CFP National Championship Opening Odds: Georgia vs. TCU

Written By Stephen Andress on January 1, 2023
CFP National Championship Opening Odds

No. 1 Georgia came back and survived against No. 4 Ohio State 42-41 after the Buckeyes missed a potential game-winning 50-yard field goal with no time left. Now, sportsbooks are making the Bulldogs huge favorites in CFP National Championship opening odds.

The College Football Playoff Semifinal at the Peach Bowl on New Year’s Eve did not disappoint and UGA will face No. 3 TCU in the CFP National Championship Game. With mobile sports betting apps launching in Ohio at 12:01 a.m. ET on January 1, that now means Buckeyes fans within the state can now bet on or against the team that just knocked them out of the national title game.

The CFP championship will be played Monday, Jan. 9 at 7:30 p.m. ET in Los Angeles but sportsbooks released opening odds shortly after the Dawgs semifinal win on Saturday night into early Sunday morning. Click on the odds to bet now.

Ohio State Football Odds: CFP National Championship

Here are the CFP National Championship opening odds for the title game between No. 3 TCU vs. No. 1 UGA. Click the dropdown menu to switch between spread, moneyline (to win the game) and total (over/under).

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How Did Georgia Get To The CFP National Championship Game

UGA is now 14-0 on this season, with its biggest test coming in the Peach Bowl against Ohio State as barely reached the final game as the defending national champion. The Bulldogs mowed through its schedule en route to the SEC Championship and College Football Playoff with Quarterback Stetson Bennett a Heisman Trophy finalist. The former walk-on posted 27 total touchdowns heading into the CFP.

The Dawgs led for less than 2:00 in the entire game. Teams trailing by 14+ points in the fourth quarter in the nine-year CFP history were 0-19 … until Georgia’s incredible comeback.

Ironically, their opponent will be the team that knocked out Ohio State’s arch nemesis, Michigan. TCU upset the Wolverines as eight-point underdogs in the other CFP semifinal at the Fiesta Bowl. The Horned Frogs won in a shootout that included a third quarter where more than 40 points were scored, a CFP record.

TCU was not even ranked in the preseason AP poll with Sonny Dykes in his first season as head coach in Forth Worth. If TCU were to upset UGA, it would represent a monumental, triple-digit preseason longshot winning it all. Not to mention, the Frogs are enormous, two-touchdown underdogs to the Dawgs in the final college football game of the season.

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Stephen Andress joined Catena Media as Managing Editor of TheLines.com in March 2021. He began his career as a sports anchor and reporter in Eugene, OR before moving to Louisville, KY. There he covered the Kentucky Derby, Sugar Bowl and three consecutive Final Fours. Stephen later won an Emmy award while working for the Indianapolis Colts. More recently, he produced content for the PGA TOUR and multiple fantasy football and sports betting websites. Nothing has excited him more in his career than seeing legalized sports betting in the United States and the opportunity to share his knowledge and enthusiasm for it. His hobbies include kicking his high school friends' butts in fantasy football, Japanese whisky and Kentucky bourbon, golf outrights and supporting RIP Medical Debt, a charity which works to wipe out medical bills for those who have been unable to cover the cost of getting sick.

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