believe it or not?
That is the question.
I want to believe TCU can give Georgia hell on Monday in the college football title game at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, California.
I want to believe that the Horned Frogs (13-1) — 12½-point underdogs, the biggest spread for the season finale in nine years of the playoffs — can stagger the Bulldogs (14-0) with big plays like they did against Michigan. did. A semifinal for the ages.
I want to believe that the same Georgia pass defense that gave up over 500 yards to LSU in the SEC Championship Game, and then 348 yards and four touchdowns to Ohio State’s CJ Stroud in the 42-41 semifinal shootout, won’t be able to stop that. TCU’s Max Duggan matching the Stetson Bennett touchdown drive, the Bulldog counterpart for the touchdown drive.
In fact, after those great semi-finals, I want just that.
It’s still an incredible story that TCU has been so good. How does a team go from 5-7 in 2021 to the top of the mountain after a year? How does Duggan go from a non-starter coming out of training camp to the strongest quarterback in the land? Not since Michigan State in 1962 has a team won it all after a losing season. TCU hasn’t won a title since 1938, when the great Davey O’Brien was under center.
Alabama has reached the championship game six times, Clemson four times, Georgia three times, and Ohio State twice. The one-timers — Oregon, LSU and now TCU — are like interlopers. is this real? Will it work? But it does not matter. Frogs are here without any apologies.
“We have all the pieces,” said coach Sonny Dykes. “We just have to put it all together, and we have to do things the right way. We have to be prepared to pay the price. And those guys believe that. They’ve believed it from day one.
But do I believe? Georgia 49ers, Oregon in 3rd season opener – still the best any team has seen all season – running through my mind again. Georgia held Tennessee’s No. 1-ranked offense to 13 points, another reminder of just how great the defending champions can be as they went on to win their school-record-tying 17th.
Final score: ‘Dog 52, Frog 38.
Georgia pulled off the first back-to-back since Alabama in 2011 and 2012.
Georgia coach Kirby Smart isn’t about to accept the perceived talent gap between these teams. One roster packed with five- and four-star recruits and the other, well, not for long.
“You get what you get,” Smart said, “and what you do with what you have is what makes you a coach.”
But it’s great to have Dykes first year here at TCU. Smart is taking all the pressure. ,
Did you read Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh’s statement released over the weekend in response to NFL coaching rumors?
“While no one knows what the future holds,” he said, “I look forward to enthusiastically coaching Michigan in 2023.”
But Harbaugh and the program are under NCAA investigation for rules violations, most of them minor. The most serious – or Level I – allegation is that Harbaugh failed to cooperate with investigators.
“Captain Comeback” doesn’t have much patience for punishment. ,
Five teams – Purdue, Wisconsin, Michigan State, Rutgers and Michigan – sit atop 3–1 in the Big Ten basketball standings. Is there really betting on a team that isn’t on that list to finish first in the conference? Even with a long way to go, that’s a lot of hindsight. ,
It certainly wasn’t bad to watch Zach LaVine knock down 11 threes and 41 points on the 76ers on Friday. Not one to tell Bulls coach Billy Donovan how to do his job, but maybe he should dial back the ol’ everything-Zack-throws-up-goes-in strategy a bit more. ,
Prediction: Vikings 4, Bears 3.
In case it wasn’t clear, that’s four Vikings interceptions to the Bears’ three points on Sunday.
It’s about to get ugly.
you have to see it
CFB: TCU vs. Georgia (Monday, 6:30 p.m. ESPN): Wasn’t giving you the final score enough?
CBB: Villanova at DePaul (Tuesday, 8 p.m. CBSSN): The Blue Demons have lost 20 straight in this series, which says it all. But the Wildcats are run-of-the-mill 8-8 this season, so… maybe?
Celtics on the Nets (Thursday, 6:30 p.m., TNT): The top two squads in the East? Jayson Tatum and Kevin Durant each scoring over 30 points in a game? sounds like a plan.
the bottom five
Nathan Peterman: The Bears’ backup, who will start on Sunday, has thrown three TD passes and 13 INTs in his career. Buckle up for three excruciatingly long hours of The Peterman Reality Tour.
Chase Claypool: OK, so we still don’t really know if the Bears wide receiver can catch a football. But can he tackle an opposing defender holding the football?
Patrick Mahomes: OK, so he has the most total yards in NFL single-season history and is a shoo-in for league MVP. But he still can’t act the chaat in those risqué commercials.
Seth Jones: Not that the Blackhawks need to worry about embarrassing Jones with his play in the All-Star Game. Although it could be embarrassing for Jones if word gets out which NHL team he plays for.
Nick Saban: The College Football Playoff goes on without them. There will be hell to pay.
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