, but he has still made big plays to help his team. This is very much an either way game. Whoever has the football last, will win this game. I have liked the Bengals these past couple of seasons, but if this game was in Cincinnati, I would pick them. I am picking Buffalo to win this one, but it will be a very close game.
JS: I could definitely see this game going either way and agree it should be close. I, too, am predicting the Bills - which if both our predictions are right - would lead to an AFC Championship game in the neutral city of Atlanta - which kind of sucks.
JS: The final Divisional Round playoff game on Sunday sees the Dallas Cowboys travel to San Francisco to take on the 49ers. That game can be seen on Fox at 5:30 p.m. How do you think it’ll play out?
EF: This should be a great game! It's the ninth all time playoff meeting between Dallas and San Francisco. Always a heated battle when these two teams meet in the playoffs. I was impressed with Dallas' performance minus the kicking game. Offense and defense were great against Tampa Bay. Now the Cowboys have a bigger challenge in a 49er team that beat them last year in the playoffs. Brock Purdy has been great for them. I think it will come down to two things: which quarterback will make fewer mistakes and which running game will be the strongest? To me, I believe this will be a four quarter game. Even though the 49ers had a couple of days more rest, I think Dallas will play well on a short week. Plus, it will be a field goal game. I am going with the 49ers in a close, tight game 30-27.
JS: If it's a field goal game the Cowboys are likely in trouble because it definitely feels like Brett Maher has the yips. I don't think he can be trusted at all right now. I too was very impressed with Cowboys offense against Tampa Bay, in particular Dak Prescott who had been struggling mightily. But the 49ers are a much better team than the Buccaneers were this season. San Fran is also incredibly hot right now riding the longest active winning streak in the league. It may be a close game. I hope it is. But I'm riding with the 49ers here.
by Eric Fulton & Julian Spivey
*This conversation has been edited for grammar and clarity.
JS: So, Eric, the Wild Card round of the NFL Playoffs is set for the weekend! The Kansas City Chiefs are the no. 1 seed in the AFC and the Philadelphia Eagles are the no. 1 seed in the NFC so those two teams get a week off to rest their players, watch the rest of the competition and not have to hold their breath. The first Wild Card round game will take place on Saturday at 3:30 CT when the No. 7 seed Seattle Seahawks travel down the Pacific coastline to take on the No. 2 seed San Francisco 49ers. Being NFC West division rivals this will be the third time these teams have matched up this season. The 49ers took both games against Seattle in the regular season. Do you see Seattle finally beating them?
EF: I do not see Seattle winning this game. The Seahawks are a nice story just by making the playoffs after trading Russell Wilson to Denver. No one saw that coming. Pete Carroll will get some votes for Coach of the Year, but I just can't see Geno Smith doing anything against an incredibly good 49ers defense. Seattle will hang for a bit, but San Francisco will pull away late and move on.
JS: Yeah Seattle making the playoffs is an impressive season in its own right. That alone earned Geno Smith a $2 million bonus in his contract. The 49ers have been impressive late in the season. You wouldn’t expect a team that’s fielded three starting quarterbacks on a season to be looking this good. But you mentioned the team’s stellar defense led by defensive end Nick Bosa and his league-leading 18.5 sacks. Christian McCaffery at running back was a great acquisition for the team and they’ve got a solid receiving corps led by one of the best tight ends in the game in George Kittle and Brandon Aiyuk who went for more than 1000 receiving yards. But the real surprise for this team has been the play of late of QB Brock Purdy, who was literally Mr. Irrelevant (the last player taken in the draft). He’s come in and helped the team run off six straight wins. He literally hasn’t lost yet.
JS: The second playoff game on Saturday will be the Los Angeles Chargers traveling across the country to take on the No. 4 seed AFC South champion Jacksonville Jaguars. That game will be at 7:15 CT on NBC. Despite having home field, the Jags were 9-8 this year compared to the Chargers 10-7, so we probably don’t expect the Chargers to be the underdogs, do we?
EF: This is one of those I don't know whom to pick because this is the first playoff game for both teams in a long time. The very first playoff game for both Justin Herbert and Trevor Lawrence. The Chargers have been injury prone leading up to the playoffs. I am going with coaching experience with Doug Pedersen having been a Super Bowl-winning head coach. I am going with the Jaguars for this game.
JS: This could be a surprisingly good game between two close teams that are both hot right now. The Jaguars enter the playoffs having won 5 straight games after a 4-8 start to win their division and make the playoffs. Though only one of those 5 wins (an overtime thriller against Dallas) was again a playoff opponent. The Chargers have won four of their last five games with the only loss being to the lowly Denver Broncos on Sunday. Only one of those wins came against a playoff foe in Miami. I think it’ll be a close, fun game but I’m leaning toward the Chargers winning.
JS: The first playoff game on Sunday sees the Miami Dolphins traveling up north to play their AFC East rival Buffalo Bills. The game will be on CBS at noon. It’ll be the third time these two teams have matched up this season with the Dolphins beating the Bills in September and the Bills returning the favor in December. The Bills are riding a 7-game winning streak into the playoffs, while the Dolphins have lost five of their last six. Do the Dolphins have any chance in this game?
EF: No. I am going to say the Bills will win this game. Who will start for Miami if Tua Tagovailoa or Teddy Bridgewater can't go? I don't want to say it is a complete mismatch because it is a divisional rivalry, and you never know about these games. But the Bills are playing inspired football and will play hard throughout their playoff run. The Dolphins were a good story this season, but their season will end in Western New York.
JS: I would never discount the Kansas City Chiefs, but there's a good chance the Bills should be considered the favorites in the AFC right now with their hot streak. A potential Bills/Chiefs AFC title game excites me more at this point than any potential Super Bowl matchup. The only thing that could make the Bills/Dolphins game close is the Dolphins familiarity with the Bills having played them twice already, but Miami certainly slumped their way into the postseason and this could be the biggest blowout of the Wild Card weekend.
JS: The second game on Sunday sees NFC No. 6 seed New York Giants (one of three NFC East playoff teams) travel to Minnesota to take on the NFC North champion Vikings. That game will be on Fox at 3:30 p.m. The Giants were a pleasant surprise this season under coach Brian Daboll, probably the front-runner to win Coach of the Year, going 9-7-1, but it feels like they have a hard task against the 13-4 Vikings. Eric, what do you think?
EF: I respectfully disagree with you on being a hard task with the Giants against the Vikings. Even though Minnesota has 13 wins this season, 11 of those wins have been in close games, and I know Daniel Jones is playing his first playoff game. And Brian Daboll is coaching his first playoff game. But playing a lot of close games is not easy. Just a couple of weeks ago on Christmas Eve, these two teams played a close game. The Vikings won on a walk-off field goal. I think it will be another close game, but Kirk Cousins will outplay Daniel Jones and Minnesota will escape with another close win.
JS: Kirk Cousins definitely seems to have some of that good luck on his side.
JS: The third and final playoff game on Sunday is yet another inner-division rival matchup. This time the AFC North-winning Cincinnati Bengals will take on the No. 6 seed Baltimore Ravens. It’ll actually be the second week in a row for these teams at Cincy just beat Baltimore 27-16. In week 5 the Bengals lost to the Ravens 19-17. The Bengals are riding the second-longest winning streak in the league with eight wins in a row. They haven’t lost a game since October. But might things be looking up for the Ravens? There’s reportedly a strong chance Lamar Jackson could rejoin the team at QB. He’s been out with a left knee injury since December 4.
EF: I think getting Lamar Jackson back for the Ravens will be great because he is their best player. A bigger question is if the Ravens lose this game, will it be Lamar's final game in a Baltimore uniform? That is a wait-and-see. Meanwhile, even if Jackson does return for this game, Joe Burrow and the Bengals. Usually, teams that lose the Super Bowl the year before have a big letdown the season after. Not the case with the Bengals. They started out slow but finished strong. Even as a three-seed in the AFC, they could go to KC or Buffalo and win. It will be a close game because they are division rivals and the return of Lamar Jackson, but Cincinnati pulls away late.
JS: The Bengals shocked the football world last year by winning the AFC. It wouldn’t be a shock to do so this season. I still think, however, they should only be the third favorite in the conference behind Kansas City and Buffalo. I don’t think the Ravens will be too much of an issue for Cincy, but you never know when two teams know each other this well.
JS: The final playoff game of the first weekend is actually on Monday night with the No. 5 seed Dallas Cowboys traveling to Tampa Bay to face the NFC South-winning Buccaneers. The Cowboys were 12-5 this year and the Buccs won their division with a losing record. But for some reason, Dallas doesn’t feel like much of a favorite, if any, to me.
EF: You don't ever want to bet against Tom Brady, even if his team has the worst record. Yes, Dallas has not lost back-to-back games this season. I just think the Bucs may not have a strong team, but Brady will have them ready. He's never lost to the Cowboys in his career and he will do everything to keep it that way. I got Tampa Bay winning this one.
JS: I’ll get to my Tampa/Dallas prediction in just a second, but it just came out while we were having this conversation that Lamar Jackson won’t make his return to Baltimore this weekend due to his unstable knee. So, I’d say the Ravens have almost no chance of beating Cincy. Would surely be the biggest surprise of the opening weekend if they do.
JS: Dallas may have a much better record this season than Tampa Bay and as you pointed out have not lost back-to-back games all season, but they just don’t look like a playoff-winning team to me and with the winningest playoff player in NFL history leading the opposition I have to project the Buccs to win. Hopefully, it’ll at least be a close, fun game. I’m not a fan of Monday night playoff games by the way. This game will be on ABC and ESPN at 7:15 CT.
EF: Dallas/Tampa Bay will be a close game and just looking at the playoff matchups, it will probably be the best game of the weekend. I agree that Monday night playoff games are tough because the winner has to turn around and take on a higher seed on short rest.
by Eric Fulton
The 2022 College Football season will conclude on Monday, January 10th in the National Championship game from So-Fi Stadium in Los Angeles. The game will feature a University of Georgia Bulldogs team, who is looking to become the first team to win back-to-back national titles since 2012 when Alabama went 25-2 during their championship run. Georgia’s opponent is a team who no one thought would be in the national title championship game when the season started in September, the Texas Christian University Horned Frogs. TCU was picked seventh in the Big 12 preseason poll and can conclude the greatest underdog story by winning the national championship, even though they did not win their own conference.
We’re going to take a look at the comparisons between the two teams.
First, when you look at the quarterbacks, you see two veteran signal callers who have built a major legacy for each of their programs. Georgia quarterback Stetson Bennett is looking to become the first starting quarterback since A. J. McCarron of Alabama (2011 &2012) to lead his team to two straight national championships and cement his legacy as one of the winningest quarterbacks in college football history. Bennett is currently 24-3 as Georgia’s starting quarterback. For TCU, Max Duggan has also won 24 games as a four-year starter for the Horned Frogs, but unlike Bennett, Duggan and TCU had some growing pains earlier in his career. Prior to this year, Duggan lost 16 games in his college career. However, Duggan has turned things around for the Horned Frogs throwing for 30 touchdowns with over 3,300 passing yards. Duggan became the first TCU player to be named a finalist for the Heisman Trophy since running back LaDainian Tomlinson in 2000 and won the Davey O’Brien and Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Awards for his performance in 2022. Quarterback is perhaps the best matchup between the two teams, but the advantage would be for Bennett based on experience and his role as a game-manager quarterback.
Skill players will always be a factor in big games. For TCU, look for Kendre Miller to possibly carry the ball. Miller was injured in the Fiesta Bowl vs. Michigan and is questionable for Monday’s game. If Miller can’t go, look for Emari Demercado to step up. Demercado was tremendous in Miller’s absence in the Fiesta Bowl rushing for 150 yards on 17 carries with a touchdown. Miller was the leading rusher for TCU this season with 1,399 yards, good for an average of 6.2 yards per carry, along with 17 touchdowns. Wide receiver Quentin Johnson was the Horned Frogs’ leading receiver with 59 receptions for 1,066 yards and six touchdowns.
The Bulldogs counter with three running backs whom each rushed for over 500 yards this season. They are led by Kenny McIntosh, who rushed for 779 yards with 10 touchdowns on 142 carries. Daijun Edwards is close behind McIntosh with 739 yards with seven touchdowns on 135 carries. Kendall Milton is third for Georgia with 559 yards rushing and seven touchdowns on 75 carries. Georgia has had the best tight end in college football the last couple of years in Brock Bowers. Bowers led the Bulldogs in receptions, yards and touchdowns (56 receptions, 790 yards and six touchdowns). Ladd McConkey is second on the team in receptions, yards and touchdowns (53 receptions, 674 yards, and five touchdowns). TCU has some good players, but Georgia has the edge for their running backs and wide receivers/tight ends distribution.
The offensive numbers for both the Horned Frogs and Bulldogs are just about even. Georgia averages 39.4 points per game, while TCU averages 40.3 per game. Yardage-wise, TCU averages 473 yards per game, while Georgia averages 495 yards per game.
This game will likely be determined by which team plays better defense.
Looking at the numbers, Georgia is the best team defensively and it is not even close. The Bulldogs only gave up 15 points and 305 yards per game. TCU, in a highly offensive Big 12 Conference, gave up 25 points and 385 yards per game. Georgia is a defensive team, although they did give up 41 points to Ohio State in the National Semifinal. Although they lost a lot of talent to the NFL a season ago, the Bulldogs still have excellent talent on defense led by Kelee Ringo at defensive back, Jamon Dumas-Johnson at linebacker and Jalen Carter on the defensive line. TCU may not have the better defensive team, but they do have a very good defensive back in Jim Thorpe Award winner Tre’Vius Hodges-Tomlinson. Also watch for safety Bud Clark, linebacker Johnny Hodges and defensive ends Dylan Horton (who led TCU in sacks with 10.5) and Terrell Cooper. The Horned Frogs’ 3-3-5 defensive scheme could give Georgia’s offense some issues, but Georgia’s speed and strength on defense will be a major challenge for TCU’s offense.
When you look at the coaching matchup, you have to give props to TCU head coach Sonny Dykes for just even making it to the national championship game. Prior to his arrival in Fort Worth, Dykes coached for three other programs, including four years at TCU’s rival, Southern Methodist University (SMU) (Louisiana Tech and California were the others). Under Dykes, SMU went 10-3 in 2019, their most wins since the Mustangs’ great teams in the early 1980s. A win over a great team like Georgia could have Dykes in a great coming out of nowhere story to win a championship.
Kirby Smart is already one of the best coaches in college football. After being a part of Nick Saban’s coaching staff at Alabama, Smart has established his own staff to create a program to not only compete with the Crimson Tide but also become better than Alabama and the best in America. In seven seasons, Smart is 80-15 at Georgia. Winning a second straight national title could put him amongst one of the greatest in college football history in just under 100 career games. While it would be great to see Dykes win a national championship coming from out of nowhere, Smart has the experience and leadership to win for a long time.
Prediction: America always loves the underdog story. TCU fits that bill. If the Horned Frogs win, they will become the first team to win the National Championship since Georgia Tech (which shared the title with Colorado) in 1990 after a losing season.
For Georgia, it is about the opportunity of winning back-to-back national championships and putting the stamp on having your school become one of the ultimate elite teams in college football. The stock of Georgia football is at an all-time high. They are 32-1 in their last 33 games. With the evolution of an expanded playoff, Georgia could become the last team to win consecutive titles for a long time.
Final: Georgia 42, TCU 31.