TCU vs. Georgia: College Football National Championship Preview

NCAA National Championship, TCU vs. Georgia

Following the highest-scoring, most exciting semifinal ever, there’s one more game on the college football schedule: the National Championship. And it’s probably not the matchup you expected.

TCU continued its fairytale season with a stunning 51-45 win over the Michigan Wolverines in the Fiesta Bowl, while No. 1 Georgia rallied late and held on for a 42-41 victory over the Ohio State Buckeyes in the Peach Bowl. That sets up a classic David-vs-Goliath matchup in the title game, as Georgia looks to become the first back-to-back champ since Alabama a decade ago, and TCU aims for its first title since 1938.


ESPN is even doing a “Megacast” of the championship, so you’ll have multiple ways to watch the game. Here’s everything you need to know. 


How to Watch the College Football National Championship

The national championship between TCU and Georgia will feature ESPN’s main broadcast team of Chris Fowler, Kirk Herbstreit, Holly Rowe, and Molly McGrath calling the action. Over on ESPN2, you can catch a special presentation of Field Pass With the Pat McAfee Show, which will feature the popular sports media personality and his usual crew of friends breaking down all of the action. If you have the DISH Multi-Sport Pack, you can also watch the Command Center feed on ESPNU; the AT&T 5G Skycast on ESPNews; and the Georgia Hometown Radio call on the SEC Network.


When is the College Football National Championship?

The national championship is set to kickoff at 7:30 pm ET on Monday, January 9 on ESPN. 


Where is the College Football National Championship?

This year’s game will be played at SoFi Stadium in Los Angeles, home of the Los Angeles Chargers and the defending Super Bowl champions, the Los Angeles Rams. Next year’s game will be played at NRG Stadium in Houston, TX; the 2024 Championship will be played on January 20, 2025 at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta; and the 2026 championship game is scheduled for Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida. 


What are the Odds?

As of this writing, the point spread on DraftKings is Georgia -12.5, meaning that Georgia would need to win by 13-points for the bet to pay out. The Over/ Under line (combined points scored by both teams) is currently 63.


Who are the Coaches of TCU and Georgia?

The Georgia Bulldogs are coached by Kirby Smart, who joined the program in 2016 after a long stint with their rivals, Alabama. TCU is coached by Sonny Dykes, who is in his first year as head coach of the Horned Frogs. Previously, Dykes was head coach at SMU (2018-21) and Cal (2013-16).