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Why I’m picking Max Duggan and TCU in the College Football Playoff

Why I’m picking Max Duggan and TCU in the College Football Playoff

Can Max Duggan and TCU get it done against Georgia?

Can Max Duggan and TCU get it done against Georgia?
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While college football rivals have had the Georgia Bulldogs’ full attention this year, things haven’t worked out. From the opener against Oregon to the SEC title game against LSU and the Tennessee game in between, every time we think there’s a hint of vulnerability, the Dawgs come out and stomp teams to the point of crippling.

You might ask, “So what happened against Ohio State?” And I will tell you that they were not taken seriously in Georgia. How could they? Kirby Smart’s team destroyed Michigan last CFP, and UM dominated Ohio the last two years, so the transition ownership argument — and the spread — let Georgia relax.

That’s why the focus on the Dawgs is something I’ve been trying to appreciate all week. They’re favored by nearly two touchdowns, and the must-read How Stetson Bennett went from walk-on to legend has been written countless times. They’re also an SEC team, so there’s no shortage of smoke coming up their asses.

However, they spent most of New Year’s Eve playing against CJ Stroud and Co. and led for less than two minutes the entire game. But, yes, let’s crown them. Which I want to do because it is very simple. Georgia hasn’t played back-to-back bad games in the past two seasons, and accurate prediction is the currency that buys readers’ trust.

So who will win?

This brings me to my next point, and that is damn. To hell with it. The Horned Frogs needed 3 million things to go to their proper place this year, and very few of those breaks were handed to them. Granted, Jim Harbaugh spent the first half staring at the scoreboard in disbelief while the Wolverines failed to follow through on his crappy calls, and the Horned Frogs still needed to win this semifinal several times in the second half.

Right down to the backup running back who predictably fumbles? No problem. Big stops late in the game after Michigan’s comeback? Here’s three of them and a punt return to the 16 for an insurance field goal.

So, yeah, give me a small, resilient, private Christian school in this David vs. Goliath matchup, and hopefully a bunch of miracles to go along with it, because blind faith and the help of a big man is what TCU needs. to lift the trophy.

Keys to upset TCU

Max Duggan, Sonny Dykes, Quentin Johnston and that Hypnotoad passing game should at least be confident they can find holes in the Georgia secondary. Two individual Buckeyes have eclipsed the 100-yard mark, and I’m well aware of how much I sound like a TCU apologist.

Allow me this though. Positive thinking is the only thing I have to lean on. Well, that and the fact that UGA has given up a total of 850 yards through the air and seven passing scores in its last two games.

With Frog leading rusher Kendre Miller questionable after suffering a knee injury Saturday, Duggan and Emory Demercada will run the ball, or at least keep Georgia honest. The Dawgs haven’t allowed a 100-yard game to any running back or quarterback all year and have only given up more than 100 yards on the ground four times this season.

The last thing TCU can afford is to fall behind early. Don’t let Bennett get comfortable and hopefully that will keep Brock Bowers and those tight ends from cutting the frogs with play action. I’ve seen a lot of comparisons between Smart and Nick Saban, and I’ll at least admit this: if each coach’s respective team is feeling weak, you’ve already lost.

College football fans have spent most of this season waiting for a return to normalcy in a sport bereft of equality. Tennessee lost to Georgia and then South Carolina and people breathed a sigh of relief. Then Caleb Williams got hurt, USC lost to Utah again, the Trojans were out of the playoffs, a familiar Big Ten team seemed destined to play for the title against an SEC foe, and everything was at least in-universe predictable.

All the while, the most likely candidate to succumb to reality kept winning, and well, we’re still waiting for our beliefs to be confirmed. It will most likely happen on Monday, but if ever there was a season where the ceiling was the floor, it’s 2022.

Let’s see if TCU can shock the world once again and put the purple and silver bow on a year that has been defined by surprises. A late field goal gives TCU the lead, 41-38.

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