College Football Playoff National Championship: By the numbers


No. 1 Georgia will fight with number 3 TCU in the College Football Playoff National Championship on Monday in a highly anticipated tilt with the SEC’s undefeated Bulldogs and the Big 12’s Horned Frogs.

Here are the numbers to know before the action.

Georgia

1: Georgia is aiming to become the first team in the CFP era to win back-to-back national championships.

3: Georgia is aiming to become just the third FBS team in the modern era to cap a perfect 15-0 season with a national title, joining Clemson (2018) and LSU (2019).

14: The 2022 season is the first time Georgia has started a season 14-0. The Bulldogs have tied the school record for wins in a season with 14 after Kirby Smart’s squad also accomplished the feat in 2021 en route to a 14-1 season and its first national championship in 41 years.

16: Georgia has won 16 straight games following last season’s CFP semifinal victory over Michigan in the Orange Bowl. The school record is 17 straight wins from 1945-1947.

39: Georgia is third nationally with 39 rushing touchdowns. The school record is 42, which was set in 2017. Eight different Bulldogs have scored a rushing touchdown this year.

28-3: Quarterback Stetson Bennett is 28-3 as a starter and has completed 64.9 percent of his passes (583-for-898) for 8,124 yards, 62 touchdowns and 21 interceptions in his college career.

56: Rotary Lombardi Award finalist tight end Brock Bowers leads the Bulldogs with 56 catches for a game-high 790 yards and six touchdowns. Bowers is the only player in the country this season with at least 75 yards rushing and receiving. Bowers has had six 100-yard games in his career.

Can Brock Bowers and Georgia dominate TCU?

Can Brock Bowers and Georgia dominate TCU?

4-1: Bulldogs CFP record in Smart’s seventh season at the helm.

4-0: Georgia holds a 4-0 series lead against TCU. The Bulldogs won both games (1980 and 1988) in Athens, Georgia, plus a win over the Horned Frogs in both the 1942 Orange Bowl and the 2016 Liberty Bowl.

39.4: The number of points Georgia averages per game, which is ninth nationally. The Bulldogs are 75-for-77 in the red zone, a national-leading 97 percent, this year with 52 touchdowns and 23 field goals. Additionally, the Bulldogs have outscored their opponents 551-207 this season, including 303-98 in the first half.

27: Georgia has recorded 27 punts on defense and special teams under Smart. The Bulldogs are 24-1 (the loss came against No. 8 Florida in 2020) when posting a non-offensive score under Smart.

14.8: Georgia ranks fifth nationally in scoring defense, allowing just 14.8 points per contest. The Bulldogs’ defense has posted 26 scoreless quarters, including five scoreless shutouts in the opening half this season.

27: Georgia allows teams to convert on third downs just 27 percent of the time, which ranks second nationally. On the other hand, Georgia leads the nation with an 84% conversion rate on fourth down (12 for 14).

47: Georgia is minus-2 in turnover margin. The Bulldogs have 47 points from 13 turnovers.

TCU’s offense against Georgia’s defense

TCU's offense against Georgia's defense

TCU

1: TCU is the first Big 12 team to win a CFP game and is making its first national championship appearance. TCU is playing in Los Angeles for the first time since the 2011 Rose Bowl, when they defeated Wisconsin to cap a 13-0 season and finish with a No. 2 national ranking.

5: TCU and Georgia meet for just the fifth time and first since the 2016 Liberty Bowl, when the Bulldogs won 31-23 in Smart’s first season as head coach. TCU is also aiming to become the fifth team, and the first since Michigan State in 1962, to win a national championship after having a losing record the previous season.

3: TCU is just the third team since 1998 to play in a national title game after being unranked in the AP preseason poll. TCU is the first school in the state of Texas to make the CFP and only the second team (Michigan, 2021) to be in the CFP after starting the season unranked.

575: TCU has the nation’s sixth-most improved offense in points per game this season (+12.4 since 2021). TCU’s 575 points this season rank second in program history (604 points in 2014).

17: Max Duggan’s 17 touchdown passes of at least 20 yards trails only Ohio State’s CJ Stroud (18) among Power 5 quarterbacks. Duggan has accounted for three or more touchdowns in nine games this season.

Will Max Duggan lead TCU’s offense to victory against Georgia?

Will Max Duggan lead TCU's offense to victory against Georgia?

1,399: Kendre Miller’s 1,399 yards are the most by a TCU running back since LaDainian Tomlinson led the nation with 2,158 in 2000. Miller has topped 100 yards in seven of his last 12 games and ranks first nationally among active Power 5 players in rushing yards (6.7 yards, min. 350 attempts).

100: Quentin Johnston has topped 100 receiving yards in each of his last two games, averaging 30.2 yards per catch in the process. Johnston is TCU’s first 1,000-yard receiver since Jalen Reagor (1,061) in 2018, and his 59 receptions are the most by a Horned Frog since Reagor had 72 that same year.

19.1: Johnston’s 19.1 career yards per catch average is second among active FBS players, trailing only Oklahoma’s Marvin Mims (19.5 yards).

34.5: TCU is allowing just a 34.5% third-down conversion rate for the season, ranking fourth in the Big 12 and 36th in the nation. TCU’s opponents are just 22-of-85 (25.9%) on third-down conversions in the last six games.

54-6: TCU’s record in its last 60 games with at least three shutouts, the last against Michigan.

13: The number of turnovers TCU has had this season. TCU ranks second in the Big 12 and 20th nationally in turnover margin at 0.64.

6: TCU’s six wins over ranked opponents are tied with Tennessee for the national lead

21: TCU leads the nation with 21 plays of 50+ yards, 14 offensive touchdowns of at least 50 yards and 10 scoring plays of at least 60 yards. The Horned Frogs are also first in the FBS with 17 total touchdowns of 50+ yards, as well as 12 total scores of at least 60 yards.

2: TCU is one of only two FBS teams to average at least 250 yards per game passing, 200 rushing and at least 30 passing and 30 rushing touchdowns.

TCU vs. Georgia – David vs. Goliath?

TCU vs. Georgia - David vs. Goliath?

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