Georgia wins national title, glass slipper fails to fit TCU


Fisher Giles, staff writer

For the first time since 2012, college football has a back to back champion. The Georgia Bulldogs complete another historic, undefeated season after defeating the TCU Horned Frogs at SoFi stadium by a score of 65-7. The score marks the largest margin of victory in a National Championship game ever.

There were two very different sides to the story this year as the Bulldogs once again were back on the big stage against a new opponent as the Horned Frogs looked to dethrone the defending National Champions.

Last season, the Bulldogs boasted a 14-1 record and defeated the Alabama Crimson Tide in the national championship by a score of 33-18. Headed into this season, many people doubted the Bulldogs. The general consensus was they would not make it to the playoffs after losing the entire defense to the NFL draft. Many reports this year talked about how Georgia lacked the offensive talent, although they were bringing back star quarterback Stetson Bennett and star tight end Brock Bowers. 

Georgia had another dominant season, but struggled on an unlikely road trip against Missouri, losing 26-22. 

TCU came off a losing season with a 5-7 record and their last championship victory was 85 years ago in 1938. 

The Horned Frogs were the underdog of this Cinderella story, as a team that no one expected to make it this far. TCU brought in a completely different coach this year, Sonny Dykes. Dykes came from SMU, finishing his last season there with an 8-4 record. He is historically known to have great programs and has only had 4 losing seasons in the past 10 years. 

The Horned Frogs started off the 2022 campaign with a quick win, destroying Colorado 38-13, with Chandler Morris throwing 13/20 with 111 passing yards. Quickly after that game Max Duggan came out of nowhere and stole the starting spot at quarterback. Duggan led the team with a 13-0 record and 5 wins against ranked opponents. Duggan had an amazing season that ended with a 3rd place finish in Heisman votes. 

TCU had a great season and had a great resume despite tough matchups. The Horned Frogs found themselves in tough matchups every week. They faced a familiar foe more than once in the season with Kansas State. The Wildcats started off the game with 28 quick points in the first half, and would lead by 11 going into halftime. The Horned Frogs dominated the second half and the Wildcats never scored again after the break as TCU quickly flipped the script and won 38-28. The comeback and close game wins would be the story of the season for the Horned Frogs. 

The Big 12 conference championship game would feature a rematch of the two teams as TCU would head into the game ranked third and with a 13-0 record. Although being heavy favorites, the Wildcats would get their revenge with an upset win in overtime. This left TCU in a position they have not been in all year. This set up an interesting semifinal matchup with Michigan. 

The Horned Frogs controlled the first half with a quick 21-6 lead, but Michigan wouldn’t go away without a fight. In the end, TCU won the shootout 51-45.

Heading into the National Championship, Georgia would open up as 13-point favorites. The Bulldogs came into the game with an undefeated 14-0 record, taking care of teams all year long. TCU came into the game as an underdog once more, which was the theme of the season for the Horned Frogs, facing an uphill battle for their final test against Georgia. 

The Bulldogs set the tempo for the game from the first drive, holding TCU and making them punt in the first 40 seconds of the game. Georgia scored on their first possession and that would be the story of the game. Georgia was unstoppable and scored every drive of the game, winning back-to-back national titles after defeating TCU.