The College Football Playoff National Championship game is here, as the TCU Horned Frogs take on the Georgia Bulldogs on Monday night. While this signals the end of another great college football season, this figures to be a thrilling game, and there are plenty of betting angles the public can take.
Georgia looks to defend its national championship, while TCU, which has already made history by being the team with the longest preseason odds to make the College Football Playoff (200/1), looks to become the first Big 12 national champion in the College Football Playoff era.
With such a large spread and high total, finding a side you like in this game may be challenging. Luckily, you can also take a look at player props and anytime touchdown scorer bets, and we have picked out our favorites for this TCU vs. Georgia National Championship game.
TCU Horned Frogs vs. Georgia Bulldogs National Championship Odds
Georgia has been the better team throughout the season, as evidenced by its 14-0 record, but the Bulldogs have been the less profitable, going 7-7 against the spread (ATS), while TCU is an impressive 10-3-1 ATS.
TCU started and ended the season hot, as it is 6-2 ATS in its last eight games played. The Horned Frogs have also given teams a run for their money when they’re playing as the underdogs, and the Over has cashed in five of the last seven when they are getting points.
Meanwhile, Georgia may not be a profitable team this season, but it has the best record in college football over the last two years, going 28-1, with their lone loss coming against Alabama in the 2021 SEC Championship game, a team the Dawgs later beat in last year’s National Championship game.
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Players Props, Anytime TD Scorer Bets For CFP National Championship Game
Max Duggan Anytime Touchdown (+130, DraftKings)
As a reminder, an anytime touchdown bet means non-passing touchdowns. If you bet on a quarterback’s anytime touchdown prop, they must either rush or catch a touchdown.
Anyway, Duggan has been the leader of this team, and when they have needed him most, he has stepped up. Getting this prop at plus-money at DraftKings is exceptional value. On the season, Duggan has rushed for eight touchdowns, with two coming against a Michigan defense that has a similar identity to the one he will see in Georgia.
He is not a “mobile” quarterback, but Duggan has always been able to create plays with his legs. For his career, he has totaled 27 rushing touchdowns and 1,894 career rushing yards.
Also, TCU running back Kendre Miller went down against Michigan, and his status for Monday night is uncertain. Miller has 17 rushing touchdowns on the campaign, and the Horned Frogs have leaned on him throughout the year.
Even if Miller can go, getting Duggan, a guy who has used his legs to come up clutch for this team many times over the last few games, involved in the running game has clearly worked, and when it gets down in the red zone, look for TCU to utilize his big frame.
TCU Team Total Points: OVER 24.5 (-108, FanDuel)
We all know how talented Georgia’s defense is, but TCU’s offense under Sonny Dykes has arguably been the best in the country this season. They have failed to hit this number only once this season and are putting up 39.7 points per game.
TCU has also been one of the more explosive offenses as they are ranked seventh in points per play (0.560), 13th in yards per play (6.5), and they are doing it both through the air (8.4 yards per pass) and on the ground (5.4 yards per rush).
Even though TCU put up a massive number against Michigan in the semifinals, it will not be that easy to move the ball on this Georgia defense. Still, TCU has one of the best offensive lines in the country, arguably the best wide receiver in Quentin Johnston, and a tough-as-heck quarterback.
Even though Georgia should come out as the winner, TCU will keep this one close and put up some points.
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Quentin Johnston OVER 0.5 Receiving Touchdowns (+114, Caesars)
Here’s another prop that has significant value.
While Johnston has only one touchdown in his last three games and only six on the season, getting this prop at plus-money at Caesars Sportsbook, with a TCU team that has to lean on the passing game due to injuries, is well worth it. He did just go off for 163 yards and a touchdown on a 76-yard catch and score against Michigan, and again, with Miller banged up, the Horned Frogs are going to air it out, and Johnston is one of the best playmakers in America.
Johnston is going to have a tough test against Kelee Ringo and this secondary, but at plus-money, this is well worth a play. It also helps that we just saw an Ohio State team almost knock off Georgia with a steady diet of “get the ball to Marvin Harrison Jr. and everyone else get out of the way.”
There is a formula to moving the ball against this Georgia team, and Johnston is the perfect player to expose that.