Kings of College Football: Georgia Goes Back-to-Back

Confetti falls as Georgia wins decisively over TCU in the 2023 College Football Playoff national championship game (USA Today Sports).

Confetti falls as Georgia wins decisively over TCU in the 2023 College Football Playoff national championship game (USA Today Sports).

After two nail biting semifinals, Texas Christian (TCU) and Georgia found themselves in the national championship. But the Bulldogs showed their sheer dominance of college football beating third seeded TCU 65-7 in the College Football Playoff national title game at SoFi Stadium on Monday night. 

Georgia becomes the eighth team in college football history to win back to back national titles. They are the first team in over ten years to do so, with the latest being Alabama in 2011-12. With a touchdown in the fourth quarter, Georgia made history again. . Scoring 65  points sets the record for most points scored in a national championship game. 

Branson Robinson was a part of the running backs core that ran for over 200 yards (Georgia Football Twitter).

The “Dawgs” made this win look easy. Using their big tight ends for major plays in the passing game, creating and finding holes for an explosive run game and applying high pressure on TCU quarterback Max Duggan throughout all four quarters. Duggan threw two interceptions in the first half, one of which helped Georgia get the ball back just before halftime and score another touchdown putting them up 38-7. The 31 point differential was the greatest in a national championship since 2002. 

Bennett kisses the national championship trophy following his second national championship win (Mark Rebilas/USA Today sports)

Georgia quarterback Stetson Bennett ended his career the way anyone would want to, with a curtain call and fans bowing down. He shared after the game that “That was special. I’ll remember that for the rest of my life”. Bennett joined as a walk-on, went to junior college, then came back to UGA as the second string. Following an injury to their number one guy, Bennett found himself leading his team to their first title in 40 years. This season, Bennett added to his legacy in Athens as a Heisman finalist leading his team to an undefeated season and yet another national championship win. In the game, He had a 72% completion percentage with 304 yards and four passing touchdowns and two more that he ran in himself.

In this massive win, Georgia had 401 more total yards on offense than TCU. Most of which came from the run game where they out rushed the Horned Frogs 254-36. Georgia averaged about six yards a carry which TCU averaged to just over one yard per carry. Not only was their offense on display under the bright lights in LA but so was the defense. The defense that Georgia prides itself on forced three turnovers, recorded five sacks and nine tackles for loss. They also kept TCU, a team that had come from behind many times this season, scoreless after the first quarter. 

Kearis Jackson celebrates as confetti falls (College Football Playoff Twitter).

Georgia continues to solidify themselves as the kings of college football. They have become the new Alabama, seemingly unbeatable but everyone wants to beat them. Kirby Smart has been a head coach for the past seven years, in which he already has two national titles. At each position on the Bulldog roster, there are four stars backing up five stars, which has been seen nowhere else besides Alabama. Georgia has put their names in the college football history books but this is just the beginning of the dynasty being created.