TCU and defending nationwide champion Georgia face off tonight within the School Soccer Playoff title recreation. Right here’s every thing you want to know.
No. 3 TCU vs. No. 1 Georgia
Data: TCU (13-1; 9-0 Huge 12); Georgia (14-0, 8-0 SEC)
Pregame betting line: Georgia -12.5, Over/beneath 62.5 (by way of Caesars Sportsbook)
TV: ESPN, ESPN app (streaming)
Radio: TCU Hometown Radio (ESPN app)
Final assembly: Georgia defeated TCU 31-23 within the Liberty Bowl on Dec. 30, 2016.
8:53 p.m. Georgia again at it
After one three-and-out drive, the Bulldogs scored once more on a 22-yard landing move from Stetson Bennett to Brock Bowers.
8:40 p.m. TCU-Georgia nationwide response: ‘Dangerous journey for the hypnotoad’
With issues wanting fairly ugly for TCU to start out the second half, right here’s how folks throughout the nation are reacting.
8:16 p.m. Halftime: Georgia 38, TCU 7
Issues unraveled rapidly on the finish of the primary half. The Horned Frogs, already struggling to maintain up with the Bulldogs’ relentless tempo, allowed a sack of Duggan, who adopted along with his second interception of the evening to arrange one other Georgia landing.
On his option to the locker room, coach Sonny Dykes stated issues went “about as unhealthy as they might have.”
8:05 p.m. Georgia extends lead
Kendall Milton scored on a 1-yard run to place Georgia up 31-7.
7:52 p.m. Second TCU turnover
Javon Bullard intercepted a Duggan move for Georgia’s second takeaway of the sport. In response to the published, TCU defensive coordinator Joe Gillespie gathered his gamers and instructed them they’ve had eight misalignments, they usually’re making the Bulldogs look higher than they’re. “Be the place you’re purported to be and do your job.”
7:42 p.m. Second speeding landing for Stetson Bennett
The quarterback went untouched by the TCU protection on each scores. Georgia 24, TCU 7.
7:22 p.m. Georgia solutions
A 37-yard landing move from QB Stetson Bennett to vast receiver Ladd McConkey gave the Bulldogs a 17-7 lead.
Within the buildup to the title recreation, Bennett and Duggan shaped their very own mutual admiration society.
7:15 p.m. TCU scores on Duggan’s keeper
The lengthy move play arrange a Duggan keeper to place the Frogs on the board, 10-7.
7:11 p.m.: Large make-good from Davis
After TCU stopped Georgia on third down to carry the Bulldogs to a subject objective, Derius Davis caught a 60-yard move from QB Max Duggan on the Horned Frogs’ subsequent possession after his fumble.
7:02 p.m.: TCU turnover
Georgia recovered a fumble by TCU vast receiver Derius Davis.
7 p.m. TCU followers aren’t anxious
The decibel stage hit 91, slightly below energy mower stage, in Schollmaier Area when QB Max Duggan scored the Horned Frogs’ first TD.
That early deficit? No motive to panic.
“I’m not anxious,” Gregory Timmons, 63, stated after Georgia’s opening-drive landing. “There’s quite a lot of soccer to performed. We’re solely, what, three minutes in. We’ve bought a while to place some issues collectively.”
6:55 p.m. Georgia strikes first
Georgia making it look straightforward on its opening drive, going 57 yards in 5 performs. QB Stetson Bennett stored for a 21-yard landing and a 7-0 lead.
— Chuck Carlton (@ChuckCarltonDMN) January 10, 2023
6:50 p.m. Gary Patterson will get heat TCU welcome
Former TCU coach Gary Patterson, who was initially not planning to attend the CFP recreation, bought a heat reception from Horned Frogs followers when he arrived at SoFi Stadium on Monday.
Chants of “Gary, Gary” greeted Patterson and his spouse Kelsey as they made their option to their seats. Patterson parted methods with TCU on Oct. 31, 2021, within the midst of a struggling season.
6:42 p.m. TCU RB Kendre Miller questionable vs. Georgia
TCU operating again Kendre Miller won’t begin within the School Soccer nationwide championship due to a knee harm. Emari Demercado will step into the beginning position in opposition to the Bulldogs.
Though Miller isn’t beginning, he hasn’t been dominated out but.
6:25 p.m. Lee Corso picks TCU to knock off Georgia
Lee Corso, the well-known host of ESPN’s School GameDay, has change into identified for selecting faculty soccer video games by placing on a large mascot head in the course of the present.
He had a little bit twist for the nationwide championship recreation between TCU and Georgia.
Corso picked up the Georgia Bulldogs’ mascot head and nearly put it on earlier than tossing it to the bottom to placed on a TCU hat.
6:10 p.m. Composer John Williams creates authentic rating for CFP
Legendary composer John Williams, 90, collaborated with ESPN to create an authentic rating forward of TCU’s School Soccer Playoff matchup in opposition to Georgia.
The composition is titled “Of Grit And Glory.” It has a run time of three.5 minutes and is slated to debut at 6:25 p.m. CT previous to the 6:30 p.m. CT kickoff. Extra excerpts will even be used all through the telecast.
The recording was carried out by a 96-piece orchestra in Los Angeles
Williams has a protracted catalog of composed works, together with credit in “Star Wars,” “Jurassic Park,” “Indiana Jones,” “Harry Potter” and “Residence Alone.”
“Intercollegiate soccer has been on the coronary heart and soul of our nation’s life for thus lengthy that the chance to musically salute this nice custom has been a very significant pleasure for me. I used to be thrilled and excited when ESPN advised that I write a theme for the Jan. 9 championship recreation,” Williams stated in an ESPN press launch. “The video games themselves at all times increase the collective spirit and, ultimately, the competitors brings us all nearer to a spot the place the idea of winners and losers dissolves into mutual respect and admiration. The invitation to put in writing this music constitutes an important honor for me, and I really feel particularly privileged to make a small contribution to certainly one of our nation’s most treasured traditions.”
5:41 p.m. TCU followers collect for watch social gathering
With kickoff between TCU and Georgia lower than an hour away, followers began gathering for the watch social gathering at Schollmaier Area in Fort Value.
5:30 p.m. Luka, pet lizard present help for TCU
Dallas Mavericks guard and NBA all-star Luka Doncic, with a brand new pet horned lizard, voiced his help for the TCU Horned Frogs forward of their nationwide championship recreation within the School Soccer Playoff on Monday. Learn extra.
5:06 p.m. Oddsmakers not excessive on TCU’s CFP possibilities subsequent yr
The oddsmakers aren’t fairly offered on the endurance of TCU as a university soccer energy.
The Horned Frogs are listed as 25/1 to win the School Soccer Playoff title subsequent season, primarily based on odds posted at BetOnline. No less than that’s higher than this season when the Horned Frogs opened with odds of 200/1.
Predictably, Georgia is the favourite at 3/1, adopted by Alabama (15/4) and Ohio State (6/1). Texas is listed at 18/1 with Texas A&M at 50/1.
4:28 p.m. The origin of TCU’s beloved hypnotoad
Try the story behind the Futurama creature that Horned Frog followers have adopted as their unofficial mascot and go-to meme. Learn extra.
3:14 p.m. Texas Gov. Greg Abbott’s wager with Georgia governor
Abbott, who can be on the recreation tonight, tweeted a video of him betting Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp that TCU will beat the Bulldogs.
The stakes? Texas barbecue and Lone Star beer.
Kemp, who additionally plans to attend the sport, accepted and stated he’d ship chopped pork barbecue — and no matter Brunswick stew is — to Abbott if TCU wins.
Abbott additionally declared Monday as “purple day,” encouraging Texans to point out their state pleasure in TCU no matter their favourite college.
Strive telling that to SMU followers.
12:57 p.m. Natty swag for TCU
See what further goodies the TCU gamers get to go house with for making it to the CFP ultimate in opposition to Georgia. Learn extra.
12:33 p.m. What’s a horned frog, anyway?
In 2018, The Dallas Morning Information reported about how throughout the state, the Texas horned lizard has been vanishing for causes researchers can’t absolutely clarify, and the way at TCU, they’re attempting to convey them again.
In the midst of the reporting, we confirmed tailgaters at Amon G. Carter Stadium and others an image of an precise horned lizard and requested what it was known as. The responses had been about what you’d anticipate from a bunch of TCU followers.
11:33 a.m. Kevin Sherrington on the sport
Dallas Morning Information columnist Kevin Sherrington is in Los Angeles to cowl the sport and has written a number of items previewing it and searching again.
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TCU’s possibilities vs. heavily-favored Georgia relaxation on the shoulders of star QB Max Duggan: His outstanding story has been the theme of what Dykes known as “a little bit little bit of a magical experience” this season.
11 a.m. Shaq says if TCU loses, he’ll eat a frog
If TCU loses to Georgia, the well-known North Texas resident may want he may eat his phrases. Learn extra right here.
10:45 a.m: TCU is not any Cinderella
TCU’s touchdown in Los Angeles was just about a celebration environment, full with a DJ. But when the Frogs lose to 12-point favourite Georgia, it received’t be as a result of they had been too tight or as a result of the highlight was too brilliant, Chuck Carlton writes. The Horned Frogs, led by the folksy attraction of coach Sonny Dykes, are embracing the problem in opposition to the closely favored Bulldogs.
6 a.m.: How TCU stands to learn, win or lose
TCU, a non-public college of 12,000 in Fort Value and its purple colours and likable staff and unusual Hypnotoad meme, is a part of the nationwide consciousness due to the CFP. Click on right here to examine how the advantages may transcend soccer recruiting, together with elevated enrollment and giving, mirroring the experiences of different profitable athletic packages — and TCU itself.
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The coach: Sonny Dykes
Dykes, the previous SMU coach, wasted no time placing the Horned Frogs able to reach his first yr as coach. Listed here are some issues to know earlier than Dykes faces Georgia, and a characteristic on why he was drawn to make the transfer from SMU for a “vacation spot job” in Fort Value.
The quarterback: Max Duggan
Duggan took the Frogs to new heights and was a Heisman finalist two years faraway from coronary heart surgical procedure. Listed here are some issues to know concerning the TCU quarterback. Nonetheless, Duggan finds himself combating for respect forward of the sport in opposition to Georgia.
He and Georgia’s quarterback, Stetson Bennett, have a mutual respect for one another, workers author Chuck Carlton reported this weekend.
How they bought to the nationwide championship
Monitor each recreation the Horned Frogs performed this season en path to the School Soccer Playoff.
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One among Texas’ coolest faculty soccer traditions
Unquestionably the good TCU gameday custom, and probably the perfect in Texas, is the singing of “Riff Ram.”
The custom dates to the Twenties, when the track was first written and launched to the TCU fan base.
The lyrics are principally nonsense — “Riff, Ram, Bah, Zoo/Lickety, Lickety, Zoo Zoo/Who, Wah, Wah, Who/Give ‘em Hell, TCU!” However the track at all times excites the TCU fan base.
Learn extra about this and extra TCU traditions right here.