Who is deeper: TCU or Georgia?  Our final lineup of CFP National Titles

Who is deeper: TCU or Georgia? Our final lineup of CFP National Titles

Who is deeper: TCU or Georgia?  Our final lineup of CFP National Titles

College football’s biggest stars will be on full display on Monday night when No. 1 Georgia (14-0) and No. 3 TCU (13-1) take to the field at SoFi Stadium for this year’s College Football Playoff National Championship (7:30 p.m. ET) .

Georgia, the nation’s top-ranked team, has earned its reputation as one of them, if not the the deepest and most talented team in the country. TCU also has plenty of star powers on its roster, despite being the smallest school ever to play in a title CFP game and a massive 12.5-point underdog, according to FOX Bet.

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TCU quarterbacks Max Duggan and Georgia’s Stetson Bennett were Heisman Trophy finalists, but which signaler would you want in center if you had to pick just one?

On the defensive side of the ball, both Jalen Carter (Georgia) and Tre’Vius Hodges-Tomlinson (TCU) were named AP First Team All-Americans, but which team has the upper hand in other defensive venues?

To answer these questions, we combined the predicted starters of both teams to create the ultimate national championship, starting with 11 on both offense and defense.

OFFENSE

Quarterback: Max Duggan, TCU

The Horned Frog’s senior quarterback had an exceptional season throwing for 3,546 yards and 32 touchdowns, adding 461 yards and eight ground points. He was named the Big 12 Offensive Player of the Year and received the Davey O’Brien Award, as well as finishing second in the Heisman Trophy.

Running backwards: Kendra MillerTCU

The junior guard was the dominant force in the TCU backfield throughout the 2022 season. Miller led the Horned Frogs with 1,399 rushing yards and 17 rushing touchdowns, both placing in the top 15 in the nation. Miller ranked second in the Big 12 in yards per carry (6.25) and crossed the 100-yard mark in the 100-yard dash in seven games that season. The talented runner injured his knee in the first half of TCU’s Fiesta Bowl win over Michigan and is listed as a questionable ahead of Monday’s game.

Wide Receiver: Quentin JohnstonTCU

Johnston is a versatile quarterback who is likely to be one of the first pass catchers scored in the April NFL Draft. Standing at 6 feet 4,215 pounds, the wideout junior has the ability to stretch the field and drop with 50/50 balls thrown in his direction. He was named a first-team All-Big 12 that season after grabbing 59 catches for 1,066 yards and having six touchdowns. Johnston was exceptional in the TCU Fiesta Bowl victory, catching six passes for 163 yards and scoring.

Wide Receiver: Ladd McConkeyGeorgia

Like Miller, McConkey is also struggling with injury ahead of Monday’s game, but that doesn’t change the fact that he enjoyed an exceptional campaign in his second year. The 6-foot, 185-pound wide receiver caught 53 passes for 674 yards and five touchdowns in 2022. He recorded over four catches in 10 of the Bulldogs’ 14 games this season.

Strong end: Brock BowersGeorgia

Considered by many to be the top player in college football, Bowers is one of the country’s most decorated players regardless of position. The 6-foot-4, 230-pound Bowers is a two-time All-SEC member, 2021 SEC Freshman of the Year, two-time All-American, and 2022 John Mackey Award winner. This season, he has a team-best 56 passing yards for 790 yards and six touchdowns .

Strong end: Darnel WashingtonGeorgia

It’s not every day you see a team with two dominant defenders lined up together on the field, but that’s the case with Georgia’s Bowers and Washington. Standing at 6 feet 7, 270 pounds, Washington is one of the most physically imposing college football players. He is an asset as both a blocker and a passing catcher, totaling 27 catches for 426 yards and two points this season for the Bulldogs.

Offensive Line: Broderick JonesGeorgia

Jones was a former five-star recruit in the class of 2020 who enjoyed an outstanding sophomore campaign in the red jersey, starting 12 games at left-back and responsible for protecting Bennett’s blind side. Jones was selected by AP’s first team All-SEC this year.

Offensive Line: Warren McClendonGeorgia

McClendon, a three-year right tackle starter, is one of the best offensive linemen in the SEC. The 6ft 4, 300lb lineman has started every game with a right tackle for the Bulldogs this season and was an All-SEC First Team selection in 2022.

Offensive Line: Steve AvilaTCU

One of the best in-house defenders in the country, Avila has been a force on the TCU offensive line throughout his career. He is a two-time All-Big 12 selector and was named a consensus first-team All-American that season.

Offensive Line: Tate RatledgeGeorgia

After missing all of last season due to a foot injury sustained on the first ride of the year, Ratledge has bounced back in a big way this season. The 6-foot-6, 315-pound Georgia native has been the Bulldogs’ starting right-back all year.

Offensive Line: Sedrick Van PranGeorgia

Van Pran has started every Bulldogs game at center this season, helping pave the way for Georgia’s fierce attack that averages over 200 yards per game on the ground. The 6-foot-4, 310-pound sophomore in the red jersey was named second team All-SEC in 2022.

Can the TCU offensive beat Georgia’s best defense?

Can the TCU offensive beat Georgia's best defense?

DEFENSE

Defensive line/edge striker: Robert BealGeorgia

Beal is a pusher in the stats, posting 22 tackles, two sacks, a forced fumble, fumble recovery and two tackles for a loss to the Bulldogs this season. He had his best game of the season in Georgia’s 50–30 win over LSU in the SEC Championship, recording four tackles, four QB rushes, and a strip sack.

Defense line: Dylan HortonTCU

Horton is enjoying an outstanding senior season, having recorded 44 tackles and 10 sacks, the most on the team, which ranked him first in the Big 12. The 6-foot, 4.275-pound edge rusher was named an All-Big 12 honoree this season.

Defensive line: Jalen Carter, Georgia

Considered by many to be the most dominant inside defensive lineman in college football, Carter is a first-team All-American and could be the #1 pick in the April NFL Draft. He is an impressive force in the center of Georgia’s defense, holding opponents down to just 12.8 points per game this season.

Defense line: Nazir StackhouseGeorgia

Stackhouse has started every game for the Bulldogs this season, recording 31 tackles en route to a second-team All-SEC title. At 6ft 3, 320lbs, the junior played a key role in Georgia’s defense that kept opponents just 3 yards away for the lead this season, which ranked fifth in the nation.

Defender: Dee WintersTCU

Winters is a quick but undersized defender who enjoyed an outstanding campaign in 2022. The 6-foot-1,230-pound senior had a total of 44 tackles, 7.5 sacks and a memorable six in the Horned Frogs’ win over Michigan in the CFP Semifinals. He was an All-Big 12 first-team selection in 2022.

Defender: Jamon Dumas-JohnsonGeorgia

At 6ft 1,245lbs, the centre-back enjoyed an outstanding second season. He recorded 66 tackles, four sacks and a forced fumble. Dumas-Johnson was a member of the 2022 All-SEC Second Team.

Defender: Johnny HodgesTCU

Hodges transferred to TCU after two years in the Navy and made an immediate impact on the Horned Frogs in 2022. In total, he scored 81 tackles for the team while adding two sacks for the season. The 6-foot-2,240-pound Junior was named the second team All-Big 12 this season.

Defensive Guard: Tre’Vius Hodges-Tomlinson, TCU

It would be hard to find a better defender in college football than Hodges-Tomlinson. He was the winner of the 2022 Jim Thorpe Award, given to the best defensive lineman in the country. Hodges-Tomlinson is by no means a great cornerman – listed at 5ft 9, 177lbs – but he has plenty of big-game skill and a knack for disabling the opposing team’s best receivers. He recorded 45 tackles, three interceptions and a forced fumble en route to the AP first-team All-American title this season.

Defensive Rear: Kelee RingoGeorgia

From a pure talent point of view, Ringo is one of the best defenders in the country. He is The 6 foot 210 lb horn with a speed of 4.3 making it a perfect fit for the next level. He will likely have the challenge of trying to close Johnston in what should be a fascinating matchup. The gifted sophomore had a memorable 79-yard six in last year’s national title game that sealed the win over enemy SEC Alabama.

Defensive Rear: Krzysztof SmithGeorgia

Smith is one of the best defensive linemen in the country and a Georgia minor team quarterback. He was made a member of the All-SEC first team and was a finalist for the 2022 Bronko Nagurski Award as the best defensive player in the country. The senior defensive back has recorded 57 tackles, one sack and six steals for the Bulldogs this season.

Defensive Rear: Malaki StarkGeorgia

This talented freshman was a finalist for the 2022 Shaun Alexander Freshman of the Year award this season. At 6ft 1,205lbs, Starks finished second on the team with 68 tackles while adding two picks in his first campaign.

Can TCU threaten Georgia in the domestic title game?

Can TCU threaten Georgia in the domestic title game?

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