#1 Georgia Bulldogs

Ryan Martin

#1 Georgia Bulldogs

Following a 33-18 beatdown of Alabama in last year’s championship game, the University of Georgia had aspirations of coming into this season and repeating as college football kings. The Bulldogs lost numerous pieces on both sides of the ball to the NFL, including four players selected in the first round of last year’s draft. But with senior quarterback Stetson Bennett under center for head coach Kirby Smart, Georgia has yet to drop a game as they sit at 14-0 on the year.

Bennett, a Heisman Trophy-finalist, has quarterbacked a talented Georgia offense this season, bit as was the case when they were champions a year ago, it’s been the defense that’s shined. Led by surefire first round NFL draft picks in defensive back Kelee Ringo and defensive lineman Jalen Carter, the Bulldog defense has allowed an average of 14.8 points per game. This includes shutting down the likes of Oregon (three points scored), South Carolina (seven points), and Tennessee (who scored 13 points against Georgia while finishing as the #6 ranked team in the country).

The defense looked less intimating in the Peach Bowl, a 42-41 win against #4 Ohio State. The Buckeyes, led by fellow Heisman trophy-finalist quarterback C.J. Stroud, had a chance to kick the game-winning field goal on New Year’s Eve to send themselves to the championship. But just as the ball dropped in Times Square, Ohio State kicker Noah Ruggles whacked the ball wide left to end their season.

Does Georgia’s defense have another “fluke” game when it matters most tonight against Duggan and TCU? Or will the Bulldogs return to their dominant ways in a game they’re favored in by almost 13 points? You’ll have to tune in tonight and find out.