No. 1 Georgia faces off against No. 3 TCU in one of the unlikeliest College Football Playoff National Championships of all time. 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.
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
TV: ESPN | Live stream: fuboTV (Try for free)