For about ten minutes last night, as the sellout crowd still straggled into SoFi Stadium trying to dry off from what the Inglewood Chamber of Commerce could only see as their worst nightmare for climate, the College Football Championship game was, well, a game.
When TCU held Georgia to a field goal on their second drive and then saw their quarterback Max Duggan connect with Derius Davis with a long pass that allowed Duggan to cut the Bulldogs’ lead to 10-7, some people, myself included, thought this game would be competitive, despite the fact that the line for this game had reached as high as 13 points going in, among the largest ever seen by a championship in the quarter-century that one has been held.
From that point on, though, the wheat clearly separated from the chaff. The Bulldogs then scored the next 55 points unanswered, and cemented their place in college football history. As Sports Illustrated’s Zach Koons rattled off:
Georgia’s blowout in Monday’s College Football Playoff finale marked the largest margin of victory in bowl game history. The 58-point margin broke the previous record set in the 2018 Armed Forces Bowl, when Army routed Houston 70–14.
Only one previous CFP game was on the list of the top 10 bowl blowouts: LSU’s defeat of Oklahoma, 63–28, in the 2019 national semifinal at the Peach Bowl.
Apart from the historic margin of victory, Georgia also became the first team in a decade to win back-to-back national championships. Alabama was the last program to claim consecutive titles back in 2011–12.
The Bulldogs struck early and often, coming up with three first-half takeaways and scoring on every drive of the first half to take a 38–7 advantage going into the locker room. The offense racked up 354 yards of offense and averaged 9.3 yards per play through the first two quarters.