In sports, strange things can and do happen. A Horned Frogs title would qualify as one of the strangest. They were outgained by Michigan in that careening semifinal. They returned two interceptions for touchdowns. Michigan twice failed to score – not even a field goal – in goal-to-go situations. TCU led by 18 points in each half. It won 51-45.
The Bulldogs trailed by 14 points in each half against Ohio State. They outgained the Buckeyes. Jack Podlesny, who had missed three field goal tries over the first 13 games, missed twice in the semi. Stetson Bennett, who’d thrown six interceptions over 13 games, threw a big one versus OSU. Georgia messed up just enough to give the nation’s second-best team a chance. Georgia won 42-41.
Over the past six seasons, Georgia has lost four times to Alabama, twice to LSU and once each to Auburn, Texas, Florida and South Carolina. Of the 10 losses, only one – South Carolina in 2019 – came against a clearly inferior opponent, and that required Jake Fromm throwing his first three interceptions of the season and Rodrigo Blankenship missing his first two FG tries of the year.
The Bulldogs have off-peak games, but not many. Given the vagaries of sports, they’re remarkable at tending to business. Their head coach has much to do with that.
Georgia losing to Ohio State would have been a surprise but not a shock. Georgia losing to TCU would be a shock of historic dimensions. In my worst-case scenario, the Bulldogs win by 10 – but I think they’ll win by more. Georgia 37, TCU 20.
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