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TCU-Georgia: Can Frogs Give Dogs Hell? After the best semi-final ever, don’t doubt it

TCU-Georgia: Can Frogs Give Dogs Hell? After the best semi-final ever, don’t doubt it

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believe it or not

That is the question.

I want to believe that TCU Georgia can turn hell hot in Monday’s college football title game at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, Calif.

I want to think that the Horned Frogs (13-1) — 12½-point underdogs, the widest margin for the season finale in nine years of the playoffs — can stagger the Bulldogs (14-0) with big plays like against Michigan Semifinals for eternity.

I want to believe that the same Georgia pass defense that gave up 500 yards to LSU in the SEC championship game and then gave up 348 yards and four touchdowns against Ohio State’s CJ Stroud in a 42-41 shootout in the semifinals can’t stop TCU’s Max Duggan from the matching Bulldogs counterpart Stetson Bennett touchdown drive for touchdown drive.

Really, after those spectacular semi-finals, I just want more of it.

It’s still an incredible story that TCU was so good. How does a team of 5-7 in 2021 make it to the summit a year later? How does Duggan go from non-starter coming out of training camp to the grippiest quarterback in the country? There hasn’t been a team that has won it all after a losing season since Michigan State in 1962. TCU hasn’t won a title since 1938, when the great Davey O’Brien took center stage.

Alabama has reached the championship game six times, Clemson four times, Georgia three times, and Ohio State twice. The one-timers — Oregon, LSU, and now TCU — are like invaders. Is that real? will it last But it doesn’t matter. The frogs are here with no apologies.

“We have all the parts,” said coach Sonny Dykes. “We just have to get them all together, and we have to do things right. We must be willing to pay the price. And these guys believe it. They believed it from day one.”

But do I believe it? Georgia 49, Oregon 3 in the season opener – still the best team to have looked all season – replays in my mind. Georgia held Tennessee’s No. 1 offense to 13 points, another reminder of how great the defending champions can be who are aiming for a 17th straight win that ties a school record.

Final score: “Dogs 52, frogs 38.

Georgia pulls off first back-to-back since Alabama in 2011 and 2012.

THREE-POINT DASH

Georgia coach Kirby Smart will not acknowledge the perceived talent gap between these teams. One roster is packed with five and four star recruits and the other, well, not nearly as much.

“You have what you have,” Smart said, “and what you do with what you have makes you a coach.”

But Dykes, coming here in Year 1 at TCU is legendary. Smart shoulders all the pressure. …

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Michigan’s Jim Harbaugh concedes semifinal loss to TCU.

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Did you hear Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh’s statement released late in the week in response to NFL coaching rumors?

“While no one knows what the future holds,” he said, “I expect to be excited to coach Michigan in 2023.”

But Harbaugh and the program are under investigation by the NCAA for rule violations, most of which are minor. The most serious — or Level I — allegation is that Harbaugh did not cooperate with investigators.

Captain Comeback won’t have much patience for punishment. …

Five teams – Purdue, Wisconsin, Michigan State, Rutgers and Michigan – are 3-1 at the top of the Big Ten basketball standings. Is anyone really betting that a team not on this list will finish first in the conference? Even if it’s a long way, that’s a lot of hurdles. …

To see Zach LaVine bury 11 threes and drop 41 points to the 76ers on Friday certainly wasn’t bad. Not to tell Bulls coach Billy Donovan how to do his job, but maybe he should take the old Zach-throw-everything-goes-in strategy a little more often. …

Prediction: Vikings 4, Bears 3.

In case it wasn’t clear, that’s four Vikings interceptions to three Bears points on Sunday.

It’s getting ugly.

YOU MUST SEE THIS

CFB: TCU vs. Georgia (Monday 6:30 p.m. ESPN): What, giving you the bottom line wasn’t enough?

CBB: Villanova at DePaul (Tuesday, 8 p.m., CBSSN): The Blue Demons have lost 20 straight this series, which pretty much says it all. But the Wildcats are a run of the mill 8-8 this season, so… maybe?

Boston Celtics vs. Dallas Mavericks

Jayson Tatum: Counting Machine.

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Celtics at Nets (Thursday 6.30pm TNT): The top two rosters in the East? Jayson Tatum and Kevin Durant each over 30 points a game? Sounds like a plan.

THE BOTTOM FIVE

Nathan Peterman: The Bears backup, who will start Sunday, has thrown three TD passes and 13 INTs in his career. Buckle up for three achingly long hours of the Peterman Reality Tour.

Chase Claypool: OK, so we still don’t really know if the Bears wide receiver can catch the football. But can he tackle an opposing defender catching the football?

Patrick Mahomes: OK, so he has the most yards in NFL single-season history and is a league MVP shoo-in. But he still can’t play a lick in those damn commercials.

Seth Jones: It’s not like the Blackhawks have to worry about Jones embarrassing them with his play at the All-Star Game. Though it might be embarrassing for Jones if it’s revealed which NHL team he’s playing for.

Nick Saban: The college football playoffs continue without him. It will be hell to pay.

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