CFP championship game odds: TCU vs. Georgia best bets


Are you ready to bet on the College Football Playoff National Championship?

The Georgia Bulldogs are currently a 12.5 point favorite over the TCU Horned Frogs at FOX Bet, with a total of 62.5 points.

Oddsmakers are essentially giving Georgia an 80% chance to win the game, so TCU’s price to win outright is pretty juicy. A $100 money line bet on the Frogs at +280 (their current odds at FOX Bet) would have a total payout of $380.

We leave you with my favorite plays for Monday night, with odds via FOX Bet.

TCU vs. Georgia – David vs. Goliath?

TCU vs. Georgia - David vs. Goliath?

FOX Sports’ RJ Young previews the National Championship game between TCU and Georgia.

TCU 1Q Under 5.5 points (-105 on FOX Bet)

I’m short the Frogs offense in the first quarter.

It’s nearly impossible to run the ball in Georgia — the Bulldogs are allowing just 77 rushing yards per game — and I expect TCU quarterback Max Duggan to struggle early against disguised coverages in Kirby Smart’s “spread” defense.

Sure, Ohio State scored a touchdown in the first quarter in the national semifinal, but the Buckeyes had the potential No. 1 pick in the 2023 NFL Draft at quarterback and three wide receivers who will also play on Sundays. TCU’s offense isn’t as loaded with that kind of talent, and it will take time for the Horned Frogs to get into the end zone.

A goose egg or a field goal will do the trick.

Will Max Duggan lead the TCU offense to victory?

Will Max Duggan lead the TCU offense to victory?

Joel Klatt cracks the keys to the No. 3 TCU Horned Frogs offense defeating the aggressive No. 1 Georgia Bulldogs defense.

Brock Bowers anytime TD (-105 on FOX Bet)

Great players make great plays in great games.

Bowers is Georgia’s leading touchdown receiver this season, with six scores in 14 games. It’s not a high number by any means, but I’ll take advantage of his relatively low production and drink some juice on the national stage.

The 6-foot-4 tight end from Napa, Calif., excels in the open field, and boy, does he have a knack for finding creases in the defense. And assuming Georgia establishes the run early and often, play opportunities for quarterback Stetson Bennett will be plentiful.

Other sportsbooks have Bowers at -125 and -150 to score a touchdown anytime, so let’s take advantage of this generous price at FOX Bet.

Can Brock Bowers and Georgia’s offense boost TCU’s defense?

Can Brock Bowers and Georgia's offense boost TCU's defense?

Joel Klatt breaks down the No. 1 Georgia Bulldogs offense taking on the No. 3 TCU Horned Frogs defense in the National Championship.

Georgia -12.5 (-110 on FOX Bet)

Let me start by admitting that I bet against TCU in last week’s CFP semifinal against Michigan.

I still can’t believe Jim Harbaugh called the “Philly Special” at the TCU 2-yard line after Michigan was bullied down the field on the kickoff. That decision derailed the Wolverines’ early game plan, and they never recovered until the second half.

Obviously, the Frogs deserve all the credit in the world, and then some, for getting to this point. But the buck stops there.

Georgia’s combination of skill and speed will be too much for TCU to handle for four quarters. This is an experienced group that is loaded with NFL talent all over the field. Also, don’t underestimate how TCU basically had everything going their way against Michigan, and the Frogs barely escaped.

This game gives me a 2013 national title game feel when Alabama shut out Notre Dame in the first half en route to a 42-14.

Sam Panayotovich is a sports betting analyst for FOX Sports and NESN. He previously worked for WGN Radio, NBC Sports and VSiN. He will probably pick against your favorite team. Follow him on Twitter @spshoot.

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